Time to Start Ramping Things Up | State of the Site
The site revamp has dropped and things are in a reasonable place. So now let’s talk a little about the future.
Okay. This is gonna be a sort of candid update post. I’m not really gonna go through with all the formatting and stuff because… well… I don’t really feel like it.
So. Not long ago I posted an update which served as basically a look back at our progress since the revamp. Some good, some not so good, some underwhelming, the works. But there were some things I sort of glossed over because it just wasn’t the main focus of the post. This is going to serve as more of the typical “what you can expect soon” post. Just not as organized because it really just boils down to one thing with a lot of minor branches to discuss. That said, I’ll start by establishing where we are at the moment.
Currently, we function primarily as an anime blog that does seasonal anime coverage, dominantly through the amusing guise of Anime TKO and such. We also occasionally post a webshow about a pair of twins who love geek stuff. But here’s the thing about that. It… was never what we set out to do. It’s just what we fell into and at no point did we ever have any expectations of it being our end goal. And it’s looking like the time has come for us to start moving more in the direction we always intended. That being using the site as a hub for our other work. Namely, Bulletoon and our Original projects. And anyone who’s been following us for at least a little while should already know where I’m going with this. So let’s talk… about our upcoming Web Novel project, Burning Sky.
First, for the new people, a quick catch-up. Burning Sky is a web novel series we’re going to be launching in the near future. It’s a Sci-Fantasy Adventure epic featuring knights, demons, gods, and more. The first installment follows the events surrounding three distinct characters – a wide-eyed young knight, a weary veteran, and a cunning femme fatale – leading up to their grand quest together.
But that isn’t all. The series is much bigger than you know, featuring scores of unique characters, factions, locations, and more. Writing it has really been a huge undertaking and a major team effort. It’s taken well over a year to get as far as we have. And now it’s finally time for us to start getting prepared for the launch of the first book, the prologue that starts it all. But what does that mean? Well, it means you can expect to begin seeing a lot more about the series around the site, and probably on a few other sites and even YouTube channels, if we can help it.
We’re going to start generating more content around it, which we’re hoping you guys can get really excited for. Things to get you more familiar with the world and our creative process and hopefully get you pumped for the launch, as well. Stuff like teases of the characters and bits of trivia about the world of the story, as well as maybe some little pieces of short fiction that might be set in the world, but not actually connected to the story at all.
“But what about the other stuff you do on the site? You’re not stopping the anime coverage, are you?” Fret not, we’re probably never going to completely stop that. But I’m not gonna lie. You can expect it to be taking a back seat for the foreseeable future. We’ve been discussing things about the direction we’re hoping to take things, lately, and we’ve decided that we’re going to finish out this season strong then start winding things down in that regard a little.
So here’s how things are going to go. The season only has a week. In that time, we’re going to conclude the current run of Anime TKO and generate 2 episodes of Bulletoon, including the already promised Kurokami Medaka spotlight and a very special episode, right ahead of that one. Although those episodes may be a tad delayed. But Stay Toon’d!
Speaking of Anime TKO, I did say that the next time we did it would be different because we’d be doing it as a Battle Royale. And that’s still true. We’re just shifting our plans to make that next Winter Season, as opposed to this Fall. Which is good because it’ll give us more time to plan out how we want to handle it. But what does that leave us with in the Fall Season? Well, we’re still going to be covering some seasonal anime, but not with a TKO. It’s going to be fairly light, in fact. One or two shows we’re going to definitely pick up for the long haul, then maybe a few we’ll just occasionally talk about. We’re thinking our posts are going to all, more or less, fall into the really short style we were using a looong time ago, perhaps blended with the rapid style I’ve been using for Soul Eater Summer… which has just concluded, actually. So what shows will we be running? Well, here’s our projected list, so far. But it’s definitely subject to change as more things are revealed to us.
My Hero Academia*
Radiant Season 2
No Guns Life
Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru
Yes, it’s a lot, but remember. Only a few of those will be covered every week of the season. And yes. There are some returning series on that list that we “dropped,” this season. Rest assured, there will be micro catch-up reviews of those. We may also do a few rounds of micro-reviews on shows we missed this season that we would’ve liked to cover. Like Granbelm and Abandoned Sacred Beasts. Also things like Fruits Basket and Kimetsu no Yaiba, where we just missed the second half. What’s more, I think we’re going to go back to day-of and day-after reviews, rather than saving them for weekends. The spread will mean it looks like a lot more is going up on the site than probably actually is. But that’s the reality we’re in, at the moment.
Now. Let’s talk about Bulletoon. On top of the increase in Burning Sky content and the decrease in seasonal anime coverage, we’re going to be putting a lot more time and attention into Bulletoon. Now that I’ve upgraded a lot of my software, we can make the show look better. And with my income having increased, I can start to put more resources into it, on top of what we’re doing for Burning Sky.
Honestly? I’m excited! I’ve been looking forward to now getting to talk to you guys more about Burning Sky, and it looks like that whole thing is going to be coming to fruition relatively soon. These are pretty big moves and they’re only gonna get bigger.
Look forward to all of that! Thanks, as always, for reading! Keep up the Awesome!