Journal Entry: Fri Oct 20, 2017, 10:08 AM
This morning, I finished watching an anime called Shirobako. Incidentally, it revolves around a production studio and their efforts to make anime. And it covers everything along the way, showing the perspectives of the writers, the artists, the voice actors, and even the management. And it does so, all while framing it within a compelling and comedic - but believable - narrative. It's honestly one of the better, more ambitious titles I've seen a long while.
As a lot of folks might know, I've been struggling with my own work a lot lately. Watching this, and seeing these characters struggle and the passion they have for their work to overcome these obstacles, has honestly been very inspiring for me.
A very common theme throughout the show is the question of why the various characters do what they do. And it's something I found myself asking a lot too. The truth is, it's my life's blood. Being able to tell stories is all I've ever really wanted to do. I think back to being a little, little kid and having notebooks filled with quirky, little comics of me and my cat as superheroes or a dino circus or whatever (I wish I still had these! I'd totally share them!). Obviously, 5 or 6-year old me wasn't a master artist or storyteller (I'm not even convinced 33-year old me is), but the love and passion for doing it has always been there, and still is today.
And as I move forward, continuing to grow as a writer and an artist - eager to push my limits and be the best I can be - this reaffirmation has been very valuable. I'm around the final quarter or so of Rain (that’s still a lot of content, by the way), and looking to have another comic go live alongside Rain before the year's end, and have about another dozen or so projects lined up that I'm super passionate about (taking the forms of comics, prose, and games). There's just so much I want to share.
With regards to Shirobako, I very strongly recommend it. Especially to those who wish to write, draw, animate, 3D model, voice, compose, or otherwise create for a living at any capacity, I think it's not just entertaining, but also educational, fascinating, and inspiring.
And as for myself, please look forward to seeing lots more from me (within Rain, and beyond it). I plan to do what I can in the hopes that I may share as many of my stories as I can with you all someday. Nothing would bring me greater joy. ^_^
Thanks for reading. And I hope you all have a wonderful day.