Hey guys, it’s been a really, really, really long time since I posted for my Fantasy Friday series. To be honest, I put this on hold because I began to feel stressed about this series. I know that sounds silly, but hear me out! I had started off really strong I know; but then I started getting too caught up in my architectural thought processes that I forgot why I started this series to begin with. So, I went back to my initial post to remind myself of what I had written as my original intent:
These posts will probably vary on length depending on if and what I am able to pinpoint as relevant as well as what I find myself drawn to. This will mostly be Architecture Eye Candy. As someone that’s been trained in design, theory and as someone that loves history and research; sometimes I find it easy to find a precedence or correlation from the anime to something that’s real and tangible.
What I love about architecture in anime or any kind of animation or CGI scene is that there are no limits to what can be created; things can be overly exaggerated which makes it so fantastical – like you’re in a dream world. And I’m all about outrageous designs!
– (excerpt from the original Fantasy Friday post)
This series was supposed to be something fun and quickly written up weekly. But I soon found myself delving deeper into the second part of my reason for starting this series: the history and theory aspect. I started to specifically look for buildings in anime that HAD to have some kind of architectural significance tied to it. If it wasn’t something architecturally driven, I started to get obsessed with finding something to link it historically or theoretically. Because of these two reasons, I also felt obligated to write in-depth with each post. Basically, I got so caught up in all the intricate details that I forgot my reasoning for starting this: the appreciation of fantastical architecture. I even forgot my own key phrase for this: Architectural Eye Candy and the most glaring important term of the series: Fantasy.
So with that being said, I’m reviving this series with that in mind. I really should have more fun with this series because that’s why I created it! I wanted to have fun with the crazy architecture that exists in anime! I want to post about pretty buildings, ugly buildings, crazy buildings and still provide you with some insights. I didn’t want it to be filled with technical architectural “archi-speak” all the time. Though I wanted to provide an architectural eye to the posts and be informative, I don’t want it to be boring. I want my readers to enjoy what I write, and see it from my point of view. I know that all of you love seeing and reading about what I have to say, but I got caught up in trying to get everything perfect that it fell on the backburner.
My first Fantasy Friday was one of my favorite posts of this series, and that’s because I didn’t really plan it or research it in-depth; they were pure observations. The posts that followed started to become more planned and heavily researched which eventually slowed down my ability from posting weekly to a complete standstill. So, you know, maybe some day’s I’ll find something with more architectural ties; while other day’s I’ll be mostly posting image heavy posts. I shouldn’t feel obligated in explaining every single thing so minutely. I should be comfortable in posting stuff that doesn’t necessarily have ties to theory and history and just appreciate the aesthetics first because that’s what I wanted to do with this series-have fun! Analysis should follow aesthetics in this case. If I find something that fits appropriately or if it reminds me of something ( like my initial post) it should be more observation than anything.
Please bear with me as I make some minor mental adjustments for this post. I was going to just jump right back into it, but I wanted to write about what had been the cause for the absence of this segment because I clearly was struggling with this internally.
The Revival comes next week: July 14, 2017!