Must-read Monthly Monday (Apr. ’20 ed.)


If it’s not specified, the time period covered in this post is from the 23rd of March 2020 to the 20th of April 2020.

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Other People’s Reads

It wouldn’t be a round-up post without them. However, since I scour people’s archives on a regular basis, these may not even be from the right time period…

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Spellbook Offerings

#AniTwitWatches (Wandering Son)

Spring 2020 First Impressions

  • Surprises All Around (Listeners, Bakarina, 8th Son, Kakushigoto)
  • Turning the Tide (Bungo to Alchemist, Wave, Arte, Sing Yesterday for Me)
  • Delays, Delays, Delays… (Fruits Basket, Appare Ranman, Princess Connect, Woodpecker Detective’s Office, Millionaire Detective) (coming soon!)

Other Stuff 

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Current Obsessions

  • Watching parties on Discord: The lockdown is starting to have an effect on this section – heck, there would be a lot more variety here if it weren’t for that virus! However, I did mention my anime club has basically moved to Discord (in my 1st episode impressions) to do some remote anime sharing and it means it’s much easier to take episodic notes on anime that are elusive for me. The notes for Stars Align, for instance, were barebones because I was trying to take them in the theatre and it’s hard to watch a large screen and type notes on your phone at the same time, but having a Word doc and a popped-out Discord stream works wonders on that front.
  • Jon Spencer’s AMQ: AMQ happens before the club gets together and a very tricky event in the HypMic game meant I skipped out on it one week (apparently, even the Japanese players were complaining about that event and I’d assume more of them play the game on their phones…unlike me, who has to go through an emulator because of compatibility issues). While AMQ’s absence didn’t leave a noticeable emotional “hole” like some of my other obsessions do, the weird April breaks combined with the lockdown meant my sense of time had corroded even further without it to look forward to. 

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Coming up next…

  • …not much if this lockdown continues. I’m now a few weeks ahead on weekly posts, so the only big stumbling block is regularly-scheduled posts. Aside from grinding for stuff on gacha games, the reasons the “other links” section is so barebones and unvetted are 1) my usual computer – the one that has had a few keys die recently – is acting up in other ways and the new computer is much smaller, so I’ve had to stretch myself over two computers at the last second and experiment with how everything works there and 2) trying to get my head around sudden simulcast delays and what to do for them means more anime than ever. (You can find out what I decided below.)
  • Due to the situation this season, I made a decision before the delay for Appare Ranman showed up. This means anything listed as “paused” this season is not set in stone:
    • Keep a 7th show in place in case the others get delayed. If the conditions below are met, add more accordingly, but use backlog for any other positions.
    • If half the shows that make it (i.e. 3 shows) are affected by delays, introduce an 8th show, which has never happened in the 5 years I’ve had this system. 
    • If all shows bar Bakarina (already known to have wrapped up production safely) have delays, introduce a 9th show.
    • If any shows come back from postponement, pause the backup that gives the least satisfaction – generally this will be an anime that hasn’t ever made the top 6 in consistent weekly rankings.

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