Yeah, We’re Still Here

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This fall, those of you that regularly engaged with here on AAL may have wondered “where are these guys?” While we haven’t been completely silent, this place has been pretty much a ghost town. I think it’s safe to say that for most of us, real life got the better of us. So what was I doing? Traveling for work, living out of a hotel, and suffering the East Coast. I don’t know how you guys live out there. Much too crowded for my liking. I like my little corner of the Northwest USA.

And because of all my travels, I’ve spent the better part of the last three months all but avoiding anime. I didn’t have time to watch, and generally speaking, my interests waned for a period there. I’ve had a number of gripes about shows and fandoms over the last year, and it was a chance to step away, and gain some perspective. And honestly, I didn’t miss it a whole lot. It was a well needed break.

What did I do with my free time? Sitting in airports and on planes does leave a lot of down time, so I decided to dive in and read some fiction. Honestly, not enough people read anymore. They’re looking at a portable screen and watching a TV way too much. And I was falling into that same trap. I read what there is of A Song of Fire and Ice (aka Game of Thrones), which amounts to five long books. What an epic series of fantasy fiction. And it’s been too long since I’ve read a good fiction. For those that have just watched the TV series, you’re missing on a much better written story.

So whats next, for me as well as the blog? First up is to decide what anime to catch up on. There is still much from Fall, and a few series from Winter, that I need to see. Luckily, Winter is slow enough that it will be easy going. You can see what I was interested in here:

Joe's Winter Season Watch Chart

And plans are in the work for the blog, so February should be an interesting month. We’re planning to bring some content back, and as for me, drop some others. I don’t have the time right now to blog something episodically, so Kill la Kill will be falling by the wayside, except for some editorials here and there. But we’ll be working to fill in with some other content in the next few weeks.

As always, the comments sections are open. Feel free to give feedback as needed. And hopefully you stick around long enough to see what’s next!

6 thoughts on “Yeah, We’re Still Here

  1. foshizzel

    Great to hear from you Joe! I was wondering just the other day where has AAL been since their last livestream?! I am glad you are taking a break from anime sometimes it can be a good thing to do and one of these days I have to read those game of throne books because I loved the TV series.

    I noticed you were not watching Nobunaga the fool? Any reason or just not interested in goofy historical characters set in Sengoku Basara with robots? I don’t blame you the overall feeling towards that series is “its so weird and dumb” I guess I like it because its different and out there.

    Also what about Buddy Complex or are you not wanting it to become the second coming of Valvrave? So far after four episodes it feels more like Gundam SEED/DESTINY and thankfully the MC Aoba is not a huge crybaby! The only complaint from me is clearly Buddy Complex is aimed at female viewers with both mains having to “propose” to begin “coupling” and that to me is so derp ah well this is Sunrise and 9 out of 10 they have to have some man on man theme going in the background LOL

    Anyway I hope 2014 is a awesome year for you and the team here at AAL!

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  2. megaroad1

    Good to see you’re still around Joe. I hope Your Seahawks win so you’re in the best of moods to come out with some new stuff.
    So far the winter 2014 season has been pretty underwhelming.

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