You know what they say about all good things. Well, it pains me to write this, but the end has come. After two and a half years, I’ve decided to retire from Random Curiosity. It’s been a dream, an honour, a pleasure, and I can’t thank you all enough.
This may seem sudden, but this is a decision I’ve wrestled with for the past six months. As each new season came, I knew I was getting closer to my inevitable departure. There are a few reasons for this, but the major one is simple: I’m not watching much anime anymore. Since Summer 2016 I only followed the shows I was committed to blogging, before eventually catching up with all the others I’d missed for the Best Of post. I had a similar experience in 2012, when I suddenly fell away from the medium, before coming back a year later, and then applying for Random Curiosity the year after. And everything since then has been recorded on this wonderful site. But after four years of watching most shows that aired each season, I feel I’ve overdone it.
But I don’t regret it. I’ve experienced the best and worst that anime has to offer, and even though I’ve lost the drive, I still believe that anime is far from dead. It’s evolving, adapting, and we’re getting plenty of stellar shows each year. I’d go as far as to say 2016 was the best year of anime I’ve experienced, so it’s best to end on a positive note. Also, it’s no co-incidence that I decided to retire after blogging Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu to completion. If you’ve been following my coverage then you’ll know how much I adore that series. It’s officially one of my most favourite anime I’ve ever seen, so it feels only natural that I end things at this increadble high. If you haven’t watched it yet, do yourself a favour and check it out. It’s a modern classic, a title that deserves to sit among the greatest that anime has to offer.
Another reason for my leaving is that I don’t know where life is going to take me. I don’t know where I’ll be in the next six months–I like the idea of moving to Japan, but who knows if that will actually happen. What I do know is that I want to pursue my own writing and hopefully get published. When Stilts advertises to new bloggers that this is essentially a part-time job, he’s not lying. It takes several hours out of your day for each post you do, and depending on how many anime you’re covering per season, that can end up being a lot of time. I’ve written hundreds of thousands of words on this site, and all for the betterment of my ability. It has warmed my heart to read the positive comments left by those who say they appreciate my writing, especially on the shows I care more about. Sometimes the thoughts just spill out, but sometimes it can be a struggle. It’s been an experience, a joy, a dream. I’ve followed this site since 2010, and knowing I’m now part of its history is enough to make me smile. All that effort and investment has been worth it, but now I would like to focus on my own writing and hopefully get somewhere with it. I’ve got stories I want to share with the world, and I’m going to do everything I can to make that aspiration a reality.
I’ve talked about Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu being my highlight of my blogging career, but I’ve been blessed with all the anime I’ve covered. There hasn’t been a single one I disliked. All offered something different, appealing to various anime fans, and allowed a variety of discussion. I’ll always have affection for Kiseijuu: Sei no Kakuritsu for being the first show I covered to completion. I got my fair share of popular titles too, from One-Punch Man to Hai to Gensou no Grimgar to Rokka no Yuusha. I got to experience the euphoric highs of Hibike! Euphonium, and talk about how progressive and important Yuri!! on Ice was, and of course I got to cover Haikyuu!!, the series that got me here in the first place. And not to forget those underrated gems like Yuri Kuma Arashi and Fune wo Amu that didn’t attract large audiences, but were worth every word. And also, Mayoiga. I love that series, even if literally everyone else doesn’t. But most important of all is probably being able to cover Bleach until completion. I spilled my heart into that mammoth of a final post, and it was the most cathartic experience; a justification for my being here in the first place. It was the anime that got me into all of this, so being able to send it off with nostalgia and love was all I could ask for.
To everyone who followed my posts, thank you. Random Curiosity’s readership is the most rewarding part of the experience. To be part of a passionate community has been a blessing, and I’ll miss not being able to share my words with you any longer. But I feel I’ve reached the natural end of my time here, and I’ve said all I had to say. I’ve made friends with the bloggers who I used to look up to for all those years, and now I’ll just be another name on the Hall of Fame. You may still see me roaming around in the comments from time to time. And you can always follow me on Twitter which I use every day, so I won’t be gone forever. But as for my time as writer here, this is my goodbye.
Thanks for the memories, everyone.