Dear friends and readers, our hiatus has at last drawn to a close. And now we’re back to bring you all the latest anime news, reviews, critical discourse, lists, silliness and plenty of poetry.

But that’s not all. We’re expanding our focus to cover gaming, too. While this will include news and features at first, you can expect to be treated to reviews, both classic and current. Recently I’ve been obsessed with Pokémon Ultra Sun, while Elisabeth has been playing through Ocarina of Time for what seems like the millionth time.

Okay, so why have we been absent for the better part of the year? Well, without giving too many details away for fear of jinxing things, I teamed up with an indie filmmaker to adapt his movie script into a novel. Unfortunately, I just didn’t have enough waking hours to hold down my day job, write a novel and tend to the blog. So we came to the mutual decision to go on hiatus until the book was finished. Though I jumped that hurdle, and have some amazing feedback from the publishers, personal tragedy stopped us from returning sooner.

We think of our readers and fellow bloggers as friends, so we always want to be open and honest. Still, it’s not easy to say that Elisabeth’s mum passed away a month ago, and so we’ve both been living under a storm cloud of late. But the dark clouds are clearing, the funeral providing that crucial catharsis, and new life is arriving.

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Yes, Elisabeth touched on her pregnancy in her Made in Abyss piece, but just to reiterate WE’RE GOING TO BE PARENTS!!! That still takes some getting used to. The due date is March 4th and the little girl (yes, it’s a girl!) is already a kicker. And a puncher. Oh, and she’s rather fond of head-butting too. Don’t worry, she’ll be raised an anime fan and we’ve already got a Catbus plushie set aside.

Both of us have missed interacting with the vibrant ani-blogging community, sharing our thoughts and views and just enjoying this wonderful animated art form. It’s been too long, but now we’re here to stay. So, with that in mind, anything you want to see from us in the future? Hit us up with your otaku-type thoughts and ideas for pieces, poems or our blog’s expansion. The sky’s the limit, and we have all the time in the world.

P.S.

I bought a new car this year. They let me choose my own number plate. Three guesses why I picked this one (excuse the dirt).

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zaitcev
zaitcev

The gaming Borg consumes another.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Aww, being assimilated isn’t so bad 😜

Karandi

I’m really glad to see you back but echo the condolences above. Wishing you the best of luck with the baby and looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us with the blog.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Thanks, we’re both glad to be back since it seems the blog is something we both need in our lives, especially right now. There’s definitely plenty coming up, we have no end of ideas, so looking forward to see what you all think 😁

Cat Nessa

Congrats on the novel and baby. I hope 2018 is a good year for your family and adventures.
Welcome back! 🎉🎊
Sorry for your loss, I hope you can heal and grow stronger from this.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Bless you dear, your good wishes mean a lot. We’re certainly looking forward to everything coming up for us, and the prospect of having our daughter is bringing some much needed light to our lives, along with the blog and you lovely lot 😋🤗

Cat Nessa

I’m glad you have good news and light in your life to make it better, and that we can help you too 💜

WeekendOtaku

Great to have you two back, and congratulations on your upcoming parenthood!

It sounds like it’s been a trying year for you both, but I’m glad to hear that you have been able to get through it. Looking forward to seeing more from you soon.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Cheers, we’re both glad to be here 😁 It has at that, but we’ve both come out stronger for it and buzzing with inspiration. Feels like just the right time to come back.

Schizoidmouse

A bittersweet reunion…I am sincerely sorry for your loss. It has certainly been awhile since I have gotten my daily dose of news for anime and the like so I look forward to everything you guys will be doing from now on. I also look forward to your video game content as well. I’m really glad you guys are back at it, welcome back and congratulations on parenthood and the book.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Thanks, I appreciate the condolences, and likewise I’m looking forward to throwing myself back into the blog. Just getting back in the saddle these past couple of days has made a huge difference.

raistlin0903

I’m both happy and sad after reading this post. I’m really sorry to hear about the passing of Elisabeth’s mum. My sincere condolences.
But I do think it is awesome that you guys are coming back. I was always a really big fan of your blog, so I really can’t wait to see what you are going to come up with 😀 And of course congratulations on becoming parents: that is so awesome!.
Welcome back! 😊

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Thank you so much, it’s been great to be back up to our old otaku tricks. I’m looking forward to all the new inspiration that’ll come with starting a family, and just chatting with you all again 😊 It’s really been brightening my days.

mattdoylemedia

Sorry to hear about Elisabeth’s Mum. It is good to see that you’re back though.

Elisabeth O'Neill
Elisabeth O'Neill

Thanks Matt ☺️ It’s good to be back, despite the sad circumstances.