Here we are gathering together for the last weekly round-up of 2019. I know, we can’t believe it either! After a busy year or so focusing on family life and our little girl (who somehow turns two in March what the heck?!) this year marked our return to regular blogging. Believe us when we say that through traffic spikes and writers’ block, we’re happy to be back with you. But enough blathering on, let us show you how much we appreciate your continued inspiration to us with our best from this week, and yours.
SSSS.GRIDMAN studio Tsubaraya Productions is teaming up with TRIGGER to produce a brand new anime
A celebration of the wonderful works of Kyoto Animation came in the form of a Sound! Euphonium Christmas concert held this week.
Here are some glad tidings for our fellow British otaku.
In the spotlight
The reality of hikikomori is often very different to the fantasy presented in anime. But between the silly and supernatural portrayals of this social phenomenon, sometimes a thoughtful gem peeps through.
This time is always one for looking back at the year that’s been. But as we come to the end of a decade, it’s even more important to acknowledge what we’ve all achieved. You folks were all about that this week, and for that, we salute you.
Our first triumphant 12 Days of Anime piece is one from Watashi Wa Bucho!! about how Fruits Basket helped Ty-chama heal from emotional trauma this year. Having had personal experience of watching a show that seems the perfect balm for hard times, I’m so proud and happy for her and hope the healing continues into next year.
The ground-breaking given was one of our favourites from 2019, so reading a blog about the fine details of its hand imagery brought back good memories. If you can rely on Atelier Emily for anything, it’s pulling out the gorgeous detail from any, uh, given series – and not just given.
To ring out the year with a message of giving, Takuto shared his story of unhauling for the holidays. We agree that it doesn’t take a lot to refashion your clutter into a special gift for someone else. And for yourself, glorious, self-loving space! But don’t overdo it. Be like Irina, and be okay that some stuff is just too good to let go.
Is that it? Is it really time to go? Huge hugs to every single one of you that’s read our stuff, liked it, posted a comment, or just dropped in to visit. And thank you for giving us so much great writing to share in our round-ups. We feel like we could never say it enough – you people are wonderful bloggers and even more wonderful souls. Goodbye for now, ganbatte for next year, and glowing festive wishes for all your holidays.