This month’s schedule
You already got:
You will get (In order):
- My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
- Josee, the Tiger and the Fish
- Wonder Egg Priority
Next Month’s Schedule (In order)
- Kids on the Slope
- Director’s Cut (Our Monthly Check-ins like this)
- Ouran High School Host Club
- A Whisker Away
August has already started off with a bang. Penguin Highway was slow in the beginning but ultimately was a great movie that I was excited to recommend to my friends, and to you all. I have already started watching SNAFU and it is bringing back all kinds of memories of me sitting on the couch with my friends at university and watching the first season together. I have to admit that the animation has… dropped off a bit in my mind… but I am really excited for season two and three and Yui just makes my heart happy. I have already watched Josee, the Tiger and the Fish with Randy and it was so good. There was amazing attention to detail and the story was fantastic. I am so excited to bring you guys that review.
Next month is full of shows that were recommendations to me. Kids on the Slope has been asked for pretty often on my Tiktok so I decided to entertain the request. Ouran High School Host Club is something that Lucas and Sarah watched recently on their break from school and said I had to watch, so here I am. I remember Oran being on at a ramen shop near my mom’s house at one point and it looked wild, so it felt like a pretty easy addition to September’s schedule. A Whisker Away was actually supposed to be reviewed in August, but Josee took its place and I have no regrets about that. But I still want to watch it so I just pushed it back a month and we get the best of both worlds. Nisekoi is another Randy recommendation and I see it all over Tiktok. Which not only indicates that Tiktok views on a silver platter are in my future but also means it is likely pretty good. People keep telling me it is better than Golden Time but we will have to see, those are some big shoes to fill.
Sadly, the next two sections will not be very full because I had to get a new computer. For two and a half weeks of July I had only a low functioning computer, which made it really hard to write the reviews and put out social media posts. I have since ordered and gotten a new computer from NZXT! I really like my new computer. I was able to back up all my Armchair Anime stuff from the old computer so everything is running on full steam! The new computer is so responsive and makes editing and exporting so much faster. It makes me super happy to be back to creating again. I always forget how important it is to me that I workout, socialize, and create until I don’t do it for a while and I get pretty down.
Speaking of feeling down, July was a bit rough for that. Aside from my computer not working, I spent a week at my dad’s house watching his dogs and have been unfulfilled at my job. I know spending a week with dogs does not sound bad, but I was just so low energy and stressed from worrying about Armchair Anime because I was unable to post and the drafts were not good enough for my standards. I was tired all the time, I didn’t want to do much, and my job (which is not social at all) just became a burden. On top of that, the Lotad Gang was knee deep exams so I missed out on a lot of socialization that would have made me feel good otherwise.
In order to combat my feeling down, I have started writing stories. I have wanted to be an author all my life but always wrote and discarded, worte and discarded, and repeated. This time I have friends reading my sections. I have committed to a number of stories that I want to tell and have been writing them consistently. It feels really good to be taking steps towards this because if I could, I would be a professional writer. The issue is that once you go into tech, people pigeon hole you there. It is hard to get experience anywhere else, including management, and so you tend to just trade programming jobs for programming jobs, which is lame and I hate it. I would love to share the writing with you but it is already nerve racking enough to share it with my close friends so I want to wait for the final product before I share it with you. I hope you can be patient with me.
Carole and Tuesday was kind of a mess. I have no idea how a story about two girls who just wanted to make music turned into a contemporary critique on isolationism and the Trump presidency. Not only that, but not all of it made sense. The girls were not even the star of the music. So often I found myself wanting to listen to the other artists instead, not because Carole and Tuesday were bad, but because the guests were so dang good. I wanted to keep watching because it felt like two shows. The shows where these young girls tried to create a music career and the show where Mars was used as a thinly veiled analogy for the Trump presidency. The best part is that you have no idea the political elements are coming until the second part. It was wild and I think I will review it at some point because holy moly was this a mess of a show.
Words Bubble Up Like Soda Pop will likely be my first paid review. I have a patreon that I don’t really advertise because I feel like I have not given anything for people to pay for yet, but I really enjoyed this movie and I want to write an awesome review for it. I loved the colors but I am sure that the movie’s use of haikus has created some kind of loss in meaning for english watchers. The premise of the movie is a boy who tweets haikus meets a streamer and starts a little romance. It feels like a very modern movie both in content and in production. I had a lot of fun watching it with the rest of the Lotad Gang and would recommend it to anyone interested. Stay tuned for this review as I have some pretty formed thoughts about this movie and what it spells for the future of anime.
For now, the next review is up next Thursday… cut!