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A Hibike! Euphonium 2016 Calendar, Some Reflections on 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.” —Helen Keller

For the past two years, I’ve been welcoming the New Year with Girls und Panzer Calendars, but this year, I’m going to do something different: I’ll present the Hibike! Euphonium 2016 calendar for its excellent artwork (I’ve become quite a fan of Kumiko), and because there’s a Girls und Panzer post coming up in just a bit. Before I delve into a 2015 reflection and outline some resolutions for 2016, I’d like to take this time to thank all of the readers who’ve motivated me to continue writing: 2015 was a phenomenal year for The Infinite Mirai, featuring some 135 new posts, a fair bit of good discussion with the readers, among them Jusuchin (Military Otaku), cloudst12, Edward and Neomo, and a four blogging awards (two of which are freshly-published: the Creative Blogger Award and the Free Spirit Award: all awards can be viewed by hovering your mouse over “About Infinite Zenith” in the menu up top). The folks coming from Facebook, Twitter and Reddit also earn a heartfelt thank you; my site metrics show that this blog and social media appears to play quite nicely together. Without fellow bloggers and readers to keep things going, I’m not sure if I would have had quite the same level of motivation to keep The Infinite Mirai as active as it presently is. So, looking back on 2015, a hell of a lot of things happened; that much is apparent from the blog posts, which paint 2015 as a year of adventure despite a shakier start, and looking back, I think I’ve fulfilled my resolutions.


P01- January, February

P02- March, April

P03- May, June

P04- July, August

P05- September, October

P06- November, December

Now, for 2016, my resolutions are quite simple: I will strive to finish my graduate studies to the best of my ability, and make a concerted, serious effort to make the transition between academics and industry one that is as smooth as can be reasonably expected. I also resolve to not concern myself with matters of the heart and wield my freedom to continue exploring the world around me; in these crucial times, career, finance and health are my absolute top priorities, and a relationship might not be what I need at this point in time. My simpler resolutions remain unchanged from last year: I aim to read all the unread books on my bookshelf, and finish the games that I’ve still not beaten since last year. These ones seem far easier than the other resolutions, which will be a challenge, as those entail my future, but I live for a good challenge. In closing, Happy New Year 2016, everyone, and thanks for taking the time to read this blog! May your 2016 be productive, meaningful and fulfilling!

2 responses to “A Hibike! Euphonium 2016 Calendar, Some Reflections on 2015 and Looking Ahead to 2016

  1. vimitsu January 26, 2016 at 20:17

    *scrolls past pictures of cute anime girls playing band instruments*
    I had a poor experience with the school band back in primary school, and I was never really interested in band music, so Hibike! Euphonium never seemed that interesting. I actually first heard their music through their rendition of Rydeen which showed up on the Youtube recommendations sidebar.

    Ah, happy new year. I’m only…26 days late. I really have been watching less anime over the past few months. Interests change, priorities change, and Vimitsu changes. I’m beginning this year very differently from 2015, which was different from 2014. I commend you for your persistence in maintaining the Infinite Zenith blog; I doubt I would ever be able to persevere at a single thing for so long.

    “I also resolve to not concern myself with matters of the heart and wield my freedom to continue exploring the world around me…”
    I don’t see “matters of the heart” and self/world-exploration as separate. The best explorers of any realm, whether physical or imaginary, have a passion for what they do. If it’s interpersonal relationships you are referring to, most humans seem to accept handling, or even prefer, reconciling relationships with work or school. But we are all different, and I can’t speak for you. I /can/ say that seeing you keep writing unique blog posts, despite your clearly busy life, is inspiring. ^ _^

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    • infinitezenith January 26, 2016 at 20:25

      Happy New Year, Vimitsu! We’re still in the first month of 2016, so it’s still New Year.

      A cursory glance at the blog’s archive shows that I’ve only got five posts out this month: it’s a 54.545…% decline! That’s mainly because I’m in something of an overdrive mode right now as I push towards finishing my degree and make that transition into industry. Once I settle into my schedule and optimise things, I’ll probably resume blogging at more regular intervals (even if frequency drops a little).

      In my experiences so far, I find that my pursuit of a relationship is for something meaningful, and that requires a bit of commitment, too. I do not feel that I would be able to do that at this point in time, what with everything happening. So I’ll set that aside for the present and focus on the priorities; there will be opportunity later on. In general, I tend to get along with people just fine, so I’m not terribly worried about that!

      Thanks for taking the time to drop by: I hope things are going well for you 🙂


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