The first of these got a positive reaction and I was eager to write this one, so after only one day here’s the second of my three favorite ship posts. This one’s a bit longer despite having fewer ships, largely because I care more about them, so I expect the next one to be even longer. Enjoy!
I’ve made some pretty self-indulgent posts on here in the past, but this has to be the peak. In this three-part series, I’ll be listing all my favorite ships, describing why I love them, and basically just wasting the time of anyone who reads this. This first post is on ships I like a lot but don’t frequently think of. The second will focus on some of the ships I think of more often, and the final post will focus on my absolute favorites. Anyways, I don’t know why you’d read this, but if you do, I hope you enjoy. Also, almost none of these are straight, so be aware of that.
Anime, games, and other aspects of otaku culture are by far the subject I’m most interested in. The vast majority of my free time is spent thinking about or consuming things that fall within the broader category of 2D culture. I think it’s pretty normal to focus primarily on one area of interest, especially when that interest has such a bustling fandom as anime. It’s easy to fall into a bubble where anime is all I think about. At the same time, otaku media isn’t my only area of interest. I do enjoy things that are totally unrelated to 2D media and Japan.
Very soon, in about a week, I’ll be moving across the country with my family. I’m pretty happy to be moving back to California, but it’s going to cause some changes to my life, and those changes will, at least to some extent, affect this blog. I figured I should probably give a heads-up about it, especially since I have some actual plans for what direction I want to move in from here on out.
We live in an age where everything can be found online. There are legal streams for almost every anime on the day of release, e-book distributors for manga in both English and Japanese, and thousands of websites allowing us to easily buy or stream music. Sure, there are a few things here and there that we can’t legally obtain online, but in those cases, we have torrents and other sources to bring us the unlicensed content. There’s nothing stopping us from consuming all of our media online and many already do so. And yet, I still buy tons of physical media. In fact, physical media makes up the bulk of my purchases. It’s not necessary, so why do I still do this in this digital age we live in?
It’s a question I’ve been asking myself for a while. My traffic has been steadily increasing for a while but it’s really ballooned over the past month, to the point that my viewcount this month is already more than ten times what it was in January. I’m happy that more people are reading my work, but it’s forcing me to ask some questions about why I write and who I write for.
Making lists and categorizing things is something I’ve always loved. Even as a kid, when all I had was a meager selection of GBA games, I constantly made lists ranking my favorite ones. I never cared that much about the numeric scores assigned to things: it was always about the fun of making the list itself. I read other peoples’ lists as well, but the joy of making my own was always the main appeal for me.