Yo, chums. I hope this post finds you well. It’s been over a month since my last interaction here on BiblioNyan, so much so that it feels rather strange putting this thing together right now. But I’m not here to give any updates today, at least not in the ways you’d expect. I have a full detailed life and blog update hitting this space on Monday. Today, I’m here seeking your assistance.
This week has been hell for me. Both of my parents were admitted to the hospital with the COVID-19 pandemic. My mum has some other respiratory illnesses in addition to the virus, which has been making this whole very intense and stressful situation even more troubling. I did share brief updates over on Twitter, so if y’all follow me there, you may have already heard something about what I’ve been dealing with this last week.
I’m here because I desperately need distractions. Working has been a great source of comfort, but due to my own health limitations with recovery from heart surgery, I have a set amount of hours that I’m allowed to work and cannot supersede it without putting my life at risk, which fucking sucks as work is number one source of self-care during great times of stress. Nothing else beyond works really helps, at least not without grotesquely aggravating my ADHD. So… I’m here asking you for anime recommendations. Watching anime and playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons seems to be the only other activities that have been helping me completely check out of this reality for small doses at a time without making me unbearably jittery or restless.
I’m looking for shows that are funny yet wholesome and feel-good. A nice slice-of-life also works. A few examples include: GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Ouran High School Host Club, Poco’s Udon World, Chihayafuru, Flying Witch and Fruits Basket. Anime that can equally make me laugh and smile, but also can be a comforting yet slightly evocative watching experience. Definitely nothing that is a tragedy or heavy on the feelings of sadness; that would not bode well for my mental health at the moment. Aside from that, they can be of any genre. So, if you’ve got sci-fi, fantasy, etc. suggestions, I’m open to those as well. As long as it won’t make me cry my fucking eyes out, I’m open to trying it; your idea of a comforting anime show.
I’d be grateful for any suggestions you can offer me. Recently (about a week or so ago), I made a similar request over on AniList (just for kicks, not because of life being a bastard) and got a couple great suggestions—Snow White with the Red Hair and Kase-san and Morning Glories—that I’m gonna start tonight. I just really need a way to relax in spite of everything that’s going on. Feel free to check out my AniList page to see what I’ve already watched, or to bump up anything on the Planned list.
I’m even open to non-anime suggestions, more so if its Asian cinema (but they can be in any language or from any part of the world, I’m not picky in that regard). So, if you have a favourite TV show or film that also fits this bill, please drop them for me in the comments. I have almost all the main streaming services available in the US, including HBO and Starz. I would be forever grateful for your help.
For regular blogging shtick, as I mentioned earlier, I have a thorough update hitting the deck on Monday at 6am PST, after which my regular content activities should resume. I’ll definitely keep you posted on whatever happens with my parents. If you’re the praying sort, please keep them in your prayers and thoughts. If you’re not, please send them healing vibes and wishes. If I lost both of my parents, then I’d be the only one left and it’s just too much pain to process that fucking thought at the moment.
Anyway, I sincerely hope y’all are doing well. Please, stay indoors, practise good hygiene, and take care of yourselves. Much love and gentle hugs to all.