In Case You Missed It

Sadly this is my last In Case You Missed it Post until I return in July. However I will then resume these posts with a few minor changes as I really do enjoy sharing these great posts with people. In saying that, just a reminder that from the end of June until July 22 I won’t be reviewing currently airing anime but the blog will still have daily content and I’ll still be around online (mostly – there’s a few sections of my travels where I won’t have internet).

Also, just a reminder that I am currently running a poll for the best and worst shows of the Spring 2017 season. If you haven’t voted, please have your say, the more the merrier. Best anime is going to be a pretty close finish by the looks but the worst show seems fairly decided at this point. Still, the poll isn’t closing until the 9th of July so please let your friends know and let’s see what ends up on top.

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This one is a great read from A Piece of Anime where he looks at Re:Creators and Why Stories Matter. I loved reading this post so much even though I’m not able to watch this anime, because it touches on the basic reason why stories exist and while one post isn’t enough to do this topic justice, this was a great read for the week.

Marthaurion from Marth’s Anime Blog opens a discussion around Kado’s Sansa. If you haven’t watched Kado yet (please do), this post is relatively spoiler free in terms of plot as it just poses some questions around one of the devices unveiled throughout the series. If you are watching Kado its a great post to check out as it will get you thinking even more about the sansa in case you hadn’t already done enough of that.

D&A  Anime Blog has a list of their top 10 villainous female characters from anime. There’s quite a range of choices on the list so be sure to check it out if you missed it.

Kapodaco over on Criticism and Thoughts is working their way through their Summer of Anime list and have a review of Overlord. It’s a bit different from the usual gushing reviews you get of this show so worth checking out.

Here’s a contentious post from The Spiral of Madness explaining why Your Lie In April Sucks. They do point out it is just their opinion at the end but they do a fairly thorough job of tearing it apart. Probably not one to check out if you are an avid fan of the show but given I’ve linked to some very positive reviews of the show previously, I felt that showing the other point of view was probably fair and while I’ll put a very minor language warning on this link, the reasoning for not liking the show is actually well explained.

Galvanic had a post about split personalities in anime. I did not realise how many characters there were with this condition but this is a fun list looking at a range of characters who have a split personality and it just makes you realise how many more there are out there. Quite a fun read.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a post about Re:Creators where he asks how meta can one anime get? As this is a show I’m not able to follow this season, I’ve been reading the reviews and various discussions with interest and it is posts like this one that make me super interested in getting to watch this anime one day.

Standing on my Neck has a great post about the Difficulties of Compromise in Communication from A Silent Voice – definitely spoilers in the post if you haven’t already read seven thousand posts about it or seen it. Anyway, this is a great post that really looks at some of the heavy subject matter that the film raises. Worth checking out.

Over on Anime Corps there’s a discussion about Continuous Prolonging and Inevitable Disinterest. There’s a lot about the sequel on Attack on Titan, but mostly this post focusses on fans and are general lack of ability to wait for something over many years as we move on (yes, we get distracted by the shiny pretty). It does note that there are exceptions to this and some shows that seem to stick around well past the usual point of disinterest. Anyway, it is an interesting post so if you missed it go have a read.

You want someone that pays attention to details? Check out Remy Fool’s post about Evolving Credits. They use School Live as their example and I will put a spoiler warning on it because some of the opening credits later in the season reveal points that aren’t known earlier in the season. Still, this is a great post.

Finally, I’m sharing this post from Keiko’s Anime Blog mostly to share the frustration with Sagrada Reset Episode 11. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one this week wondering whether there actually was a point to what I was watching.

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In Case You Missed It

Okay, this week has been… kind of like a roller coaster I guess, though I don’t much like that analogy because it implies that there are safety devices attached and to be honest it kind of felt like I was in free fall for a lot of this week. Mostly the issue is I know I’m having a break from work soon and I have a lot of prep to do before I go to ensure that when I come back I don’t get buried in an avalanche of catch up. Still, the anime this week were good and the blog posts that I’m finding continue to be highly entertaining so below I’ve shared some links to some posts that caught my eye. Feel free to give a shout out to a post you think needs some love in the comments.

Just a reminder that from the end of June until July 22 I won’t be reviewing currently airing anime but the blog will still have daily content and I’ll still be around online (though not with any consistency so it may take me a couple of days to respond to comments).

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Raistlin0903 has given his review of Yuri on Ice. I was curious as to how Raistlin would view this series given it didn’t seem their usual thing and they were unlikely to suffer from fan girl syndrome so it was great to see their final thought thoughts of the series. If you haven’t had your weekly dose of Yuri on Ice, here’s a great post to check out.

Lethargic Ramblings has a post kind of about a Silent Voice but more about how watching A Silent Voice made them realise their taste in anime had changed. Whichever, it is a post that will get you thinking about your own tastes and preconceived notions about anime and what you are watching compared to what you used to watch, so well worth the read.

Following on from last week when I had a plethora of My Hero Academia posts to share, this week I came across Kyra Desu Yo which did a post about the meaning of Todoroki Shouto’s name. I love this series of posts and they’ve covered so many great characters and its always quite informative. If you haven’t checked out this blog well worth looking into.

And then, because while we’re on a roll with the My Hero Academia posts, here’s one from Ruminated Scrawlings about the corrupted hero system. It’s a nice read and gets you thinking about the setting of the show and the world building rather than specific characters and events.

Reading Between has an interesting post about Eren Jaeger and his underappreciated character development. I’m going to be honest and point out my issues with Eren are more his baseline personality rather than a lack of development, but it means that I don’t pay much attention to him so haven’t really cared whether he has been developing or not as a character. This post was kind of interesting moment of reflection as to how Eren has developed in 1 and a half seasons of the show. I still don’t like Eren but lacking development is probably not a criticism I’m going to level at him any time soon particularly after reading this and thinking it through. If you missed this one, check it out.

From Otaku Lounge we have Watson Watches Sailor Moon. This is an interview style post of Watson’s thoughts after watching six episodes of Sailor Moon and it is interesting to see their view on it. Though if you aren’t interested in Sailor Moon try their discussion about Mirage of Blaze. Doesn’t matter if you ever watched (or tried to watch) that anime or not, this discussion is hilarious.

Not an anime post, but Plot and Theme has a great discussion about the Heroism of Wonder Woman. I haven’t seen the film yet but posts like this are making sure this one stays on my list for when it comes out on DVD. I’ve been a little disenchanted with super hero movies for awhile now but every now and then one comes out worth taking note of and if the blogging community is anything to go by, Wonder Woman is probably worth the time.

Kurumi Shim gives us 10 Romance Anime that aren’t normally recommended by fans but you might love anyway. It’s a long title but fairly clear what the post is about. We have ten romance recommendations that you probably haven’t seen on everyone else’s list previously so if you were looking for something less obvious to watch you’ll probably find a couple of interesting romance titles on this list. Very helpful post.

A Piece of Anime discusses Your Name and Fullmetal Alchemist and looks at plot holes and when they matter and when they don’t (at least to them). It’s an interesting post though it will get you thinking about all those times you’ve just had to accept something in an anime that really didn’t make any sense.

Finally here’s a review of ACCA from Never Argue With A Fish. This is a great review though I’ll admit I’m very biased. Mostly I just want more people to watch ACCA because I think it is awesome. Anyway, if you missed this post and you are still deciding about whether to watch ACCA you should check this out.

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In Case You Missed It

Hey all. It’s June and I am now getting super excited because at the end of this month I am doing some travel (some personal, some family and some work all just kind of following one another). Originally it was going to be two weeks but pretty much, looking at my schedule, I’m not going to be reviewing seasonal anime from pretty much the end of June through to July 22nd. The blog is still going to have daily content though some of my weekly posts (like this one) will also take a break. Still, I’m working really hard to schedule some great posts and I will be checking in on the blog and replying to comments and I should (for most of the various trips) have sufficient internet access to visit everyone’s blogs so I won’t just be vanishing. I’m also going to run my responses to the 30 Day Anime Challenge while I’m away given I’ve put off that challenge more than long enough and it is a good chance to do it.

Outside of that, this week is business as usual and as always I found some really great posts out there. Below are links to some of the great posts I came across but as always feel free to add a link in the comments below to a post you feel needs some attention. I will admit, My Hero Academia kind of took out a lot of the posts this week because episode 22 (or season 2 episode 9 depending on how you are counting), kind of blew everyone away and some of the posts that have been written about it are fantastic.

Shameless self-promotion: As you all know I started a patreon site for my blog and am looking for patrons to support the expansion of 100 Word Anime. After I get back from this bit of scheduled travel in July, my plan is to finish a video post by September that I’m not completely ashamed of and to put it up on the Patreon site for feedback so that I can continue to work towards maybe producing video content for the blog. I’ve been playing with a few things at the moment but nothing that will be finished before I go on this trip and to be honest, if I’m going to move to content in addition to written posts, I kind of want it to not suck. End shameless self-promotion.

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a nice discussion about SukaSuka or World End or whatever you want to call it. Pretty much mixed feelings being experienced while watching it which I totally get given it seems like I love every second episode and then am kind of indifferent to the next one. It’s a strange viewing experience.

Something a bit fun from KurumiShim, 8 Handsome Anime Characters You Obsessed With Over 15 Years Ago. This was a great list and some of these characters were a real blast from the past. Worth checking out for a smile.

Not an anime post but a movie review from CSRadical on Colossal. I hadn’t heard of this movie but reading this I kind of want to check it out, though I’m not really expecting to enjoy it. Anyway, I really liked this post so if you are curious about the movie, check it out.

Keiko’s Anime Blog has a great write up about My Hero Academia episode 9, just in case my gushing entry last week wasn’t enough. It was really great reading posts about this episode last week given how much impact the episode had on me.

Following on from that Schizoidmouse Squeaks also has a post on My Hero Academia that focusses on that episode (though also looks at the lead up to it). It was another post that was very enjoyable to read after watching the episode.

And a slightly different take on the episode, Remy Fool looks at the inclusion of discriminatory notions in My Hero Academia and other anime. This post picks up on those comments by the crowd during the duel as well as issues of bullying in the series. Definitely a great read.

Continuing the My Hero Academia love is Anime & Anime who looks at the idea of heroic attitude.  I love how many different posts came out of this one episode and the different takes people took on it even while pretty much everyone agrees, it was an awesome episode. Anyway, this post is one to most definitely check out.

Alright, one more post on My Hero Academia from Snap Thirty. It’s a fun post to read and looks at how cool this episode was and the characters are and how even when the show is busy being cool it never forgets to progress its plot. Well worth the read.

D from D Talks Anime has started their watch of Another and gives their thoughts on episode 1. As a major fan of horror anime, I’m really looking forward to seeing how they go with this watch and to following their posts.

The Anime Accord this week shared their top 10 Anime clichés. We’ve seen all of these many times before and its fun reading lists like these because you remember all the anime that follow these particular trends and patterns.

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In Case You Missed It

So May is getting close to finished and we’re almost at the end of the Spring season. As usual it has been great following along with everyone this season. So many great posts to read. Below is my round up of posts I found during the week that I found interesting. As always you are welcome to add a link if you want to give a shout out to another post.

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Biblionyan shares their top 10 feel good anime titles. If you are looking for something calming and relaxing to watch, this is a great list to check out.

Just a Whole Lot of Weird has a really great post about the effect of bullying on Deku from My Hero Academia. It is a fairly thoughtful post and looks closely at the relationship Midoriya has had with Bakugo since preschool. Well worth the read.

Miandro’s Side is still completing the 30 Day Anime Challenge but I loved their pick for favourite weapon, gear or armour. Their choice is a particular device that I thought was pretty amazing as well and really brought the world of the show to life so if you’re curious you should definitely go and check out the post.

Prattle offers some more blogging advice about what to do when your great anime content isn’t getting found. I really enjoy reading some of Prattle’s posts about blogging because the advice is always practical and realistic. If you haven’t checked out some of these posts you should definitely spend some time on their blog.

Remy Fool on the Lily Garden looks at the use of Abrupt Laughter in anime. It’s something you’ve probably encountered, characters suddenly getting fits of giggles for either no apparent reason or some reason but it doesn’t seem to warrant that much laughter. Great post for thinking about this feature of anime.

NEETaku from Just My 2 Cents shares the 6 Most Overpowered Moves in Anime History. While I can think of a few moves I’d like added to the list, it is difficult not to laugh at how overpowered some of these moves actually are in the context of the show they are in. Great fun to read.

Atelier Emily looks at the flower language of a silent voice. This is an incredibly detailed post and very informative. It also has a link to part 1 if you missed that post so definitely check this out. I’ve read a lot of reviews of A Silent Voice but this was a nice different kind of post about it.

Takuto’s Anime Cafe takes on Grimgar for their OWL’s post on Strength. It’s a great read through and really touching. Plus, I kind of feel Grimgar gets overlooked a lot because of its slow pacing when there’s a really great character story to be found so it was nice to see someone put it in the spotlight. If you didn’t already see this post, really worth checking out.

Not anime but sharing a list from Matt Doyle Media Dot Com and it’s their top 5 werewolf movies. Given my absolute love of bad horror movies, werewolf movies are a fairly big thing so coming across this list this week was exactly what I needed.

Also not anime, but Raistlin0903 had a great review of the Labyrinth Board Game. I did not know this was a thing but after reading this post, I definitely have to find it becauseI am a major fan of the movie.

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In Case You Missed It

Okay, business as usual this week (except for yet another day off from work due to a local holiday – though this is pretty much the last weekday off for awhile so I made the most of it). Some of the anime I’m watching are getting really exciting and I’ve really been enjoying this season. Part of that enjoyment has been coming from catching up with what everyone else is watching and their thoughts. Below I’ve got a collection of posts I ran across over the week that really grabbed my attention. As always, feel free to add a link in the comments below to a post you feel needs some attention.

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I found an interesting post on Ideas Without End that looked at the concept of freedom within the Eccentric Family 2. Of all the sequels out this season, this one doesn’t seem to be getting that much coverage or discussion so it was great to see such a thoughtful post about the transforming tanuki family.

Weekend Otaku shares a detailed scene analysis of Kaneki’s transformation in Tokyo Ghoul. This was an absolutely fabulous read looking closely at the scene and the symbolism used. Definitely worth checking out if you missed this post.

Cain S Latrani has a great review of Kimi ni Todoke. Okay, I’m a little biased on that one but I love the show and this write up highlights beautifully everything that makes you fall in love with it. Seriously, if you like romance at all and you haven’t tried the anime, check out this post.

From Keiko’s Anime Blog we have a discussion about episode 7 of My Hero Academia which is interesting, but the comment discussion between Keiko and Marthaurian about the genetics and how quirks are inherited is equally worth reading on this post. Lots to think about after reading here.

Kapodaco on Criticism and Thoughts has a great write up about Shinsekai Yori. Just as a caution, there’s a lot of details included in the write up (there is a spoiler warning on it), but if you’ve already read a lot of posts about this show and aren’t convinced to give it a try, this is definitely something you should read.

Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders shares their opinionated view of Flying Witch. If you missed it when it came out last year, there are already lots of reviews out there about this particular slice of life anime. This post does a good job of giving you the positives of the show but ultimately makes it clear who this show is not going to work for.

Kin S Law shares their thoughts on Iron Blooded Orphans and on the Gundam franchise in general in this interesting post. While I wasn’t such a fan of season 2 of Iron Blooded Orphans, I liked the last paragraph of this post as it highlights the themes the series deals with and reading that it made me realise that even though as a story, season 2 kind of lost its way, from a thematic point of view Orphans stayed on course. Anyway, if you’ve yet to watch Orphans, this post is probably worth checking out and it stays out of spoiler territory.

Lethargic Ramblings asks us not to take anime viewing too seriously. It’s a nice reminder that no matter how into anime you are, at the end of the day it is art and entertainment and occasionally you will probably object to some of the content produced but it isn’t really worth getting angry about.

A Piece of Anime has a short post on The Value of My Hero Academia’s Sincerity. It focusses on the fact that My Hero Academia may not be treading any new ground but that doesn’t take away from the enjoyment of watching it. A nice reminder that sometimes generic or cliché is not the end of the world for a series.

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In Case You Missed It

I’m going to be honest, I took things a little easier this week after the anniversary week. That was an incredibly hectic week (in a very good way) for the blog and I needed a little bit of recovery time I think. That said, I’ve still found some excellent posts over the last week that I’m keen to share. As always, feel free to add a link in the comments below to a post you feel needs some attention.

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Weekend Otaku made my week when the asked Who Did It Better and put Soul Eater up against Noragami in terms of which show had the best character who was also a weapon. I love the reasons laid out and I also just loved seeing these two anime going head to head even as I struggled to make my own choice about who I thought did it better. Great post and well worth the read.

Lethargic Ramblings shared another Listless List and this one discusses their most significant video games growing up (so not anime but still cool). If you would like a blast from the past than this list is definitely worth checking out.

Marth’s Anime Blog shares some speculation on Sagrada (Sakurada) Reset. I’m not sure how many people still haven’t dropped this show but the trying to figure out what is going on with the powers and the town is probably the most interesting thing about it and Marthaurion is taking a look specifically at Misora’s time reset. For anyone still watching the show, worth checking out.

Wave Motion Cannon has brought us a lengthy but truly great read about Yuri on Ice. And I’d almost made it a month without sharing a Yuri on Ice post, however, this one needs to be read so here it is. Check out their thoughts on ice skating, narrative, character representations, and everything else that Yuri on Ice is. Great post.

Yaoi Playground has a post exploring the Killing Stalking Fandom. This post looks at why this particular title got the attention it did and the themes it explores, but also links to some other reviews about it. Interesting read for people either interested in Killing Stalking or interested in why the fuss around Killing Stalking.

Mechanical Anime Reviews gives us their midseason thoughts on the shows they picked up this season. There’s a lot of these posts floating around and I’ve enjoyed them all, but I like the reasoning given in this list for their placement. Worth checking out if you aren’t watching seasonally but are starting to choose shows to watch once they are done airing.

Minute Art shares some thoughts on Death Note specifically looking at pacing and characterisation. It’s a fairly thoughtful post and fans of the series will probably have fun reading this perspective and comparing it to their own thoughts about the narrative as a whole. Definitely something to be read if you’ve ever watched Death Note (pass if you haven’t because you are definitely hitting spoiler territory).

From Miandro’s Side we have day 12 of the 30 day anime challenge where they have chosen their favourite anime scene. As it is a scene I love I was probably already sold on this post, but then they beautifully explain why this scene is so great. I just had to share this post.

Lastly, Simply Everything, Mostly Nothing has a list of anime and manga clichés that should make most of you smile as you recognise the ones that have played out time and time again. It’s a fun post to read and some great examples from both new and older anime.

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In Case You Missed It

Hey everyone. Well, my anniversary week is finally done and I had a great time. Hopefully you will all still be with me next year when I celebrate 2 years blogging. For now, check out some great posts that I’ve found on other blogs and as always, feel free to add a link to some great content in the comments below.

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I had to share this post from Kapodaco as they share their thoughts on NHK’s Top 100 Anime list. I’m not sure whether seeing the placement of some titles on the list or Kapodaco’s reaction to them was more entertaining but this was a great post to read. (Minor language warning for the post.)

Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders has a write up on Tales of Zestiria the X specifically looking at episode 25. While they start off poking fun (as the title of the post suggests) at some of the sillier moments in the episode, they then focus in on what the episode did well. It is an interesting read and looks really at the strengths and weaknesses of the series as a whole as captured by that final episode. Worth checking out (though clearly spoilers given it is a final episode write up).

I know I’ve had quite a few from this blog lately, but here’s another post from Keiko’s Anime Blog this time sharing their thoughts on Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2. They are quite critical of this second season and a lot of their thoughts kind of echo my own frustrations with this second season.

Two Girls Gaming have a review of Persona 5. I haven’t played the game but I’ve seen a lot of write ups about it as well as various comments on twitter and now it seems people are finally giving full reviews. They do claim minor spoilers for the review.

Kimmie Kawaii shares some very cool cosplay photos from a convention that she attended. I love seeing the dedication of some fans, whether it is anime or superheroes, people who go all out on a costume are always impressive.

Bardic Impulses takes a look at Science in Mass Effect: Andromeda looking at both how it was used well and some moments where over simplifications occur. It’s a different take on the game from the usual reviews so worth checking out and raises some interesting points.

Railgunfan75 has a list of their Top 5 Movies based on anime series. While I’m terrible for not getting around to the films of many anime series, a few that I’ve seen and enjoyed made it on to this list and it was just reading the reasoning behind the choices. Great read.

The Anime Prince talks about Granblue Fantasy and the useless flying sidekick in the room in the form of Vyrn. Mostly in the way that he is contributing nothing to the show. I didn’t much like Vyrn but I hadn’t given him enough thought to realise you could literally erase him from every scene and lose nothing except a pink, floating creature. Interesting post.

Prattle offers us 6 White Lies Viewers Say About the Spring Season. It is a great list of lines you will hear in almost any forum for discussing anime and Prattle gives great reasons why, even if you like or dislike a show, the statement being made probably isn’t as accurate or definite as the person stating it might like it to be. Well worth reading and thinking about how people discuss anime.

Lastly, D Talks Anime shares their favourite scenes from Attack on Titan season 1. It’s a great list packed with some of the best moments from the show. As we’re all kind of glued to season 2 at the moment, it is a nice reminder as to why, even with some of the flaws, Attack on Titan is still kind of awesome.

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Anniversary Special – What I Learned #6

Having reached the one year point, I’ve decided to spend this week reflecting on what I’ve learned from blogging over the past 12 months, firmly keeping in mind I still have a lot to learn.

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We’ve reached the last post of the anniversary. If you missed any of the follower features or what I learned posts please check them out here. It has been a great week reflecting on the blog and where I’m going. It has also been great hearing from my followers about their own experiences with blogging.

Onto the last post of What I’ve Learned and I save the best for last: Interaction.

I’ve said so many times that one of the main reasons I started the blog, other than to get writing again, was to have someone to talk to about anime. To be a part of a community that appreciated anime and wanted to dissect it, praise it, criticise it, mock it, have fun with it, fall in love, fall out of love, and go through the whole process again during the next season. It is incredibly fun to swap ideas and thoughts with others and the people I’ve met since starting the blog are the reason the blog has kept going and will continue to exist.

Blogging isn’t a one way street. You don’t just write the post, publish it, and wait for all the readers to swarm in and tell you how amazing the post is. If I’m posting about Attack on Titan season 2, then I am reading what others are writing about it and engaging them in a discussion, I’m following comments on Twitter, I’m laughing at screen captures or wincing if someone caught the moment Mike… Poor guy. Whichever way, I’m looking for a discussion. I’m not just throwing my post up there and waiting. That kind of defeats the purpose of joining a community if you are just going to throw a comment out there and then walk away.

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As part of building ongoing interactions I try very hard to ensure I visit the blogs of anyone who comments on one of my posts as my first priority when I log on in the morning. Next I hit up the reader and I used to open every single post that had come out from people I followed from the day before, however time constraints sometimes prevent me getting to every post from people I’m following (particularly if something happened the day before and I didn’t read as many posts then as I probably should have).

When I have free time I type the titles of anime I’m currently blogging about into the reader to see who else is tagging posts with these. This is the main way I come across new and fairly cool blogs to read. I don’t comment on every post I read and I don’t like every post I read. When I like a post it is because I had fun reading it or find it informative, insightful or interesting (all the good ‘in’ words really). If I have something I want to say then I’ll comment. I really try to avoid commenting just for the sake of it and I’ve regularly started writing a comment, realised I’m saying nothing and delete it, settling for a like instead. There’s certainly posts where I just read them and walk away.

I think it is really important to be genuine in your online interactions (though some degree of tact is probably needed as well). If you want to be a part of the community you need to contribute to it, you need to value the contributions of others, and more importantly, you need to just be involved.

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I’ve met some incredibly cool people in the year I’ve been blogging. I may not know their real names or faces, but I know how they feel about different genres of anime, who their anime crushes are, and what their likely reaction to a new title is going to be. More importantly, I value their opinions and I know that even if we disagree, we’ll have fun talking about it. I truly value the interactions and discussions I’ve had since starting this blog and as this is my final post for the anniversary series I do want to send out one more big thank-you to all the followers.

What I learned from blogging this year is that the online anime community is alive and thriving and being a part of it can be an incredible experience (just know that every community has one or two issues).

I did ask this in my first anniversary post, but I do want to continue to give back to the anime community and create even more interactions between people. That is partly why I run the In Case You Missed It posts on Monday and also why I decided as part of my anniversary to feature some of my followers, but I’m open to other suggestions of ways I can make my blog a bit more welcoming and interactive. Share your thoughts?


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Anniversary Follower Feature: Kapodaco

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: Kapodaco

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Kapodaco is an amazing blogger and I’m so happy that they continue to follow my blog. Their blog, Criticism and Thoughts, consistently provides some really interesting insights into anime and movies and their comments on my own posts are always appreciated. What I love is the Kapodaco is incredibly honest in their opinion of both anime and my posts and I trust that when I’ve dropped the ball they will tell me, in the most supportive way. I’m really glad Kapodaco volunteered to be a part of my anniversary as they have been a great supporter of my blog and I’ve really enjoyed discussing anime with them.

Anyway, if you have never checked out Criticism and Thoughts you really should jump on over there and do so, because it is an amazing blog. Great content and a wide variety, regularly updated, with well written and insightful posts where Kapodaco makes their views heard and supports those views well. A few example posts you could check out include: Updated Thoughts on Another, Wolf Children, and Early Impressions Sakura Quest. That said, there are heaps of other great posts to check out.

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

“Karandi has a dedication to her work that I haven’t seen within the aniblogging community. Her almost obscene work ethic is outshined only by the quality she puts into each post, whether episodic reviews, overall reviews, or discussion posts that range from a wide variety of topics. A knack for both serious criticism and lenient enthusiasm, Karandi’s work gives something for everyone, even an occasional post outside the topic of anime. She’s come a long way in the last year and I’m glad to have followed her. I look forward to seeing more of her work in the next six years or so.”

Thanks Kapodaco for participating in the anniversary and for supporting 100 Word Anime.  I really do hope you are still following in six years and I kind of hope I haven’t grown tired of either blogging or anime.

That actually wraps up this series of follower features but I’d like to thank all the participants as well as the readers who have joined me this week in celebrating my blog’s anniversary. Just one more ‘What I Learned’ post to go and the anniversary week is done.


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Anniversary Special – What I Learned #5

Having reached the one year point, I’ve decided to spend this week reflecting on what I’ve learned from blogging over the past 12 months, firmly keeping in mind I still have a lot to learn.

Finding Time

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve been told that and what makes it more frustrating is it is absolutely correct. We get 24 hours in a day, no more and no less. It is the same 24 hours everyone has. The only thing that changes is how we use them. I know that some people in the real world consider a lot of what I do wasting time. Hours of my life poured into watching movies, TV series, anime, playing computer games, reading blogs and articles online, and now writing my own blog. Though I don’t see that time as wasted. That is what I do to relax, to take a break from the clutter of everything else. It isn’t an escape from reality. It is my version of kicking a football or going out for a drink. It is just what I like to do.

And because I like to do it, I make the time for it. My work schedule is hectic, I actually do have family, friends and a life off line (even if sometimes I find it tiring), and I don’t neglect that in favour of my blog and other hobbies. Rather I ensure that I prioritize and timetable so that work gets done, human interaction occurs and people in the real world don’t wonder if I’m passed out at my computer, and I still have time for relaxing. Admittedly, I get a few extra hours on most people due to my terrible sleeping patterns (though this only holds up for so long before I crash for a day or two to catch up and reset).

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What is important is I don’t feel I have to defend my time watching anime or blogging. I’m very open with telling people when I go home I plan to binge half a season of whatever and then write a couple of posts. They tell me they are going to the gym or to the pub or wherever and I see no real difference.

So here’s a better quote for you that applies regardless of your hobby:

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Essentially, do what makes you happy and don’t waste time feeling guilty over it. That doesn’t mean you can shirk all human interactions and responsibilities. But it does mean that once you’ve taken care of those, the rest of the time is yours to do with what you will.

Of course this leads me to my two main issues with finding time: writing tired and writing wired.

Writing tired is self-explanatory. When I’ve worked 60+ hours that week (not the usual but happens more often than I would like – because let’s face it, no one actually likes working a 60 hour week) and when I’m travelling and staying with family or friends and getting in some of that human interaction, sometimes I am extremely tired but posts don’t write themselves. I try to deal with a lot of this through careful scheduling but that only gets you so far before you are in a position of being tired and still having to write (or pass for the day on new content which hasn’t yet happened though there were one or two posts over the last year that I probably should have scrapped due to quality issues).

My other issue is writing wired. Nervous energy and excitement, adrenaline going, and unable to sit still for whatever reason. Usually because I’m over tired or over caffeinated. It doesn’t lead to good writing and some of my ramblier posts are probably a direct result of my being really wound up and needing to get up and move and instead I insisted on trying to write.

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In both of these cases, I do have time to write, but not the disposition. Scheduled posts help overcome this but basically when tired I try to motivate myself and when wired, well I make a note to carefully edit the post later because I’ve had some really interesting rants typed up that have later been hacked to pieces into something that is kind of publishable.

Over to all you bloggers out there: how do you work with finding time?


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