A Brand New Year,
The Same Ol’ J.R!
(With Some Emotions on the Side. . .)
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Tuesday, Jan. 3rd –
Hello and Happy New Year, Giga-Landers! I hope you all had a wonderful couple of holiday weekends there! I know mine were pretty swell.
I know that, logically, the new year is just a change in number – 2016 to 2017 – but it never really hits me until the final moments of the year that I look back on all the things I did this past year and reflect on what I’ve done and seen. I know it’s sentimental and kind of weird, but it makes me think about who I am and I what I could be doing or should have done.
I know that, for all intents and purposes, I’m the only person left in GigaVenture. Hell, I’m fairly certain a grand total of about 7 people read these or my anime reviews. But, I’m still thankful that I do this. I’ve never been someone who was good at expressing emotions in person, other than the obvious anger and laughter, so writing for me is the exact kind of outlet I need to actually be a normal person in society. I don’t think I’m particularly great at it, better than the average high school graduate I think, but nothing to write home about. But, sometimes I look back on why I do this and for what reason I even keep this site around for as opposed to letting it rot away in the forgotten annals of internet history. But, I couldn’t honestly give an answer.
Something compels me to write, something compels me to move forward, something compels to keep doing what I do. I don’t receive any kind of fan mail, adoration, or even so much as a comment in the comments section about what I do. Hell, I’ve never even been featured on another site for my anime stuff! But, I know in my heart that I’d never done this for any of those things. When I finish writing an anime review, after I’m done editing (and believe me, there’s a whole metric ton of editing that needs to be done), and after I post it on GigaVenture, I can crack my knuckles and lay back in my chair and heave a heavy sigh of relief. Not in the sense that I just finished writing an overdue term paper, but in the sense that I feel like I accomplished something. The tiniest something that helped me move forward and helped me grow in the smallest sense.
I’m blessed that I’m not weighed down by anyone’s expectations because I only do this for me anymore. But, I’m also blessed that this is something I can give my heart to, something I can create and have an emotional outlet for. Not everyone has something like that and I know that, even if I’m not great at it, -this- is my “thing”. And I hope that the few of you who do read this, whom I’m hoping aren’t all bots of some sort, can find something that makes you feel the same way I do about writing.
TL;DR – Thank you for letting me write at you. It’s been a blessing and a half to be able to move forward in this way and I hope to do it more, despite the fact that it may make your eyes bleed and ears burn! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, as someone who doesn’t often express his actual emotions, and as someone who probably couldn’t lead a healthy life without an outlet like this.
NOW ON TO ANIME!
Emotional goopy bullshit aside, I did finally finish all my anime for this season and am currently writing a review on the three that I even cared to finish. Fall wasn’t all that great for original or new anime this season, but a couple of them do beg to be mentioned. Though, this isn’t going to include really popular ones like Drifters or Keijo!!!!!. This will be about the lesser known ones that I had the chance to finish. I’m thinking three is the magic number this seasons.
That aside, Jojo’s finally finished with a huge bang and I couldn’t have been more satisfied. I’ve long been a fan of the series, but this past season does even more to steel my faith in Jojo even more. The second to last episode was a pure work of art, and I can’t stop talking about how absolutely epic that finale was. In my opinion, Jojo Vs. Kira was -the- fight of the year, hands down, no questions asked! Again, and for the the first time this year, you should really watch Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure!