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Friday, July 10, 2015

Final Stage Podcast Episode 3 + Life update and reasons for delay

I thought I needed to post about this since I've been getting a lot of questions (and concern) over the past week since Sasuke 31 aired in Japan.  First of all, thanks so much to everyone for their well wishes and show of support.  I'm thankful for my long-time readers and friends who know this sometimes happens.  I hate bringing this up but this hit me pretty hard this month and I'm so far behind  in everything that I needed to come out and post about it.  Some of you already know about this, but for others that are new (and there are a lot of you), I wanted to bring it up again so everyone can understand why there is such a huge delay this year. I'm still getting cluster headaches during the day so I have to pace myself when I do these blogs. When I have them, I'm out of commission for several hours. Clusters also don't just come in "one" big headache.. that's why they call them clusters and when they hit, I can't do anything but try not to hurt myself.  No, I can't take anything for them and yes they come in cycles so it's over a prolonged period of time. So far it's been about 2 weeks for this set to hit me hard every morning.  I'm dazed most of the day and it's affected every facet of my life. You all may remember that I am unemployed for that reason. And yes, I've been trying to get state assistance since this is unfortunately a permanent issue in my life.  I'm hoping when this cycle subsides I can continue and update the site with a massive backlog of information, photos and videos.

In order of tackling, I managed to record a podcast this week with William. I'll update this blog with the most recent episode which William is currently working on (we had some tech issues so he's trying to fix it, and I'm in no condition to rerecord an almost 2 hour podcast all over again).  Thanks to William for keeping on schedule for this and being patient to sit and fix the audio problem for several hours! Until we upgrade his recording set up, we may run into this problem from time to time. I ask everyone be patient on the recording of the podcasts from here on out as this is still a new venture.

Graphic for Episode 1

Thanks to William for adding graphics of a synopsis of the episode content for this month on Final Stage Podcast!  I'm also happy to announce that this and all of our previous podcasts are now officially up on iTunes and on the hosting site of Podbean.

Edit: It's out!  SPOILERS - Note that this was taped AFTER the Sasuke 31 taping and as such we talk about spoilers in the show. I haven't blogged about it yet (note above) so if you are waiting for that please wait to hear the podcast until after you see Sasuke 31.

Sasuke 31 is here! And it's good! Join us as we discuss all the happenings of the latest Sasuke tournament, including the awesome 1st Stage, the awesome 2nd Stage, the awesome 3rd Stage, the awesome Final Stage, and, of course, Wreath Man!

Sasuke 31 was really good, you guys.



Show notes:
0:53 Intro
2:22 Sasuke 31 initial reactions
4:09 Spolier Warning!
6:13 Arsenette's AnimeNext Sasuke panel postmortem
8:38 The beginning of the show
12:11 #Sasuke trended worldwide on Twitter! (Also, TV ratings were good!)
18:45 The success of Kenji Darvish & the show's editing with celebrities and fan favorites
27:30 The rise of Wreath Man, Anastase Ragivaru!
41:28 The addition of the lottery audience
42:12 Roller Hill discussion
45:48 Celebrity commentary and production discussion
49:36 Tackle vs Makoto Nagano, Yuuji Urushihara, & Ryo Matachi
1:05:37 Kenji Takahashi is 39 and doesn't show it
1:07:39 Should the Crazy Cliffhanger be replaced or modified?
1:09:58 Drew Drechsel's 1st of 2 attempts on the Crazy Cliffhanger (yes, you read that right)
1:16:02 Jin Cheen-Howng's questionable departure from Stage 2.
1:21:31 Wreath Man prior to Stage 3
1:23:37 Salmon Ladders discussion & other stage 2 talk
1:31:39 Music Box discussion
1:34:31 Log Grip and Side Winder bruising people
1:38:40 A woman (Ayano Oshima) made it to the top of the Warped Wall!
1:42:22 Yusuke Morimoto 3rd and Final Stage runs and why he is amazing
2:04:14 Final Sasuke 31 thoughts
2:14:55 Closing

Music Credits:
by: Isaac Wilkins

Next on the list will be the video for AnimeNext.  It was 1 1/2 hours and provided I can stare at the computer long enough I'll edit that and put it up on my YouTube channel.  Thanks to both my hubby and to William for each of their videos. I just have to get it out of my laptop, onto my PC and work on it properly. I just couldn't stare at the computer long enough to do it.  Third mailing out all of the perks to my fundraiser who everyone has been PATIENTLY waiting for me to mail out.  I'm so sorry that I'm delayed from when I originally said I would. I know I listed all of the perks on the website as December but I really planned (and announced) I'd have it just after the Sasuke 31 broadcast.  I intended to do a lot of that during the week before the broadcast but that damn storm that cut out my power really screwed me over.  Then of course I got sick and threw the whole schedule completely out of whack.  Next is the MAMMOTH set of blogs of Sasuke 31's TBS airing (this year will be particularly long as there were 4 stages).  Followed closely by at least one Sasuke 31 competitor blog (you may know him as Wreathman).  Then going back to posting personal videos and pics of my trip to Japan.

Forgive me if I'm a bit depressed of how far behind I am.  It's just in my nature to be this way, even with all of the encouragement I've had.  Uuuuugh.. This is of course while working hard on a huge project that I hope to be able to announce soon.  I'll update as fast as I can within reason as my health also affects the quality of my writing and limits the amount of time I can stare at a computer screen.  I'll update twitter first as usual as I can always just look at my phone for a bit and write something out. Blogs take a lot longer for me as I'd have to stare at my screen for it.  I promise I'll get them  out soon, just please be patient and I hope I can deliver with the quality everyone has gotten used to.


Asameshimae said...

It's OK, Arsenette. I understood that you have the headaches, so I understood why you weren't posting blogs (although quite a few times I kept going back here to RR, asking myself "Where is the Sasuke 31 blogs? WHERE ARE THEY!!"). So take your time with them (Even though I'll go bonkers), as much as you need, and also, Get Well Soon!!! !!(v゚ー゚)ハ(゚▽゚v) (It's a High Five Kaomoji!)

jenn said...

As someone who's been out of it a lot on days off from work with mild migraines (I say mild because I can take meds and just sleep on those days, whereas when they have hit me at work I've got to take meds and seriously hit the Mountain Dew to keep going - I suspect a combination of weather fronts and fatigue catching up to me, as we've hit our usual summer insanity at the library), I completely sympathize. Take your time - long-time readers and supporters know and understand!

I still need to sit down with my housemate to watch Sasuke 31 (since she didn't watch it live with me, although I unfortunately did keep waking up her with my reactions, even with my door closed) - I don't think she quite believes me when I've mentioned the glory of Wreathman. (g)

Unknown said...

1. Thank you for everything.
2. Your health is most important. Take your time.
3. Since you can't treat your cluster headaches, hopefully your doctor has you on the best prevention stuff.
4. I'm assuming you already thought about this, but would voice recognition software help?


Arsenette said...

Thanks everyone. All health stuff I answered on the link to my old blogpost including the fact that there is nothing that can be done with them including medication and treatment. Sorry if I get snippy when I say it but it's a bit tiring repeating myself when I spent a whole blogpost explaining that. So I'll just direct everyone to that when reading. I hope I don't have to write about my health soon. It tends to go in cycles and I hope this one calms down to the point where I can work longer than 10 minutes at a time writing posts. I've done voice recognition before but I get frustrated trying to rewrite what I just wrote since when I am sick I also slur my speech and am not lucid enough to have a coherent string of sentences anyway. One could argue that when I'm well enough to write I'm not coherent either! HA!

Seriously though, you guys have been awesome and I'm really appreciative of the support. I'll work on it when I can get my brain to cooperate. I'm so anxious to write about it too which makes it so frustrating. Especially all the backlog from my trip! I can't wait to share that too!! ( ^ . ^ )

Asameshimae said...

@Arsenette It's OK. Take your time. We understand.

ad uk said...

no rush [short and to the point]

Unknown said...

Take care of yourself first. We are with you.

MysteryMan said...

It's cool. Just relax, get well and go at your own pace. I'd rather you take your time, then do it ill.

snowy said...

Don't be sorry...just feel better.

GTONeko said...

*prepares some soup for the Rican blogger* Do your best to get better first, then worry about the blog. We'll be here. :3