Looking Ahead: 2023 Resolutions, Anime & Manga Edition

It’s hard to believe that 2022 is drawing to an end: we’ve got nine days before the year rolls over into 1/1/2023, and honestly, I’m ready. I’ve done a lot of good work, weathered a lot of difficult situations, and now, I’m just hours away from a two-week vacation. It feels good to be at this point in the year: I’m ready for a break from work and a whole lot of crafting.

That said, I’m also looking toward the new year, and that means resolutions–and I don’t mean things like losing weight or going on a diet, which are fine for others, but not a part of my body positivity-forward feminism. No, my resolutions are going to be media-based, and will hopefully allow me to have some structured creativity, which is something I’m sorely in need of.

Feasibility and reality are two things at play here: I have to set goals that I can actually keep up with, goals that I can reasonably do on a daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. That means accounting for the inevitability that I’ll have a two-week stint where I can’t do any of this because…AuDHD and general life stuff. I also might have times where I just don’t wanna watch a show, and that’s okay: Like I said, the goal is feasibility and remaining realistic. I don’t want this to ever feel like “punishment” or worse, a burden. The moment this stops being fun is the moment I know I’ll stop this project.

So, with that all in mind, I’ve chosen four series that I’m actively interested and really want to dive into and, probably, write about and think about all throughout 2023:

Anime Backlog

  1. Neon Genesis Evangelion (26 episodes, Netflix, Dubbed)
  2. Kimagure Orange Road (48 episodes, Retro Crush, Subbed)
  3. The Twelve Kingdoms (45 episodes, Retro Crush, Dubbed)
  4. Magic Knight Rayearth (49 episodes, Crunchyroll, Dubbed)

I’m going to be logging my entire watchlist on my AniList account so that everything is tracked and has routine attached to it. I’ll also, as it says above, be doing these dubbed, and I have a reason for that: I’m curious about the voice acting casts, especially as these are all “retro” series, with the caveat that NGE is the newer Netflix dub versus the older dub folks likely saw on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. Kimagure Orange Road will be subbed because that’s all that’s legally available, and I am doing this project above board. That said, if I like the dub–and the series–well enough, I’ll also be dipping my toes into the OVA and movie.

Manga/Light Novel Backlog

For manga and LNs, I’ve decided on: 

  1. Haruhi Suzumiya Series (12 volumes, Light Novel, Yen Press)
  2. Naruto (72 volumes/700 Chapters, Manga, Shonen Jump/Viz)
  3. Spice & Wolf (17 volumes for the main story, Light Novel, Yen Press)
  4. Tegami Bachi (20 volumes/99 chapters, Shonen Jump/Viz)

Manga and LNs are, strangely, much more of a challenge because of the nature of my work as a light novel editor. I love reading: it’s genuinely something that still relaxes me, and it helps inform my work and make me a better editor. But sometimes, the thought of looking at an e-ink ereader makes me want to weep. But…I also would like to make sure I read some stuff, and these are my picks for the year, a combination of things I can get digitally and things I already have. 

I’ll be tracking my reading via Storygraph, as I no longer use GoodReads and want to support a BIPOC creator. I’ve actually been using Storygraph for an entire year, and I love it: I have a plus subscription ($4.99/month) and automatically log things there in its very easy to use, minimalist UI.

Also, I put Naruto back on the list because, at this point, it feels like I just have to do it. I’m always looking for a good reason to dive into the SJ vault, and Naruto, a series that I’ve been trying to read to completion since 2020, has become something of my white whale: but in 2023, I’mma crush it. Believe it!

So, all in all, these are my anime & manga-centric goals: I’ll be doing a second short post about writing & podcasting, with writing leaning more towards reviews and what I hope to accomplish via my Ko-fi, where I plan on posting perspective pieces, mini-reviews, musings, and articles at least once or twice a month, though I can do more, of course, with support.

But that’s for another post: for now, I’m gonna get back to work so I can close the 2022 work year with as few loose ends as possible.

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