Happy 25th Birthday!

Artist: Kisugi Akira

It seems like yesterday since I turned 24 years old. Like last year, it has been a calm year thus far except for the couple big snowstorms. Not to mention, I have been focusing primarily on learning new vocabulary and Kanji from playing video games and memorizing them through flash cards. I am still planning to tackle grammar needed for JPLT (will focus on N3 next year) with the references I have since there are apparently not many good advanced level textbooks unless you want to learn from one that is only in Japanese.

As I turn 25 years old, I have a feeling that 1/4th of my life has already passed by me although I look younger than my actual age. During those years, I have been focusing mostly on education. After the fall semester, I will finally complete my master’s degree and find my first job. I have high hopes that I will get a good paying job, but it won’t be easy. Once I get a one, I don’t expect things to be drastically different depending on the workload. In fact, I will be able to cover more types of content and be able to attend Anime conventions. Not sure which one I will go to, but Otakon is a good possibility since it’s only about a 3-hour drive from where I live. I’ll figure it out once I get there.

With that, feel free to say Happy Birthday in the comments below.  I will be streaming games today and tomorrow, so feel free to watch on Hitbox, if you want.
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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog turns 5 Years Old – Reflecting on 5 years of Blogging

Artist: gochou (atemonai heya)

It seems like yesterday since I started my Anime blog back in February in 2009. Today, this blog reaches yet another important milestone of turning 5 years old. While the 5th year had some ups and downs, I still enjoy writing about Anime and even Japanese language video games. (Image Source)
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ABC Awards – Three Weeks Later!

I think people are tired of looking at a logo of the ABC Awards, so I spiced it up a bit.

I think people are tired of looking at a logo of the ABC Awards on other people’s ABC posts, so I spiced it up a bit.

Yep, it’s that time again! It’s time to focus on another community activity post thanks to a fellow Anime blogger named Moonliasteria.

As seen on other posts, here are the official rules:

  1. Download the award logo and add it to your acceptance post.
  2. Nominate a few fellow bloggers and share the award.
  3. Since the award is ABC, take each letter of the alphabet and use it to tell something about yourself.

With that, let’s start, shall we?
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Merry Christmas (and also more questions to Answer!)

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For those who celebrate, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. If you haven’t already, check out my 12 Days of Anime posts for this year.

On the other hand I plan to do things differently for this yearly Christmas post. Here, I will volunteer myself to answer a set of questions written by Silvachief, who writes a blog called The Geek Clinic, which focuses on visual novels, Anime, music and video games. If you still want to see more answers for questions asked by other bloggers, check out the ones I answered for Yumeka and AceRailgun. (Image Source)
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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog turns 4 Years Old – Humble Thoughts

Artist: nanoha

Believe it or not, my 3rd year of blogging was a pretty good year. While I didn’t win the 2nd Aniblog Tournament, at least my match came a bit closer compared to the first one that happened in 2010. In addition, I explored other means of content besides writing episodic and editorial posts. Aside from that, there were some real life events such as Hurricane Sandy, which prevented me from blogging for a few days. Despite the difficulties I face while more Anime blogs died in the past year, I pushed on and now have reach the fourth year of blogging.

Since I reached my fourth year of blogging, where do I go from here since I don’t show any sign of dying anytime soon? Well, I’m pretty much doing more of the same since I’m satisfied by how things are going now. On the other hand, with Grad School is on the horizon, I might have to adjust what I blog and probably stick to weekly editorials and stuff.  When the time comes, I will figure it, but it all comes down to proper time management.

With that, I thank all my friends, followers and readers who supported me for all these years. Let’s make the fifth year a strong one!

Raw Statistics: 1140 posts, 2655 Comments, 54 Completed Series (No visitors/page views statistics as Piwik sort of broke on me).  (Image Source)

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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog 2012 Reader Survey

It’s that time of year again and since the AniBlog Tourney is coming up, I want to get some feedback from the readers. Compared to the survey from last year, I’m doing it a bit differently since it’s more open-ended. Therefore, it would be helpful if you specify what are my strengths and things I should improve on in terms of content through constructive criticism. In addition, I’m open to posting other content besides the usual posts (editorials/reviews/episodics) as long it related to Anime, Manga and Visual Novels (Anime of Games are also fine). So, be aware of that question since it might be interesting to see how will it turn out. I might implement them depending on the feasibility and my capabilities.

So, further ado… take the Reader Survey and be honest with your answers. It will close on March 20th (two weeks from now) and I will share the results afterwards with some analysis.

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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog 3rd Year Anniversary – Still Alive and Kicking…

It feels like yesterday since I started blogging back in 2009 during my freshman year of college. Since then, the overall anime blogosphere landscape changed a lot since then.  I saw some bloggers quitting/going on an endless hiatus along with others starting new blogs replacing the dead ones. Also during these years, I got to know a good number of bloggers in the blogosphere and fans. For that, I feel that this is a good time to look back and comment on it. (Image Source)
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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog First Reader Survey

Since I have passed my second year milestone, it might be a good idea to have a reader survey to get some feedback on what I should improve in my third year of blogging. This survey will also give some Anime Interest questions. They are added to give me a good idea of the demographics of my readers. The survey is completely confidential and all the questions are completely optional. However, it’s in your best interest to answer all the questions

The survey is here and it will be open until March 15th.

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Chikorita157′s Anime Blog 2nd Year Anniversary and Reflections

It seems that another year has passed by and I have finally reached my important milestone in Anime Blogging. Today is my second year anniversary since I started this blog back in February 17, 2009. Many things had happened during my second year of blogging I want to share some of the events that I thought was important. (Image Source)
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