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A D-mail conversation with Raistlin (part 6)

All good things come to an end, as I am afraid we have reached the last installment of my collab post with the wonderful Irina. If you haven’t already, check out last week’s part over on Irina’s blog. Before I move on to the final part, on a personal note I want to apologise for not having responded to some comments left on this post. Trust me it’s not because I am ignoring you but it’s because currently I am really not feeling like my usual self. It’s hard to even write a comment sometimes or find any spark of energy to even write someting. I am sad that I have missed out on a lot of posts, and haven’t been able to keep my promise for still being around here. I am doing my best to find that energy again, so please be patient with me if you can. Now, before this becomes way too depressing, on to the fun stuff: Part 6 of the Steins;Gate review. I hope you will enjoy it, and thank you again Irina for doing this amazing project with me. It’s been a blast!

Inbox Gmail: Raistlin 0903, dated 2017/18/02

From: Irina

Contrast is key

Hello everyone, it’s Raistlin (yeah who else would it be). I’m back again to continue the review of the time travel epic anime series Steins; Gate. I hope you are all ready for this as we are entering the final arc of this series. And you know that’s where things can really go wrong. We all have probably seen countless examples of enjoying something thoroughly, and having the final ruin everything that came before. The past hours I have felt this weird pressure as if someone is overlooking my every move. It’s nothing quite as sinister as The Organisation that is looking over my shoulder, but more a guiding and helping hand that makes sure that I don’t screw this up. As I said before, this is an important review. I’m writing it to make sure that everyone ends up loving this series as much as I have. But also for that blogger that I have mentioned that you all still haven’t met. I have, she is an amazing friend, and the impact she will have on this community will be felt throughout the centuries. Irina is her name: don’t forget it, you will thank me later.

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Nothing to see here….move on please…..

Okay in the last segment I talked about the fact that the first segment while slow, is very important, a joy to watch, and probably even the best thing about this entire anime.I have also let it shine through that the second half of the show is much darker. But exactly what do I mean with that, and how does it hold up in the overall scheme of things? I’m not going to tell you what happens because I have pretty much always avoided putting spoilers in my post, so I am not going to start now. Suffice it to say though that when that shift in tone occurs, you won’t be ready for it. There were very subtle hints in the first half, another thing that’s so clever about Steins;Gate. But the true shock will hit you like a sledgehammer. It will wrench your gut, and it will make you cry. You might even feel as if you are slowly suffering a heart attack. And after it happens, the anime shifts gears. Radically. It almost seems as if you are watching an entirely different show.

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What do you mean we are watching an entirely different show??!!

I often had a hard time wondering what this series wanted itself to be. But looking back now that is pretty much exactly what you shouldn’t be doing. You see, what happens in this second half is that it creates an atmosphere of true desperation. A lot of things that seemed so very innocent in the beginning turned out to have very dire consequences. And you feel Okabe’s sense of urgency. You feel his heartbreak, his need to fix things in the right way. But maybe some things can’t be fixed. Or when they are fixed, they might leave a timeline that is even worse than the one created now. And I do say timeline, because the build up to the real time travelling aspects of the show, come to the fore in this second half. Think full on Back to the Future stuff and then some. As someone who really loves everything that even has a single spark of time travelling in it, I think this is where Steins;Gate really shines the most. And not for the reasons you might think. It’s not just the way that this show handles the concept of time travel itself.

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Jeezzzz…..you are really making me upset here…..

No, what makes the time travel really work is the way this series is built up. The first half lures you in with this sense of calm, the funny dialogues, the establishing of the relationships, in short it seems to set the tone for the entire anime. At least that’s what you think. There are of course hints thrown your way that you might not pick up on until much later. And then that second half hits you: the tone is dark, the characters you know suddenly are much different when what you are used to, and you might even wonder where the series you loved so much all of a sudden disappeared to. But once the initial shock dissipates, you begin to go on the same journey that Okabe is going on. You want him to succeed at fixing things. You cry when he fails another attempt. You feel the sense of dread that maybe it won’t end happily. Every time jump into the past your heart races, hoping that maybe this is the one where our favorite mad scientist succeeds.

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Okay, we are done, let’s go drink some Dr. Pepper.

Steins;Gates’ contrast in tones is a stroke of genius. And I appreciate the show even more for doing it in this way. It takes a concept that at first seems very innocent to a level that you simply would not expect when you first start with this anime. If all my writing about this hasn’t been enough yet to convince you that you should really check this one out, then I don’t know what I can do more. Well, maybe there is one last thing. Somewhere, in the future, a time traveller called Irina will appear. Her identity right now is still hidden in mystery. When she first appears, you might not even realise her greatness yet. Almost like Steins;Gate she lures you in very cleverly. But make no mistake. Her blogging skills are awe inspiring and will blow you away. One day out of the blue, she will start to talk about this anime. And she will convince you even more to go and watch it than I have done. If for some reason the first time you might not have enjoyed Steins; Gate, try it again. Because who knows? Maybe time will change things for you…….Psy El Congroo……

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Finding Balance…..(A personal post)

Hey everyone. I’ll try to warn you all in advance, this is not going to be a happy post. It’s a post that I’m quite honestly writing with a thumping heart, as I don’t quite know what the response is going to be like. I have been blogging for two and a half years now, and next year in June my three year anniversary is coming up. When I started my blog I had really no idea what I was doing. It was just something that I created to share my thoughts on the stuff that I loved: Movies, Tv series, Anime, Books and Boardgames. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever thought that I would reach more than 1500 followers, from all kinds of places around the world. I have made friends here, and I’m really talking about real and true friendships. That for me has always been the one thing that I have always been the most grateful for. But that said, lately I feel that things have become unbalanced for me. I will explain what I mean by that later. There really is no easy way to say this so I guess I will just spit it out: this might be my final year of blogging.

Work

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If only work was more like this…

Right now, without getting into any real details, things are really rough at work. Basically what it comes down too is that the work that I do is usually done by six people, and it’s now being done by only two. Literally. And guess who one of those two people is? That’s right: me. Some days things are fine, other days I come home pretty exhausted, and just want to crash and read a book or watch something. For those of you who have known me for a while now, you also know one of the things I really like to do is read your posts, and write comments on them. But I have also started thinking that lately the balance between work, blogging and free time is to put it mildly off balance. Of the 5-6 hours of free time that I usually have on weekdays, I spent 3-4 hours of that on reading posts and writing comments. Hence I only have 1, maybe 2 hours of time to do other things. I used to comment on my phone at work in less busy times, but those times are gone, at least for the moment. I have a lot of hobbies, and I started to realise that as much love that I have for blogging, I am maybe spending a little bit too much time on this. There are dvds, books, and boardgames that are still in boxes and that I have never even opened yet. And that isn’t even a joke.

Changes

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Not all changes are good…..

Having said this, I am going to be taking a step back for a bit, and be a little bit less active. You might have already noticed that I haven’t really been visiting your blogs lately, much less have left any kind of comments. No worries, I will gradually return and start reading again, as well as provide some of my customary comments. I will just not be doing it as actively as I have been doing the past two years. I might miss an occasional post, or maybe not leave a comment but just a like. I am doing this because I know that if I don’t, I might stop blogging alltogether sooner rather than later. It was beginning to feel too much like work, instead of a hobby. I guess it’s the old saying, too much of a good thing is, well too much. It is quite frankly hard to make a decision like this. But I hope you understand why I am making it. I just want to focus a bit on other things as well, and get some more rest instead of adding more pressure. That is usually the road to a burn out, and I am not willing to risk that, no matter how much I love all of you.

The near future

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Always in motion the future is…..

So what does this mean for my own blog? Well, I will still try and publish posts whenever I can. I currently am still in the middle of my collab with the wonderful Irina (who has already made it clear to me that she won’t allow me to leave lol), and there is another seriously cool project coming up with the awesome Ayano that I am very excited about as well. Those will definitely still go ahead. If all goes well another collab that I am not going to tell you about just yet, and is something entirely different than I have ever done, will be seeing daylight in December as well. Next to the collabs I will try and put out some other content, including the long awaited review for the Korean drama Voice, season 7 of Game of Thrones, and new installments of Bloggers in the Spotlight and The Wors/Best anime you (might not) have seen yet. One or two book reviews will be heading your way too, as well as hopefully a few new movie reviews. In other words, I will still try to bring you as much content as I can manage.

The far future

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Okay, this image was maybe a bit too dramatic…..

And that brings me to the ominous message in the beginning, of maybe ending my blogging career entirely. Well, first off nothing is set in stone yet. But next year is going to be the year of some major changes for me. My company is moving to another town, and instead of me being home in five minutes, it will now take me more than an hour of travel time back and forth. That means that the precious free time that I have, will be even less next year. I have also been living at home supporting my parents because of various reasons. In order for me to cut back on my travel time, in all likelyhood I will start searching for my own place that is nearer to my work. Which means another very big change for me. With all these things going on, it might become impossible for me to keep up blogging. The way it is now, things are already very busy, next year it will become even crazier. I don’t want to leave to be honest, and I will try to keep my blog up and running. At the same time I don’t want to keep a promise I might not be able to keep. That’s why I wrote this post as I don’t want to disappear into the night so to speak.

A heartfelt thank you

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Could not have said it better myself!

While this post might seem like doom and gloom, I will try everything I can to keep spending as much time as I can here. Even if things might end completely next year, one thing I will continue to do is keep in touch. I am incredibly thankful of all the amazing friendships that I have made here, and the wonderful support I have always had from everyone for me and my blog. I could not have kept on blogging without the support from all of you, and for that you all truly have my heartfelt thanks. Everyone who has read my posts over the years, left a like or a comment or contacted me personally, all of you, are amazing. At the same time I also want to apologise for dropping this bomb and become a less active member of the community at least for a bit. I hope you understand why I came to this decision. I have to think about myself for a change, which is quite frankly something new and quite a challenge lol. However things will turn out, especially next year, I promise that I won’t fade away. You all mean too much to me for that. Thank you all for reading and have a great weekend.

It’s a blogging anniversary…and again it’s not mine!

You know, I just realised something. My blog turns three years old next year (If I make to that date, which isn’t so sure anymore, but more on that later this week) on june the 6th to be exact. And I have never held a blogging anniversary. No idea why really. Maybe it’s because I just like being happy for other people more? Yeah I know: I’m weird that way. Today it’s time to celebrate again, as someone’s blog has turned one year old. Now a while back I promoted Irina’s blogging anniversary in this way as well, and by a strange coincidence the blogger that celebrates today is also from Canada. You would almost think that there is a certain trend going on here. Anyways, I am of course talking about the wonderful, amazing, funny and totally awesome Nicole aka the Bookworm Drinketh. I already prepared her that I was going to do something like this (because well I want to avoid physical and mental trauma, both on her side and mine). So….let’s get to the celebration already!!

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Not that I won’t get punched in the face anyway.

Far Side Tuesday

One of the things that I really like about Nicole’s blog…or should I say about Nicole, is her sense of humor. Everything she writes pretty much always includes something that makes me laugh out loud. Her writing focusses primarily on books, but the reviews that she writes are not only very good (you hear that Nicole, they are VERY GOOD), but it’s the humor that adds that special ingredient to the cocktail. Another feature of her blog is the Far Side Friday cartoons that always announce the weekend and never fail to make me smile. So of course, I just had to include a couple of those in this post.

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Celebrating The Bookworm Drinketh’s anniversay is best done with a Nicole cocktail (Just probably not this one…..)

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Now, no post for Nicole would be complete without at least including a drink. If you aren’t following her yet (for the love of God why aren’t you yet???!!!) she always concludes a book review with a home made drink. So it goes without saying that I have to include one here right. Sorry this one is non alcoholic (But, I guess that is just what makes this one extra funny, seeing as Nicole just loves a good drink! 🍸)

Ingredients

  • One can of Cherry Coke
  • One straw
  • A few slices of Dutch Cheese
  • A pack of cheese crisps
  • A plate
  • A bowl

Directions (Like you need them for this)

  1. Open up the can (be careful not to cut into your fingers while doing this)
  2. Put the straw in the can
  3. Put the slices of cheese on a plate
  4. Open the bag of cheese crips (begin eating them) and put them in a bowl
  5. Put on your favorite tv show/movie
  6. Sit back in your favorite comfy chair, and start binging (both the show and the food/drink)

To close things of….

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Okay, I was saying to close things of, not destroy things……

All good things must come to an end, but it would not be me if I wouldn’t at least go on one final speech as to why you should follow Nicole in the first place. You see Nicole is one of those persons that doesn’t like to be put in the spotlight, because she just wants to be there for other people. She always has a kind thing to say, works hard, and goes above and beyond the call of duty to promote books for writers that she loves. And she does this all for free. Best of all it once again proves that you can really gain some great friends from blogging. And you don’t always have to be living in the same country to establish some truly wonderful friendships. So let’s try and blow up Nicole’s blogging stats today. Go ahead and leave some likes, but especially some comments (she loves those) on her posts.  If you aren’t following her yet, just go ahead and press the link, and subscribe: You won’t be disappointed! Nicole: Happy Blogging Anniversary, and hopefully your blog will continue for a lot more years! Here’s to many more years of  friendship 🍻🍻

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Yep: go and rush over to Nicole’s blog: like ASAP!

 

A busy week….

Hi everyone! This is just going to be a very short post where I’m just letting you all know that I am not going to be around much on wordpress this week. As I have four days where I have activities planned right after work, and there are some plans for the weekend as well, I won’t be home a lot. As such I unfortunately won’t be able to keep up with reading all your posts and providing my usual comments on them. My apologies for that, but I thought I would at least let you all know, hence I wrote this post. There will be one scheduled post coming out on wednesday from me, which is the second part of my collab post with Irina. Other than that the Raist isn’t going to be around again until next week. That is unless the alien invaders from the galaxy of Andromeda finally decide to attack the Earth or the horrors from Dimension X get summoned. But I guess we all have bigger problems if that happens. I hope you will all have a great week, and I will talk to you all again soon!

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Let us hope this isn’t on the agenda for next week……..

 

Megane Day 2018

So today it’s Megane Day! Yes, I know right, you are probably all very excited about this especially since you all know what this is about. You don’t? Wow, that’s a total shocker. Don’t worry though, I was as much in the dark about this day as probably most of you are. I found about this day through Mel’s awesome blog (yes this is also a shameless plug to follow her blog as it’s totally cool not to mention the fact that she is totally amazing herself as well). But now that you have pushed that follow button, what exactly is Megane Day? A Megane is a character wearing glasses. And in Japan the 1st October is a national day that is called Megane Day (which for the record is not an official holiday). So that’s pretty straightforward huh? Now Mel came up with this great idea to also celebrate it here over on WordPress which is what this post is all about. Now as I am still a bit of an anime novice (notice that I am not saying noob anymore) I tried hard to come up with a megane character. And not surprisingly as I haven’t seen as much anime as some of the experts around here, I had to think about this for a bit.

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Maximilian Jenius as seen in Macross.

But, then it hit me. When I was nine years old I saw an animation series called Robotech. While it technically isn’t anime it was formed out of three separate Japanese animes, and then put through the blender to form a new animation series for Western audiences. One of those shows was called Macross, and it is a series that went on to spawn numerous sequels. Macross tells the story of an alien ship crashlanding on Earth during a time where global war was laying waste to the planet. But with the threat of an alien invasion imminent humanity pulled together and started to salvage the ship as well as adapting the technology found inside. One of the most awesome things they managed to create were the transformable fighter jetplanes called Valkyries. And of course those things needed pilots. Maximilian Jenius (or Max Sterling as he is known in Robotech) was one of those pilots, and he is my chosen character for Megane Day.

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Max and Milia on their wedding day.

Don’t let his appearance fool you. When we first meet him, Max is very shy and humble and tells his commanding officer that he will probably need a lot of help out in the fight. But when the aliens attack, and Maximilian gets to show off his skills, everyone is completely baffled by his performance. He becomes the ace of the series, and manages to save a lot of lives in the process. But what he will be most remembered for is falling in love with the beautiful but deadly alien Milia Fallyna. Now one has to understand that the aliens that attack the Earth to reclaim their lost ship are a race of warriors that have never experienced emotions. Milia was on a mission to kill him since he had bested her in aerial combat multiple times. But, in the end his compassion and courage managed to make her fall for him as well, and they ended up getting married. So I guess in the end it all comes down to one thing: First impressions can be very wrong indeed! Happy Megane Day!

Bloggers in the Spotlight, Volume 5

Hello everybody! It’s hard to believe, but in a few more days we will be entering the first of the final three months of the year. That’s crazy isn’t it? It seems that time just keeps moving faster and faster, but it could also mean that maybe I am just getting old. Or it’s just me, I will let you be the judge of that. Anyways, with this month almost over it’s time for another Bloggers in the Spotlight segment. If you are new to my blog and not yet know what this is all about, let me explain for you shortly. In Bloggers in the Spotlight I put some bloggers erm in the spotlight and give you a chance to discover new blogs that you might not have yet heard of. As I have a multi-topic blog I always try to feature bloggers in different categories. So without furter ado, let’s get to these shall we!

Scott- Mechanical Anime Reviews

78845D97-E57D-49D7-A778-CFA3B9913314 One of my favorite genres in anime is the Mecha genre. Which you probably wouldn’t realise as I have hardly done any reviews on those. If you want to find out more about this terrific genre in the world of anime though, I can not think of a better place then Scott’s wonderful blog. I haven’t even been following Scott for very long, only a few months now, but I have pretty much kicked myself for not having followed it sooner. You see not only is Scott a very friendly guy to talk to, but his posts are always wonderful to read. Featuring reviews, weekly overviews on space/mech shows he is currently watching this is just one of those blogs that you really want to check out if you are a fan of all things mech/space related. He delivers some very high quality content, so seriously what are you waiting for: go on over there and hit that follow button!

BiblioNyan

27573396-F07D-4CE9-96B8-87D3D253EFB9 Now really what can I say about this blog and the woman behind it that doesn’t sell it short. The Biblionyan is a blog that features reviews and previews for books, movies, anime even Korean dramas. So in that way, she pretty much has the same content I have with one very noteworthy exception and those are her selfcare posts. Every week she writes an extensive and very well written post about selfcare. Not only are they extremely helpful they are often very brave and I have nothing but respect for the way she manages to write these. But one would almost forget how incredible she is herself. She is an extremely supportive blogger who always has a friendly word for everyone and is very active on twitter where she always promotes other people’s work. So this time it’s only right to put her in the spotlight for a change. Well, pretty much a no brainer huh? Hit that link and follow, you know you want to!

Lily’s Blissful Pages

8DD731AB-E3F9-4C7C-A427-DC54E10DE0B5 Reading is one of the things that I love to do, but I always find myself falling behind with books. The even worse part is that I follow a lot of bookbloggers that seem to insist on adding more books to my to read list lol. Lily is one of those book bloggers, and one that is also hard at work on becoming an aspiring writer. In my book (see what I did there) she is already there as her book reviews are just becoming better and better all the time. She reviews a wide range of different kinds of novels, not just in one kind of genre, so there is probably something there for everyone. Another thing I like is the read-a-longs she partipates in where she and other bloggers just read books for 24 hours. (And try to stay awake in the process). Lily is a very kind person to talk to, who always responds to comments and in short this is just one of the many reasons why you should follow her. So, I’ll wait for you to press on that link in case you haven’t already.

Late to the Game Blog

B274CE7F-1F41-4727-A666-940861DA2F3F Another blogger that covers a wide and incredibly varied range of topics, this is just one of those blogs that pretty much has it all. Especially if you love Star Trek and movies. Late to the Game currently features episode reviews for the terrific Star Trek series the next generation, but there are also movie reviews for all kinds of different films and even music is covered by him. Another feature I love about this blog is the daily “Things I’m Grateful For” post, which is in short three bullet points for a particular day that this blogger was thankful for. I think that’s very unique indeed. I have been following this one for quite a while now, and it’s always a delight to talk to him about a particular topic on one of his posts. Well, I pretty much know I have your interest now, so this blog is only one click away and you are there too!

The Things I have seen Blog

DBCC2848-03B2-434A-866B-CBBA650CBB8E The last blog to be featured this month, is certainly not the least. The things I have seen  blog is harder to describe, not because it isn’t totally awesome, but because it really covers so many different things. Anime and movies are definitely featured on this blog, with some very interesting and well written posts on them. But the one thing I think that sets this blog apart from others is the art. Because pretty much every post has pictures to liven it up that were designed by the host of this blog. And it always looks amazing. The fun thing is that there are also posts that let’s us see how some of that art was created and those are always very cool. But let’s not forget that we also have a host here who is always very humble, and very fun to talk to in the comments sections. We have had some great talks about the different posts on both our blogs and those have always been a delight. So in other words, no more talking about it, hit the link and follow it already. You will not regret this for a second!

This is the end….

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No worries, I can see all of you frowning already. I just meant the end of this post, not the end of my blog or anything even more worrysome! I hope you all enjoyed this month’s installment and hopefully will press the links to follow all of these if you aren’t already because they really deserve it each and every one of them. Anyways, ofcourse Bloggers in the Spotlight will return to you next month. And no, again I am not going to tell you who will be featured then. As the great Forrest Gump used to say: life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get! See you on the next post 😊

Raistlin Classroom: The Art of Commenting

You all know Arthifis right? I mean seriously, how could you not? The guy has written some amazing posts that were very helpful and gave all of us some great tips on how to blog. And not only that he is one of the friendliest guys out here in this community. A few weeks ago he reached out to me asking me if I would be interested in doing a collab post. I was honored and of course needless to say I accepted! But I was even more surprised to hear that it would be because he wanted some tips on how to comment on posts from erm…me? Well, as most of you know I love placing comments, and I think it’s one of the best things about blogging. So in the post below you can find an interview with me taken by Arthifis on that very same subject. I also have to say that he did a pretty good job in making me blush again, but as many of you know I excell at taking revenge, so I am sure I will think of something to return the favor 😊 Seriously though, I want to thank Arthifis for making such a great post and for a subject that I still believe is one of the best things blogging has to offer. So head on over to his blog and read it, and if you are not yet following him, be sure to do so right now!

Arthifis' Place

Hello guys and welcome to our place!

So, today I bring you something different… I? Well, I should say we! That’s right, it’s time for a new collab which I couldn’t be happier!

Today we have the great and mighty Raistlin in the house! Yeah, that’s true! Raist is here and it’s time for him to give his own class.

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Plans……😢

Helly everyone! It seems that lately every time I make plans for my blog, real life seems determined to throw a wrench in them. It’s beginning to really annoy me. I (or White Blood Cell so to speak) have been trying to get rid of my flu bug for almost a week now. It’s a nasty one, because every time I have the idea that I am feeling better, it apparently feels the need to mutate into something new. Today is such a day again as I woke up feeling like the cold just started. But there is a silver lining too. My vacation has now officially started, and I can take the time to, well do pretty much anything I want. No work stress for at least three weeks, and I will hopefully do a lot of blogging too. Starting tomorrow, I want to spent some time catching up with your blogs. Probably won’t be able to read all the posts I have missed, but I do want to try and read as much as I can. If there is any post in particular that you want me to check out, let me know in the comments section below.

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All the Violet Evergarden post needs, is a click on the Publish button. 

Tomorrow you can also expect my first real anime post for quite a while, and it’s one for a series that has taken a very special place in my heart: Violet Evergarden. Won’t go into any details yet, but it’s one of the special ones for sure. Hopefully with some more rest today, I can get back into full swing the next couple of days, as I really have some exciting things to write about. And as you know, anime is going to be featuring heavily this upcoming month as it’s something I have been neglecting a bit these past few weeks. Again my apologies. It seems that lately I’m turning into a bit of a whiner, with posts like these coming out, instead of writing about the things that I really want to write about. But I also want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of you readers, for being so amazing and giving so much support to me. It really means a lot. So be patient with me for just a little while more, I assure that I will be back stalking spamming your comments sections soon enough, as well as overloading the reader. Everyone have a great weekend!

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No running away just yet White Blood Cell, you still have work to do! 

 

Cells at Work……In me!

Hello everyone!

This just going to be a very short post letting everyone know that my body has once again been invaded by a nasty flu germ, and I’m pretty much feeling like crap. (Sorry for the foul language). I can only hope that White Blood Cell is up to the task of defeating it. I’m sorry for not being able to currently read posts and reply to your comments. I hope to be back as soon as I can. My apologies….

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White Blood Cell is hard at work…..I hope 😢

The Blog Evolution Tag

Hello everyone! So, it’s time for another tag. But this one is a bit different than usual. Because it was created by none other than the awesome Karandi James and ……me! Yes people we have a new and original tag for you, that we both hope everyone is going to enjoy. It’s also a bit more unique, at least we think so, because as far as we know this is the first collab tag. So how did this tag come about, and what exactly is The Blog Evolution Tag? Karandi and I have been blogging for roughly the same amount of time, and as we so often do, we were exchanging comments on a post and started talking about blogging. More specifically about the fact that over the years our blogs, and writing styles changed (hopefully for the better! 😅). We also said it might be fun to one day revisit some of our old posts and compare them to what we are doing now. And then an idea started forming about how we might turn this into a tag and let a fellow blogger be the judge of what exactly changed. And so, we now proudly present: The Blog Evolution Tag! Let’s dive into the rules, and then of course Karandi and myself are going to present the first post!

The Rules

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Better obey these rules….or else……!!!
1. Pick a partner with whom you want to this tag (yes, as mentioned this is going to be a collaboration tag!)
2. Select a post from the early days of your blog (preferably the very first post you ever wrote)
3. Select a post from the current days of your blog
4. Send your selections to your partner and ask him/her the three questions below and also answer them yourself as well.
a. What did you like about each post?
b. What do you think has changed the most?
c. What do you think might change in the future?
5. Both of you then write a post for the two old/new posts of your own blog, but you include the answers your partner gave you
6. Link back to the original post of the creators of this tag: Karandi & Raistlin
7. Try to publish your tag post around the same time your partner does and include The Blog Evolution Logo
8. Select 3 people to also get tagged (only select the person you want to tag not his/her partner).

 

The Questions:

A. The Old Post: What I liked about it

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The Old Post, my first one ever written: D-day a Korean Drama Series

Michel’s answer: Well, this is actually the first post that I have written when my blog started. It’s for a Korean drama series call D-Day. At the time I wrote this one, I really did not have a clue what I was doing. I had no real plan for my blog, and I just wrote it purely on my own feelings for this series. And I guess that is pretty much what I like about this post: it is a quite enthusiastic post and at least get’s across the fact that it’s a show that I truly enjoyed watching.

Karandi’s answer: This tag is great, I got to read a post from Raistlin that I’d never seen before. This post has Raistlin’s characteristic review structure already kind of worked out where we get a bit of an overview about the film/show in question and then we get into some more specific aspects. I loved how much enthusiasm Raistlin had for this series, though it makes sense given it is the first thing he decided to review on his blog. It seems unlikely you would start a blog to review something you hated. I really enjoy how Raistlin takes the readers with him through this series and its positives. He doesn’t ignore the fact that there are some issues, but he doesn’t linger on them either. Basically he makes you feel like he really wanted you to enjoy reading about something he enjoyed.

A. The New Post: What I liked about it

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The New Post, Tunnel another Korean drama series (you know I like those right?)

Michel’s answer: By pure chance this was also a post for a Korean drama, but one that was written almost two years after the old post. What I liked for this one, was the first paragraph. I usually like to start my posts with a small tale that in some way connects to whatever I am reviewing, and I liked the fact that this one really set a bit of creepy tone. Of course I was totally having fun here, and I thought it turned out quite well.

Karandi’s answer: Another post I actually missed from Raistlin and I’m glad this tag gave me the chance to read it. While I said in the old post that Raistlin’s characteristic review structure was already there, reading the new post immediately after made me realise that while the same outline is there, Raistlin has indeed evolved a lot in the time between these two posts. The overview in the beginning is more open about the genre and themes and works to engage the reader in a general way before narrowing the focus down to the series being reviewed. While there is still a lot of enthusiasm, there’s now a lot more explanation and reasoning for the enthusiasm which helps not just make the reader feel that Raistlin liked something but makes us really want to see it too because it sounds great. There’s a generally more polished tone and confidence in the writing and it was absolutely great to read.

B. What do you think has changed the most?

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Changes are….hopefully for the better!

Michel’s answer: When I compare the two posts I think the thing that really changed the most is the structure. The first post kind of went all over the place (not to mention the lack of pictures, and the many typos lol), but the newer one has a starting point, middle and end. And the writing style has pretty much improved too, becoming a little bit more engaging and not only dealing with the series itself.

Karandi’s answer: I think Raistlin has found a balance between being a viewer and being a reviewer. He’s finding ways to share his love of something as a fan but to explain it in a way that is more convincing to the reader that they might also find something to enjoy. I also felt there was a bit more confidence behind his statements in the newer post. That said, what hasn’t changed is Raistlin’s positive and generous nature giving credit to those who worked hard on the series either on screen or behind it. Raistlin is always incredibly respectful to the actors and crew and I find that an incredibly endearing trait of his as a reviewer.

C. What do you think might change in the future?

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Okay..of course I totally had to add a time machine from Stein’s Gate…….

Michel’s answer: I want to experiment more with trying out different styles for my posts. Right now I usually have a pretty basic structure that I am happy with, but I also want to try different styles as well and just experiment. So I think that my writing style, just as it did in this last post might change again in the future. Hopefully of course for the better, but I guess I will let my readers be the judge of that!

Karandi’s answer: I’m not sure if anything needs to change. Raistlin’s posts are always on point, full of enthusiasm, and give enough detail to get an idea of what the film, series, anime, whatever is about without giving too much away. He has a great voice and visiting his blog really is like having a conversation with an old friend about something you both enjoy. Though, if these two posts are anything to go by, I think Raistlin will continue to develop confidence as a reviewer and in his opinion and I also feel he might continue to work on ensuring he is giving enough examples and evidence to justify his view without crossing into complete spoiler territory. That said, I really love Raistlin’s blog as it is.

And tagging:

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Oh come on, ofcourse I had to include a Pokemon picture for this last section!!

Well, the three people that I want to tag for this one can be found below. As mentioned above, you are free to choose anyone who you would like to be your partner. Of course there is no pressure in doing this one, but as this is a new tag, Karandi and I certainly hope you find this interesting enough to pass this tag on to others as well. And of course thank you in advance if you want to do this. You do know you are all awesome right? So…without further ado, I nominate:

Irina

Ayano

Arthifis

Thank you all for reading. I hope you enjoyed this tag, and don’t forget to check out Karandi’s post for this which you can find here. Let me know what you thought of this one in the comments section below! See you around!