Author Journey (December 13, 2021)

The Otaku Author Journey December 13 2021

Another thing I’m looking to change in the New Year is finding a way to reduce negativity. When I’m happy, I find it easier to write, even if what I’m writing is darker. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

December 13, 2021

#Blogging

After last week’s record levels of unproductivity, I am pleased to announce that this week was pretty much the same. It’s the reporting period at work and as if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, they decided to put me on a two-day virtual course. The course wasn’t terrible other than most of the people on the course were not nearly technically advanced enough. The instructor used the phrase “no, the other left” at least ten times in the first two hours. I don’t mind losing time for a good reason, however, this was not one.

Seasonal Anime

And here is one of the main reasons I’ve been thinking about ways to reduce the negativity in my life. Takt Op. Destiny has singlehandedly impacted my mood. This series is infuriating. It could be good, but it has such shakey writing that the characters regularly do things that make no sense other than to further the plot. The biggest problem is that I’ve been aware of the decline in enjoyment since the first episode and I’ve just finished episode ten! It’s been a slog.

Meanwhile, Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat continue to try to counter the negativity by being thoroughly enjoyable and not at all annoying. I’d go as far as to say they have both been excellent! So, just imagine how things would be if all three of my seasonal shows were like this. Well, that’s the dream.

Historic Anime

This was pretty much the final episode of Heaven’s Lost Property as the actual last episode of the season does next to nothing to deliver a satisfying conclusion. Of course, there are two movies for which I have already prepared the posts. For anyone that’s seen the second movie, I can’t wait to discuss it. Seriously, I need someone to talk to about it. Jujutsu Kaisen continued to showcase Toudou and Itadori’s bromance by showing us Toudou’s abilities and they were spectacular. Hundred introduced yet another potential love interest for Hayato and it’s hilarious.

#AmWriting

Once again, I am looking at a week with zero words written. Even my planning has taken a hit thanks to work and some last-minute renovations to prepare for my parent’s visit, providing Omicron doesn’t derail everything. It’s been almost three years since I last saw them in person so we’re all hoping that goes well.

I’m also an on-ice helper for my son’s hockey team and had to complete eight hours worth of online courses to be able to do that. Eight hours clicking play video, play video, play video, and then answer some commonsense questions. When I say I had no time, I literally had no time. In fact, at one point, I was doing the work course, the hockey course, and pulling up wood laminate floorboards all at the same time. Who says you can’t multi-task?

I’m not letting it get me down though as I know that this time of year is always a bit crazy. Then when you add the parents visiting, I’m not expecting to get much done before the New Year. It’s fine. I shall take some time to unwind, clear my head, maybe catch up on some sleep (not likely with two small children and a dog). I’m going to do everything to ensure that I am in the perfect mindset to start 2022 with a bang!

#Planning

So, this brings me to the main topic of this post – reducing negativity. It may look like I’m singling Takt Op. Destiny out, and right now, I am. However, I know that one of the reasons I started covering historic anime was because I had seen a few shows when I was watching all seasonal that had really annoyed me. There’s nothing worse than trying to put together a post about a show that you just aren’t enjoying.

I don’t mind watching bad shows as there is something to learn from them, however, talking about them every week can get tiring. The problem is once I start reviewing a series, I feel like I have to continue. I have to complete the series of posts and I think it’s only fair that I give the series every opportunity. There’s just no good way to walk away from a series.

It’s not helped by the fact that a lot of shows will go all out on the first episode, which is something that Takt Op. Destiny did. Had I followed the good old three-episode rule, I would have dropped it in a heartbeat. But then I would have a series of posts that was incomplete. That wouldn’t sit well with me either… If I wait until the third episode to start reviewing it, I end up too far behind.

I don’t want to write negative reviews. In fact, there are several series that I reviewed on my old site that haven’t made the transition simply because I felt like there was nothing to be gained from publishing my old posts of Fairy Gone or Conception. It’s easy to look back and make a decision like that, but it’s not something that will likely happen again. I’m not changing URLs again so I need to find a way to increase my odds of picking shows I will enjoy.

I’ve got a couple of weeks to come up with a plan, although I’m quite confident that the three I’ve selected for next season will all be entertaining. One is likely to fall into the so bad it’s good category, but now that I’ve accepted that it should be more enjoyable. I think I need to follow my instincts and ignore the hype trains.

How do you feel about abandoning shows? How do you decide what to watch? Anyhow, thanks for reading and stay safe.



2 Comments

  1. I hate not finishing something. But, there’s a series that impact me like takt op.Destiny impacts you. That show was Taboo Tattoo. By the last episode, I was ready to throw myself into ranting reviews. It affected me down to my soul, if you know what I mean.

    If the show isn’t helping you accomplish your goals, and if you hate it, drop it. I’ve seen other sites drop shows, and I can say honestly I not only didn’t hold it against them. I respected the call.

    I would absolutely support you dropping takt op.Destiny. The best reason to drop it? You talked about it in this post. Time. You don’t have time to entertain that degrade your edge, unless there’s an offsetting benefit.

    Just my 2/100, of course. But think what would happen to your energy if you didn’t have a show you hate hanging over you, especially with Jobless Reincarnation and The World’s Finest Assassin being the two shows you’d still be reviewing!

    Hell, I half expect Jobless Reincarnation to be a course on MasterClass.com!

    • Yeah. I have a real problem not finishing things, however, the gold standard for soul destroying was Plunderer as that was twenty-four episodes long and easily the worst show I’ve ever seen.

      I’m going to try to do a little more research before starting a series going forwards and will have at least one back up that I can switch in.

      It’s too late for Takt Op, Destiny though with two episodes left (although that’s not confirmed on MAL).

      I have a ridiculously long list of shows I want to revisit that I loved so I think I will try to walk away the next time it happens and do something that excites me instead.

      It’s like how you want to only focus on the best moments. I want to be positive as I’m also trying to learn from these shows. I also can’t fake it though. If it rubs me the wrong way, I’m going to say so.

      Maybe I should have watched and reviewed Mushoku Tensei twice a week instead…

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