Stay Healthy, My Friends

As many of you have heard, we got a global virus pandemic, COVID-19, and it’s really starting to affect all our otaku hobbies. Major anime and video gaming events happening this month and a bit beyond have been canceled and/or postponed. It’s a really troubling time with various outlets telling us to stay calm or panic.

It sucks for the arts (especially anime and manga) because while technology has helped boost anime and manga’s popularity, it’s things like fan conventions that truly bring people lured in by that tech together. We still don’t know how things are going to turn out. I feel that the timing of this virus is a huge concern for anyone who has feelings of loneliness and social isolation.

I want to tell you guys if you’re worried, then you have every right to feel that way. I don’t want you all to end up becoming shut-ins. I will also say something that many mental health experts recommend telling someone who’s going through depression, “You won’t always feel this way.” This will be a temporary phase.

Do the basics for cleaning hygiene. And be kind toward one another. Don’t let anyone become panicked to a serious degree. We’ve seen enough stories in fiction (and some notable anime and manga) where panic leads someone down a lonely path towards severe anxiety.

I’m not going to lie that I’m scared. My parents are now in their elderly stages. I don’t want to transmit anything back to them. Yet I’ve made a commitment to not lose to myself anymore. I went to a support group meeting recently and one thing that some of the members said is something I wish most people need to know – please be mindful about consuming news about many things. A lot of it …continue reading