Lost in America going all Youtube-y? It’s true – the moment has finally come.
A few of you know that I’ve been longing to take this website multimedia for a long time. Vlogging (basically a video podcast) seemed like the natural extension of that idea. Anime is, fundamentally, a visual medium. Writing about it and even recording podcasts about it is great, but vlogging is both more personal and more dynamic. For anime, it makes a whole lot of sense.
The problem, of course, is that I lack both the skills and the time to undertake such a project solo in a manner that would give it a chance to succeed. Enter Setsuken, the owner of the superb Anime Evo and a friend. As some of you know Setsuken was the one who helped me when the time finally came to transition LiA to WordPress. He’s both far more hard-working and technically knowledgeable than me, and we decided to pool our efforts and make this dream a reality. And out of that partnership, Notaku was born.
What is Notaku? Well, you can get some idea from this intro video:
Notaku is a lot of things, among them brand new. It’s a work in progress, and it will evolve over time. We’re going to produce new videos every week, some of them “Anime Chats” where we talk about what’s happening in anime and how we feel about them. As an example, our first full-length video (posted tomorrow) will be – naturally – a season preview. Giving the timing how could it be anything else?
We’re also going to do “Ask Enzo” (and Ask Setsuken) segments, where we tackle specific questions about the industry and our lives as fans. What else? Well, lots of things are possible – guest appearances, industry interviews, live streaming with Setsuken and myself. That’s the thing, with video there are exponentially more possibilities than with a simple blog. I love writing, first and foremost, and LostinAnime.com will continue to be my home base and main creative outlet. But Notaku is a full partner for LiA, and I hope the two will feed off each other.
What I also hope, of course, is that you’ll like the videos, and subscribe to the channel, support it down the line and do all that good stuff. First things first though, I hope you’ll check out the first couple of videos. More are coming, and I promise I’ll get better at it – better sound, better content, better variety. And I think I’ll be a better writer by virtue of this too, and LiA will become a better website. As always, my sincere thanks for your continued support!