So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish [Vantage’s Hiatus]
I know it might sound like I’m dying, or at the very least retiring for good, but fortunately (or unfortunately) I’m just going on hiatus. Possibly indefinitely. Which, come to think of it, would in fact mean that I’m retiring should the worst case scenario come to pass. It feels like I’ve been here forever, so I thought it’d be good to say a few words, as well as outline what I plan to do about the shows I’m currently covering.
Any livestock you may wish to sacrifice for the sake of my good health would be appreciated, although it would be nice if these animals are slaughtered in a humane and sustainable way, unlike the canned unicorn meat they sell on Amazon. Please donate the organs to promote the longevity of the many illegal anime ripping and subbing circles that exist. On a serious note, thank you for reading and commenting, it means a lot to me. I’d like to hope that this blog has grown since I’ve been here, and that both the writers and readers enjoy what they do.
Looking back at my introduction post, it seems that I’ve changed my writing style quite a bit over 800 or so posts on god knows how many series – for the better, presumably. At least, I no longer spam smilies and strikethroughs, and have become more cynical towards everything except the slice-of-life genre – and yet more open to new things at the same time, something that sounds suspiciously like growing up. When I first started I wouldn’t have touched sports shows like Yowamushi Pedal or Free! with a ten-foot pole – I still childishly label the latter “gay swimming”, but it’s not out of hostile ignorance any longer. I also think I ship Haru x Rin, but you never heard that. If there was ever an indicator of being a better internet writer for an unspecified audience of strangers, this would be it.
Of course, I don’t plan to just up and leave. I hope to continue covering both SAO II and Akame ga Kill, as they’re shows I’d like to see through to the end. Sadly, the same cannot be said of Naruto Shippuden. As a never-ending shounen, there is little point in continuing to cover it if a hiatus means that I’ll be leaving it at some point anyway – in that sense, dropping it is something that would have happened eventually. Although it is true that the manga is just about over, as is Claymore’s. So of the shows I’m blogging now, the ones I’ll carry on are the “good” ones – though Glasslip is, frankly, a shit-tier benchmark to use. Thinking back, I really should have picked up something nice like Hanayamata. All that being said, I’d like to voice my desire to cover next season’s Sora no Method, a show promising feels, lolis and perhaps a bit of fantasy that nobody else on the team seems to want. It looks amazing, to me at least. I know that effectively defeats the entire purpose of this post, but it does look wonderful, and so for now I’ll promise a first impression. If it really is wonderful, and I turn out to have the time, then we’ll see.
When I do return for real, hopefully I won’t end up being a Togashi, whose work Hunter x Hunter is as legendary as the extended, often unspecified hiatuses he takes. I honestly don’t know when that’ll be – It almost feels like I’m taking this hiatus as a precaution, as I’m primarily doing it in anticipation of my heavy workload at university. The idea is that I play it safe and disappear during the clapping, instead of halfway through the performance. Maybe things won’t be as bad as I thought, and I’ll be back after a season, or it might be so hectic that I’ll have trouble watching anime, let alone blogging about it. There are also certain restrictions implemented at my uni on torrenting and downloading that’ll be a bother to get around, so I’ll be looking into getting a seedbox in order to fulfil my sense of entitlement to illegal Chinese cartoons, which has recently been only bolstered by the painful DDoS attacks on many anime sites. If you want a vague estimate, you can assume that I’ll be back whenever either Nanoha ViVid or Prisma Illya Herz decides to air, which should be sometime in 2015. In fact, after having gone through all of the Illya manga in one sitting, I’ll make sure I’m around for the adaptation, no matter what. Seriously, things are taken to a whole new level of crazy to the point that what we’ve had so far can’t even compare.
That’s all from me, take care guys. Don’t lose your way.