Hello and welcome to another anniversary post!

Hard to really believe it’s been 7 years since I took that step into anime blogging, so much has happened since then. And speaking of that, so much has happened in the last year. That’s actually going to be the topic of discussion for this year’s post, how the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our anime habits and such.

For me personally, having extra time off work had pros and cons. Yes the main one being no work meant no money, but also no work meant more sleep and time to do other things. But what I had imagined I’d be doing with so much free time and what actually happened were two very different things. I’ve got so much anime on my backlog that I haven’t touched and with all the time off I was thinking I’d just blaze through it all and be all caught up with everything and feel good about it, but honestly nothing like that happened. Also my plans to write more and work on other side projects I’ve been putting off never really happened either. I was just so… burnt out of everything.

I’ve mentioned it before, maybe in a post here or on Twitter, but the anime burn out is real and over the last year I felt that a lot. From watching anime to blogging about it, things I used to really like just didn’t seem appealing anymore and no matter how much I wanted to get into it, I had a hard time doing that. I was still able to write weekly reviews for Nijigasaki, which I’m happy about as I enjoyed the anime a lot, but even that was a struggle at times. Looking back over the years, I’m wondering how I was able to write so much each season. I know times were different back then, but man I was going hard back in the day.

Along with feeling burnt out from anime, another factor that kept me away from anime was the amount of time spent playing games. Even before my PS5 arrived (yes I have to flex that I own one) I was spending hours on my PC gaming late into the night and many of those nights were supposed to be for watching new anime eps. Pandemic or not, games have always been a way to escape everything and just put aside the worries of the day, or in this case, just to forget about the important things at hand. Anime used to be my to go for that, I could lose myself in watching anime and let each show transport me to somewhere else, but as mentioned the burn out from anime really took a toll on me over the last few years and 2020 really brought that to light.

I’m feeling a little better about my anime habits to 2021 though, maybe that’s just my wishful thinking, but there are shows I’m excited to watch and talk about, some on the blog and others just on Twitter. I’m planning on taking it easy for the Spring 2021 season and actually put time into backlog shows and even some non-anime shows that have been on my list for ages now, so that’s going to be a nice chance from the steady flow of new eps each week. With a smaller schedule that should open up time for backlog stuff, granted games don’t immediately fill that space. Only time will tell.

That’s enough rambling from me though, I’ll turn it over to the rest of the team now.

Deven’s thoughts

After another year it’s hard to believe that we survived 2020. A worldwide pandemic, a lockdown (for me 10 weeks before I had to return), and losing jobs really puts the whole world and what you value into perspective. For those ten weeks that I had nothing to do but do a few online classes, I was having a lot of fun. I finally had some time to enjoy myself. I played some games, I finally binged a few anime and was able to keep up with the seasonals. I had a blast which was not the usual situation for a lot of people. I feel like my job is really draining away all of my time and with all of that time that I had free, I found that I really enjoy watching anime but I hate getting home so late that all I have energy for is to eat dinner and go to bed. I hope to find new solutions to this and wish for brighter tomorrows for myself and all of my friends here.

Joe’s thoughts

Honestly, the last year I think it is safe to say will hopefully be the weirdest ever in my life due to Covid. Now, I would honestly think that in the months of not needing to work, I would have spent time writing, working on my blog, and things like that, but, no, I haven’t. Much like Nick, who hopefully mentioned it in some way, I just felt burnt out. I felt burnt out on anime in most of 2018 to 2019. 2020 is what really got me back into it. That and the first three months of lockdown I found myself watching nearly the entire 700 episodes of Naruto.

But when life remotely turned back to normal, going back to work, and whatnot. The motivation did not return. I did not really write, even now I am still trying to find more motivation to write on my novel, my passion, which in turn has even taken away from my own blog. I want to work on my own writing more and well, after not working for six months, my motivation went way down to do anything I deemed
“Productive.” I am only now sort of recovering as I said, as I find myself sitting down at least once a week to write. I want to do more, and hopefully I will. Just right now, who knows when I will find more motivation for blogging.

Now, I honestly want to thank Naruto and the lockdown, since I got back into watching anime and even reading in general. Some light novels, some manga, comics, you name it, I haven’t read much in the last few years, but I mean a few months ago I read all of Bleach in just two weeks. So, at least one passion has reignited.

Now, on a more serious note. With Nick’s announcement and honestly me not really being to active on this site the past two years I do want to do a few posts before the end. I want to do a series review of Cells at Work 2, I did episode reviews of Season 1, but I was not motivated to watch season 2 despite looking forward to it and now that it is over, I want to watch it at some point. Now, one other idea I have is to go back and watch some of the shows I review that I dropped completely here, and well there was a lot. So, it is just an idea. I won’t do reviews of them, but I do want to do something and talk about if I still think the show is bad or not or something like that. Since some I did enjoy, I just stopped while others were really really bad. I will make no such promises on that though.

Either way, I think I have rambled on for awhile and don’t want to take up too much space in this post, seeing there are still either another part or this being the last part. Thank you everyone for the support the last seven years. While I would like to say many more, well I can’t, thank you for the past seven years and the remainder of the time we will have together.

So there you have it, a quick look at how the past year has been on us here at Anime Corps. How about yourself? How did 2020 treat you when it came to your anime habits? Feel free to share any stories in the comments.

Before I bring this to a close I’ve got one more thing to mention: Anime Corps will be closing down at the end of this year. It wasn’t an easy decision to make but after a lot of thinking about it and talking it over with the team, it’s the best course of action going forward. I’ll be sharing more details about the closing of the blog in the coming months, but for now I just wanted to let the readers know what the future of this blog is. And before you ask, no this isn’t an April Fools prank or anything. The time has come.

As always thank you to everyone who has stayed with Anime Corps over the years. Being part of the WordPress anime blogging community has been an awesome experience and it’s opened the doors to meeting so many wonderful and amazing people over the years.

As Joe mentioned we’ll be having a few more posts before the end of the year, so look forward to those. I’ll also be reviewing a couple more shows before the year ends, I’ll announce what they are in due time of course. Although you might be able to guess what they are.

So that’s it for this post! Thank you so much for reading, feel free to leave any and all comments below and we’ll read them all. As always stay safe and healthy, wear a mask, and practice social distancing!

Take care, we’ll talk later!

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