2022 has come and gone, ending with one of the most dynamic anime seasons ever. I watched a lot more than I typically follow in a season and therefore this post is gonna be long, so I ‘ll try to be brief with each. But before I get into it, I have an announcement to make.
2022 will be Moeronpan’s final year. (The anime, that is, since I’m still talking about it in 2023, and we still obviously have the 2022 awards post to do!) This is something that I decided roughly halfway through last year after giving it a lot of thought, and something that I have been continually considering for the past 3-4 years.
I enjoy reviewing anime, and my cowriters do too. We enjoy getting to talk about the good stuff, we enjoy discovering things we wouldn’t have otherwise, we even often do get a genuine kick out of the bile fascination of absolutely dogshit anime too. But it’s been a very long time, and I think that the stellar year of 2022’s anime is a good place to leave it. We have been writing about anime on here since 2008. That’s about fifteen years of reviewing! I think fifteen years is a good amount of time to keep at something, especially given that the average life span of an anime blog is (allegedly?) 2-5 years.
While I definitely had fun, the last thing I ever wanted was this blog to turn into a chore, for me or my cowriters, and unfortunately it often can be. Especially as none of us are being paid, but all of us are very busy with the things we are paid for. And writing about anime is a fun hobby, but I do have a lot of other hobbies too, and I realised over the years how often they have to take a back seat every time a new season rolls around. Watching something for enjoyment and watching something with the intention of reviewing it are completely different head-spaces, and it can lead to burnout. I felt this with this season in particular – there was an immense pressure to actually finish them before the end of the year rather than just watch them at my leisure, and as a result I had to drop a few shows solely due to literally not having time to watch them. I had been wondering for a long time after deciding this about half a year ago if it was the right decision, and it truly hit me that it was when I was looking at the Winter 2023 anime season chart and realizing how relieved I felt that I wouldn’t have to write about anything there.
Anyway, after our 2022 awards post I am really interested in writing another final farewell post as a kind of retrospective on the 15 years of memories I have running this blog. I hope you’ll look forward to it!
Thank you to everyone who has read my our content, whether your a recent reader or someone who has been here since the early days. And with that out of the way, on to my last Autumn Season roundup post.