It’s the last weekend of January, meaning that we’re firmly in this exciting new year. It also means that we’re beginning that slow dance that begins anew every spring. Indeed, even though the news feeds are fairly quiet and the winter anime has already begun, we’re beginning to see those first rumbles of a busy convention season.

Before I go further, one could realistically make the argument that convention season is year-round at this point. Indeed, this weekend alone has three cons running, with Anime WTX, Setsucon, and the Colossalcon Cruise. Looking at the calendar, this train won’t be ending any time soon. Nearly every weekend through Mid-November has a convention booked in some location, with more than 200 across the globe scheduled to run. Whether fans are heading to Anime Milwaukee in February, or Anime Expo in July, or Anime Weekend Atlanta in October, there will be a venue for them to fly their flags and dive headfirst into the fandom.

When I speak of “convention season,” though, I refer to a very specific time period. I’m talking about that odd stretch of time, which runs from Anime Boston, through Otakon. This short window, which runs from roughly April through October, is home to what I like to call the Big Five:

  • Anime Boston
  • Anime Expo
  • Japan Expo
  • Summer Comiket
  • Otakon

Each of these events is paired with a mountain of major reveals, including big licenses, new shows, and more. For example:

And so on.

This is the point where news teams tend to be working at their absolute peak, with dozens of stories hitting every single week. And, whether you’re a member of Anime News Network, Crunchyroll, or even us here at The Herald, there’s this pressure to put out your very best, no matter what, as you scrape and scrabble to get the newest details out to your readers.

It’s a chaotic, stressful, tiring, exciting mess that many of us newsroom vets live for. There’s no rush quite like breaking a big story minutes before your competitors, to snatch that fleeting moment of glory from a seat in an industry panel. If that’s all you go for, though, it becomes something that can utterly destroy you. (That’s kind of why we stepped so far back from news as of late, but that’s another Dispatch for another day!)

With that in mind, I’d like to ask just one favor of you all tonight, readers: thank your favorite outlet. Whether you read Anime News Network, Crunchyroll, Anime UK News, or even us, a simple “thank you” is something that would make your favorite reporters’ days. News is a tiring, thankless position that can trap even the most seasoned reporters into a spiral of sadness and stress.

Sometimes, just that small smile and a “hey, thanks for your hard work” can be a bigger pick-me-up than anyone can imagine.

Take care,


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