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Merry Christmas Without You

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November was the first time in eight years that I actually didn’t post a single thing. Not because I didn’t want to though! There were things I would have liked to write about, I simply didn’t have time. With NaNo and rushing to move by December 1st, I was a very busy person.

Though I did, inexplicably, find time to update the Kancolle Character Sorter

Anyways, though I’m sure nobody is really worried or anything, this is just me assuring everyone and mostly myself that December will go back to normal. In fact, December usually has the highest amount of posts because of year end and secret santa and everything. So please look forward to more Hot and Fresh Content soon.

Loli Salad’s (Belated) 8th Birthday

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As the tradition dictates I must, I have of course forgotten all about Loli Salad’s birthday again. But can you blame me? I didn’t really contribute much last month. I was too busy with working and Tales of Xillia and generally having a busy life.

But I will aknoledge this momentous occasion again, even if I’m quite late. Loli Salad is now as old as Hakase from Nichijou. Turns out there aren’t many eight year old characters.

Anywho, I’ve got lots of stuff lined up so hopefully things pick up around here. Next year I’ll be going to Japan for a month (and I’ll already be back by this time) so next summer I’ll hopefully be able to detail my trip here. So here’s to another year and all the great stuff it probably holds.

Spring 2015 Maid Report

Welcome to a new, very important feature here at Loli Salad.

Are you like me, constantly scouring any and every show for a perfect and cute maid? No? Me neither. But it’s nice when they appear! Here is my very detailed documentation on the Official Maid Status of our current anime season.

See a show I missed? One-shot character appear later on? Let me know. For the sake of science. List will be changed as season goes on.

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Merry Christmas!

I didn’t have a secret santa this year, unfortunately. I kind of missed the deadline. Haha, I guess it’s for the best since the last two months have been so hectic and busy!

Anyways, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all LoSal readers. December isn’t over yet so there’s still a lot of content I’ve got to pump out for the last week! Since I’m very likely by myself this Christmas, I might even write them all today if I can! Errr well, I hope all of you enjoy yourselves more than I will be!

Seven Year Anniversary

Another year, another celebration. Same old, same old. To be honest I wanted to celebrate this a bit more but I was lazy. Now I barely have any time left now that I’ve started working full time and have to find new and creative ways to fit an appropriate amount of sleep and Tales of Xillia 2 into my daily routine. I’m having a bit of a tough time at it right now and I hope that I adapt but if seems like things slowed down even more than usual, well that’s why. Though I just did start about a week ago and that doesn’t really account for why I didn’t post anything all August…

Moving along, I’ll give the same spiel I usually do. More than anything else, this has been a place for me to talk about the things that catch my eye. Whatever they may be. Sometimes (ok alright like I wasn’t paying attention or I totally wouldn’t have posted two Korra posts back to back) it’s not even anime related stuff. But there’s always been the few that have followed for a long time for whatever reason and of course I want to thank you.

One thing that surprises me when I meet people who have read this is that I sometimes get called a music reviewer. I’ve always thought that’s pretty funny, to be honest. I’m not really good at that. I don’t know much about music at all and I’m not entirely confident enough to say “yeah this is the best of the best” so everything is just a suggestion. Besides, I only post music I like. A reviewer would post anything and everything ,yeah? I only want to share the music I like. When people say they discovered something because of a post I did, it makes me really happy. So that’s been motivation for a long time.

But with that in mind, I wanted to post a little something something, especially because seven is my favourite number. That means we have to celebrate some how!

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Loli Salad’s Sixth Birthday…

… was two days ago.

I forgot! _(:3」∠)_
Well, I realized the anniversary was at the end of August but not quite the end of August and I didn’t realize that until, well, today actually. So… whoops! I was busy with ToX and before that SRIV and before that Salty Bet and during all of that, I was also working on a super-sneaky-top-secret project. But excuses, excuses. I’m about to talk about how much I love this stupid thing and I couldn’t even remember it’s birthday. Terrible.

I’ll go over the same spiel as usual. I’m really happy to have made it this far because a lot of times I thought I would call it quits. I mean, I know I rarely post but it’s because I rarely post that I felt this way. Still it’s been six years and we haven’t even broken 500 posts. Oh… well that might not be completely true. There were 500 posts but sometimes, looking back, things are so cringeworthy I just delete them without thinking. It’s older stuff (so now there’s no January 2008 posts) and I’m not proud of it but I know I should stop. Haha.

But you know what? This year I thought the site was gone. There was an error, and it seemed as if everything had been deleted. I had no proper backups to speak of at the time and I was shocked. At first I accepted it and thought it was alright since it wasn’t as if I updated on even a semi-regular basis and there would be nobody who would miss Loli Salad. But that wasn’t true. I would miss it. After it sunk in that something I had spent six years on was gone, I was incredibly saddened. Thinking I had truly lost something I worked hard to create, I think I probably even shed tears. Of course we’re here today so THANKFULLY things got fixed and I learned a very valuable lesson about backups. But I’m kind of happy I had an authentic “lose it to realize how much it means to you” experience that ended well.

I know I’ve probably said this before but having a place to talk about whatever I want is really nice. And even if I’m embarrassed by the past, I want to keep going. Even if it’s only a handful of posts a month. If they’re posts I’m proud of then that’s fine with me.

How deep does this corny, corny rabbit hole go? Much deeper. I also wanted to say that I myself have changed a lot since I first created this thing when I was, uh, fourteen. So yeah I guess obviously I’ve changed, haha. I mean when I created this aniblog… I didn’t actually watch… anime. I watched an episode here and there but I was young and had much better things to do. Well not really. I was just as much of as loser then as I am now. But I loved anime. I loved learning about it. I could tell you everything about a show but only ever watch one episode of it.

Eventually somewhere down the road things changed and I actually started watching it. Once I started watching series from the current season as they aired, I couldn’t stop. And I didn’t. A lot of things changed in life for me. People came and people left, I moved from place to place and graduated and started working and became an adult. Things didn’t and don’t stop changing. Just like anime, I guess. Which feels really dumb to say. But looking forward to each new season, lamenting shows past and being excited about those to come is a valuable way to pass time to me. Because of that I’ve met a lot of cool people and had a lot of neat experiences.

I can’t say that a day won’t come where I’ll finally grow out of this lifestyle and wonder why I spent so much time and money on something so frivolous. Sometimes, I think that now. I look around my disgusting room and think, “wow, this is gross”. But that doesn’t mean I want to tear everything off my walls and sell my figures. A gross person? That’s just who I am. A time when I’ll really want to change and when I grow out of the things I like? That time isn’t now. Because I know right now my life is full of uncertainties but I’m still certain this is what makes me happy. So here’s to another year, I guess!