Director’s Cut: Baptism and Writing My Own Stories

This month’s schedule

You already got:

You will get (In order):

  • Battle Game in 5 Seconds
  • Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song

Next Month’s Schedule (In order)

  • Plastic Memories
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Gurren Lagann was a complete disappointment. I heard so many people talk it up, but it really failed to catch my attention and I ended up dropping it. It feels like such a loved show should be deserving of more than this tiny section, but I put it in the same overrated bucket at Code Geass. Battle Game in 5 Second and Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song are up next. I already watched Battle Game and thought it was alright but nothing absolutely special. Vivy is very appreciated by my Discord so I have high hopes for what should be a great musical piece. 

I am sure that next month looks very bare and there is a reason for that. I am writing my own stories now and need time to do that. So I am scaling back to two reviews a month. We have one fan favorite in Plastic Memories. This has been described to me as “Your Lie in April, but robot.” I don’t get why yet, but here we are. Second is a random comment from Tiktok that said I should watch Star Blazers. I saw that it was a Space Opera and it instantly reminded me of Cowboy Bebop, whether this is true or not we can see, and I am excited to watch it. So thank you random commenter, I never would have found this show otherwise.

Other Updates

So my work in RCIA journey has come to a conclusion with my baptism this past Easter! This has been a journey of over two years with lots of learning, lots of self reflection, and lots of falters. My friends Tom and Teckla, who were my sponsors, answered so many questions and were so patient and accepting of me that a process that could easily have been painful was just amazing. The service was fantastic and I was excited that my family was able to go, despite them not being religious and not having the level of investment in the ceremony. It’s not the end of the journey by any means, but it has been a wonderful start.

So I mentioned that I am writing my own stories. Right now, I have three that I am working on, with two being the main focus. The first story is centered around the limited amount of time that we all have with each other and how knowing that amount of time changes relationships and causes people to reevaluate their priorities. The second story is much more fantasy based and deals with the connections we build and how powerful those can be, for better or for worse. How can these connections bring us together or make us want to be further apart? Right now, I am about one fourth the way done with what I expect the length of the first book to be. Obviously I have no hard limit because I write what I want, but I had an idea of what I like to read and I am aiming for that. Nick Mo. has been my editor (suprise surprise) and has been giving me so many great things to think about and helping me organize my thoughts. Armchair Anime has always been about getting better at storytelling so while this might be a bummer to some, this is what it was meant to do in the first place.  

The weather is finally good enough for rollerblading! I have only gone out a couple of times just because life has been incredibly busy with all the hustle and bustle around my baptism, but it has been great to get back on the blades. The most recent time I went out I rode over four miles round trip. I went down by one of my go-to fast and easy chinese places and took a detour to the park that I play my kickball league at. I saw two other rollerbladers, tons of people enjoying the weather, and so many dogs. Only one dog freaked out when he saw me but he was a rat dog so I wasn’t worried about falling. My legs hurt a lot the next day but that is what I get for not working out for so long. Once kickball starts up again I will rollerblade to the game so I should get some fitness back pretty soon here. 

Side Anime!

Normally, I am not one to watch a lot of the seasonal anime, but this season I have been keeping up with a bunch of titles. Namely, Spy x Family, Trapped in a Dating Sim, Love is War, Science Fell in Love, So I tried to Prove It, Rising of the Shield Hero, and Love After World Domination. Funnily enough, for as great as last season was, this season has plenty of charm. Chika is back and just as much of a cheater as ever. Love is War feels closer than ever to really forcing the characters to admit their feelings for each other, while still staying so true to the characters. If you aren’t watching Spy x Family, I feel like you are missing out. The show is so incredibly cute and Anya takes another dub for the happy pink haired girls. I have been watching each week with my friends before the League of Legends Championship Series. Some of my friends that only watch a little anime are watching it with me and realizing that anime is more than just One Piece

Most recently the Discord watched the movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. Shows that do timelines or any kind of time traversal have it tough. The trope is heavily explored, the storylines are limited, and they can often be predictable. Yet, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was fantastic. I still have trouble putting it side by side with the rest of the shows that I rated, but the style of the art was unique and I still think about the scenes. If I ever had the chance to get the art book, if there was one, I would pick it up in a heartbeat. I remember that the Lotad Gang was watching another anime movie, an old one… or maybe it was when we rewatched a Pokemon movie, but I saw the trailer for this movie in one of the trailers for the movie. If you get the chance to sail the seas and watch it, I think you should give the surprisingly mature highschool romance a shot. 

Thanks again to all the people that read every review. I really appreciate the people that I see liking the post and all the people that I cannot see that read in anonymity.

For now, the next review is up next Thursday… cut!

Published by Marshal Brummel

Anime Amateur

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