Introducing Serial Saturday and Movie Monday

Hey all so I’ve got a post giving a brief explanation of my two new columns, one of which already has a post! Introducing Serial Saturday and Movie Monday!

New Columns? What?!?: Well in case you didn’t read last Saturday’s post, I’ll briefly explain what’s going on. Due to Bato.to’s shutdown I’ve had to implement plans I had in reserve for emergency situations. I’m replacing my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns with something else. These are Serial Saturday and Movie Monday.

Serial Saturday? What’s that?: Serial Saturday is an idea for a column I’ve had in mind for the past year and was planning to have replace Sensate Saturday on my 4th Anniversary of my Blog. However that plan got thrown out the window with the announcement of Batoto’s shutdown last week. The column will cover various Web Serials, or Web Novels, and will focus on amateur authors. I’ll be getting this stuff from around the web, but everything will be written in English. The author doesn’t necessarily have to be a native speaker, and I may do some serious critiques on grammar for those who deserve it, but nothing I post in Serial Saturday will be translated works.

I have a huge amount of content piled up for this column, and it will operate similarly to my Translation Necessary Thursday posts. I’ll cover a set number of chapters each week of a certain series, and I’ll try to switch up between various series. I can’t promise that will always happen, because I might need to restock my supply of chapters. There are some points I need to make, I will try to cover unpublished works, however some of the stuff I’ll cover will inevitably be published in eBook format on Amazon or similar places. So the distinction between Bookish Wednesday and Serial Saturday posts will come down to one thing. Any series that has a professionally produced Audiobook will be covered in Bookish Wednesday. Everything else will be valid for Serial Saturday.

Movie Monday?: Well in case you didn’t read the latest Monday column, I’ll be covering various movies I’ve seen and do my usual thing, I’ll try covering cinematography as well as my usual categories, but I am no movie expert. In fact I have absolutely no confidence that I’ll be able to write this column in the long term. Due to various circumstances I don’t watch movies very often, so I have a very limited stock of material. I don’t have the time to dedicate to watching a movie for a post every week, so if I run out of material to cover before I can resume the Manga Monday column, I will most likely have to forgo my Monday columns. I hope that I won’t have to do that, but I might have to do so if things really go poorly in the Manga translation scene. I’m not a great reader of Japanese, so I can’t judge most series if they are untranslated.

That’s it for this post, I’ll be back next week for my first Serial Saturday post!

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Anime Sunday: Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m back with my first look at a Winter 2018 series. It’s my Ryuo Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: Kuzuryū Yaichi is a prodigy shogi player who won the title of Ryūō at the age of 16. Following his victory he has been in a slump, until he is approached by Hinatsuru Ai, a 9-year-old girl who begs him to make her his disciple…

Plot: This isn’t a romantic comedy, from what I can see at least. This is purely based off the first episode, although there are moments where characters exhibit certain stereotypes commonly found in a romantic comedy, or horror.

Characters: Yaichi is our male lead, and he’s pretty interesting as is Ai. Yaichi’s a much more outgoing and forthright individual than Rei in 3-gatsu, but these two series couldn’t be more different from each other. 3-gatsu is all about overcoming mental and emotional trauma, while Ryuo seems to be more comedic. The only thing in common is that the male leads are both pro Shogi players. The rest of the cast is also interesting, but we really only get to meet Yaichi and Ai in this episode.

Art: The art is great, and while it’s not ufotable quality that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near as terrible as Studio Deen.

Music: The musical score is good and fits the series well.

Overall: Definitely worth a watch, if only because this might turn into one of the more interesting series this season.

For those who like: Shogi, Slice of Life, Comedies, Great Lead Characters, Good Artwork.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

End of an Era

Hey all so I wasn’t at all expecting to have to write this post. So it will be rather brief, and while I’m not taking a break from writing, I am going to have to change my columns for a while, maybe permanently.

What’s Up?: So for those unaware Bato.to is shutting down permanently on the 18th of this month. It’s a huge loss to the Manga community at large, and while some of you might say “Michael they supported Pirates” That isn’t true. Any licensed series were not hosted on Batoto.

So Why Are Things Changing?: I used Batoto almost exclusively to find obscure series for my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns. Losing easy access to such a large repository of content is going to seriously put a hamper on what I’ll be able to read for material to write about in those columns.  So things are going to have to change, maybe permanently.

What’s Changing?: Well obviously my Manga Monday and Sensate Saturday columns are going to be put on hold and replaced with something else. I’ve had a backup type of content in the wings in case something like this happened, although I wasn’t expecting it to occur because of Batoto shutting down. The Sensate Saturday series has a high chance of being permanently shelved in favor of that backup, and while I have tons of content to write about for that column that’s it. I do have a temporary solution for my Monday columns, however I have absolutely no confidence in that being a permanent solution due to the nature of what I’ll be writing about and my own personal disabilities and challenges. The worst case possibility that occurs is that I have to stop writing my Monday columns permanently after I run out of material for my temporary replacement of Manga Monday. Hopefully by the time I’ve run out of material the Manga translation scene will have calmed down enough. That however is an unknown and I can’t promise anything.

What Are You Going To Write About?: Well I’ll keep that under wraps for now, though I will say that Monday’s post is going to be fiery. That’s the sole hint you’ll be getting from me. If by some miracle someone manages to guess what I’m writing about and posts their guess in the comments I’ll be shocked. And yes this is a complete and shameless attempt to get people to post more comments on my posts.

That’s it, I hope you’ll all forgive me for having to do this, but circumstances have forced me to put plans in action that I was hoping I’d never have to do.

Update on My Situation

Hey all I wanted to write a quick post detailing what’s going with the blog and what is happening in the near future. It’s an Update on My Situation!

Daily Posts When?: November 3rd is the date I’m aiming for right now. I have at the time of writing this post (which is October 6th, 2017) already pre-written everything up to November 2nd. It’ll still be alternating days up to that day. My plan is to start with daily posts on the third.

Why November 3rd?: Because I’ve got a trip planned to visit the other half of my immediate family that I’ll be doing in the middle of October and I’m going to be wiped out from travelling. Hence why I’ve already gotten everything written up to November 2nd.

What about your Reviews?: I’ve got a couple already sent to the Editor at GiN and I’ll be writing a couple more in the next few days as of writing this post. They should be going out at least once a week. I’m hoping to get my daily blog posts running for at least a month before starting to do the weekly book reviews again. Game Reviews will be spotty as I sometimes don’t get games for weeks at a time, and other times I get them every other day.

That’s it for this post. Look forward to your regularly scheduled Video Game Tuesday in two weeks.

Delay in Plans

This week instead of the usual Anime Sunday I’m going to make a quick post updating on why I haven’t gotten back to doing a post a day. It’s about my Delay in Plans!

What delay?: Well I really wanted to get back to full steam way back in the middle of May, but circumstances have lead me to be unable to do that. Mostly that’s because I’ve been spending half my time at my parent’s taking care of the family dog who is getting on in years, she’s 13 years old and while she’s still active and mobile she’s started to lose her hearing. This has lead her to being very unhappy when left alone for too long. So any day that my parents are gone for more than 6 hours I end up spending time there. Most of the time before this year I’d have just gone over in the day and walked her and hung out for an hour or two because my folks would be back later that afternoon. Unfortunately that hasn’t been the case these past few months and I’ve been spending entire days at my parents. In addition with all the stress of trying to get my data off my old computer, something I’m still struggling with even as I write this, I’ve been thrown off my pace of being able to churn out daily posts.

So what now?: Well for the time being I’ll still be attempting to give out a weekly review, of either a book or game, and I’ll be keeping to every other day posts. I’m hoping to get back to full steam by August, but at this point I’m reluctant to make any solid promises given how stressed out I’ve been.

That’s it for this little update, Anime Sunday will return in two weeks with a look at the Summer 2017 Anime Season!

Launch Imminent

Hey all, I’ve finally gotten my new computer, however due to my old computer being a 2008 Mac Pro (I’m surprised it lasted as long as it did) I’m having to wait on some specific cables to get my data off the computer. Because some of that stuff is stuff I’d rather not redo, or replace unless I absolutely have to, I’m not going to be resuming my writing until I get my data off the computer.  As for my Game and Book reviews, I’m waiting till the end of Pesach (Passover) because I have a free source for Microsoft Office, but said source is observing Pesach and I’m going to give them that time.

I also injured my right hand index finger while on the way to the local grocery store.  I was trying to open a gate whose lock was broken, and I cut open a chunk of skin on the finger pad. It’s not terrible I only got a bit of skin layers and there probably won’t be any permanent issues, but I’m currently typing without using said finger. It’s highly inconvenient and I’d like to give it another week to heal. However I anticipate all of these taking only a week. So unless my plan to get data off my Mac Pro fails miserably (and as far as I know it shouldn’t, but you never know) I should be back up and running by next Thursday. I thank you all for the understanding and giving me this time. I hope you all will enjoy reading my content again.

As a final tease, I’ll be give you the names of my next few game and book reviews.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto

Dark Souls III: The Ringed City

Snake Eyes (Demon Accords Book 11) by John Conroe

The Librarians and The Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox.

As one last question and I’d really like to get any feedback on it via comments, would people mind if I eased back into the writing gig? I have been gone for more than a month and while I could dive straight back into the writing daily posts, I was given advice to take it easy for a while. I’ll probably be doing 3-4 posts a week, hitting Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in one week, the rest of the weekday content in the following week.

Update on Hiatus

Hey all I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog. I finally got my new computer ordered and it’s being shipped soon, however I don’t know when exactly it will arrive this month. I will be back and I hope to do so in the next couple of weeks, but as of right now I can’t give a specific time frame other than it will be by the end of the month at the latest barring any issues that I can’t control, i.e Shipping and the like.  I hope to be back soon with new stuff to cover and I hope you all will be back once I am. In the mean time check out my reviews of books and games at gameindustry.com, there are some great stories there as well.