Recent deaths that have hit me emotionally
Let's start with Zac Bertschy. A person I did not know personally and had never interacted with, and yet I am still crying. For years he humanized the artists who created some of our favourite works with his own writings for Anime News Network. I only knew him from his writing and podcasts but his passion for animation and especially the people behind it always shone through. This is exemplified in a recent podcast and his fantastic reviews of each episode of the anime, Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken. Although he never knew me specifically I hope he knew that there were so many people just like me that truly appreciated his work.
A memorial has been written for him on Anime News Network and can be found below.
Anime News Network homepage
Zac's Eizouken Episode Reviews
ANNCast podcast archives
A written memorial to Zac on ANN
On January 4, 2020 I got to see Hana Kimura wrestle live at the Tokyo Dome. Teaming with Giulia in a match where they faced Mayu Iwatani and Arisa Hoshiki, Kimura poured her heart into the match even though the crowd was still filing in. On January 11, 2020 I was lucky enough to see her wrestle for her home promotion of Stardom. She was part of another tag match that put her talent and charisma on display once again. She will be missed and my heart goes out to her family, friends, and supporters.
This was day three of 100 Days To Offload for me and a tough one to write.
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