The Review Heap: 2021 Directions (Adjusting)

Another update/adjustment for the blog – though it’ll probably feel minor, I have added a couple of things to my plan. (And removed others for now).

A reminder of the goals I had in mind in the past:

  1. Keep reviewing at my own pace
  2. More Anime
  3. Review albums
  4. More discussion posts
  5. Review more games
  6. Do more collaborations
  7. Release a book

Has much changed? Yes and no, I guess. I’ll quickly address a few of them before I get to the additions:

  1. Review (nearly anything) at my own pace:

Basically this is still happening – although I haven’t done much stuff outside the form of animation.

3. Review Albums

Still haven’t tried this.

Not sure if I will go this way at this stage, we’ll see.

4. More Discussion Posts

Only managed one, from memory.

These might not end up being a goal, so much as just a super-occasional thing that I sometimes do.

5. Review More Games

I still want to keep this one.

Plenty of cross-over with audience-interest here, I guess, but I still haven’t done this yet. One day!

6. More Collaborations

Going well!

Have completed a few of these and doing more as we speak – though I’m holding things up a bit personally at the moment.

I love and recommend doing collaborations, so I’m very pleased that things are going well there.

7. Release a book

Nope 🙂

Still no progress. Again, it feels like 100% a vanity project so it’s not high on the list of priorities for now.


Cover Art Comparison

This is one started doing monthly a while back and while I forgot for a long while, I’d like to resurrect this type of post.

Just not monthly, more like ‘whenever I feel like it’ might be best 🙂


A bit like above, I was doing this on a monthly schedule at one point but it turns out that I dropped the ball again.

And so it too, while it’ll stick around, might be appearing only when I think to do so. (Next one should probably be Nomad since I’ve enjoyed both so much).

What Else Did They Write?

An extra new thing now.

What I’d like to do, is a post that highlights an anime writer and explores other things they’ve written. It might be several episodes or a whole show/film, but I’ll do some highlighting and maybe analysis.

As a very quick example, Sadayuki Murai adapted the Perfect Blue script and also worked on another Kon film, along with Steamboy. I was surprised to realise that I hadn’t noticed he also wrote one of the standout Cowboy Bebop episodes: ‘Pierrot le Fou’.

Okay, so that’s it – update/adjusted goals/reflection thingy post complete!


8 thoughts on “The Review Heap: 2021 Directions (Adjusting)

  1. I’ve moved towards a reviewing at my own pace model too. At times, I feel like I’m missing out, but I’ve almost completely scheduled my July and August reviews, so more time for writing.

    I think it’s best to do things your way and at you speed. It’s too easy to get swept away trying to keep up with others who may not have the same life pressures.

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    1. It’s quite nice, not having that pressure – I do post a little less overall, but again, I’m enjoying the easing of expectation (mostly coming from myself).

      And nice! Scheduling that far ahead is awesome 🙂

      Agree, I especially felt that over the last 6 months while changing careers. And I remember you’ve had more than a few rough spots lately, huh?

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    1. Had you settled on a focus for it?

      But yes! I know what you mean, especially when it comes to anime/film/non-fiction, I’m still not sure whether I should only do reviews or something else/something else in addition to the reviews.

      Mostly, I think I just want to do the book to commission cover art 😀

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      1. So far I only decided it would be a fantasy novel.

        Generally, I think it’s best to choose one or two things (like reviews and one other thing) see how you like writing them and how your audience responds. For example, I tried reviewing American comics but my audience didn’t seem to care much.

        People do love list though. 😀

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        1. Cool! Yeah, the planning for fantasy novels is huge, huh? (and getting the free time to do it).

          Good thinking, maybe I should focus mostly on reviews to keep things roughly in sync with the blog.

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