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I promised a status update at the end of the week, so here it is.

“What’s going on Div?”

As readers have undoubtedly noticed in the past few weeks, my coverage of shows hasn’t been nearly as timely as usual. The reason being, I started a new job at the beginning of February and have been prioritizing it over watching anime, let alone blogging it. I’ve switched to a full-time Android development position with tight project deadlines and have been putting in extra hours as needed. It’s an exciting time for me as I enjoy the work and the challenges that come with it, so I actually don’t mind bringing my work home with me and sitting in front of the computer and coding on some nights. The problem is, that kind of unpredictable schedule makes it rather difficult to adhere to the blogging one that I have for the site, not to mention that I can be mentally exhausted afterward and just want to unwind and blogging three shows on a given night isn’t exactly the best way of going about that.

I had actually told myself that I’d have to take an indefinite leave of absence from Random Curiosity if I got this job, but I didn’t want to just drop coverage of my 9 shows mid-season so I prolonged my decision to see how I’d manage if I gave the site much less priority than work/life balance. Well one month later, I can tell you it’s definitely taken its toll when I can easily have a daunting backlog of 8 posts in the mere span of 4 days (Thu – Sun). I don’t know if everyone realizes how much time it takes to run the site in its current form, but it generally takes me 25 hours a week just for my portion, which in conjunction with working at home on some nights, really feels like I’m putting in the hours required for two full-time jobs. It doesn’t leave much time for anything else — not even playing a video game for half a day — which I found out when I “made time” to play Final Fantasy XIII-2 this past month and got through it as quickly as possible (~30 hours… what’s with the ending?). That naturally came at the expense of sleep and further delaying posts though. I also don’t like the fact that my posts are “slow”, which I agree goes against one of the main appeals of the site.

 

“So what happens now?”

Effective immediately, I’m going to do what I probably should’ve done a month ago and reluctantly transition away from active blogging on the site — at least for the foreseeable future. We’re approaching the two year anniversary since I took over Random Curiosity and I don’t intend to put readers through a repeat of 2010 by using the “R” word come April, so my plan is to simply go on an indefinite leave of absence. The current writers, whom I’ve been very happy with, have expressed interest in continuing to cover shows and even taking over some of mine for the remainder of the season. The site will NOT be closing down — not so long as there are people to regularly update it in the “spirit” of Random Curiosity.

The recent poll has made it very clear that this blog has outgrown the personal interests and efforts of one or two people and turned into an outlet for anime that’s supported by its own community, so it should continue to thrive with the collective effort of those who understand the appeal of a site like this and want to be a part of the content coming out of it. With 7 active writers — the most that the site’s ever had — I have every reason to believe that things will continue along just fine without me. During the transition period, I’ll be taking on more of an administrative/editorial role and familiarizing the current writers with some of the “featured” posts that I’ve been responsible for.

 

“What about your current shows?”

As mentioned above, the writers will be finishing coverage of some of my shows this season. In most cases, this will be only one more show per writer, as I don’t want any of them to take their contributions to the site beyond something they can do at their own leisure. It’s already pretty demanding to write on a schedule week after week, so 2-3 shows per season is the recommended maximum for any one person. At the moment, this is what I’ve confirmed with the other writers for the rest of the season. (Please watch this space for any updates.)

Unfortunately, this means that some of my shows will likely to be dropped.

 

“Are you looking for more help?

Yes I am. For the first time since inheriting the site, I’m openly looking for new writers who can start immediately to reduce the number of shows dropped and take on ~2 shows per season going forward. I’ve had plenty of people e-mail me in the past and have had to turn a lot away, but now I’m looking to bring on 3-4 new writers to help cover the 7-9 shows that I usually take on every season. I will be giving preference to 1.) female applicants (since there’s been an interest to hear more feminine perspectives), 2.) applicants who aren’t students that will get bogged down by homework/projects, and 3.) those who understand enough Japanese to watch anime raw and read information from Japanese sources. The last one hasn’t been much of a requirement with the prevalence of simulcasts in recent years, but I need some contributors to help fill in that language void that I’ll be leaving behind.

Other qualifications are as follows:

  • Good written English skills. Preferably college/university level.
  • An insightful and objective outlook on anime.
  • Ability to stick to a blogging schedule and write on days you may not feel like it.
  • Some technical experience taking screen capture and using Photoshop is beneficial.
  • An abundance of free time and a diverse taste in anime are big pluses.

If you’re interested, please send me an e-mail titled [RandomC Application] with:

  • What your anime background/history is (e.g. how you got into it, what some of your favorite series are),
  • Why you want to blog for the site,
  • A sample post on a recent episode of one of the remaining shows that I’m currently covering, and
  • A batch of 36 screen captures (zipped).

This will allow me to get a good sense of both your writing and view on anime to see if they’re a good fit.

In the meantime, I’m going to try and cover some of my remaining shows, such as Guilty Crown which I feel like I owe it to myself to see it through.

 

“What about the season previews?”

Incidentally, the fact that I haven’t even looked at the list of shows for next season was one of the biggest reasons behind taking an indefinite leave from the site and having new help come in. (I normally start researching for the next preview mid-season, i.e. two weeks ago.) Verdant has offered to put one together for Spring and I’ll be doing everything I can to help him with the ins and outs of doing so, as well as supplementing what I can from Japanese sources. This may evolve into more of a collaborative process that involves more writers, but for now, the plan is definitely to have one ready before the start of the next season.

 

“Will you ever come back to blog regularly?”

Quite honestly, I haven’t thought that far ahead to answer this question definitively. Real-life priorities have taken hold and if things are smooth sailing even without me, then I probably won’t feel the need to come rushing back. If readership takes a nosedive and it makes little sense to keep the site running in its current form (which I highly doubt will happen), then I’ll likely intervene before it gets to some unsalvageable point. The site is currently in capable and proven hands and that’s what matters the most. I may stick my nose in from time to time though. I’ll also be idling in IRC a fair bit.

 

On behalf of all the writers and myself, I’d like to thank you all for your support over the years — 3.5 years now for me — and making Random Curiosity into the anime blog that it is today. If you have any other questions, concerns, suggestions, complaints (?), I’m willing to hear them out. All I ask is that they’re presented in a constructive manner.

 

Updates:
03/10: I’ve gone through the 35 or so applications that I’ve received and have shortlisted them down to ~8 people, many of whom are female. There are a lot of candidates who show promise and fit RC’s perspective on anime, so I may even bring on board more than 4 writers. I apologize for taking a while with this review process and keeping everyone in suspense, but I want to make sure that I give everyone proper consideration.
03/07: I still haven’t gone through all the applications yet, so for those who have applied, please be aware I haven’t contacted anyone yet. I’ll post an update after I’ve done so.
03/04: Thank you everyone who took the time to send in applications already. Please keep them coming. I’ve received quite a lot already and will be going through them over the course of this week and contacting those who are a good fit.

March 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm
292 comments »
  • March 3, 2012 at 8:52 pmKorin

    RIP Divine :(

    • March 4, 2012 at 6:42 amFlobb3k

      You know he isnt dead….

    • March 4, 2012 at 11:08 amdaitro

      Divine is dead? :(

  • March 3, 2012 at 8:59 pmMrRei

    I believe the best words are “We will be here WHEN (not IF) you come back!”.. I’m usually in IRC anyway. :p

    • March 3, 2012 at 9:35 pmc2710

      yes divine… its WHEN you come back not IF you come back

    • March 3, 2012 at 11:21 pmMrRei

      “What kind of person would you like to have as a new RC writer?” Topic
      And
      “What gender preference would you mostly prefer for new RC writers?” Poll

      Is now open for discussion at the RC fan club. Feel free to discuss

      http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=409959

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:13 pmfateslaying

    But how will we be able to go on without you…! Nevertheless, thank you for all your hard work, Divine. You’ve been a pleasure to read and will certainly be missed.

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:29 pmmafias

    Android Development? Sounds interesting but that’s a pretty competitive market for sure.

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:42 pmArri-att

    what about naruto manga? noone is picking it up?
    seriously, this is one of my personal favorites

    • March 4, 2012 at 1:57 pmSecsuey

      yeah what about Naruto?

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:47 pmRyuunosuke808

    Yes Divine, what is up with Final Fantasy XIII-2 ending! Blog naooooo! XD but really hope all goes well!

    • March 3, 2012 at 10:11 pmMrRei

      He’d like to blog that.. but as you can see, bad sched right now. The ending was incomplete anyway (square’s probably going to put the real ending on DLC). If you want it blogged here, it’s best to holler at Takaii. He’s probably done playing.

    • March 4, 2012 at 3:10 amRyudo

      Yeah it was confirmed already that the ‘real ending’ would be made into DLC content. I guess it’s Square’s way of pulling out more money from our pockets with their unfinished game.

      • March 4, 2012 at 4:52 pmecho

        Really? I heard that the DLC is just gonna explain what Lightning was doing before/during the events of xiii-2. nevertheless, this game really reek of the stench that SE wants to milk as much money as possible…

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:51 pmSapphireArcz

    Divine, i have a small suggestion…Even if you are gonna drop some of the more popular animes this season and no writer is gonna pick it up, you can probably just make a few screencaps and perhaps a few sentences describing the episode?

    By looking back at guilty crown and ano matsu, there will actually tons of comments for those 0.0 (esp. guilty crown having 300 comments)
    For me i believe that half of the fun coming to RC is to read what this website awesome writers have blogged, the other half of the fun is to see all the comments by a diverse range of viewers (trollers/bashers/fans). Reading RC makes my long ride to campus seems shorter ^.^

    • March 5, 2012 at 10:37 amBR_Impulse

      I like this suggestion, but I’d even say that I’d be completely fine without any screencaps or even a summary. Mainly, Divine could just create an entry for each new episode and open the floor to comments and discussions like the case for Guilty Crown Ep 18. Maybe even just one header image/logo and then open for commenting I’d think.

      Good luck with your job Divine! We understand how it is when school/work kicks in and suddenly there’s less time to do things :)

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:54 pmDCLXVI

    I salute you, Divine. I’ve never seen a harder-working blogger, much less an anime blogger, in all my time on the intarwebz.

    That said, I’ll be looking forward to all the new writers. I’d really like to try my hand at it myself, but even though I’ll be graduating soon I’m going to have to review to take a licensure exam, so no dice.

    Anyway, good luck with Android development; I attended a seminar on that once, but my Java knowledge was limited so I couldn’t do crap.

    I’ll be expecting your posts again in maybe six months or so, so don’t let us down Divine :)

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:55 pmD-LaN

    *clap hands*

    • March 3, 2012 at 10:21 pmThe Moondoggie

      I give Divine a perfect 10 for this decision.

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:56 pmThe Story You Don’t Know

    Good luck Divine! And I’m glad that you decided to finish Guilty Crown at the very least. You did very good making it through all those train-wreck episodes so it would be such a shame to drop it when it’s starting to get good. Kudos for all your hard work and patience!

  • March 3, 2012 at 9:56 pmCybersteel

    Wow you’re doing the same thing I did a few months ago!!! I definitely think you should take a break, the other writers more than make up for it I think. Best luck to you Divine.

    In light of all this I suppose a female blogger would be really sweet. Will see you soon again when you come back.

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:00 pmHamez

    Oh shush divine, of course we’ll be here WHEN you come back.

    NAKAMA DAROU?!

    And best of luck with your new job (:

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:01 pmLiberta

    Hey Divine ^_^

    It is good to know that you are still alive out there and filling us with the info about your new job / hectic schedule; CONGRATS! ^_^

    Life tends to throw hard balls at us and you in particular resulted in making an important choice in your life. As with many other readers of RC, we will still come regularly to visit Random Curosity to discuss about various animes and will still be happy to see even your “short posts” to see you are still doing fine and want us to express our thoughts on the anime.

    Best of luck to you in your new job, but do make sure you are in good health :P

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:06 pmSnipyro

    Thanks for all your hard work, Divine. This site has been amazing in the last 2 years and being a long time reader (ever since Omni just started) I really appreciate it.

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:08 pmXziled

    when you say android, do you mean the phone one or an actual robot?

    it was nice reading your posts and insights over the many years you’ve been blogging at RC and maintaining the site I just have to salute you for everything you’ve done up until now.

    hope to hear how you’re doing at least in IRC whenever you got time dude

    • March 4, 2012 at 3:03 amSamurai Pumpkin

      As above. Turning this into a community driven site would be very helpful to those involved.

    • March 4, 2012 at 4:09 amJack

      …are you serious?

    • March 5, 2012 at 12:19 amKJacket

      Too much anime, it’s robotics in real life – no androids. Android as in phone OS in with usage of the word ‘coding’.

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:27 pmnigthwizard

    don’t worry about the site,
    the other writers will take care of it,
    just go and rest,
    thanks for everything

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:33 pmThe Moondoggie

    http://randomc.net/2012/03/01/ano-natsu-de-matteru-08/comment-page-1/#comment-788908

    I hate it when my guesses are right on most of the time.

    But as part of the working class, I know how Divine feels when work as a developer, being a software developer for e geospatial company myself, drains you: sitting in front of a computer all day isn’t easy when you are trying to achieve a goal that seems impossible(so the next time you look at a map, please remember me LOLZ, and when you look at an android remember Divine).

    Divine, we really won’t blame you if you decide to retire after finishing your remaining anime. Life’s like that and there isn’t anything we can do. I just wonder who will be the one to take over RC though if you did.

    • March 3, 2012 at 10:58 pmDa5id

      Pretty much everyone saw this coming based on how he’s been putting off posts, so don’t give yourself too much credit.

      And like he said, there’s plenty of other writers here, so it’s likely he’ll just leave it up to them as a group. Though I think it’s up to Divine to keep the site up, so he’ll more or less still be “in charge”.

      • March 3, 2012 at 11:33 pmThe Moondoggie

        Pretty much everyone saw this coming based on how he’s been putting off posts, so don’t give yourself too much credit.

        Yeah. But I made the guess before he started putting off posts and before the post above: it was when he made the announcement he got a new job.

        I was like [mentions New Job -> RL problems -> Omni]. I kept it at the back of my brain until the late posts appeared. He then started getting busy, as I expected he would.

      • March 4, 2012 at 12:59 amDa5id

        Yeah, it was fairly obvious.

        I mean, it was something that was bound to happen eventually, we just didn’t want it happen now.

        We never want it happen now…but it does. We can only accept will move on from it permanently one day, as will all of us, and thank him for his years of service.

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:34 pmukato

    Thank you for everything Divine, best of luck in all your endeavours! :)

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:39 pmSyaoran

    Its been a pleasure reading your views on anime for the last year or so. Good luck with your job and if the future allows it, hope to see you back in the blogging scene.

  • March 3, 2012 at 10:47 pmSmoe

    Best of luck! Thanks for everything so far and thanks for everything that’s still to come :) All hail the almighty Divine!

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:05 pmNyfe

    Life happens, but your efforts will never be forgotten or unappreciated. Thanks for all your work Divine!

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:14 pmNexusM78

    god bless u divine :) it’s taken you astronomical effort maintaining this common space for all of us and we really appreciate it.

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:20 pmDaniell

    thank you for all your hard work divine! :) hope to still see some of your posts from time to time as you were the one who pulled me into randomc! best of luck with your real life priorities :3

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:24 pmSlushiZ

    You really deserve a break Divine <3 and you will be remembered! Here's wishing you all the best at your new job, good for you. THANK YOU above all else, I don't think I would ever be able to do what you did. Goodbye, hopefully not forever.

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:25 pmGeoff

    I don’t post often, but I check this site regularly.
    So I’m posting to say, you were a really chill blogger that I’d keep up with, and I wish you the best of luck in your new job. It’s really cool that you took the time to explain everything, communication is great to have :)

    Maybe if you *Really* do like blogging (Even if you can’t blog a full season’s episode), you can blog only one episode from an old season people never usually heard of, that way it’s already complete and people get to know about other anime, along with being able to write something up whenever you feel like it. A “guest” blogger to indtroduce cool stuff you come across.

    That’s one reason I come to RC, to find new anime to watch

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:25 pmBakanekokun

    Oh God, I swear Divine…my heart practically stopped for a minute or two when the site finished loading and the incoming dread as I saw your post at the top. But that aside, we are all human and taking over RC when you did was a tremendous task – I applaud you for it. That being said, with the economy these days, I don’t blame you for taking some things as priority over blogging and I will still be sticking around so WHEN you do come back…I am sure there will be a warm welcome. You will be missed though (at least your posts)!!!

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:30 pmKentaiyoshimi

    Good luck on your new job, Divine. It’s amazing how you managed to find time for your work, watch 9 shows this season, and blog about them, and still have time to play through FFXIII-2. That’s some mad time-management skills.

    Enjoy your well deserved break.
    So long, and thanks for all the blog posts.

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:34 pmThousand Mistress

    For all your had work, thanks for everything, Divine :D We understand what you’re going through and we don’t have a choice.

    Good luck with your job…and woah wait, is that job Android development related? Wait, nevermind that :)) I’ve started lurking and commenting here for almost two years (I rarely comment though, but lurk yes, quite often) so I’ve seen your task and you’ve done an excellent job :D

    I dunno if I’ll be fit as one of the writers of RC though so… XD

  • March 3, 2012 at 11:40 pmmaddoki

    Congrats Divine on your new job !! I hope everything will be as you wish, it has truly been a joy to read your post everyweek. I’ll be looking forward to see you read you again :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:01 amGhostalker

    Ahaa~ first of all I want to give thanks to Divine for all the effort he put up on this site as well as congratulations also for getting the job that he seem to be very happy and excited. I just hope though that he will still have time watching anime (not much for blogging though, it can’t be help we are talking about real life here).

    I hope someone also picked up Black Rock Shooter in case Divine drop the coverage and would only focus on Guilty Crown till its end. BRS right now is my favorite anime of the season and the lack of coverage of it from some of the blog site I frequent is just sad, also I found Divine’s writing really worth reading because I found his impression and the way he writes it really interesting.

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:40 amJeremiah Bourque

    And so life intervenes. Take care and good luck. I wish I could help somehow, but I’m not in any position to put up screen captures. Strong best wishes.

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:56 amHikaru

    Hey Divine, thanks for your hard work keeping the site up :) though uou’re takig a leave of indefinite absence, will you still have tome to drop a comments on interesting episodes? ( like Enzo has been in some EVOL episodes, or maybe a small section at the en of the main post). I really enjoy reading about your views on EVOL for the past 2 months or so. I would love to still see your comments ^_^

    Please come back when you feel like!! You’re still the spiritual leader :D

    PS. Who is taking over as adminstrator of the site?

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:58 amASBA1991

    My heart just skipped a beat when i saw the post. Dammit real life!!

  • March 4, 2012 at 12:58 amIsolence

    Divine i salute you!

    Congratulations on your new job. But most of all thank you for your hard work, i always enjoyed reading your posts

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:35 amBio D

    Thank you very much with the work you’ve put in so far and congratulations on your job.
    I hope you’ll come back someday; it won’t be the same without you.
    Anyway, I’ll try out for writer. Captioning images is going to be a bitch and I watch the subs, but it still seems like something I should do.

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:40 amlegend

    if you want to take a look at the next season animes you can get it in neregate.com/blog/ but it doesn’t a throught explanation like divide did.

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:42 amcain

    Sounds like you have an awesome job Divine. Best of luck in the work life, and everything else!

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:49 amyuna_fanel

    Thanks for everything Divine and good luck for your new job !
    <3

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:52 amarkeid

    Thank you for your job, Divine.
    Good luck with developement and wish you to conquer new horizons. ^_^

  • March 4, 2012 at 2:29 amappeljack

    I hope you do well at your job…

  • March 4, 2012 at 2:31 amSkins Thunderbomb

    Thanks for everything Divine. :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 2:35 amHagiri

    Thank you very much for your hard work Divine, breaks are necessary, everyone here at RC will be waiting for your return.

  • March 4, 2012 at 2:39 amKyokai

    I completely understand where you are coming from, Divine. Having a full time job and running an anime blog is no easy task and the number of shows you take on is just inhuman. I’m amused by your tech development background (I’m a PM in a creative/software firm myself), and know the horrendous hours. Good luck settling in your new job and I hope you keep guiding the new writers coming in.

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:17 amKRILL

    xD all I can say is THIS: Life… I wanted to blog anime so bad for someone, ESPECIALLY for RandomC! It is, after all, the apotheosis of anime blogs. I ran my own for awhile as an outlet just because I have a proclivity for writing as it is. However, after months and virtually no readership, because to get one in the first place requires luck really, I realized I am staying up until 1 A.M. and cropping an exorbitant amount of screen caps and writing these 1,000 word +, articles, carefully placing the pictures to what ever my article is describing at any given part, JUST to kill time. Honestly it became a monotonous tribulation rather than the leisure endeavor it was supposed to be when I began. I love writing, but as soon as it wasn’t for myself it became a job. I already have one of those, and classes, and life, and a sport. Then to have a readership as abundant as RC’s? Like Divine said, one might as well have a second job, that is, if one’s intention is to produce the quality reviews that are expected of RC. I feel bad for the next batch of writers, and at the same time, can’t wait. Good luck Divine(developer for Androids?! That takes math. Yuck), and good luck neophyte RC bloggers, don’t run out of steam. And, with out further adieu, I shall take leave of my longest comment ever. May RC prosper.

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:20 amBontakun

    Take care Divine and good luck with your work! :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:22 amGundam 00

    show us some of your apps your working on!

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:25 am1Lau

    You’ve done a great job so far, since you inherited this wonderful website from Omni.
    I’ve only returned looking at this site myself watching anime and archiving nice screenshots.

    All the best with your new job Divine! :3

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:50 amSkye

    Noooooooo!

    Don’t leave us! ;__;

    (Ok, that may have sounded selfish, but good luck in your new job! We really hope everything turns out well. Ganbatte ne!)

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:00 amPot Noodle

    Best of luck mate. Hope to still see you around here from time to time but agree that life takes priority. I know I wouldn’t be able to balance that kind of crazy schedule myself (I’ve tried, it doesn’t work).

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:04 amTonameki

    Thank you Divine,

    I already saw this coming in some sort of way a few weeks ago with you stating that you had a new job :D. You have the full right to make a indefinite leave from blogging as you have done more in the past two years for us readers than most people had hold possible. I commend you in your future endeavors.

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:23 amKevz

    Just as your blogging here in RC has been long and satisfying, we wish you the best and good luck on your work! Here’s hoping you can visit now and then.

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:33 amGreg

    Take care with the new job and more relaxing anime viewing divine. Hope to have you back now and then and maybe in the future writing about one or two shows when the more important stuff gets less hectic. Anyway, thanks for all the posts so far!

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:40 amJiCi

    I was afraid of that… I knew that 9 shows for one blogger is quite the load to carry…

    Thanks for everything Divine, really appreciated it. BTW, you said you don’t know if you’ll come back here. How about this ? You could blog only one show, just manage the news like the previews and schedules or even team up with another blogger for the screen captures, like Unlisted helps Verdant with his Persona 4 reviews. That way, you still be in touch with us, and you could keep an eye on the site. You might stop blogging, but that doesn’t stop you from watching the other bloggers and post you opinion once in a while. I personally think that you should finish some of your shows for this seaosn and then start blogging only the previews, season reviews, schedules and site news. Those are far less exhaustive to do and you keep one finger on the pulse of the site.

    You say that you need around 3 or 4 writers, right ? I’m sorry, but with the proportions the site have gotten, you might need double that amount; 15 writers would be the best number and they would get like only 2 or 3 shows maximum. I know that it’s a large number and it’s not easy getting competent and reliable bloggers, but the site really needs that. What I hate the most about anime is how they work: some have 26 episodes and some have only 13. When a season starts, new shows come out, but some are not finished yet, leading to a serious bottleneck that I fail to understand how do Japanese TV stations deal with. If you guys want an advice, I say just take up only one show with 26 episodes and the rest with 13 episodes.

    Anyway, thanks again for the reviews Divine, but like I said, there are other ways you could still be part of Random Curiosity, so you should check it out.

  • March 4, 2012 at 5:01 amShugima

    As for all people, there comes a time when you should slow down and not feel forced to do what you like the most.

    I feel that the role you mentioned in this blog is actually something that any blog needs. In this way, you are making this blog much like a professional magazine, which should only improve this site. As experienced as you are, an editor role would much suite you.

    I wish you the best of luck in your work and I thank you for the 3.5 years of active blogging

    • March 4, 2012 at 7:42 amTonameki

      Wow a wild SHUGIMA appeared!
      Go! TONAMEKI!
      TONAMEKI used ‘SCRATCH’
      It’s Super Effective!!!!!
      Enemy SHUGIMA used ‘GROWL’
      But, it failed.

      TONAMEKI used ‘TACKLE’
      It’s almost down
      Enemy SHUGIMA used ‘GLARE’
      It didn’t effect TONAMEKI
      Try catching it with a Poké ball
      Tonameki used Poké ball
      TUDUM…
      TUDUM…
      TUDUM….!
      All right! Shugima was caught!
      New RCDEX data will be added for SHUGIMA
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 4, 2012 at 5:43 amexia

    Youv’e done well hope to see yah around.

    Now I have been through the Omni and Divine Arcs.

    I wonder what lays ahead.

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:26 amMarow

    It’s sad to see you leave, but I can understand that you want to use your free time to actually relax. Writing about nine shows is, for me personally, overkill and I can imagine the stress you must’ve gone through.

    A suggestion to this site overall is to occasionally come up with editorials or “thoughts” about anime or series, instead of only episodics, but maybe that’s too far away from the site’s purpose. I find it more fun to read about thoughts instead of summaries.

    Thank you for a good time, hope the job goes well :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:33 amgandalf8

    I’m certain that I won’t be the only one who’s gonna miss reading your observations and musings on anime, Divine. Since the time you joined under Omni, to when you took over the site from him, right up to the present, there have been countless shows that I have enjoyed more by reading your reviews after I finished watching an episode of. Due to your oft stated philosophy of “watching mediocre and even controversial series for the sake of variety, or simply so that I can make an informed judgment at the end”, I’ve discovered a veritable mine of anime that I would’ve never deign to watch without your illuminating reviews. You’ve certainly left an indelible mark on how I pick what new show to watch each season, and for that I and a lot of others I think am very grateful for. Alas, that your real life responsibilities is cutting down on the time you can spend blogging, which has come to a head with you having to stop midway into a very interesting season. Nevertheless, I won’t begrudge you it, as I firmly believe that real life should always take precedence, what more since you seem to love the work that you’re doing right now. Therefore, I would just wish for your success with your current endeavours, and hope that the time I can once more enjoy your reviews will hopefully not be in the too distant future.

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:46 amVincent

    Thank you very much Divine for all the work you’ve done for RC. You know we will all be here if you ever intend to make a comeback one day. I wish you the very best in your future undertakings.

  • March 4, 2012 at 7:01 amHenDarou

    Sounds like a great new job, congratulations on getting it. Hoping to see you blog again at some point, though; your posts are always a joy to read.

    As unlikely as it may be, I really hope that someone decides to take over coverage of Black Rock Shooter…

  • March 4, 2012 at 8:20 amRogarth

    Thank you for all the hard work Divine! I’ve been a rabid reader of RC over the last few years, and I will sorely miss your great reviews!

    I wish you all the best in your career! And I do hope you get the chance to continue enriching our lives down the road!

    Thank You Divine!

  • March 4, 2012 at 8:51 ampineapple

    Thank you Divine for creating the this amazing opportunity for anime fans to converge. This is not just an ordinary blogging site – you have formed a community.

  • March 4, 2012 at 8:57 amJunglepenguin

    For doing all you’ve done for this community… I’ll share my Kona-chan Dakimakura with you. It’ll help you de-stress while you’re coding stuff at home. DON’T SPILL COFFEE ON IT THOUGH! It’s a highly prized possession of mine!

    Jokes aside, I haven’t made my presence known here till recently, but I’ve been following your blogs and reviews for the longest time. They’ve inspired me to do some reviewing of my own, and like many others probably do, I’ve dreamt of working along side you and the rest of the RC blogging team. Cheesy, but true. So yeah, otsukaresama deshita! I’ll miss reading your insightful and cleverly written posts. Stay safe, make sure you get enough rest and don’t forget to say hi every once in awhile! (I sound like a mother.)

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:04 amDCLXVI

    I don’t like to be the harbinger of bad news when everyone’s being so happy for Divine, but there are still people who would like to see the remainder of Divine’s shows covered, myself included.

    That said, I suggest that we have a sort of “community coverage” for said shows. Anyone confident (and hopefully skilled) enough does a write-up, even for just one episode of one show, posting under a single name, perhaps Anonymous or Nanashi (no name) or something. All Divine would have to do is to pick and/or compile the write-ups, reducing his workload. It also means that the shows continue to be covered, though of course not by Divine.

    There are problems with this though; there might not be any willing would-be writers, or said writers might not be skilled enough or might fail/not be able to follow schedules.

    Either way, this is just a suggestion.

    • March 4, 2012 at 9:54 amDCLXVI

      Right, to ensure this gets seen I’ve sent the suggestion to you in e-mail form, Divine. Hope you consider it :)

    • March 4, 2012 at 10:03 amJunglepenguin

      Willing would-be writers are spilling out from this community (myself included). It’s the skills and schedules that’s the problem. Divine leaves behind some pretty big shoes to fill, and people with the same technical knowledge, linguistic competence and deep interest in anime as him are a rarity.

      Well, maybe the community could work in groups. While some abled writers lack the skills to work with photoshop and other technical tools can do the write-ups, others with the technical smarts but don’t fancy writing can take the screenshots and do the editing. Groups can comprise a few co-writers that blog based on the screenshots taken by a person who’s got the skills to do so. It also (kinda) solves the problem of being unable to fit to the schedules. If one person in that “reviewing group” can’t make it for whatever reason, the rest can still work together to blog the particular episode. The end product can be run through one of RC’s official bloggers for a final review before it get’s posted up.

      Or something like that. Just adding on to the idea. It would be best to just do what Divine says and volunteer yourself as a new writer through the application format he threw in together with his post though.

      • March 4, 2012 at 10:13 amDCLXVI

        This suggestion stems from the very fact that I can’t volunteer to be a regular writer because I don’t have enough free time to follow a regular blogging schedule at the moment. However, I think I can find time to do a write-up for every other episode, which is the basis for this idea.

        If there are enough writers about with similar situations to my own who can write on a piecemeal basis, then it should work. That’s also why I suggested that the community posts be under a single name, so that nobody in particular takes any flak should the posts prove to be subpar in writing quality. The community can take the posts or leave them; all I want is continued coverage.

      • March 4, 2012 at 10:38 amJunglepenguin

        It’s a good suggestion. Setting up a structure for your suggestion might be a little troublesome though. It’ll take some time to sort through individual posts and to mash them all into one big review to be posted up. Or were you suggesting that one anonymous post by a single person be taken for each episode? Either way, as long as stuff doesn’t go unblogged, I’ll be at peace. I hope Divine does reply to you suggestion though. It sounds like a workable idea.

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:05 amMuhimu

    It has been an honor reading your posts.

    Wish you best of luck for your next projects.
    Hope you are as committed to it as you have been to RC.

    I salute to you and see you around when time is right.

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:14 amAzure Divinity

    Thanks for the hard work Divine. I’m glad to hear that you’ll still be covering Guilty Crown and I fully support your decision to take a bit of a break and lessen the load that you have to carry. I’ve been visiting RandomC since it began years back and it’s amazing how much it’s evolved and grown. In my opinion, RandomC will continue to live on as long as anime continues to be produced- it’s not just a blog it’s an entire online community of people who enjoy anime. Best to you in all your future endeavors Divine!

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:49 amflitzer

    Divine, its really disheartening to to hear that you would take an indefinite leave. You’ve gone through so much since the reestablishment of RC under your wings.

    Well, life must go on eh? Good luck on your career and life. Although, I still look forward to your full-time return to the anime blogging scene =)

    Being an RC reader since 2008, I’ve grown to know you for your hard work, commitment and for your extraordinary ability to write an unbiased, entertaining posts – And we, the avid readers of RC love and thank you for that.

    Thanks, and Good luck divine :)
    P.S. I would love to write for RC or at least try to contribute in some way

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:00 amMorridin

    Many thanks for all the hard work you’ve done the past years and for keeping RC alive.

    I hope you’ll be enjoying your work for years to come, but I also hope that you’ll be with us from time to time (even if it is with a huuuuuuuuuuuuge gap inbetween :P).

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:17 amShinjiro

    Congrats on the position, D. I’ve tagged along since you took over Omni’s responsabilities back in 2010. Always thought you were taking on WAY TOO MUCH ( I think I’ve told you this a few times in the past).
    RC is always home as far as anime goes. Thanks to the good and fun blogger’s team, the site will do fine but it’s definitely not going to be the same without you.
    You take care and hopefully, you won’t become a stranger.

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:47 amMasterDragonKnight

    Thanks for your hard work and best of luck in all your future endeavors.

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:51 amNeko

    heard you about female applicants Divine =]

    sadly working life aint helping otakus (had to shut down my fansub group for same reasons). Hard to let go but definetely necessary. So best of luck in the future
    would have been interested in helping tho but this season has been a bit of a let down shows wise…havent checked spring/summer ones yet.

  • March 4, 2012 at 11:08 amoli

    i am sort of shocked that this is happening, even though i knew it would happen some time, it is going to feel strange with out you that is all. i wish you good luck in your life!

  • March 4, 2012 at 11:20 amZammael

    This is by far the best anime blogging website I’ve ever seen in my 2 years as a fan.

    I’m sad to see you (Divine) retire to greener pastures, and I would submit an application as a writer, but I suspect that my lack of experience with the material and an overly intellectual bent would be detriments to episodic blogging.

    Hopefully the new recruits carry your torch brightly and proudly as you have! :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 1:02 pmAzstraph

    Well like they say “Life goes on” but with these last 2+ years with you at the helm, I’ll like to give my thanks for bring all us these shows you and your team has brought us as well as the season schedules you write up each period as they have given all us an opportunity as to what is on the horizon and what we may have missed will all own busy schedules.

    Good luck on your new post and hope to see you around for those special posts of your.

    Arigatou gozaimasu :)

  • March 4, 2012 at 2:12 pmSin1505

    Honestly I was afraid you were going to shut down the site, I was sensing the lack of your presence here. I hope you the best at work! I really appreciate your sense of obligation towards us the random folks of RC. Thanks for keeping us updated!

  • March 4, 2012 at 3:24 pmMarch

    Well,it supposes to be a leisure to blog for this site.
    So, don’t do it over stresses…
    One or two shows for each writer is more than enough.
    (Personal feeling)

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:08 pmAkira

    I’ve always appreciated your blogging so I feel sad you’re going into hiatus, but it’s good to think the reason is a very positive one, i.e. your new job you seems to like and to be satisfied of! ^^ So thanks for your posts until now and good luck with everything!

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:55 pmKitsu

    I hate when this times comes, so many memories and feelings

  • March 4, 2012 at 5:05 pmAlly

    Thanks Divine for all your hard work
    You really filled the void when Omni left and made this site completely your own and did wonderful things with it. The blog couldn’t have gone on for this long without your work and dedication. Thanks for 3.5 years of awesomeness. I hope everything goes well irl for you and I’m wishing you all the best at your new job =) I hope you do come back to blog regularly but not at the expense of your personal life haha. But do keep in touch you’ll be missed a lot.

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:08 pmzani

    Thanks Divine for all your hard work in RC. Because of you, this site will continue to live on. Good luck with your work! :)

    Oh for the Spring Anime Season Preview, I’ve been keeping tabs on the animes that will be coming out. Here are links that might help you guys out:
    http://www.squidoo.com/anime-season-spring-2012
    http://www.moetron.com/2012/01/08/spring-2012-visual-guide-and-anime-schedule/

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:30 pmkureejii

    I have been here since Omni first started RC, and I don’t plan on leaving! Divine, you done a great job maintaining the site and keeping it fresh and lively. So, please do your best with work and life!

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:45 pmSyouke

    Thank you for everything Divine. I hope u will success in everything u do.

  • March 4, 2012 at 6:46 pmReyfus

    Lol i just rebembered Omni now, had forgot him.

  • March 4, 2012 at 7:17 pmZen

    I’ve been here from the very beginning, and seen firsthand how this site has evolved over the years, becoming a central part of the online anime community. And now that it’s arrived at the next stage of its evolution, I must say that it wouldn’t have gotten here without you, Divine. What began as a one-man effort by Omni has evolved into something that is, indeed, far greater as a sum of its parts. It was according to your vision that the all the new writers were brought in, all hardworking and objective individuals, true to the spirit of the site- in the process making that spirit more vibrant than it’s ever been.

    So I salute thee Divine; may you find solace, and a sense of accomplishment, even as you depart, in the fact that the place you’re leaving is a place far greater than it was whence you first arrived- and that it is by your hands that it is so.

  • March 4, 2012 at 8:38 pmThe_Magus_Killer

    Divine, I wish you all the luck in the world with your new job. Thanks for all the hard work you put in Random Curiosity; I’ve always enjoyed reading your posts (especially the ones on Amagami SS and Amagami SS+ Plus). I know you’ll be back here on RC when you’ve got more time. I just know it. =)

    But before you take your leave, please at least finish watching and blogging Amagami SS+ Plus; since it’s only a one week more before the start of the last arc (Haruka’s). It’s kinda sad to see you go without finishing it.

    Banzai, Divine! =)

  • March 4, 2012 at 8:44 pmm

    Thanks for all of the work.

  • March 4, 2012 at 9:52 pmkennyBoy

    I’m supposed to give you a ‘maru maru’ but damn ninjas were running about slicing onions around.

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:38 pmDavid

    I enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to the day you come back to blogging.

    Good luck with the Google app development!

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:45 pmFrito

    So what’s OMNI’s scheduling looking these days?

  • March 4, 2012 at 10:47 pmFrito

    *schedule….

  • March 5, 2012 at 12:32 amfirefly123456

    Divine: thanks for all your work these past few years. Its been a great pleasure reading your posts. good luck

  • March 5, 2012 at 12:53 amSilver

    Well good luck with your new job! I’m glad everything seems to be going well and we will definitely be here when you come back.

    It’s kind of surprising how much have changed when Random Curiosity first started a long time ago and in some ways kind of make me sad how things have change a lot over the years.

  • March 5, 2012 at 3:48 amhaitechan

    I’m more or less on the same boat and I barely have time for it + my french classes so I really admire you for keeping RC running and blogging 9 shows. It’s okay, everybody deserves a break, your health is important too! Besides, everybody is doing a great job so don’t worry about RC. Good luck with your new job!

  • March 5, 2012 at 3:52 amHeinrich Lelouch

    Thanks for all the efforts you have put in for RC, Divine! All the best in your future undertakings.

  • March 5, 2012 at 4:55 amPera

    I really have to thank you Divine!
    If it weren’t for this site and you, I never would have watched so much anime like I do now!
    Good luck with your future, and I hope you one day want to come back

  • March 5, 2012 at 7:56 amgcsasuke

    As a programmer, I understand why you have to take a leave of absence Divine. All the sleepless nights are not going to help with your blogging anyways. Its better to sort out your real life priorities first than to this. Salute to you Divine for blogging this long

  • March 5, 2012 at 7:58 amAshen

    I’m so tremendously grateful RC won’t be shutting down. This is bar far the anime blog I frequent first and foremost, and I love the in-depth discussions and differing yet (almost always) respectful debates and opinions people can share in.

    The huge screenshots are a definite plus too, I won’t lie. XD

    I hope everything in your life evens out and you can balance fun and work effectively, Divine. When and if you return to RC, I’ve no doubt you’ll be welcomed back with open arms.

  • March 5, 2012 at 8:27 amacolyte

    If you writers stop actively blogging, please post in the site once in a while (comments or such) so we know you’re alive and well^-^

  • March 5, 2012 at 8:37 amKelino

    This is great news. I’ve never been a fan of writing style and I think Omni quitting was a massive blow, but over time you’ve brought in writers that are willing to keep a blog format that doesn’t drench the content in play by play.

    The less of you the better, so I welcome your new position. Thank you for keeping the site running for the more capable bloggers.

    • March 5, 2012 at 10:18 amFrito

      You nerd, without Divine and Omni; you would be eating Cheetos and Mountain Dew.

    • March 5, 2012 at 6:42 pmDivine

      I haven’t summarized in the past two years, so you’re either genuinely unaware of that fact or just coming in with a two year old predetermined disposition to get your shots in now. Either way, I can’t say I’m a “fan” of ignorant yet outspoken readers like yourself either.

  • March 5, 2012 at 9:13 amprinny

    thanks for all the hard work. understandably you have other commitments to well… commit to. All the best in your undertakings and i’ll try to get a android device and buy your app (if it is good enough… lol jk)

  • March 5, 2012 at 9:32 amyo

    sorry for asking but what anime is the blonde girl with white hat from?

    • March 5, 2012 at 6:33 pmKim Pine

      Nabari no Ou

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