Living The Dream Update I’m Still Alive

Posted: July 18, 2015 in Anime, Living the Dream
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So it has been a while since I last posted a review or a blog post here. I decided to take an unannounced break after I completed watching Gurren Lagan which honestly broke me because of how terrible I perceive the ending. I understand it’s meant to be really symbolic and all but it just didn’t cut it for me. I was writing the review for it when I was I just said “No, no more of this, I don’t want to deal with this anime anymore.” I was maybe only 100 words away from actually completing the review but that aside it wasn’t really fun.

I then watched Redline, an amazing film with amazing story and art until the ending which once again just broke the entire film for me, I couldn’t even start writing a review it was that depressing. It was at this stage I decided I needed a break in the world of anime as I wasn’t really in taking anime in a way I found enjoyable.

As you would know I started the living the dream blog posts to document what I had watched and read throughout the week and discuss the near impossible dream of actually being able to watch every anime to have been released since 1917.  The only problem is that the list is so expansive that you don’t know where to start and it can demotivate you. When you look at your list of 100 different anime and 40 days watched and compare it to how many anime there actually are you just think is there an actual way for me to do this and is it worth it if I can’t complete this endless backlog.

After struggling for months to find this answer I decided to dabble in other things with my newly found spare time, these things included live streaming and hearthstone. These are defiantly fun things to do but don’t have the same resonance with me that anime has.

As you can guess I am a big patriot of MAL or MyAnimeList, I use it to organize my library of anime I have viewed. Recently they added in the new feature of seasonal anime, this intrigued me as other sites offer this service but I am never really satisfied. Well as you can guess MAL did it just right, I can go all the way back to 1917 and start watching anime through this method and believe it or not you can actually find a lot of the older anime on YouTube and other websites.

The reason I am so excited by this is because there is 98 years of anime history, 1917-2015, I can track my progress based on the years instead of the number which is a lot lower. I am currently on 1934 meaning I only have 81 years of anime to catch up on. It feels so renewing when you look at it that way and trust me I am really excited for Winter 1963 as we have the iconic Astro Boy to watch.

Now your going to want to ask “Elijah are you still going to write reviews?”
The answer to this is yes and no. I will continue to write reviews when I get to an anime that has story that can be commented upon rather then just saying over and over again, the story was only so-so but that is because anime was still new and the budget for making films expensive so they couldn’t make anything other 10 minutes.

Will I still do manga reviews?
Well even though I like manga I feel like it takes away from the experience on the website and means I can’t put in as much time as I would like into the reviews and watching of anime.

I will still give you weekly updates on what I watch and read at the moment and hopefully the website will be in full force in the near future.

Thanks for reading, Elijah.

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