Today is Mainichi Anime Yume’s 9-year anniversary. And, ironically, despite the fact that I haven’t been blogging much lately, this is the first time in years that I actually remembered the blog’s anniversary on time! So I felt like I’d use this special occasion to update those of you who still read this blog on how things have been going with me, as well as any plans I may have for MAY’s future…
As most of you probably know from my initial hiatus post, I decided to take a break from blogging, mostly because I was starting a full-time job, but also because I was running out of topics to write about and just haven’t been as enthused about anime as I used to be. So it’s been over 3 months since that post…has anything changed?
Well, first off, I’m glad to say that my job has been going well. There’s still a lot for me to learn and I have a while to go before I can earn the kind of salary I need, but I’m still training for new tasks, which has been valuable experience that will hopefully lead to promotions and such down the line. Compared to the low-grade jobs I’ve had before, it’s great having a job where people appreciate the things I can contribute. I know nothing is certain, but having this job is surely a step in the right direction.
But alas, working a consistent schedule of 40 hours a week means less free time than I’ve ever had at any point in my life. For someone like me who has tons of hobbies and interests, that means I have to drop some in order to make time for the ones I like the most. And unfortunately, anime has still been on the back-burner. I know initially I was gonna try to watch one or two shows from the summer season, but I ended up not watching any…the first time since I started this blog nine years ago that I completely skipped a season of anime. The only anime I’ve watched in the past couple of months has been the latest Pokemon episodes, and I’ve even been falling a week or two behind on those.
But this doesn’t mean that I’ve completely dropped anime as one of my hobbies. Even though I’m not as into it as I was before, I think it’s come down more to lack of time than interest. As I said, with the limited free time I now have, I have to prioritize for the things I’m more interested in, and anime has since fallen down that ladder. Another realization I’ve had is that, to me anyway, anime is a much “heavier” medium for me to watch than, say, my favorite YouTube Lets Plays. After a long day at work, I want to watch things that are “easy,” and the fast subtitle reading and complex stories in anime just haven’t been what I’m looking for. My life schedule for the past few months has been as follows: Monday through Friday, get up at 5:45am, get dressed, have breakfast, leave for work around 7am and arrive at 7:30am. My work day ends a little after 4pm, I get home around 4:45pm, have dinner, relax for a bit, exercise on the elliptical for a half hour or so if I’m not feeling lazy, take a shower, and by then it’s around 8pm. I then spend an hour doing whatever and have my night snack at 9:30pm and go to bed at 10pm to get at least 7-ish hours of sleep (except for Friday and Saturday nights, when I go back to my old bedtime of 12am since they’re not work nights). As for weekends, I usually spend Saturday running errands, helping my mom with things, playing Pokemon, and just enjoying my time off. And Sunday is “get together with friends for Pokemon and Weiss Schwarz” day where I hang out with a group of my friends and do just that – go to our Sunday Pokemon league at the local game store, go out to dinner, and play Weiss Schwarz and other video/card games in between.
So as you can see, I have some free time but not that much. I’m lucky that I have more free time than most full-time workers since my mom helps me out a lot with cleaning and cooking meals; I only have to do a house chore here and there. Sure, I could have time for anime on Friday nights and Saturday, but as I said, there are other things I’d rather do. I’d rather use that time trying to climb the rankings of Pokemon Battle Spot, watching a movie with my mom, or going out with friends. If I had more free time, I’m sure I’d still be watching a few seasonal anime and blogging about them. But with how my schedule is now, I just haven’t been motivated enough to squeeze in new anime.
But! Like the old saying goes, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” I feel that if I spend a certain amount of time not watching new anime, I’ll start missing it. At some point I feel like I’ll start marathoning new anime rather than watch seasonally, and/or go back to rewatching my old favorites. So yeah, I’m pretty positive this is not the end of my anime fandom…it’s just on hiatus, like the blog itself. I’m sure one day I’ll want to put my current interests like competitive Pokemon and YouTube videos aside for a while and get back into anime. Or I might even get the inclination to fit anime into my already full schedule.
Anyway, for those of you who still check this blog, I can’t express how much I appreciate your continued support despite the lack of new content. When I started this blog nine years ago, I had no intention of ever closing it down…and even though it’s been on an indefinite hiatus, closing it is still not an option. I can’t say when or what the next new post will be, but I know it will happen eventually. As always, you can follow me on Twitter to keep tabs on me in the meantime (though I don’t tweet that often either). Thanks again to all of you who are still reading and I hope you’re still around whenever the next new post may be~!