How Run With The Wind Shows Us To Celebrate Effort Rather Than Victory

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Run With The Wind Episode 10 Review

I kind of thought it last week, with my episode review focusing on Kakeru having to take a step back to see things. This week we see the full fruit of his observations as with Haiji out of the picture it falls on Kakeru to keep the team together. Only not really. After a brief moment of panic and some breakfast making hi-jinks (cause of course none of the guys can cook – breathing the cliche right there) the only one Kakeru ends up really working with is Prince.

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Of course, given the friction between Kakeru and Prince, this is kind of a completely necessary step so you can almost forgive Run With The Wind for the cheesy and overused ‘Haiji collapses from exhaustion’ story-line in order to orchestrate this moment. I’ve said it before, but being trite or generic isn’t a problem provided you do it well and Run With The Wind fully committed to this plot line and made it work.

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From the mirroring between Kakeru and Prince in the kitchen to Haiji working with Prince and his manga obsession to improve his form, this episode was full of happy surprise moments that just nailed exactly what they needed to. By the time we see Prince and Kakeru back on the track for real, the audience will feel like they’ve been on this journey with the characters and it is absolutely rewarding. You’ll also want to be apart of the team cheer at the end.

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So want to be a part of that celebration.

Still, while it might be seen as Prince getting better at running, which he is, something else has fundamentally changed that is going to impact the entire dynamic of the anime. And that is, Kakeru is no longer only obsessed with winning or being fast. His slowing down to run alongside Prince and encourage him briefly is an incredible character shift and if it hadn’t had the focus it got it would have felt really unearned. Instead though, it feels like the audience has had plenty of time hoping Kakeru would get his head together and finally we’re seeing some payoff in the form of the most adorable scenes in the anime so far.

Hopefully this series continues to grow its characters and take full advantage of moments like these because if it can do that it will end up being a very solid anime and one that I’d happily recommend despite being a sports anime.

Thanks for reading
Karandi James
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100 Word Anime Hits 10,000 View Milestone in August

So, way back when I started this blog in May 2016, I don’t think I ever really imagined reaching 10,000 views ever, let alone in a single month. However, as my followers grew in number I began to think maybe it would be possible, one day. So at my first anniversary, I set the goal: 10,000 views in one month. That said, the closest I ended up getting was 9600 views in January and that was the highest month of my second year of blogging (still really happy about that one). So imagine my surprise when I noticed my stats in August leaning in the direction of 10,000 views.

Realising that without a little bit of a push I would once again fall short, I turned to twitter and asked for a little bit of a hand. Thanks to everyone who responded and helped share content over the last few days. I really appreciate you helping me to achieve this goal. With two hours to spare for the last day of the month, I finally hit the 10,000 view mark.

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I can’t tell you how excited that makes me as I watch my blog continue to grow. However, what I value more than this arbitrary number I decided upon, is the interaction it has brought. So to celebrate this milestone, I want to thank each of my followers and those who visit my blog. Unfortunately, I just can’t do individual thank-yous for every single follower. Hopefully you will accept a big thank-you to you all and know how happy I am to be a part of this community.

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However I would like to do some shout outs to those who have commented or shared my posts in the past month. I know I’ll have missed some people and a few are missing because their comment tracks back to an email address rather than their blog, but know that I thank you as well for visiting my blog, for taking the time to read my ramblings, and for joining me in a conversation around anime. Hopefully you continue to enjoy the content and continue to want to talk anime with me because I certainly love this part of the community.

That said, a special shout out to Raistlin: my number one commenter pretty much every month and all round great guy. If you’ve been following my twitter you know that in four days time we’ve got something special cooked up so keep your eyes peeled for it.

Also, a special shout out to Arthifis. Not only an amazing blogger, but someone who has given back to the community. I don’t doubt that I hit this target this month because I employed a number of his tips for helping your blog come up in searches and I know that August had almost as many search engine finds as reader finds. Thanks so much for sharing with the community.

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If you don’t follow any of the people below, be sure to drop by. They are all fantastic members of the community and I am so happy that I’ve met them through blogging. And yes, I know I’m inconsistent in using the name of the blog or the person, but I didn’t prewrite this post because I didn’t want to jinx hitting the target so I’ve had a very short editing period for this post.

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The thing about reaching a goal though is I now have to set a new one. One friend suggested that given the scale now goes up to 20,000 that should be my aim. I’m pretty sure the look I gave him spoke volumes. And really, I don’t think my goal at this point is about more views per month (though that would be great), but it is more about ensuring that people who view my site enjoy the content and get involved. On that note, I’ll have an update on my Patreon out later today.

Still, just for now, I’m going to bask in having achieved something that always just seemed out of reach and have now made a reality (with a lot of help from everyone). It kind of makes me want to reach further and see how far I can go and I hope you will all come on this journey with me.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James


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