Greetings! Railgunfan75 here. If you are a returning reader- glad to have you back! If you are new to reading this blog- welcome! I hope I can give you all some entertaining reading and start some fun discussions.Before I get deep into anime reviews, Weiss Schwarz content and other things, I thought I should get everyone up to speed about some of the things that I have been up to during my hiatus. And if you are new maybe this will give you a sense of the stuff that I talk about on the blog. Hopefully, you check out some of my older content. Alright, now time to get you up to speed.

It’s been about 9 months since I was active on this blog and wow has the world changed. I won’t dwell on current events too much as the whole point of this is to provide an escape from that but I will say that I hope that everyone out there is safe. I will say that despite all of this happening I am currently in the middle of the process of buying a house (which I started a while ago) which I am really excited for. It is a big life change and I am looking forward to it. It should provide me with a dedicated blogging space which will be really nice and more room for anime and gaming activities.

I did get the opportunity to attend some cons toward the end of last year and the start of this year and as usual they were all quite memorable experiences. I had the chance to meet even more of the fine individuals that work on the great medium of anime. I also got to meet some awesome fellow fans as well. And while such events are on hold at the moment, I really am looking forward to potential future events.

During my hiatus I have had plenty of memorable experiences with anime. One set of experiences stemmed from the Kyoto Animation fire of last year. I was a fan of some of their shows at that point, some of my favorites such as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Hyouka, and Full Metal Panic Fumouffu. However, after watching various videos and reading content online, I had realized just how truly extensive their library was. I never used a Studio as part of my decision making process to watch anything, so I’ll admit that I was a bit naive as to the extent of what they had created. I did know that I did appreciate the work they did and their artistic contributions to the world and wanted to honor that in some way. At that point I figured the best way to honor those affected would be to check out more of their works that I hadn’t seen before.

While I am still working on their library, the new series and films for me that I checked out blew my mind. The cute and fun antics of K-on, the beautiful story telling of the Sound Euphonium franchise and the pure insanity of Amagi Brilliant Park were among those new franchises that I explored. And to be honest I have enjoyed every minute of watching these series. K-on is easily one of my top ten anime of all time, The Euphonium franchise is a masterwork, and Amagi is a fun as hell series that deserves much more praise than it gets. The whole experience has reminded me just how much anime can be a work of art and how precious a gift the ability to create art is. All of the people who create the anime we love are artists in their own right and have a gift that anyone would be lucky to have.

Speaking of works of art, we had been blessed with a ton of great anime films on the big screen both old and new. I was able to take advantage of screenings of Millennium Actress and the new dub of Tokyo Godfathers both of which were amazing to watch. Satoshi Kon’s films are a prime example of how to masterfully tell a story and do it with incredibly compelling characters. I also was fortunate to see Promare, Weathering with You, and Ride Your Wave in theaters as well. All three were great films in their own right. Promare was wild and insane, Weathering with You was a great follow up to Your Name- beautiful and charming, and Ride Your Wave was an insanely touching story.

And of course there were films from established franchises such as Konosuba, My Hero Academia, and Bunny Girl Senpai. It is amazing that the quality of franchise films has improved so much over the years. Rascal Does Not Dream of A Dream Girl is such a profound and beautiful experience, I traveled 30 miles to see this film in theaters and it was well worth the journey. The Konosuba was the franchise at it’s best with it’s insane comedy and new characters. My Hero Academis: Two Heroes is an exemplar example of what makes the franchise so appealing to everyone.

Of course, there was more than just films- 2019 was an amazing year for seasonal anime. From amazing rom coms such as Kaguya-sama Love is War, great action series such as the return of My Hero Academia and Demon Slayer, wonderful dramas such as Vinland Saga and Fruits Basket. There were so many great series that we saw last year and I didn’t really get a chance to talk about of any of them and hopefully I will get a chance to going forward.

And finally, the biggest anime news over my hiatus was the return of A Certain Scientifc Railgun, the conclusion of Index Season III and the 1st season of A Certain Scientific Accelerator. Of course these series were among my most anticipated in recent memory and I have enjoyed them immensely. It has been great to see one of all time favorite franchises to return with three new seasons. Of course you can expect some content about these shows going forward.

So there you have, that is summary of what I have been up to during my time away. I am excited to be back in this wonderful community and I hope that you all enjoy what’s in store. Of course I would like to hear what you all have enjoyed recently. I have tried to keep up with other blogs though I’ll admit that has been difficult to do until recently. So until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off. Stay safe out there and remember to show respect to others in these trying times. Stay geeky my friends!