Blog Update

It’s been about 6 months since my last post, which I really should have finished up the post series if not for a slight snafu; well, a huge snafu actually. My backup hard drive failed on me, which meant that everything I had backed up, including photos, documents, and most notably my anime videos, were gone. Poof. I tried unsuccessfully to recover the data on my hard drive, but it turned out to be a lost cause. The shock of losing everything in that drive (all 2.5 terabytes of data) killed my motivation to blog. Plus, I’d also lost all the photos from my Japan vacation trip which left my Japan trip post series in limbo. With the catastrophic loss of this data, I decided to take a break and focus on other things. Recently, I finished a paid bioinformatics summer internship, from which I picked up a lot more useful skills and technical experience. I also picked up another new hobby, Android development, since there are a few ideas I’ve had for some time now but never had the time to learn how to develop an Android application. Some of these ideas, not surprisingly, are related to anime/manga, so there may come a time when I can publish a working app. Meanwhile, I’ve been playing around with my new PS Vita that I picked up sometime in summer (right before Sony announced their PS Vita price drop, unfortunately). I’ve been playing a few JRPG games such as Persona 3 Portable, Persona 4 Golden, Black Rock Shooter The Game, and a few others that I have yet to play like Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland. These 6 months have seen me working, relaxing, learning, and playing around, so it was enough to get me to finally get back to work on my blog.

Back to my plans for this blog. I don’t use Facebook often, but it was only recently that I realized and remembered that I had uploaded my Japan trip photos to Facebook. Admittedly, the photos aren’t the originals, meaning that their quality were sub par. Even so, I’ll still use these photos to finish my trip posts at least. And now that I’m back in college, I have a lot more free time than usual which could be attributed to the fact that I’m taking online courses to make up for my credits since the courses I need to graduate are no longer offered on my campus. There are a few new blog post ideas I’ve had in mind but it’s going to take some time to get back in the groove of writing. For now, I’ll focus on finishing my Japan trip post series, so I really appreciate you all, if anyone’s still following this blog, for sticking around even if I have a bad habit of disappearing once in a while.

P.S. If you’re curious, I’m currently watching Monogatari Series Second Season, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S, Senki Zesshou Symphogear, Gen’ei wo Kakeru Taiyou – Il Sole Penetra le Illusioni, and Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya. Plus I’m also trying to catch up on some finished spring season anime as well, such as Shingeki no Kyoujin, and Red Data Girl. 

Day II in Kanto ~ Fish, Fashion, Fortune, & Fiery Fandom

Tokyo scene

The sun rose on a still slumbering Tokyo, and I woke up early around 7am. Day 2 begins with me and my family meeting in the lobby of the hotel with the rest of the tour group. That day, we were free to go anywhere we wanted, but we decided to stick with the tour guide for the moment. I had wanted to go to Akihabara, but decided to defer to my family since the tour guide was planning to visit some places that I had wanted to see as well.

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Day I in Kanto ~ The Imperial Palace, Asakusa, & Shopping

Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki

Welcome back to the newly revamped Ephemeral Dreams! To start things off, I should give you an update on what’s been happening with me lately. For winter break, I flew to Japan for 6 days and then to Taiwan to visit family for 10 days. Japan, the country from which our subculture of anime comes from, is one country I’ve always wanted to visit and I had a chance to do so during winter break! In the upcoming week, I’ll be releasing a post for each day in my 6-days trip to Japan, and then some editorials if I have the time. So, off we go to Japan!

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Genshiken Diaries ~ From a Deaf Perspective

Saki and Ohno Summer

Summer went by so fast… And it’s already autumn!

Well, it’s been quite a while, and the entire summer has already gone by in a flash! Working as a TA/RA/counselor/coordinator/student/etc. for a summer program for the deaf can take a lot out of you, and so it suffices to say that real life has taken a full toll on my online presence. Now that I’m back in college, time has finally started to ease off on me and I can now finally focus on getting caught up on anime. So, I apologize if I disappeared for about four entire months without leaving a message (but I did mention it briefly over Twitter!). Now then, as I have been unable to catch up on anime of late, I think it’s time that I make do on my long overdue promise to FoxyLadyAyame with her blog carnival, Our Genshiken Diaries.

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The Mysterious Photograph

Urabe's sweet smile

First off, sorry for the long silence! Summer vacation was so very relaxing that I’ve been lying around just watching television (anime marathons!), reading books and manga, going out with friends, watching movies at that brand new theater just 5 minutes away (which used to be 40 minutes), and learning how to cook omurices. Anyway, now that I’ve got my long overdue fill of vacationing and pure bliss of relaxation, it’s time that I get back to my blog, and this time, I’ll be talking about episode 6 of the drool-worthy series, Mysterious Girlfriend X.

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I Have a Dream: Aniblog Tourney

Hakamichi Shizune, the Student Council President Although the blogosphere may be divided, I still have a dream. A dream that, though it be ephemeral amidst the throes of the ever-changing blogosphere, is one not to be taken lightly.

Even as we reminisce and clash through the eras of anime, I still have a dream.

Even as battle-hardened mechas blasts off against the hnnngh-inducing moe, I still have a dream.

Even as otaku and fujoshi show off their undying passions, I still have a dream.

Even as we confuse Nichibros for Nichijou (no? just me? ok then), I still have a dream.

The blogosphere divided? No, it’s not that. After all, we’re all united under one common theme: anime/manga. Rather, it’s that the stagnating blogging landscape need new voices to change the scene. And I bring one of these new voices.

The deaf’s voices have long been unheard, and as a deaf person, I have seen and overcome many challenges and obstacles. I dream of a world where I can help to bring a new bold perspective unlike none other, from a different outlook on life. Not only do I bring a new perspective from a world of silence, but I also bring quality insightful writing as well along with some various personal musings. If I have your consideration, vote, or support, I am very grateful and appreciate it very much.

And now Misha has something to say to you all:

Misha scowling

That’s right, Misha has something to say! Oh wait, I’m Misha… Anyway, I’ll be mad if you don’t vote for Ephemeral Dreams!

Visit the blogs and vote here!

Chronological Record #4 ~ Musings on Anime Conventions

Nichijou convention

Apologies for not coming out with another post last week. The last days of college and preparations for my long-awaited (and needed!) summer vacation have been keeping me rather busy. Because I haven’t been able to watch or catch up with any anime at all the past week, I’ll instead share my musings on a staple event that every anime fan knows of: anime conventions.

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