What should I blog this season? Let me know your thoughts.
As you may have noticed, I’ve been way behind on everything lately. Three weeks ago I was at Anime Expo (regarding which I will eventually write a post) and then I was out all of last week as well. I haven’t blogged a second episode of a single new show.
To make things worse, I’m also going to be cavorting through the wilderness without consistent internet access for the first two and a half weeks of August. Fortunately I have a secret project I’ve been working on which I’ll schedule to start releasing. I’m curious if this series will garner much interest since it is not exactly timely.
It was also suggested that I publish some guest posts while I’m gone, which I think is a good idea. So if anyone would like to write a guest post about anything related to anime, let me know. For bloggers, it may be a good way to get some exposure for your site. For others, it’s an opportunity to have a platform to get your ideas out there if you’d like to share. Just let me know if you’re planning to write anything beforehand.
This may be of interest to some of you so I thought I’d pass word along. One of our readers contacted me regarding a project she is working on: “an anime-influenced tabletop RPG with a strong Utena influence.” She’s currently running a kickstarter to gather funding for it, and the base goal has already been met.
Some more details from Jenna:
The Chuubo’s Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine RPG is a guidebook to finding magic and wonder in your everyday life. It’s designed for telling charming little fantasy stories with, heart-lifting and soul-cheering stories, things to leave you with a smile; as well, of course, as a couple of doses of laughter, adventure, and fun.
I’m hoping that this game, in forum and tabletop play, can help gaming groups tell stories like those you see in Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Tutu, Princess Mononoke, and Revolutionary Girl Utena—stories of personal growth and the wondrous qualities both people and the world set against a haunting or eccentric backdrop. (I suspect it’ll also be good for projects you’ve covered like Valvrave, From the New World, and Mawaru Penguindrum but I haven’t fully tested that out even in my head.)
Support the kickstarter if you’re interested! I’m a backer (although I know absolutely nothing about tabletop RPGs).
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