Last month, I resigned from Anime News Network. I met a lot of great people and learned a lot during my time there, but ultimately I decided earlier this year that I wanted to go independent.
Looking back, this blog was actually the main reason I got hired at ANN in the first place. Zac Bertschy, the late editor-in-chief, would compliment my posts on Twitter. After I freelanced a few times, he invited me to become the site’s Tokyo correspondent—a massive leap of faith by any definition. If that twist of fate had never happened, I don’t know what I would be doing now. I am still so grateful for the opportunity, and I can only hope that I was able to contribute positive things during my time there.
In the end, I left because of personal reasons, and now I’m taking life at a slower pace. With more time to write as a hobby, I’ve been realising all over again how fun it is. I’d really like to keep hold of this blog, and I’m definitely going to update it more actively in the future.
This month in particular will probably be a busy one on the blog—there’s a bunch of new anime that I’m really eager to write about, like the new Mushoku Tensei anime and Fate/Strange Fake. I’m also in the middle of a site redesign, so look forward to that as well.
I hope that those of you who enjoyed my writing at ANN can follow me here. As for my long-time subscribers, hello again! Sorry for keeping you waiting for so long. For now, take care, everybody!