Must-read Monthly Monday (Jan. ’21 ed.)

If it’s not specified, the time period covered in this post is from the 21st of December 2020 to the 25th of January 2021.

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…

  • The Many Methods of Summoning in Anime by Merlin – Summoning is something a lot of anime feature, but not a lot of anime elaborate on the mechanics of. Merlin’s post really makes you think.
  • Mitama Security: Ghosts are People Too by Scott (Mechanical Anime Reviews) – Mitama Security is a pleasant time, for sure, even if there are a bunch of better things out there in the end, and so seeing Scott take it on was a treat, even if we came at it from completely different angles. Mukidashi no Hakuchou though?…Now that’s something I’d rather forget…
  • My 10 Favourite Seiyuu by Yume – I don’t know if I have enough seiyuu, or enough knowledge on said seiyuu to make a list, but maybe one day I’ll compile one…? You already know I only know certain things about certain seiyuu, right? (<- only male seiyuu, because I’m biased like that)
  • Horimiya: A Beautifully Animated Series on the Pleasures of Platonic Intimacy – Anime 1st Impressions (Winter 2021) by Biblionyan – Despite the fact I’m not caught up on the anime as I type this, Horimiya is looking incredibly promising.
  • Genderqueerness Beyond Representation in Land of the Lustrous by The Genderqueer Engineer (What the Hell is a Schrodingr? (sic)) – It’s been several years since Houseki no Kuni came on to the scene, but I once said something to the effect of “almost anything anyone writes about this series is critical gold” and I stand by that, even if I haven’t read far enough into the manga to understand this post fully and even if my memories of the series have faded over time.
  • Explaining Nostalgia [And Why I Still Love Sailor Moon] by The Mouse Knight – I have a rather equal love of both The Magic School Bus and Sailor Moon, although I don’t really talk about the former because 1) that’s not within the blog’s scope and 2) Sailor Moon was a lot more formative for me, my preferences and why I’m here, doing what I’m doing now. Even with only knowledge of one or none of these series though, I’m sure everyone reading this can relate to the sentiments being discussed here.
  • Shoujo Needs a Shake-Up by RiseFromAshes (Phoenix Talks Pop Culture Japan) – When was the last time you were excited for a shoujo anime that wasn’t backlog or a reboot? Several years ago, right? Now that a lot of the big-ticket romances for several seasons running are shonen, including Horimiya and Gotoubun, it sorta hurts to think the last new shoujo of relevance on the simulcast circuit was a few years back…but maybe we all feed into it somehow? (<-Maybe a post is in order…)
  • Christmas Camp and Mount Fuji: A Yuru Camp△ Christmas by InfiniteZenith – Again, I’m lagging on these winter premieres (as of the time of writing, there’s still Wonder Egg Priority and all the Crunchyroll premieres left, including the s2 of this), but YuruCamp is back. The marathon (…is that the right word for a short series?) I did of HeyaCamp at the end of December in preparation for it proved I probably hold this series in higher regard than I let on, so let’s celebrate its return with some of Zenith’s own cosy memories. As is typical of the series, don’t read this on an empty stomach…
  • Critical Analysis Freestyle (1) #Controversed by K at the Movies – I’ve only seen Whisper of the Heart and so had to try and dodge the other movie spoilers like bullets in the Matrix, but even that’s enough to evaluate K’s critical talent. The slider thing is pretty cool too.

Spellbook Offerings

#AniTwitWatches (Kanon)

Sailor Moon’s #ATW (on Twitter only) is running into February.

Winter 2021 Premieres
Other Posts

Current Obsessions

  • translation: I’ve already proven chucking job applications at the wall and seeing what sticks doesn’t really work, moreso when the entire job market still feels COVID (including people much more qualified than myself). In order to not be so rusty for the time where I can be useful, I’ve been working on longer translations, because tweets just aren’t very good experience (hence the one in the middle of the link batch above). I’ve got a while until I can translate a book, based on this, but the application for my post-grad degree is done at this stage (as of the time of writing) so hopefully I get to that stage in 2 years’ time…
  • …there’s one translation in particular I did on a whim which deserves its own point here. It gives me a rollercoaster of emotions when I see it, because although I’m proud of the work I did on it, as mentioned in the tweet, I rushed it a bit and could still improve it. More details here.

Coming up next…

  • Haven’t forgotten the spring 2020 or summer 2020 wrap-up…it’s just massively delayed, as noted. I’ve only finished Arte, Fugou Keiji, Appare-Ranman and Koi to Producer as I type this, which is why I haven’t put them out yet. If you’re wondering why I haven’t worked on it for months…it’s over 100 episodes total and gets bigger every week, even if I hit pause on some stuff.
  • Now that I see everything from this month in one post, no wonder I’ve been feeling stressed all month…winter premieres, finishing fall anime, double #ATW, that translation (still working on part 2), a few new challenges where preparation and a new code update ate up many more hours than expected…these posts are a good indication of what happened in a certain month, so the bottom of the post has somehow become a spot to vent about exactly how badly my plans can snowball and how I can improve…if you keep reading these sections every month expecting to see me plotting some new project, sorry for sucking up your time.
  • On the other hand, I do have some good news on that front: I did work on a collab this month! I haven’t been able to check back with my collaborator just yet and I’ll keep their identity a secret until when and if goes up, but…just a heads-up on that.


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