As some of you may have heard, the website MyAnimeList, the site for obsessive compulsive anime fans like myself who feel the need to track their viewing habits of all their anime, were recently bought out. With their new owners comes new plans for the site, including featured articles written by highly talented individuals such as myself. It’s in a very early phase now but expect plenty more articles in which I somehow manage to fit in references to Popee the Performer so I can inflict that wonderful abomination on some poor unsuspecting souls.
I had been wondering what to do with anime blogging for a while now. I’ve been writing for over 7 years now and this time last year I was wondering how long I still had left in me. Over the past year I realised I still absolutely loved both anime and writing about it. Returning to Code Geass certainly helped that. But it was getting more difficult to justify using up all my spare time and some not so spare time watching and writing about it. I was very seriously looking into starting a Patreon account for example, mostly being held back by not being sure what I could even offer and good old fashioned self-doubt. But then in swooped the fine people at MAL and asked me to write for them, doing largely what I already do in my spare time. So thanks MAL for being my enabler and ensuring I keep up this probably unhealthy habit for many years to come.
The Cart Driver will still be around and have new posts. For one, Inushinde and Shinmaru are here. Inushinde in particular has Gakkou Gurashi this season, which seems tailor made for him. Shinmaru will still be around too, although he’s been blogging almost as long as I have and has said he’s unsure about continuing episodic blogging and swapping to another format, at least as long as no sequels to Hunter X Hunter or Jojo’s have been announced. For me, I won’t be doing anymore currently airing episodic blogging on The Cart Driver as I’ll be doing all of that on MAL. So the latest Durarara posts will all be over there for example. I might do something similar to what I did for Code Geass though as that was a lot of fun. Monthly Roundups will continue on here, and there will be a few other bits and bobs. Season Previews for one are rather too big for a MAL post, at least the behemoth versions I write.
It’s early day yet so I haven’t decided quite how I’ll handle both my MAL writing duties and this blog. I’ll probably post every few weeks a roundup of the stuff I’ve posted to MAL. I imagine if I want to write about something a bit overly obscure I’ll post it here instead. We will see. I hope people follow me over there and read what I’m writing. I’m blogging Durarara, Classroom Crisis and Shimoneta this season (my favourite of the three from what’s aired so far this summer will probably surprise you), so if you’re interested in them go read my weekly posts once they all get up and running and I’ve caught up. Or just go watch some anime in general. This season is pretty great yo.