Getting back into the swing of things

I thought I’d spend a little time today talking about why I decided to start this attempt at a blog. Over the past few years, I’ve slowly slipped out of the otaku culture. Sure, I was still buying manga and picking up DVDs, but I was never really getting into anything new. Things I browsed or paid attention to were usually things I’d already seen (i.e. new US releases of existing Japanese IP that I’d followed years prior). On the DVD front, this meant I was picking up titles like Haruhi, Mai-HiME, Mai-Otome, and Lucky Star, all of which I’d seen a couple years prior during the initial run in Japan.

I think this fall from the bleeding edge came around the time I graduated from college about 3 years ago and taking on a life in the “real world.” I never realized how much the college environment nurtured the fandom until I no longer had it. It was always easy to get the latest news, find recommendations, share ideas, discuss new episodes, and generally cross-pollinate on otaku issues. Once I left college, I found it very difficult to keep up with the latest happenings and ultimately became a bit stagnant in what I watched.

Which brings me to the purpose of this space. I’ve decided to make an attempt at reintegrating myself with the general otaku community by keeping a record of the things I read, watch, and do. In turn, this helps me get back into the “habit” of checking news sites, like DannyChoo and Anime News Network. It’s been a bit of a slow start, but I think it’s working!

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