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After working some 12 hour days in the lead up to Easter holidays to get a lot of work done, I’m finally on holiday! Hence why this is late. But no matter, the time off so far has given me the chance to do some random stuff to relax, and one of the things I relax to is anime OP quizzes. You may know this as I’ve mentioned it before.

Luckily only hearing from one ear doesn’t really affect my ability on these quizzes and they always seem to give good inspiration for SOTWs. This week’s one comes up very often on anime OP quizzes and I’ve heard it so many times that I’ve started to like it even though I’ve never seen the anime. So try it on loop for a while and I think you might start to like it too if you don’t already. Here is Departure by Masatoshi Ono.

Well, almost a decade into this blog and I guess I’ve finally hit a real hurdle to writing it with my current illness. Now obviously loss of hearing in one ear doesn’t affect my writing or thinking ability, but with any life changing event it does make you think a little more about the direction of your life.

Perhaps this is a blessing in disguise. Last year this time I was thinking ‘is this it?’ and thought that everything around me was a bit ‘meh’. But after losing my hearing, I do appreciate life a lot more and have started to focus on what I want to do in life and where I want to be in the next decade or so. At the end of the day, that isn’t blogging, although because I still enjoy blogging, I do imagine that this blog will continue many years down the line, it just won’t be a primary focus.

As an update to my life, I’d like to say I’ve come to terms now with my loss of hearing and getting on with returning to my normal life, but with a renewed goal in mind of what I want to do and where I want to be.

That said, I’m not completely sure when I’ll return to blogging, the summer anime season does seem like the perfect time, but I’ll think about it for now.

As always, huge thanks to who’s still around and enjoying my random musings!

For an anime that I originally listed as one of my top 5 on the ‘About Authors’ page, I certainly haven’t done enough SOTWs for it to do that ranking justice. That said, if I was to give my anime ranking a more detailed look today things might shift around a bit, though I would say Shugo Chara should still retain a top 10 position easily. Therefore I thought it was a good to take a trip down memory lane and go back more than a decade to look at an anime that inspired me to be myself during the early days of my anime watching. Here is Hontou no Jibun by Buono.

Happy to follow on from Raven’s SOTW message and restart SOTW’s schedule, I’m sorta back to ‘normal’, or as normal as I can be with one ear, but still a few things to sort out as you might expect.

So every time I’m a little down or when anything bad happens I always seem to turn to anime for inspiration and I guess my current situation is no different. One such anime that’s produced a lot of great pick me up music is Re:Creators, undoubtedly one of my favourite soundtracks, second to, or maybe even on par with Guilty Crown I’d say, being from the same composer helps.

I’ve blogged a few of their OST songs before and they’re all as good as the next, so here’s a new one, Brave the Ocean by Sawano Hiroyuki ft Eliana and I hope that you don’t find yourself in my situation, but if you do, songs like this can pick you back up.

Very late, apologies, I’m still in and out of hospital and getting used to the one sided hearing. It’s actually not as bad as I thought, but still need to make sure it’s nothing even more serious so not had much time given my work and various other projects still ongoing. Either way, finally found some time so here is my SOTW.

Annoying because of the ear thing I’ve also not watched much anime and that’s generally where my inspiration for SOTW comes from. So I’ve decided to go for one of the most iconic songs of the decade and you may not have seen the anime, like me, but I’m sure you’ll have heard the opening words of this song. Here is Unravel by TK.


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