Rabbit Poets – Three years and then some

Rabbit Poets was actually born in October 2008, so technically it’s already 3 years old, but I tend to celebrate the anniversaries close to the last day of the year, because a.) that’s when I became more serious about writing regularly and b.) frankly, it’s just easier to remember that way. Still, my relative absence over the last couple months did make me consider whether a picture of a funeral would be more fitting than a celebration. So with that said, I think I’m due an explanation and my thoughts moving forward.

Three years and hundreds of virgin followers

The last three months

So my absence wasn’t unplanned per se. I knew that the first quarter of grad school was going to be really demanding on my time, so I had no plans to write episodically for the fall season. However, I probably should’ve at least posted about it in advance. I was just hoping it would fall under the radar, which was partly why I ramped up on writers in the months prior to ideally fill the void while I bowed out for the season. Unfortunately, as circumstance would have it, my writers ran into a similar time crunch as me, and to be honest, I did a poor job of managing the situation. Not only did I lack the time to write regularly, I lacked the time to guide my writers, and for that I apologize.

On the bright side, my absence has nothing to do with me losing interest in anime. Actually, after getting one of those HP Touchpads on fire sale, I’ve even started reading manga (really love the Natsume Yuujinchou manga, there’s definitely enough good stories for the fourth season).

  • Loved Fate/Stay Zero, although I really wish they would’ve just made it a straight forward two coeurs instead of giving us a cliffhanger and four months of wait
  • Really liked Haganai, or OreImo 2, except with more sentimentality and a much better soundtrack (or maybe I’d just call it a better, less otaku-pandering version of OreImo). Basically, it was AIC doing what it does best
  • Ika Musume 2 has been ok, but as expected completely unnecessary
  • Persona 4 has had its ups and downs – more downs than ups lately, although the last episode was probably the best of the season so far
  • Guilty Crown was a disgraceful disappointment and was dropped. I don’t hate Shuu or any of the characters, but the show is just so soulless and unengaging. What is up with soulless, crappy action mecha shows this season? First Star Driver, then Sacred Seven, then Guilty Crown. Bones, Sunrise and now Production IG – all just completely dropping the ball. Did Code Geass inadvertently ruin the mecha genre?
  • Have heard good things about Mirai Nikki, but haven’t watched it yet. I’m collecting episodes, so I can start marathoning it once it gets close to completion.

About episodic blogging

I will admit I have grown increasingly frustrated with episodic blogging – which hasn’t exactly helped my not-so-prolific output.

It’s similar to my concerns with the season preview post – basically, what’s the point? I remember someone posted a while back, I want to say it was Hinano, but it might’ve been someone else, about how episodic blogs initially arose. And how they fulfilled a need by getting fans up to speed while they waited days, even weeks, for the show and episode to be subbed. This was why blog posts of yore often had detailed summaries and loads of screenshots. Nowadays, if the show isn’t simulcast, a sub group has the show up within a day, if not hours, of the RAW hitting the net. No one reads episodics for the information anymore.

So if it’s not about information, is it about our opinions and speculation? But I’m convinced that it can’t just be about that. If that’s all it was about, then we should just post on a board like anime suki where an actual discussion can occur. After years of contemplating the value of comments and trying to figure out ways to encourage them, I’ve come to the conclusion that I was really just trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. Blogs are good for generating “feedback”, but they’re not an ideal vehicle for sustained or invested “conversation”.

So I’m convinced that episodics need to be like mini-editorials. And actually, that’s how I’ve approached it mentally for a while now, even if I was probably not that successful in reality. But sometimes the material might not be there, so dutifully writing after each episode becomes more challenging, if occasionally superfluous. I want to approach the routine of episodic writing completely differently.

The future

To be perfectly honest, the next quarter isn’t necessarily going to be easier for me. However, one bonus is unlike last quarter where I had classes start at 8am everyday and was stuck at school for basically 12 hours a day, I start classes much later this next quarter, so thankfully, I’m not going to be held hostage at school all day long. This means even though my school obligations won’t be alleviated much, I’ll be able to make better use of all my time.

My expectation is that I will be following a show “episodically”. Not guaranteed, but if there’s an interesting show, that’s my plan. In the event that I don’t, I will still be writing more frequently – hopefully trying to think of topics as interesting as the ones Triple_R has done in the past. I’m also hoping to be plugged back into the community again – whether through the blogs or through twitter… when I’m away from my computer, Twitter continues to be out of sight, out of mind for me – even with a vast array of mobile apps to rely on.

Writers-wise, Triple_R will still be spinning his golden silk. I’m also happy to say Sabishii, after a school-initiated sabbatical, will be back.

On the downside, I’m sorry to say that Lemmi, Essick and Sophy won’t be back for the new year. I realized I had less time to manage my writers, so I wanted to consolidate the team. I want to thank them for all their help and support. I really enjoyed working with them and wish them the best. (And of course, hn_elly too, although this was a summertime change)

I also want to thank the readers and the blogosphere. If you didn’t exist, I probably would’ve folded up shop.

As far as predictions go, I guarantee that Rabbit Poets will be around for at least two more years… because I just recently paid the two-year bill for continued hosting. So bear with us for a while longer. Winking smile