Ever since I reached this decision a few months back, I’ve been agonizing over how to make this announcement. Probably best to simply tell it straight…
With the end of Fall 2022 season, we reach the end of weekly anime coverage here at the Lounge.
I opened the Lounge with the intent that weekly coverage of seasonal anime would be it’s centerpiece. And for six years, for twenty four straight seasons, I’ve (more-or-less) managed to do that. It’s the longest sustained effort I’ve ever made that wasn’t a job or my marriage. (And just shy of 10% of my life to date!)
And along the way, there’s been a lot of laughter, tears, and good times.
But after the twin family emergencies of 2019 and the long years of COVID lockdown… Well, I haven’t yet really recovered from either. And the stress of having to think about every episode I watch and getting a post out each week hasn’t abated.
For my own mental health, something has to give.
Mind you, this is not goodbye! I’m still planning on some seasonal coverage. Anticipation posts, first impressions, mid season reviews, and season wrap ups… Plus, I have a couple of drafts for Photography in Anime, a ton of songs to cover for my Anime Playlist series, and the long stalled Looking Back series of seasonal reviews.
There’s more than enough stuff to keep me in posts a couple of times a month for years to come. And I’ve still got things to say.
Thank you to Dawn, to Wing, to HAL, and all the other commenters. Y’all bring this place to life – and I hope you and everyone else who wanders by will keep coming by.
Thank you to the many other bloggers who’ve inspired me over the years.
Thank you to Bless-senpai, who was my inspiration and whose stepping back on weekly coverage was the original impetus for opening up the Lounge.
I’ll see you in a few days – after all, the Winter 2023 season begins today. And this weekend, after we see if Gundam Mercury sticks it’s landing, I’ll have my Fall 2022 wrap up post. After that, it’ll take a while to work out my new routine, please bear with me while I do.