We are back at it. Maybe this will be the finale. We will see!
Read Part 1 Here!
Read Part 2 Here!
So, last time we left off we were wondering if all that moving, new space and office would provide a spark for the blog. Let’s revisit the summer of 2016.
I moved around April 6th. I did not make a post until July! So, yeah. So much for a renewed energy. I got a reason though. Once I moved in to my Dad’s pool house, I started working for him in construction. The work was not bad. I got up at 6am and rode with him to the job sites and we worked until about 6pm or later. I mostly did clean up and carrying materials that they would need. The bad part is the sun. I am pretty pale and get heat headaches very badly. Most days when I got home I would shower and go to bed. The pay was good and I could not complain. It was brutal on me though just for the headaches.
Finally in July, Pokemon Sun and Moon started releasing previews for their Pokemons. I loved this little segment of reviewing new Pokemons. Back than I gave Cutiefly’s name a 1 out of 10. The name has since grown on me, but it is still a bleh Pokemon.
In October, the world would be introduced to one of the best 3D Platformers of all time. Super Mar… A Hat in Time. What a great time to be a Platforming fan. A Hat in Time at the start of the month and Super Mario Odyssey at the end. Now, I wont revisit everything in this post. I think I am going to do a life review or something like that in the future. However, for now, let’s just look at the post themselves.
To no one’s surprise, I’m sure, 2016 was considerably worse than 2015. Despite the daily blogs of January, view counts and visitors fell. However, comments and likes picked up the slack. 2017 was an utter disaster. I made 3 post that whole year. Youtube was in full swing and I thought I would have to pay 60 bucks to post again, plus school. So, I just did not post a lot. 2018 was meant to be a resurgence. I made 12 post, mostly about video games, sales, and Youtube. If 2017 was bad, 2019 was weird. I made 4 of my favorite post that year. I also only made 4 post that whole year. Dr. Stone review, My Hero Academia Vol. #2 review, Girlish Number Episode #1 review and a post about Sword and Shield. However, I used that momentum I was able to generate to propel us into easily the best year of the blog ever, 2020. Yes how ironic the blog is doing amazingly this year of all years. haha. Check out the stats:
2015: 616 Views. 367 Visitors. 64 Likes. 26 Comments
2016: 556 Views. 322 Visitors. 120 Likes. 104 Comments.
2017: 245 Views. 113 Visitors. 8 Likes. 3 Comments.
2018: 552 Views. 249 Visitors. 17 Likes. 9 Comments.
2019: 292 Views. 201 Visitors. 6 Likes. 0 Comments.
2020: 1,376 Views. 975 Visitors. 77 Likes. 8 Comments.
2020 is on pace to triple views and visitors. In the early days of the blogs, I had some really good readers who liked and commented on most stuff. Nowadays, I still have some really good regulars (you know who you are guys!) who like a lot of my post but do not really comment a lot. That is fine. I am just glad people are reading my stuff. It keeps me going aside from my love of blogging. Let’s look at some of the post specifically.
Top 5 post of 2016 (not counting the welcome or home page, this will be true of all years.): Relife Volume #1 review, Happy Pokemon Day, Top Five Cards in BFZ, Manaphy Giveaway, and Food Wars Season #1 Review.
In 2017, Pokemon Day was the only post to crack double digits. It and Relife review were the only post to crack the top 5 views in 2016 and 2017. Food Wars cracked the top 5 in 2015 and 2016 but missed it in 2017 (it did not get 1 view all year… Ouch).
2018: Spread Awareness was number one followed by, Episode #1 of Yooka-Laylee, A Hat in Time DLC release, Top 5 Pokemon From Kanto I Never Used But Wanted To, and Pokemon Day. Spread Awareness being #1 is a total underdog story. That post was made in 2015 and it surged to the top. Pokemon Day cracks the top 5 3 years in a row.
2019: The Cat Returns Movie Review was number #1 this year. A Hat Time Review was two, Dr. Stone was three, Pokemon Day climbed to 4, and Girlish Number review snuck into the top 5. I really liked my Dr. Stone review and wished it would have been number #1, but oh well. Pokemon Day cracks the top 5 again. What grit!
2020 is not over yet, but let’s look at how things are shaping up: I’m Standing on A Million Live’s has a commanding lead for #1 at 151 views! Somali and the Forest Spirit review has a good hold on #2 with 71 views. Girlish Number is safely in 3rd with 66 views. Tower of God Episode #2 review and Manga Monday Tokyo Ghoul review are tied at 4 with 33 views. In 6th place as a dark horse is Dr. Stone at 31 views. This year has been amazing. I am so happy to see these post, which have been some of my favorites, getting the views. A Million Lives is not only the fastest post of ours to get to 100 views, it is the only non home page non welcome page to get to over 100 views. Welcome is at 1,087 and Home Page is at 980. Girlish Number is next with 73 views. For those of you wondering, Happy Pokemon Day is only at 10 views this year. That ranks 13th on the year.
I hope you guys liked a look back at the last 4 years of posting between the first 100 post and the 2nd 100th post. With any luck, we will be at 300 post some point next year. I cannot wait to recap stats again when that time comes.
Thank you guys for reading, as always. Have a great day! I will see you guys in the next one.
After a pretty long haitus from anime reviews, Crunchyroll and Facebook have teamed up to pull me right back in. Dr. Stone is an ongoing anime based on the manga of the same name. The anime is done by the studio TMS and airs on both Crunchyroll and Funimation.
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Spoilers: This is a review of episode one. While there may be spoilers for episode 1, there’s no major spoilers for the series as a whole.
Plot: The idea here is that everyone on Earth gets turned to stone. Some 3,000 years later our two main characters breakthrough their stony exterior emerging to a world where forestry has now overrun the area. Thousands have died as their stone bodies have shattered or limbs have been severed off. Once our two main characters, Senku and Taiju reunite at the base of a river, the two go to work on how to bring the world back to the modern era.
Characters: This section is fairly easy, as they are the only two human beings alive at the moment. Senku is our green headed main character. He is a genius and the show makes that no secret. He has already begun working on a cure for the modern day stone age. I really think people who study psychology and character types would have a field day enjoying him. It’s not really revealed in the first episode, but later you will see he does not play judge, jury, or the hangman. He acts almost like neutral watcher. He wants to revive everyone. Good, bad, murderers, tax collectors, children, bums, it does not matter. I assume this is due to the fact that science really does not take sides. He’s just letting the process run it’s course.
Our next character is Taiju. Taiju is a bit more of a flat and uninteresting character. Now, that is in no way to say he a bad character. He kept himself motivated to live because he had a mission. Before the stone age struck, He was determined to tell his crush Yuzuriha, that he liked her. Of course, tragedy struck as both stone-crossed lovers were soon to be sealed in their rocky casing. But hey, his unwavering desire to confess his feelings for Yuzuriha worked because, well… It is an anime after all.
Now, I’m not sure if this a good or bad thing, but the show is super self-aware of the two character’s strength and weakness. Again the show is not shy about constantly reminding you Senku is an intellectual supreme while Taiju wouldn’t know the difference between a push or pull door even if they were labeled. As a result the show has a stereotypical, albeit funny, role system for the two. Senku comes up with ideas while Taiju goes to hunt down the ingredients needed. The two play off each other’s differences in a way that naturally progresses the plot while also being funny and enjoyable such as the grapes to wine scene for example.
The World: This is also easy. There essentially is no world to discuss here. Mother Nature has come to reclaim most of her land. Some statues have survived the test of nature and time, but they are few and far between. Animals, for some unknown reason, were spared the same crystallized fate the humans experienced, birds notwithstanding for some reason. This is part of the fun though. How will Senku and Taiju interact with animals? Will they find remains of old buildings they use to interact with? Are there others who have shattered their mold and now walk with the living again? How will the world react to a sudden rise in the human population again? Ultimately, the world right now is a blank canvas and I cannot wait to see how Dr. Stone splatters itself all over the page.
Racap: I knew this was the anime I wanted use to rekindle my spark. This premise sounded super enjoyable and I have not been disappointed. I’ve watched the first three episodes as of now and it really keeps getting better.
Action: While nonexistent in this episode. Episodes two and three do help deliver more of a punch.
Romance: Taiju clearly has a crush on Yuzuriha but you will have to keep watching to see if they end up together.
Plot: I came for the plot.
Characters: But I stayed for the characters.
The World: Empty and underdeveloped, but that isn’t exactly a bad thing.
Humor: A definite strength and high point of the show is the humor. For a pseudo-apocalyptic world, these two really don’t let that fact stop them from smiling or cutting up.
The Ending: The ending is great as we see they have possibly cracked the code for cracking open that hard outer shell.
Verdict: While this is episode one of a show that currently only has four episodes out, I’d be lying if I didn’t say the hype is there. It is going to be so fun to see what’s left of the world. If Senku and Taiju have shed their rock skin, whose to say other’s could not? How will differing viewpoints of Senku and people he resurrects clash? The world is currently empty which hurts this episode’s score but I think makes me more excited for the show as a whole.
Score: A solid 8.5 out of 10. Mostly, because there are still so many question marks that is hard to get a perfect score.
I will revisit this one once the season has wrapped up. So let me know what you guys think so far. What animes should I review next? Let me know down below.
Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!