Getting Ready for Christmas and STILL Watching Too Much Anime!
By: Head Writer – Justin Tafoya
Monday, Dec. 11th –
Hello again, Giga-Friends! As always, I hope you’re doing well today! We’ve finally entered December, but that really doesn’t mean much for San Diego other than, “Christmas Soon!” Hell, if you haven’t seen, most of California is on fire now! Though, with the firestorms of the past haunting CA, the amazing Fire Fighters have learned to deal with these things much more efficiently, and are well on their way to containing the fires. God Bless them and hope for their safety.
On a much lighter note, now that it’s December, I have to
waste money look into getting some presents for the friends and family. I’ve never been a big spender, though I do tend to fall on the unlucky side of things (in life) and end up having to spend a lot of money at once. However, on the first Saturday of every December, my mom, brother, and I all go Christmas shopping. And, yes, we call it “Christmas” as all of our friends, sans one or two, celebrate Christmas. SUE US.
I have noticed this year that it’s getting harder to shop for a lot of my friends. When we were younger, we couldn’t afford anything we wanted because we were in school and had either no jobs or minimum wage ones. Now, we can all just buy the things we want, with some exceptions of course, and it’s become a sort of “Guess What They Do/Don’t Have” kinda game. Even if we’ve established a one-month rule for Christmas and Birthdays, not enough comes out in the way of video games/anime/manga that we can shop for each other. . . If you’re wondering though, Mob Psycho 100 DID just release on Blu-ray . . . you know, if you want to show this old man some love. . .
NOW ON TO ANIME!
This season is slowly coming to a close just as the year is. One anime that ended with a 10-episode cour was Net-juu no Susume (Recovery of an MMO Junkie). Like it sounds, it’s about a 30-year-old office lady whose stress gets the better of her until she willingly chooses to become a NEET (Not Employed, in Education, or in Training). After quitting her job, she begins to dive into the hell that is MMOs and slowly loses herself to the games that give great instant gratification. Plus, you can have social interactions without having to see someone’s face or show yours!
It went from a happy-go-lucky comedy about this woman and her online personality to a really well-rounded romance/comedy. It really brings to attention the struggles of depression, work anxiety, and social awkwardness that a lot of anime treat like something that can be cured by love. I HIGHLY recommend this show to anyone looking for a good romance/comedy. (Hell, even Mother’s Basement did a video on it! [Spoilers though. . .])
I plan to get more detailed in my final review article, coming in a couple weeks when everything ends, so brace yourselves for that undeniably amazing epoch coming your way. ALL I WANT IS THIS ADORABLY NERDY CAKE! IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK!?
Anyway, that’s it for me today, Giga-Landers. I hope you have a wonderful day and an even better week! -J.R