The Otakusphere: Good illnesses, vanishing heroines and a whole lot of honesty

Man, I’m super late this week. I don’t really have an excuse for it. I went to a holiday party last night and I slept in this morning. That’s about it.

Anyway, I’m here on my glorious days off ready to take a belated trip around the Otakusphere. I just put up a post about music, but I still want some more cruising tunes, so let’s grab one of my favorite openings of all time.

Restarting a blog is a lot like starting a new blog, except I didn’t need to wait to restart my Anime Nano account. Even though no one really uses Anime Nano anymore. It comes with a whole lot of fears about whether it really is worth doing it at all. Amelia over at A Girl and Her Anime captured some of my own neuroses.


One of my biggest concerns is that I don’t have anything useful to say. I mean I have to put that aside and tell myself that I would say it anyway whether it’s meaningful or not.

Sometimes I read a post and when I finish it, I feel better about life. This post from Irina over at I drink and watch anime is one of those. She wished we would all catch a case of the reverse flu, which is a Red Dwarf reference. (And if you don’t know what Red Dwarf is, well go read her post because I don’t want to ruin all of the fun.)

All I can say is no matter where you are I hope that you catch a lovely case of the reverse flu to carry you through whatever lousiness is going on in your life.

It’s rare that I leave a post completely conflicted about how I’m supposed to feel. This review of Princess Jellyfish from The Nerdy Girl News on My Anime 2 Go did exactly that. It’s honest in the kind of way where I want to tell the author it will be OK, but I realize how horribly condescending that would be.

I mean you can enjoy the show or not, but either way, I think this was a moving piece of writing.

Finally, I think The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is one of the most fascinating series I’ve ever watched. I’m not sure I’ve ever fully parsed the implications of having an unpredictable God, who is completely ignorant of her powers. And then making it kind of a love story between the only normal person who knows and that fickle God.

There are three series that I would love to read the light novels for, and Haruhi is definitely one of those.

Infinite Zenith (or Infinite Mirai or something) had a really interesting write up on the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya that makes me want to find it and watch that.

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