As I expect most of you have probably noticed, there’s a new banner at the top of my blog! You probably have also realized that the words scrawled across that banner by my barely sufficient graphic design skills say, “Mage in a Barrel,” not “Life and Anime.”
Take this as the official announcement: the name of my blog has changed to Mage in a Barrel.
So, why the name change? While I’ve only been blogging seriously since February of this year, Life and Anime has been the name of the blog since my first post on Cowboy Bebop‘s first episode back in June of 2013.
There are a couple reasons: 1) Life and Anime, while probably an SEO friendly name, has always struck me as a somewhat generic name and, while it expressed my goals for the blog at the beginning of its existence, my writing style and focus has evolved since that time. 2) I was bored of the other name. 3) MiaB is a slightly more unique acronym than LaA. 4) Mage in a Barrel has a few more layers of significance for me than Life and Anime.
The name Mage in a Barrel is a reference to the first episode of Blast of Tempest. In this episode, we’re introduced to Hakaze, who is the mage in a barrel, a girl who preserves through remarkable circumstances and eventually arrives out of the past into the present day in a blaze of light. I’m not so egotistical as to compare my arrival on the aniblogging scene to Hakaze’s triumphant emergence in the present, but I certainly relate with the action of coming out of the past into a chaotic contemporary world. As you all know, I’m one of the more conservative anibloggers in terms of morals, etc. and inhabiting the anime blogosphere/Anitwitter has exposed me to a wide range of disparate ideas from my own. It’s a wild world out there for a kid like me.
The tagline I came up with for the blog’s new name is as follows: “An Anime Blog for Those Who Want to Find Light in Unexpected Places.” A little Disney, a little cheesy, but I think it expresses well the main focus of the blog now and (ideally) in the future. I like the idea of sticking your head into the barrel that is the anime fandom and not knowing what you’ll see inside, but being pleasantly surprised to find something different inside. Like light. Or magic. Or just something worth having seen.
The most important takeaway, though, is that nothing’s really going to be changing around here anytime soon. I’m planning on sticking to my current schedule (Highlights of the Week on Wednesdays and Anime Artwork Adventures on Fridays), working out a show or two to do episodic posts on each season, and larger projects as I watch other shows or as they strike me. Thanks to everyone who has stuck with me all this time and continues to read. I may like writing a whole lot on its own, but I like writing for an audience a heckuva lot more.
Note: At least one person has asked me why it’s Maka on the banner and not Hakaze. It’s because Maka’s my favorite character, and that’s that.