What’s Going On (And What May Go On)
(Warning: This is a very rambling post.)
The last four months have been interesting to say the least. I don’t wish to go in detail to what happened so much as what I found along the way.
First things first: no, I haven’t watched the rest of Book Two of The Legend of Korra since I stopped watching after episode four. Now that I have at least three weeks of free time, you can bet that I’ll make time for those last episodes, and I want to thank all of you who encouraged me to give Korra another chance and even sent links to the episodes. Unfortunately, I know how it all ends–Korra loses contact with all her past lives–but I’m still going to finish viewing it all myself.
Now I must address the Korranalysis: I still wish to get it finished, but Book Two’s lackluster start was a severe blow to my motivation. I’ve alluded to this in my last post, that the problem was that Book Two’s mediocrity made me re-evaluate my harsh thoughts on Book One, and, if anything, made Book One look that much better. Had I simply skipped Book Two altogether–as was the initial plan–the Korranalysis would have been finished by now. Of course, circumstances (read: a chance to be on a podcast) got in the way, and suddenly the drive was gone. My interest in Korra faded away, and I’ve since been absorbed in school, financial instability, and, most importantly, my own artistic endeavors, namely those involving animation and music. (At some point, I’ll be making a Youtube channel for both my animations and my music projects.)
This shift in focus has made me question my value as someone who can pass reliable critical judgment on something, as my thoughts on animation especially have become increasingly subjective and theoretical. It’s not as if I’ve been entirely objective during the entire run of this blog, but I always aimed to be as fair and as honest as possible, whether in regards to the show’s merits and values, or my feelings about them. The problem is that I feel as if I’m less qualified to make such judgments calls if I want to contribute my own bits to the art gallery. I’d still love to share my thoughts on other shows and such, but they’ll likely be shared under less rigid pretenses (that is, without a systematic rating system).
For example, I’ve recently purchased FLCL and the first season of Teen Titans, and would absolutely love to write something and/or make a video about them. It would be interesting to see how FLCL holds up a decade divorced of the circumstances in which I first saw it–that is, in my high school’s anime club between sprinkles of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series and AMV Hell. And I consider Teen Titans a good show, but its visuals–especially that dated anime mimicry–can be a pain of the eyes. All in all, there’s enough going on between these two shows to warrant some sort of evaluation.
So what about Avatar and Korra? Well, there’s still work to be done there. I need to edit and/or rewrite all the Avatar reviews (and get the screenshots back), and if I can finish the Korranalysis before March 1st (the day the first video was released), I’d be a very happy man. At the moment, though, I’ll refrain from any promises and just wait and see what happens next. This will definitely be a busy next few months.
Before I take off, as proof that I wasn’t entirely dead since my last post, here’s the first demo from my music project, Ricci Musique. Have a happy holidays, you faithful readers!