Apology and Gratitude

Hey. I’m still alive.

When I said last post that I might disappear now and then, I didn’t think it’d happen so literally.

I don’t think I’ve said this before but I’m trying for a Master’s in English literature. I knew this degree ain’t easy but I sure as hell wasn’t expecting to show up for the first day of class and be bombarded with work. No, really, read+analyze Hamlet, read a 200 line poem, read the whole fucking history of England, prepare a seminar, prepare an assignment…all on the first frickin day.

Fun.

Along with this, I moved to a private hostel and found that it sucked monkey balls so had to move again, all the while remembering how much I hate sharing a room. Plus other stress stuff that I won’t mention for fear of oversharing.

Basically, the week’s been hell in many ways. I’ve settled in a bit now but I haven’t been online in all that time and honestly? I don’t know if I can manage it at all while studying for my M.A while also prepping for another exam I want to take. Seriously, I’ve mostly used the internet to download texts recently and gods, that’s sad.

I hate to say this but forget the hiatus, I might actually disappear from blogging entirely for a while. I know some people can juggle full time work/study with these things but I’m unfortunately not such a person. I’m not happy about this but I’m not happy about a lot of things lately and what can ya do.

 

BUT I didn’t make this post to whine – well not just to whine.

See, around last week, a certain blogger had dropped a hint that he’d do something on Oct 8, my birthday. Now, he denied any plans – I didn’t believe you, Michels – but I knew he was going to do something. And truth be told, I was curious to see what he’d come up with.

But life’s a bitch like that and Oct 8 was actually the day I had to move. After that, it’s been, well, hectic is an understatement. Only tonight did I get back home and manage to log in to wordpress to see Michels’ post.

You can find it here.

Is this guy for real? No, seriously, how can one person be this sweet and kind?? I’m having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that someone this nice actually exists but at the same time, I can’t find it in me to be too surprised because Michels has consistently been an absolute joy to blog with.

So thank you, Michels. I can’t express in words how much your post meant to me. I hate this birthday of mine for many reasons but your kindness is something I’ll always remember and treasure.

It’s not just Michels. Those of you who wished me a happy birthday in the comments also have my deepest gratitude. I know some of you – Karandi, Remy, Weekend, Otaku Judge, Arria – while others are strangers just like I’m a stranger to them, but still, you guys all took some time out of your own busy lives to shoot me a wish and I’m a wee bit (read: a hella lot) stunned here. Thank you.

Thank you.

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Grad School!!!

Guys and gals and nonbinary pals, I have an announcement.

It’s no mystery, the title alone should tell you. I got into grad achool and will soon set about struggling for my Master’s degree.

What does that mean for this blog?

Not a damn thing since I’m already on hiatus. But some of you guys – you know who you are – do see me around in their comment sections regularly so if I vanish abruplty within the next few weeks, do not be alarmed. I am (probably) not dead, just busy and figuring shit out.

God, I hope I get good roommates.

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Favorite Scenes: Yuri on Ice

Following similar posts for Attack on Titan and Shiki, here’s a compilation of my favorite scenes in Yuri on Ice.

As my review of it has made clear, I love Yuri on Ice. It has many elements that make it dear to me, the most important ones being the figure skating itself, the main character Yuuri and also the relationship between Victor and Yuuri. It was once again hard to narrow down my favorites into ten but here we are. Be warned that this is fairly Katsuki Yuuri-centric.

 

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Hiatus (Soon)

Hello. Yes, I’m still alive.

Remember when I said I was going to be busy with grad school admissions and likely to not blog as much?

Well, turns out that shitty management in universities means grad school things are delayed and shitty management in my head means that I’m still not going to blog as much.

Or at all.

I haven’t watched a single anime episode in about a month. It’s been a struggle to even finish the posts that I’d started and the few post you saw in the last few weeks were those. I have one left.

People whose blogs I visit regularly may have noticed that I’ve been AWOL this week. Well, there was this thing that came up and I was away from home with limited internet and came back to over 500 notifications in my inbox. Clearly, the wisest solution was to delete them all and start again.

I will try my best to keep up with your blogs properly from today onwards. But my own blog is going to gather dust for a while. I can’t blog about anime without watching anime and I can’t watch anime.

Seriously, I can’t go five minutes staring at those pretty pixels without wanting to bash my head against a wall. It’s frustrating because I still really love anime.

Fun times. Is this the dreaded burn-out? I don’t know. It’s sure something.

So yeah, D Talks Anime will now go on hiatus. D themself will still be around.

I hope I can return one day soon when I’ve sorted myself out.

 

Don’t be too quick to unsubscribe though. I do have one other post queued. It’s a Favorite Scenes article for Yuri on Ice that I’d been working on alongside the one for Shiki. I finally managed to finish it. Now I just need to get some screenshots. Expect it in a few days.

After that, sayonara.

 

 

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Review: Gakkougurashi!

Anime: Gakkougurashi! | School-Live!

Studio: Lerche

Episodes: 12

Original Run: Jul 9, 2015 to Sep 24, 2015

Genres: Horror, Slice of Life, Psychological

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Review: Another

Anime: Another

Studio: P.A Works

Episodes: 12

Original Run: Jan 10, 2012 to Mar 27, 2012

Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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Review: Steins;Gate

Anime: Steins;Gate

Studio: White Fox

Episodes: 24

Original Run: Apr 6, 2011 to Sep 14, 2011

Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance

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Favorite Scenes: Shiki

I’ve been planning to do this post for ages but it’s late to no one’s surprise. I’m half-afraid I’ve forgotten most of Shiki but that’s what re-watching is for, yes?

Shiki is a vampire horror anime that I’ve already gushed about a couple of times on this blog. It starts slow but is brimming with atmosphere from beginning to end, and the overall product is something wholly unique. This list contains the parts from Shiki that I found really striking. I wouldn’t say that they represent the best of this anime. That’s for you to decide yourselves. This is, as always, my own taste.

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Review: Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Anime: Madan no Ou to Vanadis ||  Lord Marksman and Vanadis

Studio: Satelight

Episodes: 13

Original Run: Oct 4, 2014 to Dec 27, 2014

Genres: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance

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Time to slow down and postpone

Now that my episodic reviews of Another and Gakkougurashi are complete, I should be gearing up to sink my teeth into My Love Story which won the last poll by a large margin.

Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen just yet.

Actually, it’s not going to happen for a while.

Since the first week of May, I’ve been chilling at home, waiting for my results to come. Now they’re here and I got to get ready to tackle grad school. I don’t know where I’ll be going but it’s sure to involve moving into dorms. There’s a lot of things to do before that too but I’m sure none of you want to know the fine details of my life.

Bottom line is that starting this week, my schedule is going to be hectic. Even I don’t know what I’ll be doing or when.

My time for anime is going to be cut down drastically especially since I’ll be devoting a lot of my free time to my writing and also some good old fashioned reading.

I’ll still watch anime of course and I very much intend to be active in blogging. There will be weekly posts and I’ll keep visiting other blogs.

But episodic reviews are going to be shelved for the time being. I suck at brevity so each one ends up roughly 1000 words long and I’ve taken to posting them daily. I could easily keep up with that before but not anymore. Rather than post them on a less frequent basis, I’ve decided to postpone them entirely until I’m properly settled in whatever college I end up.

It may take a few months. I am a lazy pancake who’s not looking forward to all the hassle but eh, c’est la vie.

Thanks for listening to me ramble on.

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