Summer Break 2014 Recommendation Requests
So as it happens, today was the day I graduated from high school and I’m…..still not sure how I should feel. I mean, on one hand, it feels so liberating to be free from high school, preparing for the glorious world of college, and at the start of a long, beautiful, relaxing summer with a lot in store. At the same time, however, I’m really gonna miss my friends and the other fabulous people I’ve met at school. I never thought much about it, but my class was really amazing and had some of the greatest people I’ve ever met, and it’s sad to think I won’t be seeing some of them for a very long time, though I know they’re capable of great things and I’ll definitely be seeing the results of that in a few years. Feelsy reminiscing about high school aside, however, the long summer vacation has arrived. So what does that mean for you all? Well, this shall be the first time that I ask for recommendations from everyone who is reading my blog.
As it happens, it’s become a bit of a custom among my group of friends that I’ll ask them for a recommendation for me to complete over the summer and, if they would like, for me to give them a recommendation as well. This started off being exclusively anime and manga, but I’ve decided to open it up to other things as well (as it happens, some people have already given me Western TV shows, which should be quite interesting given I haven’t gotten into any in the longest time) so this is a fantastic opportunity for me to try new things and broaden my horizons. I figured that I might as well open this tradition of mine up to friends on MAL and those following my blog as well. Since I’m incredibly obsessive about finishing things and how I finish them, and often don’t find the time to get around to recommendations people give me, I’ve decided that summer will be THE time where I devote myself to this and allow people to give fabulous new series for me to try. This may or may not be semi-suicidal as my list has already gotten pretty huge (the thought of watching through all of Fairy Tail on top of the great many other things I have to finish is…..well, scary to say the least) and then I’m asking you all for more now, which may not bode well for my slightly but not TOO busy summer. My list is far from complete (and this might be bad for me later), but this is what I’ve got so far:
- Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Billy Bat
- Gatchaman Crowds
- Hamatora The Animation
- Log Horizon
- Princess Tutu
- School Rumble (primarily S2, though there are also S1 OVA eps and the OVA conclusion I plan to watch)
- The Last of Us
Of course, if it were JUST this, then it honestly wouldn’t be so bad. Problem is, on top of this as well as whatever recommendations I receive in the future, I have carry-overs from my very short summer vacation last year. A good majority of them shouldn’t be too difficult to complete, problem is the ones that are. In particular, Baldur’s Gate II and the remaining Metal Gear Solid games (MGS2, MGS3, MGS4, and Peace Walker for the time being) seem like they’ll be incredibly time consuming, though I’ve heard both series are of the utmost brilliance with these and so I’m very hyped even if I find the time I will have to put into them incredibly daunting. It should also be worth mentioning that with Anime Expo coming up, there are some series I will inevitably want to complete in order to prepare myself (particularly when it comes to concerts, where songs have much more impact once you’ve gone through the anime they come from), and those will likely take priority above anything else I’ve already mentioned, making my life and anime watching, well, even MORE complicated. Sometimes I wonder why I do this to myself, but that’s that I suppose. To be fair, I do have a very long summer (college won’t start for me until October, in fact) but I feel like it won’t be nearly as long as I’m leading myself to believe, and that could be a dangerous thing.
Anywho, with all of that said, please send me your best recommendations (only stuff I haven’t already seen, if I didn’t make that clear enough) of just about ANY story you can think of. Please just one though, I can’t possibly manage to get through multiple recommendations from everybody and it would drive me insane. To be honest, it’d be a lot easier on my life if the recommendations weren’t especially long (a recommendation of the One Piece anime would probably kill me, even if I would probably enjoy it all the same), but if there is a longer story that you really think is worth the payoff and that I’d love regardless, then go ahead and give it a shot. Just as long as I really do enjoy it, I shouldn’t complain too much.