I’d planned something to mark the 1st year of The Review Heap but June hasn’t felt like time for much in the way of a celebration, so I’ve deferred my original idea for now.
I still want to mark the moment, I guess, so I’ll do a bit of a ‘check-in’ perhaps, and update any progress on what I’d planned for 2020 in this post, so let’s see how many goals I maybe made progress on!
Here’s a summation of the goals I had in mind back in Jan:
- Keep reviewing at my own pace
- More Anime
- Review albums
- More discussion posts
- Review more games
- Do more collaborations
- Release a book
- The plan for The Review Heap was just to review (nearly anything) at my own pace.
This is still going as intended 😀
2. More Anime
Yes and no.
Below are some of the ones I’d planned to review, and while my reviewing pace has been fair, I didn’t get to many of these… yet!
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Black Lagoon
- Samurai Flamenco
Count of Monte Cristo
- Perfect Blue
- The Twelve Kingdoms
Here’s a quote from below which is essentially still true, though I feel a little more relaxed about reviewing them in the future at least:
There are also more than a few big-impact anime that I just haven’t got around to reviewing yet, such as Astro Boy, Neon Genesis, Cowboy Bebop, FMA, GITS etc and I’m super-keen to write them but I’m mostly paralysed by the question what could I hope to add to the discourse? They’re so massive and so storied that it’s hard to bring much new to the conversation.
3. Review Albums
No and no.
I wanted to review a few albums (having the common theme of being albums that were released right after a band broke-up) but zero progress on that so far. Will try to do at least one or two in the next 6 months.
4. More Discussion Posts
No and no.
So, this didn’t happen either! I had no ideas for any such posts, and so I didn’t write any 😀
I might give it a shot… actually, I do have just one idea based around a quote from Mamoru Oshii (below), and maybe such a post around anime and age will eventually appear on the heap, I’m not sure.
“I’m not watching anything. There are zero titles I’m interested in. I mean, I’m over 65. Trying to get into anime aimed at young people is impossible. That’s true for Japanese films in general, not just anime. Everything is made for a young audience.”
5. Review More Games
This one is indeed pending. I’ve played plenty, both since I was a kid and lately, but haven’t had the time or drive to write up any thoughts. I am playing the ‘new’ Xenoblade, which does of course appeal to anime fans.
6. More Collaborations
Okay, so I have one new collaboration (see here) and another two in the works, so I’m happy to report that this goal for 2020 is on track 🙂
I love and recommend doing collaborations, so I’m very pleased that things are going well there.
7. Release a book
Here there has been a little progress I guess – I’m still writing reviews, after all, but I’m still not sure how to structure it. Nor am I sure it wouldn’t just be a project for me hahahaha
So, some progress, which I’m happy with, and some things I’ll try to put more focus into but for now that’s a wrap! One year on the Heap 🙂
Again, thanks for reading!