On hiatuses and the stress of producing paid content.

So it’s been a while.

When I shut this blog down last year, I had wanted to do so with a grand send-off, a farewell, and a series of excellent articles. But things didn’t go that way. I was in a bad way when I posted my last update and simply couldn’t bring myself to write a proper explanation for the downfall of the blog, or why things ended the way they did. Over a year later, however, I feel it’s important that I explain myself and delve a little into what happened.

The first part is focusing on Patreon.

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On Manga, and Finding Diamonds in the Rough

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved reading manga. I used to spend hours at bookstores and libraries marathoning through series after series, taking out massive stacks of books from the library. When I discovered scanlations, I was hooked. I would read series after series, from the popular to the obscure. I’ve always chalked up my preference for manga over anime to how easy it is to read through a manga series, vs. watching an anime. But there’s another reason, and a far more important one: How easy it is to find diamonds in the rough.

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Revisiting Sonic Adventure 2

I didn’t grow up with the Genesis sonic games, or with platformers like Super Mario 64. Rather, my introduction to Sonic and 3D platforming was playing Sonic Adventure 2 at a friend’s house. I was immediately hooked, and ended up getting my own copy which I played obsessively. Having not touched the game for years and hearing all manner of opinions about it, I decided to revisit it and see if it still held any of the magic I once felt for it.

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Your Name Review

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect going into Your Name. I’ve had a dubious history with Makoto Shinkai’s works, and I found his character writing to be his weak point held up purely by his emotional appeal drama appeal. Yet it was hard to ignore something when it suddenly becomes the highest-grossing anime film of all time. So I took the first opportunity I had to see it when it released in theaters near us.

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Patreon Thank-You Post for May 2017

While I had hoped to have all my affairs wrapped up by now, the truth is that things are more of a mess than ever before. I’ve postponed the end-date for my blog to mid-June, but do not intend to postpone it any further. In the meantime, I’d like to take this one last opportunity to thank everyone who continues to support me and this blog. A great big thank-you to Steven Hopkins, Space Queen Galacta Q, Bad Game Hall of Face, and Aleena Tuabin! Thank you so much for all your support, and I apologize once again for how sporadic updates have been.

Katsuhiro Otomo’s Memories Review

I love short form experimental media. People simply working with a basic premise or prompt, given a deadline and a budget, and told to make something short and simple. Short stories, one-shot comics, all appeal to me on a profound level. So it should then come as no surprise that I would like short movie collections, like Katsuhiro Otomo’s Memories. Memories is a collection of 3 sci-fi shorts from 3 directors, crossing genre lines and merging themes into a medley of unique works.

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