As many of you saw, not too long ago a video finally popped up on my channel again! This time around it was an unboxing of the newest card game that has infected my life, the Digimon Card Game. Not too long before that, I made a pact with my friend Jake that myself and another mutual friend would begin doing card game related content for his YouTube channel (@thejakeyouknow). While things are just starting to get off the ground over there, we were knee deep in filming unboxings and I was bit by the bug to do one for my own channel. Needless to say, after filming that video, I felt like I was at home. My friend’s dog yelping in the background brought out my quick “let’s roll with it” wit that I always had in my videos (because rolling with it is easier than reshooting!) and it really reminded me of why I had so much fun doing videos in the first place.
I can’t say for sure when I’ll be back, if it even sticks. As many of you know I work full time (9-6 usually) with overtime being an always looming threat. I’m in the middle of reorganizing the house, behind on my television shows, and haven’t touched a video game in what feels like forever. Not to mention The Streets every Friday and Teletraan-Fun recording once or twice every other week or so. I’ve got a LOT on my plate without even jumping back into videos. That being said, I feel like it’s something I need to do. I’ve attempted to do blogging, as my heart is in writing, but sometimes it’s hard for me to think of a topic that doesn’t just devolve into me vomiting words onto the screen. I was never GOOD at making videos. My editing was juvenile, I had no flashy effects, and I didn’t script a single thing. It was always a “fly off the seat of my pants” style of recording that reflected who I am as an individual. In a year full of mess, isolation, and rediscovery, that kind of thing is something I really need. I just need an outlet where I can be me, doing or displaying things that I love.
Unfortunately, while I’m spending just as much money as ever, I’m not the same person I was previously. I’m not “all-in” on any toy line. If I did come back, gone would be the days of “Oh, Shuki will definitely review that Rider toy” and other such phrases. While I feel like I’m going to be roped into a lot of Zenkaiger, I probably won’t be “all-in” that either. The most “all-in” I am in any line right now is Transformers. The problem being it’s really hard to justify Transformers related videos. People like Peaugh and Emgo have absolutely cornered the market. That being said, I fucking love Transformers! Let’s just go for it, yeah? I feel like my return will probably end up taking a page out of the Long’s Toys playbook. I’ll get what I want to get, and review what I want to review. Some things might do bad, some things might do good, some things might not even make it onto the channel. Who the hell knows?
Towards the tail end of my initial run, the channel was my job, and it was slowly feeling like a job. If I come back, no, when I come back, I want the channel to be my safety net. This thing I do for fun to make myself happy, bringing everyone along for the ride. The things I love most have been coming and going (currently it’s Digimon and Transformers, in a few months it could be Pokemon and Sentai) and the things I do on my channel might reflect that. Sometime in the future I may really fall hard for one franchise and decide to dedicate channel time to it, much like Karn has with Digimon.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if I’ll be back for a few months or for a few years. I don’t know if I’ll be reviewing things you like. I don’t know if I’ll finally be able to make some Top 10 and Editorial style content that I’ve wanted to do for ages. I simply don’t know. What I do know, is that I’ve got a creative itch that needs to be scratched, and this is how I’m going to do it.
Be prepared for 2021 y’all. CollectorShuki is back baby.