Valerie Rutherford (fireflys_locket) wrote,
Valerie Rutherford

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Otaku-A-Thon Wrap Up

This weekend, I participated in Otaku-A-Thon, which was hosted by AlexaLovesBooks and SuperSpaceChick. The goal was to read lots of manga and watch lots of anime. Optional challenges were provided, as well. I've always wanted to participate in a readathon, but I'm just not a fast enough reader to read multiple books over one weekend, and I always worry about burning out on reading. This was the perfect alternative for me. Not only was I able to read multiple manga, but I could change up the routine with anime whenever I needed a break.

I've been struggling so much with anxiety and depression. They've been hitting me in pretty concentrated bursts for months, and at the beginning of this weekend, I was feeling absolutely awful. Luckily, I had prepared a list and pile of options ahead of time, so I just had to read (and watch). Eventually, I began to lose myself in the stories - some of which were continuations or revisits of old favorites. My heart soared seeing some beloved characters again. It also broke when revisiting sorrowful moments. (Not all of that was technically great for my mental wellness. But crying can be a good release.) Either way, I was able to connect deeply with the stories I read and watched.

This weekend reminded me of two things. One, stories are powerful escapes. And two, you can get wonderful inspiration from stories in any form. These are not new concepts to me by any means. (If you look closely at Magic Inc., you can absolutely see the Cardcaptor Sakura influence: wands turning into staffs that you ride like a broom.) But sometimes you need the reminder. Indulging in stories you love is never a waste.

I started out the weekend thinking I wasn't going to do any editing, but after my mood improved on Saturday, I actually ended up finishing Chapter 11's edits. And Sunday evening, I worked through all of Chapter 12. The stories I was taking in inspired me, and the long stretches of just immersing myself in things I loved let me build up the energy to get the work done. So, I was grateful in multiple ways to have the excuse to focus on manga and anime for four days straight. I really hope to do it again!

I also wrote a short, somewhat spoilery review of 5 Centimeters per Second. Which expresses my feelings on both the movie and manga, and hints slightly at the end of Your Name. If you are okay with all of that, you can read that review here.

And with that, the wrap up...

Manga Wrap Up:
Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card (Volumes 1-3)
Paradise Kiss (Chapters 1-16)
5 Centimeters per Second
NANA (Volumes 1-2)

Anime Wrap Up:
Eden of the East (Episodes 9-11)
Eden of the East Movies
Sword Art Online II (Episodes 22-24)


Most recently acquired or most recently added to your queue:
Cardcaptor Sakura Clear Card (Manga)
5 Centimeters per Second (Manga)

Catch up on a series you’re behind on:
Cardcaptor Sakura (Manga)
Sword Art Online (Anime)

Read a manga adaptation of an anime you love or watch an anime adaptation of a manga you love:
5 Centimeters per Second (Manga)

Revisit an old favorite:
NANA (Manga)
Eden of the East (Anime)

Start a new series:
Paradise Kiss (Manga)

Read or watch a manga or an anime that’s been recommended to you:
Paradise Kiss (Manga)

Read another series by an author you’ve read previously:
Paradise Kiss (Manga)

Read or watch a manga or anime in a genre of your choice:
NANA (Manga)
Paradise Kiss (Manga)
Tags: anime, anxiety, fandom, manga, nana, writing

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