2015 is over! It was... a bit of a middle-of-the-road year for me to be honest. A big step up from the cavalcade of disaster that was 2014 in most areas. The one area that got the shaft in 2015 was my webcomics. Somehow, updates screeched to an even bigger halt. With my Let's Play channel kicking off, I had little time to focus on my webcomics this year. Wanderers got 2 updates this year, and the Nuzlocke only one. This has led me to question me greatly on what I was going to do with my comics.
Wanderers was the most urgent problem to take care of. The comic was seeing terrible returns for a few years now. I strongly considered cancelling the series, but I then had another idea: a reboot! The problem with Wanderers was that I wanted to do far too much with it, and that there was no visible end in sight. 5 years in, and I've only finished one chapter out of an unknown number. The reboot project is going to have a far more self-contained story to eliminate this issue. I am currently working on the planning stage of this thing. It's still early in development, but I'll let you know when I have a better scope of what I'm going to do.
The Nuzlocke, on the other hand, is a more complex situation. Its 1-year hiatus was a direct result of a new project taking up far more of my focus. This made the thought of cancelling or rebooting it far less appropriate. Therefore, I will keep up with it as it is for this year, and hope that I'll manage to find a fine balance between my current projects so that it will receive frequent enough updates!
In fact, my New Year's resolution is to give more equal focus on all of my projects. This means I aim to put my Let's Plays on the same level of priority as my Nuzlocke and the Wanderers reboot once it finally starts releasing.
Anyway, time for the award show nobody cares about!
THE 2ND ANNUAL ARTFUL AWARDS THAT NOBODY CARES ABOUT!
Best TV Show I Started Watching This Year
And the award goes to...
This year was pretty hectic with me and new TV shows. I've actually watched a fair amount of this year's big flagship shows, but in the end, I simply have to give the award to this one. The show has a lovely premise, lovable characters, and some really good writing. Its best episodes shine EONS above pretty much anything I've seen this year. I've watched all the episodes of this one 3 times at least by now, and odds are I'll be watching more times in the future, especially with the finale incoming later this year!Runner Ups
: Now, this show and Gravity Falls are just about on the same level of greatness for me, but I like Gravity Falls just a bit more. However, this show is nothing to scoff at. This show excels the most in character development, and in that department it blows even Gravity Falls out of the water. What knocks it down against Gravity Falls is that none of its episodes reach quite the epic drama of Gravity Fall's best episodes, but Steven Universe did have me going "aww" a fair amount. I didn't turn into a faucet like some people did, but I still recognize it has some really great character drama. And for that, this show gets a solid thumbs up from me!
-Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
: This was the first not-Pokémon or Dragon Ball anime I ever watched, and it was a rather pleasant experience. The sense of continuity between the several characters' stories definitely makes this show stand out in my eyes. The cheese does get knocked up to eleven in some parts, but it was thoroughly enjoyable. The first series was a nice opener to the lore of the series, while the second series has my favourite protagonist of all the Jojo's. The third series felt a bit too much "villain-of-the-week" for my tastes, but the characters kept me going through it all. Also Dio is an amazing villain and in the third series gains one of the most unique abilities I've seen yet. I recommend it if you haven't seen it yet.
-Star VS The Forces of Evil
: This show isn't quite on the level of Gravity Falls or Steven Universe for me, but it does have some interesting world-building, and great protagonists. Looking forward to its 2nd season coming this year!
Best Episode That Aired This Year (That I Watched)
And the award goes to...
EMOTIONAL CONSEQUENCES OF BROADCAST TELEVISION (Community)
Holy mother of hell, this freaking episode. Now, this year had some good episodes, but NOTHING I've watched has hit the level of feels that this episode has managed. Now, I have to say that Season 6 of Community for me was underwhelming. This seems to be an unpopular opinion in the Community fanbase, but I felt most of the jokes tried too hard to be funny, and the fast-paced exchanges that I LOVED in the first few seasons were less frequent to make room for the more 'try-hard' jokes. I didn't hate it, but felt it could have been so much more. This episode's premise, which involves the characters imagining what a "7th season" of their "show" would be like (this is a very meta show, by the way), had me worried that this would be another underwhelming entry. But OH BOY, it just does it right. Tapping into the tumultuous history of the show with staying on the air, this episode uses its premise to tackle the subject of having to let things end, and the main character Jeff's worries about losing his friends. Now, at the time I watched this episode in June, I was nearing my final semester in college, and was already starting to see friends leaving it to head to university, so naturally this one hit very close to home. It's a truly beautifully-written episode and saves what might have otherwise been a lackluster season of my favourite sitcom yet. And hey, if the show ends here, at least we have this to top it all off with. Also the usage of "Ends of the Earth" by Lord Huron definitely worked, and made that one of my go-to songs this year.Runner Ups:
-Not What He Seems (Gravity Falls)
: There were a lot of really good episodes in Gravity Falls this year. But this one is probably the one I picture as being the least flawed. This was the most recent episode that had aired when I first saw the series, and this fast-paced episode was definitely quite an epic watch. That climactic scene in the portal room was one of the greatest moments in a TV show this year. Overall, a great culmination of the season's plot threads, and probably my favourite episode of the show overall!
-Dipper and Mabel VS The Future (Gravity Falls)
: Another GF episode. Yep, this show's definitely a good one! Anyway, this is here because I've never had such a "HOLY SHIT" reaction to any episode as I had watching the end of this episode. This was a big one.
-Catch and Release (Steven Universe)
: PERIDOT! She was always my favourite character in the show, so this episode was a godsend for me. I love the interactions between her and Steven, and I loved most importantly of all that this meant Peridot would be sticking around with the main characters for a while at least.
-Friend Ship (Steven Universe)
: Now, Steven Universe is a show that doesn't hit me as hard as it probably should. However, I've always kind of felt some sort of connection with Pearl, who gets completely lost in her devotion to Rose. And this episode highlights another trait of Pearl's that hits close to me: her inability to be strong on her own. I am myself pretty frail at times, and I often rely on others for help when I'm lost and confused (at least, when I'm not being stubborn), and there are times where I feel I can't handle things on my own. The episode itself was pretty fun otherwise, and I loved Peridot in it.
Most Notable Artist I Listened To A Lot This Year
And the award goes to...
CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS!
French music was never really a huge presence in my music playlist, in spite of being from a primarily francophone place. I just like listening to English artists more. Still, a few French songs cropped up here and there along the years, but they were far and few in between. But this year, I finally found a french artist that just clicked with me, and she won this award! Christine and the Queens' style of music is very out of the ordinary, but I definitely dig it. My favourite song of hers, "Christine", feels a bit nonsensical lyrically to me, but it flows really well musically. The synth(?) riff at the start definitely managed to burrow itself into my brain. But this isn't the only notable thing of hers. The entirety of her first album, "Chaleur humaine", is filled with really interesting music and covers even more interesting themes. I'm definitely curious to hear more from her in the future! And I wish for her to make an international breakthrough with her eponymous English translation of that first album.Runner Ups:
: I've always loved new age music. And this year, in May especially, Marc Enfroy just took over my playlist with several beautiful new age tracks: Goodbye Summer, Admiration, Heart of Aurora, Peacefulness, and most notably, Finding Elysium. This guy's appeal sadly did not last too long, but his brand of piano-and-strings-driven melodic tracks definitely brought something interesting to the table. My favourite album of his would have to be Dreams of the Forest, since most of those tracks have either a relaxing vibe, or a somber vibe to them. But "Finding Elysium" remains a favourite of mine. I even learned how to play the right hand of this song on the piano!
-Nine Inch Nails
: I listened to these guys a fair amount more in 2014, but in 2015 I managed to find three more songs from them that resonated with me, especially "Dead Souls", a song from the soundtrack of "The Crow", which followed me pretty much to the end of the year after I first listened to it in June. That one is just raw and demented, and I LOVE IT.
: I assumed that I had run out of songs I liked from them back in 2013, but with "Dead Inside", and then "Apocalypse Please" and "Resistance", I realized that I had not even begun to delve into their discography. I will definitely have to continue digging here.
Best Game of 2015
And the award goes to...
Wow, what a shock. :V This game is probably going to lose its popularity by this time next year, but at the moment, I just can't get enough of it and the fan content that people are creating for it. Where this game shines is with its lovable characters, but it also manages to have a very interesting style of gameplay with its SHMUP-like attack system, and manages to bring variations that were very reminescent of arcade games. My only gripe is that the game kind of dies down around the middle part, but by the end it becomes pretty interesting again. I have yet to try the Genocide route, and I'm not sure I want to. However I will probably have to because I'm Let's Playing the game... ._.Runner Ups
...well, this is embarassing. I didn't play any new games in 2015 aside from Undertale. WELP. xD
So that's that!
I will see you later, either with more comic pages, or with another update on how things are going. Depends on what happens. Until next time, have a nice one!