Contrary to appearances, I’m still here. Life just took a few turns that kept me from being able to sustain the mood and energy for writing – and then we went on vacation for a week and a half.
The vacation by the way was awesome. I got to hang out with all my siblings for the first time not at a funeral in nearly fifteen years. My brother married his partner of many years. (Delayed in part by the aforementioned funerals.) I ate my way across the Piedmont and stuffed myself on food not available out here. (I had Lexington Style BBQ on five of the nine days we were in town.)
If UPS’s tracking page isn’t misleading me – the package I shipped home, with stuff I can’t easily buy out here, should arrive today. I mean yeah, mail order is a thing, but it’s expensive and there’s very few reliable sources for what I could pick up off the shelf at a grocery store while I was there. Luxury stuff is easy to get, staples not so much.
Anyhow… back to the point.
I’m waiting of a couple of final episodes to wrap up my season coverage of Summer 2022 and have written probably 80% of the rest. I’m starting on my anticipation post for Fall 2022 – and it’s gonna be a doozy. There’s a lot of sequels and not a few new anime to look forward to. I should have that out by Friday PST… Just in time for the bulk of the new stuff to start dropping on Saturday PST…
Thank you for continued patience! I’ll be back on track shortly.
Well, the new computer is in and set up! But that doesn’t mean I’m done being frustrated. Something about Crunchyroll’s new website prevents me from taking proper screenshots… It’s *always* something. Anyhow, let’s dive in and chat about anime shall we?
Turns out that Angel Beats premiered ten years ago today…
This was an important show in my development as an otaku. I’d been kinda getting into anime and watching stuff on Netflix, and while I’d enjoyed most nothing had actually clicked. I don’t know why I picked Angel Beats, but within a few episodes I was seriously hooked and ended up marathoning it across two days.
When my wife got home from work, I convinced her to sit down and give it a try. And even though I’d just finished it hours before – I sat right down and rewatched it. My first ever rewatch, and one of only a handful of immediate rewatches. (The last immediate rewatch that I can recall is Laid Back Camp – two years ago in the Winter 2018 season.)
So, a question for you… What show struck you like a bolt of lightning? What show changed you in a measurable way? Drop a comment and let’s chat!
If you follow my Twitter, you no doubt saw the news… My mother passed away unexpectedly on Thursday. So, for now, I’m on indefinite hiatus.
This is… especially hard because my Dad died a few years back. And my other parents (my in laws) before that.
The funeral is the week after next, and then I go into the annual madness of the Kitsap County Fair… So the hiatus will likely last at least through the end of August. I have a few editorial pieces I may work on as my head allows, but I make no promises.
Bear with me folks, it’s a rough time but I will be back despite all the crazy in my life. This blog, this community, is an important part of my life.
Should be working on my weekly post today, but I’m inspired by a comment last week by reader Wingking.
Sure, sure, it’s a widely held opinion that the upcoming Winter season seems to be lacking a little bit. But is it all bad? Let’s look back a year, shall we?
This time last year we’d seen a ton of Ghibli in theaters thanks to Ghiblifest and a local arthouse theatre having a long run of Ghibli in subbed 70mm prints. It was especially cool to see the ones in subbed 70mm prints, the format they were originally designed for. Even though we’d seen them all before, it was nice to see them in a theatre.
We’d also seen two first run anime films, Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale and the incomparable Your Name.
Now, let’s fast forward a year. We’ve seen Mary and the Witch’s Flower, A Silent Voice, and Night is Short, Walk on Girl. (All three first run.) We’ve also seen (for the first time) the classic Perfect Blue. (The last two within the last month!) The really cool part was that all four came to my local theatre way out on the rim of civilization.
What also inspired this post was sitting down and working on my calendar for the next few months… Next week we get to see My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. In November we get to see the much anticipated Liz and the Blue Bird. In December, we’re going to see Mirai… Three first (US) run anime movies in three months! Yeah, we’ll have to drive a bit to see all three, but no biggie.
So, let’s raise our glasses! Kampai! It truly is a good time to be an anime fan.
The batch of miso I made back in November finally came out of the fermenter over the weekend!
Very tasty, though it tastes more like shoyu than miso. (The two are closely related, so this isn’t a big surprise.) To be honest, I didn’t expect any particular flavor as I didn’t target any actual style. My usual method of learning to make new things is to just aim for the general vicinity… and then refine as I master the skills and techniques.
I figure I’ll put the next batch down in late August/early September (my schedule is FULL until then), aiming at a fast fermenting lighter style. This matches my miso soup recipe, which uses a blend of lighter and darker misos. (A blend makes for a much better soup in my experience.)
Hopefully, this means that by November I’ll be able to make miso soup entirely with my home-made miso!
My deepest apologies, but I’m going to have to take a break this week.
Last night, one of our guinea pigs spent the night at the vet’s in intensive care… We adopted Miss Molly mostly fully grown in April of 2012, so she’s getting pretty close to seven years old. That’s pretty old for a piggie (80-85 in human terms?), and her health is increasingly frail. With the problems she’s already having, last night was pretty scary, I didn’t sleep well, and my head isn’t exactly in a place for creative work.
Hopefully she comes home today (watch my twitter for updates), but the future is increasingly cloudy. (Not helped by having another pig with inoperable cancer.)
Yeah, probably more than you wanted to know, sorry.
Anyhow, the short version is that it was one h*ll of an action packed episode… Scott’s review, linked below, covers all that pretty well. Hit the link and give it a read! There’s some stuff I want to talk about, but I’ll add it to next week’s post.
I hope you’ll forgive an occasional side-trip into something other than anime… Anyhow, an image from six years ago popped up in my Facebook memories this morning, and I was gripped by the need to re-edit it.
Below is my new version, the original version is after the jump.
To provide context: This was originally posted to Facebook a couple of days after I returned home from my dad’s funeral.
The original title and caption:
Empty but for memory
This is a the last of a long line of Dad’s chairs. This is not how I remember Dad’s chair. This is not how I want to think about Dad’s chair.
I remember him sitting there… Coffee or beer, newspaper, remote, and ashtray (back before he quit, much too late) near to hand. Kids, grandkids, and cousins on his knee. Watching benevolently as we scrambled beneath the Christmas tree and he struggled to wake up. Relaxing after work. Cooling off after chores or projects. Cursing politicians. Berating referees. Cheering when his team made a play, or howling when the opposing team made a better play.
Laughing. Crying. Living. Loving. That’s how I’ll remember this chair.
In Memoriam, H Dean Lyons 5/29/1939-1/6/2012
After the jump, the original image and some thoughts on the re-edit.