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Inner Thoughts of an Extrovert

Thoughts and ramblings from an extroverted anime fan.

YLIA Event details

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I will be starting my Your Lie in April event this Saturday, but there a few things I wanted to mention for anyone who wants to participate. Read on for the full details and rules for entry.

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Spring is Coming

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Spring has a special significance to me, thanks in part to one particular anime. Read on to see why I bothered to post about this in the first place.

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Moving Forward

Those of you who followed my blog regularly, even though my posts were sporadic at best, may have noticed my absence from the blogging community. Since my last post on June 18th, 2017, which was slated to be a 2-part post, I’ve been on hiatus. Though it was never my intention to stay away this long, some things just cannot be helped (Shoganai)

First of all, THANK YOU for all those who reached out to me via WordPress, Twitter, Instagram, and e-mail to check on me and keep in touch. I never imagined such positive, supportive, and authentic relationships would develop from blogging.

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Ani-bloggers sending me ❤ on Twitter; even after 6 mo hiatus!

To summarize my absence, I was taking a break to reconnect with myself. Do you know those voices inside us– meant to alert, criticize, and motivate us? Well, after an unsuccessful switch in anxiety medicine, my inner critic began screaming to be heard, oft times drowning out the voices that serve to inspire me. Naturally, this left me feeling exhausted and unmotivated.

Weekend plans with friends became a struggle; coming together out of obligation rather than enjoyment. Faithfully watching and blogging about anime series, once a fulfilling experience, was approached as an enduring chore. As this depressive state began to leech into all aspects of my life, I knew that it was time to be “selfish” — to focus on me.

The last six months have brought changes in my life. Having always been a bubbly, positive extrovert (with social anxiety) my whole life, this sudden, solemn shift in my behavior left people in my life confused. As a result, some friendships, that I highly valued, diminished over time. With that said, those left in my life rose to support me– even when I came across as disagreeable, unsympathetic, or unkind- and for that I am grateful.

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There were more positive changes too. First, I was reminded that when I need support, my husband, WeekendOtaku, is an unshakable pillar of strength whom I can depend upon for anything. Through this experience, he has maintained a patience that would rival a Buddhist monk. Knowing how emotionally difficult I have been, I cannot thank him enough for his unconditional love. A reminder to those reading this– marry your best friend (you won’t regret it.)

I’ve learned too that it is absolutely okay to be “selfish” and reconnect with yourself. Now, I am no longer afraid to ask for help, or a bit of understanding, from those who cherish me as much as I do them. From the ani-blogging community, I’ve discovered that there are people in this world, whom you may never meet, that you can still develop a lasting connection with. Those are the people who embraced me when I first became a blogger and continued to check in with me even when I wasn’t active. This means, to me, that it isn’t about the amount of posts, comments, or likes I leave for you, but about the friendship we’ve formed by bonding over shared interests.

Going forward, I plan to be more active in the ani-community.  Whether it be commenting on your posts and/or creating my own content. It will take time to get back into the swing of things, so please be patient with me.  To everyone who is still following me — thank you again ❤

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~ ❤ KimmieKawaii

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Yet Prepared to Say Goodbye

While a few anime boost episode counts in the triple digits, most series are fortunate to receive even a single season. For some, a dozen episodes is plenty of time to develop a well-executed, satisfying narrative. But for other series, the short span results in loose plot threads and inadequate endings.

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What’s in a Scene? Vincent leaves Romdeau

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In this “What’s in a Scene?” post I take a look at a pivotal scene from Ergo Proxy. There are many layers to this show, so if you’re a fan of the series or are curious about it, read onward to see what I’ve found.

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Fashion Friday Feature – Spring and Night Style Boards

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So I wanted to blog about fashion again.

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Highlights ~ NJ Cosplay Collectible Convention

While I meant to complete this post shortly after the convention, time, as it has been known to do, passed far too quickly.

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First Impressions: Sakura Quest (Eps 1-3) Review

Sakura Quest is the tale of a young woman crowned “queen” of a town, with none of the trappings of a traditional royal tale.

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Judging a Book by its Cover (How I Accidentally Bought BL Manga… Twice)

Image of an anime girl leaned back in a chair, casually flipping through a book.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed that I walked away from my research career and all the responsibilities that come along with marital bliss (relax, it was temporary), to visit my family for a week. It involved ten hours of driving, unlimited cups of coffee, and a lot of solo karaoke.

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