I haven’t written a review in what seems like ages. I guess this is what I get for writing like four reviews a day for the first week or two. I went through almost all of the anime I think I remember well enough to give a proper opinion. So I scribbled out a super short review for a super short series of shorts. It’s kind of a useless thing, I guess. I seem to have paused in my watching of Spice and Wolf and Zoku Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, along with Yami no Matsuei, which I started for no reason that I can identify. I just haven’t had as much time as I’d like to chill and watch cartoons lately. Very sad. Doesn’t help that some of my time is eaten up by rewatching Code Geass and Gurren Lagann dubbed (gotta keep those TV ratings up, yo). I don’t want to review Code Geass R2 until the series is finished. Same with Soul Eater. I will most likely revise both my CG and Gurren Lagann reviews when I’m finished with their respective dubs and purge some of the fantarding currently present though.
I wonder how one goes about becoming a professional critic. I don’t think there’s any other way I’ll ever find time to watch everything I want to watch. Oh, woe.
This has been a relatively slow news week (lack of a con?), which probably means I should have taken advantage of it and written about any number of news items that came up during AX and SDCC. It’s always harder to write about something days or weeks later though. This weekend is Otakon and there will undoubtedly be another onslaught of press releases*. Joy! Is Otakon the official end of the summer con season? I’m not going to Kinokuniya tomorrow after all. I just have too much other stuff to do (read: I have to keep drawing lots of stuff for AWA). I will most likely also be skipping Kinokuniya’s Cosplay Day later this month for the same reasons. I’m lame, I guess.
* Damnit, as I write this, the first round of Otakon news is already out. Goddamnit.
Well, in other kinds of news, crude oil is at a three-month record low today ($116/barrel), which is a far cry from it’s all-time record high ($147/barrel) just a few weeks ago. The dollar is up against both the yen and the euro as the rest of the world slumps (and as the US runs out of bad news that surprises anyone anymore). I wonder how healthy of a holiday spending season we’ll have if oil continues to drop and as people get used to this tighter economy? I also wonder about the statistics of spending at anime conventions and things and how our niche economy is handling itself beyond the straight-up DVD sales, etc. I don’t think anyone really keeps tabs on this stuff though. Then again, last year’s Otakon gave an estimated $21 million dollar boost to Baltimore’s economy via hotel, food, and travel expenses. See, weeaboos are useful to society after all!
Oh yeah, and the Olympics started today.