Seriously – you can’t know how important this site has become to me, and I hate the thought of losing readers that I’ve come to love conversing with. But the reality is that things are going to be weird for the next few weeks – I’m in Japan, a daze, and over my head – my backlog of anime is already ridiculous (if I’d been given a choice, Fall premiere week wouldn’t have been it as a time to move). So a few posts will be shorter, screencaps might be fewer, typos slip through and a few shows might get skipped or even delayed – which as you know, is normally something I never do. But I’m going to keep plugging away, so I hope you’ll stick with me.
I think the first time it really hit me that I was here for good was when I took the Yamanote Line this morning, and heard those station jingles. For whatever reason those just stand for Tokyo in my head. Having a curry pan and canned coffee for breakfast felt like home, too.
Spent the day in Shinjuku and Akihabara today. Shinjuku is an utter madhouse – there’s no place like it anywhere. Some sort of event in Akiba today, possibly related to Sakurasou (which is very prominent in Akiba at the moment). Something I saw which is other reassuring or terrifying for what it says about what I’m about to take on: young Japanese adults trying to figure out Kanji on ads. I see that a lot.
Tonight, it’s Ookami Kodomo in Japanese – totoum swears I’ll be able to get the gist of it. Forgot to mention – I saw the live-action Thermae Romae and Space Brothers on the plane. Enjoyed both (both are huge box-office hits), though I have a hard time with anyone besides Hiroaki-san as Mutta now. Full of spoilers for the anime. Thermae Romae really makes me wish the anime had been longer – so much good material.
More to come! Please don’t leave me!