It’s Monday, which means it is time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me. The place where, like the character of Girlfriend, Girlfriend, I try to manage a three-way relationship by giving you my thoughts, views and opinions on everything in the anime and manga world. This week celebrates three years of Shallow Dives in Anime, so I’m just going to ask myself some questions and pass it off as content. Let’s get into it after the cut.
- Three years into the blog, what are you most proud of, what do you think you can do better?
I’m most proud that I’ve managed to keep things going for so long. Doing this almost every week has been a challenge at points, but I’ve never once felt burnout or a wish to stop doing it. I think that is because I give myself breaks in between every other season. It’s nice.
What I wish I could do better is my spelling. Holy shit is it bad at points. I really never look back on the posts after I make them and I really should.
2. Best anime you’ve watched in your third year of Shallow Dives.
Probably Jobless Reincarnation. I really hope the second half is as good as the first. I also REALLY liked Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent.
3. Is there anything you regret posting or wish you could have done better.
There are few posts I do feel that I could have gone deeper into. I feel sometimes The Summer of Love posts are often too broad-strokes for my taste, but I have to do so much in such little time that it is hard. Plus the blog was never meant to be a think piece anime essay type of site. I hate those kind of things.
4. Do you think High School DxD will get its fifth season?
I fucking hope so. If there is anything that deserves another round in the spotlight, it is that show. I’ll accept it if it never happens, but man oh man I hope something comes out soon. It might be a few more years though. Hell with so many series getting new season and ecchi apparently still selling, things are good. Hopefully, probably, bleh.
5. Do you think you’ll stop blogging anytime soon?
I honestly don’t know. I do this to keep my writing (not grammar) skills sharp. It’s an outlet for delivering my thoughts and opinions and I have always enjoyed it. I could probably see myself sunsetting the blog eventually, once I’ve run out of things to say, but I have no intentions of doing so in the near future. I could NEVER do this as a job though, it would suck the soul out of everything.
6. What’s one series you’ll probably never love, considering you give everything a chance.
Food Wars, fuck that show. Fuck it right down to the lowest levels of hell.
7. Advice for any anime fans out there?
Love what you love. Embrace it and be proud of it. But don’t let it become your identity. These are at the end of the day, just comic books and cartoons from Japan. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s okay to feel connections to things, to relate to this or that character. But to have it encompass your entire being is like taking a slow-acting poison. It will consume you from the inside out. There is more to the world than anime and manga, and you ‘handling your fandom’ is just as important as controlling your drinking, maintain a good weight, and other mental health stuff.
8. If all the anime bloggers on WordPress were thrown into a cage match, who would end up winning.
Probably Irina. That woman is as sweet as a button, but would go full Higurashi on us in a moment’s notice. I can just feel it.