Being an anime fan is a strange thing sometimes. There are things about the fandom that you don’t often find in other communities. One of those things is the guilt we feel for not watching anime hard enough. We might still rewatch our favorite shows and attend conventions, but we’ll find ourselves in group settings with other fans afraid to admit that we haven’t kept up with the latest trends.
The second half of 2015 brought on many positive changes. But I didn’t make it out of the darkness unscathed. Years of jumping financial hurdles, clinical depression, and more than one existential crisis left a blackness under my eyes that persists to this day. Things weren’t perfect, but they were the best they had ever been.
After hitting rock bottom in 2014, I really needed to catch a break. And fortunately I did at the end of the year. Against All Odds, I got a job working at my alma matter as an Admissions Representative. This is a fancy way of saying someone who tricks people into signing up for student loans.
What can I say about One Piece that hasn’t already been said? It’s the best-selling manga in history and one of the best-selling comics in the world -- just behind Batman and Superman. That is a fantastic achievement for a comic with a title logo that makes it look like it’s called “Nep Ec”.
90’s manga series from Weekly Shonen Jump, Hoshin Engi (lit. “Soul Hunter”), is experiencing a sudden rebirth. The underexposed series is seeing the light of day with a remake of the anime hitting the front page of Crunchyroll and a continuation of the manga in serialization as of last week.