Welcome to the final installment of Monthly Favorites in 2020!~ I’ll admit this month is small, but very well curated in my opinion. Also bonus points if you were the lucky viewer of my two accidental postings of my schedule/plotting drafts. Computer glitches happen, and well I think it’s part of blogging journey to his the ‘publish’ button over the ‘save draft’ one at least once! Let’s move forward!
Personally, my mental health is still a bit shaky. I feel like I managed to maintain my blog, but kinda fell off on checking out and commenting on other’s blogs. Sorry friends. I’ll try and get back on it next month! My physical health (thanks to my mental health) took a bit of a hit this month as well so that wasn’t fun. Nothing COVID related thankfully, but stress so that was a bit rough to admit.
Anywho, I found a new video for you all. Once again it’s a lost media video, I’ve been unintentionally bingeing them, but it’s a variety of lost medias from Japan! It’s not the Twilight Zone, but close enough to end the year!
Not quite from the blogging sphere, but from my twin’s twitter account. The Quietus has an article called, “Apocalypse Now: How Anime Offers A Solution To Our Global Crisis“. It certainly is a unique idea, with an interesting conclusion. How viable it truly is, has yet to be indicated.
From BiblioNyan, we have a very important recommendation in “Anime Recommendations: 5 Reasons to Watch Wolf’s Rain (2003)“. I highly recommend this title, as a truly oldie but a goodie. Potentially one of my favorite titles from my early years of anime watching and this blog reminded me of that.
A title that I enjoyed, to a degree this year has been brought back into the spotlight for a hot minute. From LofZOdyssey we have “Anime Hajime Review: number24“. An under watched rugby anime from earlier this year. I really undercut my opinion about it, but still worth checking out especially in this review!
Al’s Manga Blog has recently informed me of a series that immediately piqued my interest in their review, “Ossan Idol! Vol 1 Review“. So I will have to do some digging since having older men, in their 30’s verses that late teens early twenties debut of male idols premise got me curious. Not the fondest of Tokyopop getting the English license, but you win some and you lose some. Hopefully the story is a big win in the end!
This next post is a bit unusual, since it’s from 2015, and that’s way before even I started blogging. However, I had been looking into the mangaka in this blog, Fujiwara Kaoru and I found this post: “Art of Fujiwara Kaoru” from a blog called Kitsune’s Thoughts. It’s really interesting look at a semi-controversial gothic female mangaka. I say this a lot, but I am curious about tracking down some of these works later on.
From The Moyatorium, we have “Where are the Kalafina Members Now?“. I wasn’t the biggest follower of the group, but I know they had a bit of a cult following outside of Japan. For those curious where the girl group responsible for some of the most iconic anime OP and ED’s as well as other tracks have been up to, this is your one stop shop in English!
From the Otaku Lounge is “Best J-Pop/J-Rock Albums of 2020“. Considering my taste in music is very narrow, even more so recently, it’s nice to see what other’s thoughts are to get some new recommendations from throughout the year. Be sure to check it out!
So, that about wraps up this month’s favorites for 2020! It’s been a little sparse but I hope there’s a nugget or two of something new for you guys to check out! I’m leaving you with the final song from E-Girls who as of December 28th, have finished their activities and disbanded. This is “eleven”, a song they all contributed lyrics too and honestly, going to be on repeat for a very long time for me.
I’ll see you guys next year with a new set of blogs and things I want to share with you!