100 Word Anime Joins Facebook

The title of this post is pretty self-explanatory but here we go anyway:

100WordAnime now has a Facebook page!

Okay, so setting up the page is all well and good but I will need to actually do something with it, so that is clearly my next challenge because otherwise I’ll have a page that serves no purpose just sitting out there in cyber space with all the other abandoned pages…

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However, that’s not something I’m going to worry about right now. Right now I am celebrating another step for 100WordAnime with the only kind of competition I can actually run at this point and time.

On offer:

A blog post written by me on any anime related topic for you.

I know, it’s kind of lame as a prize but it is all I have. However, there are a few minor conditions:

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01: The post will be between 200 – 500 words.

02: The post will be emailed to an email address of your choosing within 7 days of you sending details of the topic to me via my contact page.

03: If you specify a single anime as the topic and I have not watched it, I will request a different topic. Realistically, it would be best just to give an anime related question that I can choose example anime to discuss but that is ultimately your choice.

04: I will not provide images to go with the post, however you may choose to add images.

05: You do not have to actually use the post on your blog. I don’t know exactly what else you would do with it, but you are not obliged in any way to publish it in any form should you choose not to.

06: If you do choose to publish the post, you will need to credit me as the author and a link back to my blog.

So how can you be in the running to ‘win’ this ‘amazing’ prize?

Visit my new and fairly empty Facebook page and like or follow the page by midnight on the 19th of August. (oh and ensure that you aren’t preventing people from seeing that you’ve liked the page because otherwise I won’t know who you are).

I will add all the names of people who like or follow the page into a random list generator on the 20th and whoever ends up at the top of the list will be the ‘winner’.

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And that’s pretty much it for this post. But…

If you happen to have any advice, tips or ideas for how someone actually effectively uses a Facebook page, be sure to let me know because it is quite a steep learning curve and I still haven’t got my head around Twitter.


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Friday’s Feature: Just an Update This Week

While I originally said during my anniversary I was taking two weeks off from seasonal anime reviewing in July, it turns out that due to a whole bunch of things lining up in the real world, I’m actually going to take off closer to a month, but only from seasonal reviews. The blog is going to continue having daily content and I am still going to be online (though a little less often than normal) to reply to comments and to visit everyone’s blog. Mostly. Okay, next week I’ll probably seem like I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth for a bit.

Pretty much I just can’t rely on having access to streaming services during this period of time so rather than sometimes having reviews and sometimes not, I’m just going to pause the shows I’m watching and not pick up anything new, and catch up on everything current once I’m back to my normal routine which will be July 22nd. Basically, I have quite a bit of travel ahead of me. Some personal stuff, some work stuff, some preplanned holiday stuff, and it all just kind of ended up happening at the same time.

Feature posts and top 5’s will continue as normal. I’ve also got some episode reviews of shows that were either recommended to me or came up randomly when I asked for a random episode on Crunchyroll. Series reviews will come out on Wednesday and Saturday. However my Sunday posts where I do a round up of the current season that I’ve been watching will not be out and I won’t be doing the In Case You Missed it posts on Monday. These will both resume after July 22nd.

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That’s pretty much it for this update. Hopefully you all enjoy the content I’ve got planned over the next couple of weeks and I look forward to resuming reviews of seasonal anime on my return. And if you want to know other plans for the blog you can check out my more detailed update on my patreon site.

See you soon.


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Friday’s Feature – Anniversary Special: My First Posts

As we’ve pretty much come to the end of my anniversary week other than one more follower feature and a things I’ve learned post coming tomorrow (yes, I did take a whole week to celebrate the ongoing existence of my own blog), I’m wanting to look back on the journey as a whole from where I started to now, particularly looking back and my early posts.

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The name of my blog clearly states that my initial plan was to only write posts of around 100 words. Mostly it was a writing exercise because I didn’t really expect anyone was going to read my posts. While I wanted to discuss anime with people, I didn’t really have anyone to talk with and I’d pretty much given up on the Crunchyroll forums for a conversation. So the blog was born out of a desire to say something about anime, find other anime fans, and maybe have a conversation. As the blog started growing and I started having quite a bit of fun with it, I expanded into longer series reviews, features, lists, and pretty much whatever I wanted to do.

First Post

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My very first post came a few weeks into the Spring 2016 anime season on May 1st. I think I was a little too optimistic about my ability to actually keep my thoughts down to 100 words per post:

This blog is going to follow some of the anime out this season and offer an episode by episode review with the occasional retro review thrown in, whenever I have the time. As the title indicates, I’m going to try to keep the reviews to 100 words.

Now, for some fun stats. That post has received a total of 15 views ever with 0 likes and 0 comments. For some that would have spelled the end of the blog. I’ve seen so many first posts or introductory posts that never, ever get a follow up post and then the blog vanishes from sight. For me, that was more or less what I was expecting and I was actually surprised it even managed 9 views in the first 2 days.

First Episode Review

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Also on May 1st, because once I start something I get just a little bit obsessed, I posted my very first episode review and now that I’m looking back I’ve discovered that the first ever episode review was for Kiznaiver episode 4.

…I’ve been routinely disappointed as the anime used shocks and (un)comedic moments with a cast that has been difficult to like. Episode four finally overcomes the latter with the cast starting to feel more genuine in their roles even as two of the characters fight it out for title of king weirdo.

This post actually got some views, 19 in May and 28 total, and even a few comments. It probably helped that Kiznaiver was one of the most talked about anime of that particular season and amazingly enough tagging your posts with key words people search for actually does help people find your blog.

First Series Review

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By May 3rd I’d decided to tackle a review of an anime I’d finished watching prior to starting the blog and I pretty much threw the 100 words out the window when taking on a whole series. First series review was The Devil Is A Part Timer for the simple reason that I’d just finished watching it over a long weekend.

While some of the characters remain one dimensional and the basic premise never really evolves beyond Lord Satan is working part time and somehow believes he will one day rule the world, this series is more than entertaining enough.

12 whole views of that post in May. Wow! I’m thinking the lesson I’m learning here is that blogs don’t grow over night. And even though sometimes I wonder if I’m working hard enough at growing my blog, when I look back at where it started I’ve actually made some good progress.

First Friday’s Feature

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On May 6th I decided to write a feature. Actually, I just wanted to further discussion around anime and a 100 word episode review didn’t seem right so I created a feature and being ambitious I called it Friday’s Feature, thus dooming myself to having to think of a new topic each week to write about. Seriously, I enjoy writing those posts but some weeks inspiration is a little dry. My first Friday’s Feature asked people Why do you? and focussed on reasons for watching anime.

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I often wonder why this question ever even gets asked. Its like walking up to someone standing on a football field in their uniform and carrying the ball and asking why they play football.

The thing was, that was my most popular post in May with 27 views pretty much on the Friday or over the following weekend. Even now, my feature posts get significantly more views and comments than most of my other posts (with the possible exception of some of my Top 5 lists). So in terms of igniting a conversation, I think the feature has very much served its purpose and hopefully I can continue to come up with useful and engaging topics, though clearly not all of them will be gems.

First Tuesday’s Top 5

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Skip ahead to June 7 and I launched my very first Top 5 Tuesday’s Top 5 post starting out with  Top 5 Red Heads (Female). I’d thought about it for a little bit before adding this feature and I’d drafed up a fairly lengthy list of potential lists because I didn’t want to get a few weeks in and run short of ideas.

As the title suggests I’m going to attempt to do a top 5 list every Tuesday. Why did I start with Red-Heads? Because it was an easy list to write and really shouldn’t lead to too many people wanting to tell me exactly how many different ways I am wrong. I could be wrong about that, but time will tell.

List writing has become one of my favourite parts of this blog. I don’t want to do more than one a week but just thinking about possible lists and candidates and writing down the names and crossing them out is very relaxing. Anyway, this post got 48 views in June and some of my Top 5 lists have become amongst my most viewed posts.

The Rest

Over time I’ve tried a few different things with the blog. I used to do words of wisdom, sharing anime quotes. Mostly I ran out of quotes that I wanted to share and to be honest a post with just a quote wasn’t really adding much to the overall discussion about anime so I scrapped it. I’ve also occasional promoted a release of a DVD, done some links to AMV’s, and of course I do my weekly overviews of what I’ve been watching and the in case you missed it posts where I link to blogs I’ve read during the week.

What I Learned

For this whole anniversary week I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve learned through blogging but I think the number 1 thing that I will take away from this is that blogs take time and effort but it is incredibly rewarding. At first it will feel like you are just casting words out into the abyss and hoping someone somewhere might respond, but as you build up connections with your readers and other bloggers you will realise you aren’t alone and that you are actually part of a larger and fairly vocal community that for the most part are highly supportive and also just wanting to find someone to talk anime with.

Thanks to everyone who has joined me this week for the anniversary specials and remember there are a couple more to come out tomorrow to finish off the week.

Here’s to 1 year on 100 Word Anime and hopefully I’ll see you all throughout the 2nd year.


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Anniversary Follower Feature: Aldael

As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: Aldael

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Aldael runs a great blog called Aldael’s Attic and while they post a range of content, their weekly Musings and Reflections are fantastic fun to read as Aldael takes us through what they’ve watched and their thoughts on the seasonal shows. If you’ve never come across one of these posts I’d recommend checking out their End of Winter 2017 post. It’s great how Aldael’s voice and opinion comes through as they succinctly discuss a range of anime.

Throughout most of my time as a blogger Aldael has been a regular commenter and supporter on my blog (as a side note I think Aldael’s Attick had its one year anniversary about a month before 100 Word Anime). It’s been great getting to know their tastes and sharing ideas about anime. I was very happy when Aldael sent me their write up for the anniversary special. For more to check out than just the musings and reflections, Aldael recommends: Flying Witch – The Brilliance of Slice of Life and Scattered Thoughts – Nijigahara Holograph, Haruki Murakami and the Appeal of Inio Asano.

I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. Aldael said:

Anime is cool. Why? Endless storytelling possibilities, extremely flexible visuals and themes to suit everyone’s needs. It’s cool for it lead me to this blog, too. And Karandi is also very cool. Why? I’ve no idea how one can be so productive – I haven’t seen anyone else who would be able to participate so actively in the blogging community as well as unceasingly provide content that’s amazingly varied, always on time and always to the point. I’m very happy to be in the same community. Congratulations on the anniversary and please keep on – you’re one of the kind!

Thanks Aldael for participating in the anniversary and for supporting 100 Word Anime.  It is definitely the readers that keep this blog going.


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Anniversary Follower Feature: Raistlin0903

As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: Raistlin0903

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Raistlin0903 is another blogger who I owe a lot to given the ongoing support he gives my blog. He’s one of my very regular visitors and commenters and I’ve had a great time over the past year discussing anime and various films with him (and it turns out we’ve both got a weird liking for films that others might consider to be b grade). Raistlin reviews anime, board games, movies and a range of other things.

What is particularly great is the sheer range of material Raistlin covers and I’ve got quite a few international movie titles now on my list to check out as well as some older films and TV shows I may have missed when I was younger. If you haven’t checked out Raistlin’s blog before here are some posts to get you started: Lethal Weapon, Erased, and Coppelion.

If you’ve never checked out Raistlin’s blog, definitely hop on over and spend some time checking out his reviews (his site actual has a really nice menu system which makes finding older posts in the category you want nice and simple).

I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. Raistlin0903 said:
“When I saw that Karandi had reached 1000 followers I could not help but smile. I have been following her blog since I started blogging myself. She has managed to rekindle my interest in anime through her great and insightful reviews. It is only fitting now that she has achieved this milestone. She always has a kind thing to say in replies, and besides reviews has great feature posts (most recently man vs…), which are a delight to read. I hope her blog will continue for many years. I will keep following it, which will hopefully be another 100 (word anime) years”.

Thanks Raistlin0903 for participating in the anniversary and thanks for your ongoing support for 100 Word Anime. Looking forward to sharing thoughts with you for another year on anime, movies, and whatever else comes up.


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Anniversary Follower Feature: Arria Cross

As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: Arria Cross

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I doubt there are many people in the aniblogging community who haven’t come across Arria at some point and if you haven’t jump on over to her blog: Fujinsei. In addition to being an active member of the online anime community, Arria runs monthly blog carnivals which gives so many of us a chance to share our posts and to find other anime bloggers. It’s this kind of community spirit that I have come to love since becoming a blogger. If you’ve never participated (though I think there is a carnival open now) then you should check out last month with the 11th Carnival. So many people have nominated great posts to read so if you were looking for an anime blog or just something new, you’re sure to find something in the carnival.

In addition to just being an amazing person for hosting the carnivals (and reading every entry and highlighting posts that she enjoyed from the carnival), Arria posts some very funny articles (okay, there are also quite serious posts and news and lists and product promotions) but I absolutely love her sense of humour in some of her posts. Her 13 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Death Note and 10 Signs That You’ve Watched Too Much Yuri On Ice are both funny and probably more true than most of us would like to admit.

However, for a more serious discussion, Arria recommends “Racewashing in ‘Attack on Titan’ Films & Other Adaptations (OWLS Blog Tour)“. It’s a great read and looks at the importance of racial identity.

I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. Arria said:
“I’ve been watching anime ever since I can remember. I don’t even remember the first anime that I watched because I was too young. Watching anime was precious family bonding time, especially with my dad who was crazy with Dragon Ball at the time. Anime, simply put, is a big part of my life.

After a stint as a book reviewer, I decided to become an aniblogger and created my blog Fujinsei. Almost 3 years later, I’m still having a blast combining my love for anime and writing. But what I love the most is the community of fellow anime fans and bloggers, including Karandi here, whose friendship I’m always grateful for. I hope that I can continue being an aniblogger with these amazing people, and of course, watch more anime!”

Thanks Arria for participating in the anniversary and thanks for your ongoing support for 100 Word Anime. A special thank you for everything you do for the online anime community.


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Tuesday’s Top 5: Anniversary Special – Top 5 Blog Posts

As part of the 1 year anniversary special posts, my Top 5 this week looks at my favourite 5 posts that I have written since starting the blog. By favourite I am looking at the posts I had fun writing or discussing and I’ll explain my reasons in the list below. This was an enormously hard list to narrow down but I had a great time revisiting old posts (and flinching a little at just how many typos I let slip through particularly when I’m tired).

I’d love to know which post you liked the most on my site or what you would like to see more (or less) of. Please feel free to comment below.

Please Note – There are no spoilers this week.

Honourable mentions this week go to:

Number 5: Natsume Yuujincho Series Review

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This one is actually a review of the first 4 seasons of Natsume after I did a rewatch in preparation for season 5’s release last year. I genuinely love Natsume as an anime and I really enjoy writing about it so this post was just really fun to write as it made me think about all those moments in the show that made me smile and the reasons I loved it so much. Admittedly, this isn’t the most critical of reviews and could probably use a do-over at some point, but that’s fine. I’ll take the excuse to revisit Natsume any day.

Number 4: Friday’s Feature – On Overpowered MC’s

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This post was kind of written in protest to the ongoing criticism of shows that the MC was overpowered. I happen to like strong and competent main characters so simply telling me that the main character is crazy strong is not actually going to deter me from watching or enjoying a show. While I respect the opinion that many people have that an overly strong main character does take some tension from certain parts of the narrative, I feel this feature kind of points out why a blanket declaration that overpowered MC’s are bad is probably not the best approach to take either. Anyway, it was fun to write simply because I just wanted to get that idea out there and feel I’d had my say on the issue.

Number 3: Assassination Classroom Episode 46

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Okay, don’t click on the link if you are worried about spoilers for Assassination Classroom. This is the second last episode and there’s a clear spoiler warning on the post for a reason. This was a post I had to write. No filter, no rewrite, just get the words down. The episode hit me that hard emotionally I just had to get it out and writing the post really helped in stepping back from the events and thinking about the show a little bit more objectively.

Number 2: Friday’s Feature – Beneath the Squeals What is Driving Yuri on Ice Fans

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While I could easily have filled this list with my Top 5 Yuri on Ice posts I decided to limit myself to just one and of all the episode reviews, lists, discussions and features that have focussed on Yuri on Ice, this is my favourite. The show hadn’t ended but it gave me a chance to reflect on what was actually drawing me into this show (amazingly enough good looking anime guys isn’t actually enough of a reason for me to keep watching a show – not that it hurts). Anyway, mostly I just loved writing about this anime and there are probably more Yuri On Ice themed posts in my future.

Number 1: Tuesday’s Top 5: Totally Narcissistic Characters

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Okay, this list was never intended to be taken seriously but it list my favourite narcissists from anime. It was great fun to write and some of these characters are hilarious. This may not be the best post I’ve written, but as I said at the start this list was about posts I had fun writing. I must admit, the more odd my list topic is, the more fun I have writing it.

Over to you: Which posts or topics do you like on 100 Word Anime? What don’t you like so much?


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Anniversary Follower Feature: D

As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: D

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I was really happy when D from D Talks Anime agreed to be part of my anniversary. D has the distinction of being my most frequent commenter pretty much every month and it has been a joy exchanging thoughts on anime with them.

What initially drew me to D’s blog were some of their more analytical pieces where they discussed an issue with or raised by a particular show. One of my favourite posts was their discussion on Noragami: Some Unsettling Implications. While I personally loved Noragami, this post was well thought out, well argued, and well justified and it really made me think about the show again, which was probably the point of it.

Recently, D has begun watching series based on votes, and giving their episodic thoughts on them. Currently D is reviewing Diabolik Lovers and Blood Lad and both have been a great read as D has progressed through the series.

Basically, if you haven’t checked out D Talks Anime, you really should. There are some fantastic posts and D is always up for an exchange of comments around a particular show.

I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. D said:

Karandi said I should talk about why I like anime or her blog and here I am, doing both.

I’m not a veteran anime watcher with hundreds of titles under my belt but all the same, I love it immensely, from the art style that opens up a wealth of possibilities to the sheer stunning variety of it. I also love how it led me to the aniblogging community which is just amazing. Karandi is one such amazing blogger and the first I interacted with. I will never cease to be amazed not only by the quality and quantity of the content on 100wordanime but also the way Karandi makes time to visit and comment on a myriad of other blogs. The way her blog has grown so much in less than a year is nothing short of spectacular.

Thanks D for participating in the anniversary and thanks for your ongoing support for 100 Word Anime. Hopefully you are still enjoying my blog when I get to the 2nd year anniversary.


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Anniversary Follower Feature: Remy Fool

As part of my 1 year anniversary, I’m running a series of posts on some of my amazing followers who have volunteered to be a part of the celebration. I often say this in my monthly reflections, but without the followers and the wonderful bloggers I’ve met since starting this blog, 100 Word Anime wouldn’t still be around so I really wanted to do something during this week to highlight the amazing people who have really made blogging a rewarding experience.

Follower Feature: Remy Fool

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 In case you haven’t encountered Remy Fool’s very cool blog “The Lily Garden” you should definitely take some time to check it out. While there is a focus on Yuri, Remy covers a wide range of anime and manga and I really enjoy their episodic reviews even if I’m not following the show. Remy’s also been a fairly regular commenter on my blog and I’ve really enjoyed exchanging views on anime with them. I was very glad when Remy Fool decided to participate in my anniversary special.
However, what I really love are the occasional articles where Remy discusses or deconstructs an idea or issue. From March, one of my favourite posts was a discussion about Tropes and Deviations from the Audiences Expectations. If that post doesn’t grab your interest, Remy has suggested checking out this post: “Three Lines Seen in Anime and Manga Which Piss Me Off: Ramblings About Heteronormativity in Japanese Media“. Whichever, Remy Fool’s blog is well worth spending some time on if you aren’t already following it.
I asked participants to give me a quick 100 words about what they like about anime or my blog. Remy Fool said:

“The world of anime is broad. Despite only focusing on a few specific genres, I always feel overwhelmed over how many shows there are to watch and review. And yet Karandi James manages to keep a consistent blogging schedule while reviewing a large variety of anime series. Amazingly enough, she also manages to share entertaining weekly features including Top 5 lists, discussion pieces, and community round-up posts highlighting other bloggers’ content. Honestly, we all knew that it was only a matter of time before she would reach 1,000 followers. Thank you for being such an active member of the anime blogging community!”

Thanks Remy Fool for participating in the anniversary and thanks for your ongoing support for 100 Word Anime.


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