I was originally just going to put “Top 10 Anime of 2012″ as the title, since it’s already obvious this list is just my opinion and such, but I caved and changed it because it made the title look better aesthetically. Two words followed by a number, then another two words followed by another number. Sweet.
The rules for this list are simple: the show needed to end at some point during 2012. Actually, that’s the only rule, but this means that shows could start in late 2011 as long as they continued into 2012. Oh, and only shows I actually watched can make the list, obviously.
So basically this is the ballot I sent in for the APR Best of 2012 voting. I just flipped the order they’re listed in and expanded a bit more on some of the reasons for picking a few of the shows. However, this is still ultimately just a list, so I’m still only giving about a sentence or two to explain why I picked each one.
Oh my, already time for the new season? But I’m not even caught up on the last one! I am getting pretty close, though.
So this is coming out pretty late, considering stuff starts airing tomorrow (except for Kingdom, but pretty much nobody is watching that anyways). But hey, at least it means I get to use the most up-to-date chart, right?
Also, I’m making an actual deadline for Readers’ Pick voting this time around. The poll will close on July 5th at 5:00pm PST, so get your vote in before then! Or if you’re Game, sabotage the poll again before then.
As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been back for a while. I probably should have posted this a few days ago. Oh well, I’m still relaxing since summer is here.
So last time when I “upgraded” the blog to 2.0, it wasn’t actually much. I just added a blogroll, created a Twitter, and removed one category I had been doing. It was more of a 1.1 upgrade than anything. This one, however, is a true upgrade, because I’m doing some pretty big changes to how I’m doing things.
While I don’t mind that I lost the tourney, Dark_Sage has a point in that my recent posts lacked any real personality to them. It was just addressing good and bad points in shows, then justifying those claims. Some of the posts were pretty short by my standards, and even then I sometimes had to grasp at straws to get the posts to be that long. I even looked at my Shana III review, and it lacked any real emotion to it, except for maybe a few parts.
So I’m scrapping it. No more previews or reviews, unless it’s a show I’m emotionally invested in (so either a really good one, a really bad one, or a show that has an impactful scene or two). Instead I’m going for a format similar to Yi and Yumeka and such, where I’ll write a posts whenever I wish and they’ll primarily be editorials. Though I’m actually reluctant to say editorial, because they’ll be inspired by specific episodes, whether it be a plot point, or how something is handled, or whatever.
Not all is different, though. I feel like without having required posting, I’d fade away from the desire to blog, so I’m keeping the Reader’s Pick category. This also means I’ll still do season previews, if anything so that I can put up the poll for the thing. I’ll also have normal editorials and such. But posts won’t take too long to come out, I already have a couple of ideas for posts.
And that’s about it; I’m not sure if I missed anything. I’ll try to get out a Saki super post soon to catch up, but I have quite a few other shows to catch up on too, so we’ll see.
I like to end these kinds of personal blog-related posts by telling people they can ask me stuff, so go ahead if you want. Ever wanted to know my favourite colour? Well now’s your chance. Or you could ask my opinion on things, such as shows or writing, because
I like to think my opinions are super important and awesome.
EDIT: I should mention there are other reasons I’m switching to this format, too. One is that this method actually does appeal to me more than what I had been doing. The bigger one is that I’m sick and tired of my blogging and gaming taking punches at each other. I constantly have to give up one for the other, but with this new format, it should prevent it.
And if you doubt I can continue to come up with posting topics based on episodes I watch, just look back at my Shana episodics. Remember when one of them had 2000+ words about a 3-4 minute scene? Yeah, I can write more based on how much I personally feel about the topic or whatever. Of course not all of my posts will be that long, but that’s just an example of what it’s like to write about something that genuinely interests me.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, then you know that I’m currently on a short hiatus. It’s partly due to TERA coming out, but also because there’s other stuff I want to do right now. Also, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that losing in the tourney made it easy for me to not post for a while. Not like I needed to have new content out and ready for people.
Admittedly, this may be a dumb thing to finally post, since for all I know this hiatus could be over in just a few days (or even tomorrow), but I figured I’d throw it up here for people that don’t follow me on Twitter and was wondering if I was dead.
This isn’t the end though, I’ll definitely be back. Like I said, maybe even sooner than later, but I still felt the need to put this up.
Until I’m back, you can still talk to me on Twitter, and I’ll probably still be commenting on other people’s posts.
As I’ve been saying on Twitter, my posting got delayed because I wanted to finish Mass Effect 3 over the weekend so it wouldn’t interfere with me actually going to my classes. I did manage to accomplish this, and I finished at around 6:00am Monday. Talk about cutting it close.
Also, a fairly large chunk of people have been complaining about the endings. I won’t spoil anything, but I don’t understand this at all; I thought the endings were great. I do agree the epilogues (the videos for the endings) were extremely lacking, but the endings were perfectly fine.
Anyways. seeing as how I didn’t get the last seasonal impressions post out until well after the season had started, I figured it’d be a good idea to get this one out nice and early. Plus, starting early is also a good idea, in case I need to spend more than one day on this, seeing as how there’s a whopping 44 shows to write little quips for. Oh boy.
But wait, there’s more! I have something super special in store for the end of the post that involves you readers! It’s something I only just thought up as I was writing those last two paragraphs, even though it doesn’t really have much to do with them (other than being about anime, obviously). What can I say, my mind is just constantly in motion.
About time I got to work on this post. I was going to be productive and write it before today, but then my Internet decided to fluctuate like a lunatic. It wasn’t so much that it was going on and off, it was more like it was capping me to speeds so slow that I couldn’t connect to anything at all, but then randomly restoring itself to normal for a few seconds. It was very strange and very annoying.
Anyways, this post will be done in my usual style (or more accurately, lack of style), with no pictures other than the chart at the beginning. I’m actually interested to go through this chart, because I remember seeing an early version of the season’s chart and only wanting to see three or four shows. Perhaps with a newer chart my mind will be changed.
So I was going to do that season preview, but then I realized that this blog has actually reached the one-year mark… nine days ago.
I’m not sure whether this is a bad thing since I missed it, or a good thing because I’m not purely focused on reaching a goal line of sorts. But whatever, that’s besides the point. Lets hold a mini celebration, shall we? *starts gathering confetti*
Oh, and I know the site itself has been alive longer than a year, but Riyoga’s Ramblings in and of itself did not exist until January 8, 2011.
To all of you celebrating some kind of holiday, I hope it’s a blast!
To those of you not celebrating any holidays, enjoy the time off from work/school!
If you get neither of those… well then continue to live life!
As I said on my Twitter, I won’t be posting tomorrow due to Christmas and all. I should be able to get the post out the day after, but no promises. For all I know one of my friends could get something badass (like a portal gun or a real life Pokémon), and then my attention will be elsewhere. We’ll see.
Yes, I’m going to post an episodic for both episodes of Shana that are out that I haven’t covered yet. But I have classes to deal with first so that’ll be later today.
As for why I didn’t post, obviously NaNoWriMo is still going on (which I’m horrendously behind on), but I got accepted to play the beta for Star Wars: The Old Republic for this last weekend, which, believe it or not, took even higher priority over watching Shana. But I was basically playing 24/7. And it was awesome.
I’d explain what I did in it and why it was so damn awesome, but participating in the beta weekend(s) requires signing an actual, legit nondisclosure agreement, so NOPE.
NOTE: THIS POST IS A STICKY. NEW POSTS WILL APPEAR UNDER IT.
This’ll just be a quick post to let people know what’s planned for November since this is going to be an interesting month for me.
First of all, posting will be slowed pretty significantly. Then again, since I’m done with previews soon, there won’t be much change from my blogging schedule mid-season, except for maybe a bit slower than that. This is because I’m planning to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, so all of my typing will be dedicated to a different purpose.
Not to mention, I have a midterm in three days. I also have a vital one closer to the end of the month. I’m hoping to finish the previews soon (hopefully Guilty Crown tonight; UN-GO should be Thursday at the latest), and then I’ll work on that seasonal awards post which will probably come out at some point in the middle of the month. I’ll continue to do Shana weekly, since it takes priority over everything, and I may throw out a few editorials or random posts here or there, but don’t expect any great length.
So if I don’t post for a bit and you’re wondering where I’m at, now you’ll know. Though I shouldn’t go without posting for more than a week due to Shana and all. Though if Eclipse starts to lag behind on releases, that’d slow the posting down. Otherwise, I’ll try to get at least two posts out per week (Shana and something else) so I don’t have a repeat of the summer where I vanished for about a month. I used to hit the three digits in views each day back then until that happened, and I don’t want to let that happen again.
Anyways, that’s about everything I wanted to cover. I’ll try and get the preview on Guilty Crown out tonight, but it might get delayed until tomorrow since I need sleep.