In Case You Missed It

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Well last week was interesting. So many new shows starting, lots of first impressions, and the first episode of Goblin Slayer blew up twitter and the internet early in the week before finally dying down toward the end of the week. That said my list of posts I found this week is kind of divided into cool posts I found and a selection of posts that provide a range of viewpoints on the first episode of Goblin Slayer and avoid just being rants. As always, feel free to link posts in the comments below if you feel they deserve a shout out (everyone likes finding great new posts to read).

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A new blog I found this week after they followed me called For the Otaku had a great post about Perfect Blue. It looks at a couple of different aspects of it, such as the use of colour, the comment on society and the characters. A nicely detailed post, it does contain spoilers if you haven’t watched, but is a fantastic read.

Bossils on Anime Review has a review of Is It wrong to Pick Up Girls in The Dungeon. Okay I love this anime and I really enjoyed reading this review of someone who clearly had some fun watching it as well. There’s some great images shared and some reminders of some of the most epic moments which just made me want to go and watch the thing again. There are a few minor spoilers but nothing too detailed so if you are curious about the anime it is well worth a look.

Nice Job Breaking it Hero gives us a nice Halloween themed post with 5 Steps for Surviving an Ito Junji Horror. It is a great survival guide for getting through most horror stories and its written in a very amusing way with some great images to accompany it. Definitely one to check out for the Halloween season.

Standing on My Neck has a great write up discussing Planet With and whether or not it is actually a sleeper hit from the Summer. As usual, the style of this write up is incredibly interesting to read, if at time a little blunt, but it raises some valid points about the anime being discussed, the fan base, other anime that are either similar or contrast with it, and viewer expectations in general. Planet With is one of those anime I need to catch up on from last season and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Irina over on I Drink and Watch Anime brings us another thought provoking post and asks whether character tropes can simultaneously be celebratory and exploitative. I’m amazed how week after week Irina manages to come up with such interesting blog topics and they are always a delight to read.

And finally, before we get onto the topic of the week, Weekend Otaku made an appearance this week (Yay!) and wrote an excellent response piece to another article that did the rounds on Twitter. It’s called ‘The Troubling Relationship Between Anime and Western Viewers‘ and it looks at some of the claims from the original article and expresses a different point of view. I did already share this one via Twitter so a lot of my readers have probably already seen it, but if you missed it, the post is well worth checking out.

Now Let’s Round Up Some Posts on Goblin Slayer:

David from Another Anime Review, and another blog that I’ve only newly followed has a great post explaining why he liked the Goblin Slayer anime (or at least the first episode). Given the very mixed reception that first episode has gotten, it has been interesting to see some of these style posts that thoughtfully explain the reviewer’s feelings toward the show and why. This one was great to read and if you are worried the show will put you off, the explanation here will probably let you know whether or not you should try the first episode or whether it is content you’d rather avoid.

And another opinion on Goblin Slayer, this one from CS Radical, that looks directly at the rape scene and the lack of warnings or ratings on streaming services. Again, this post isn’t about insulting or attacking people with a different opinion (although it does share tweets from some people who are being a little bit flippant about things), it is a post expressing an opinion about the scene and how it was presented and a look at an issue that is actually an issue digital media and allowing consumers to make informed choices.

Cactus Matt on Anime Q & A also weighs in on the first episode of Goblin Slayer and the question and answer format allows Matt to share a viewpoint as well as to raise some of the other arguments which makes this an interesting read. By and large Matt questions whether the explicit visuals that accompanied the rape actually added anything to the scene that couldn’t have been accomplished by implication and it is an interesting question to throw into the mix of commentary around this episode.

AstralGemini on the Zodiac Room shares their view on the first episode of Goblin Slayer and mounts a defence of the show because they loved it. This one is written by a fan of the light novels so very much looks at what this first episode sets up (in a general way, no specific spoilers). I will admit, this is the post that I most connected with having also read the light novels and also really enjoyed the episode.

Now for someone sitting right in the middle, Xenodude has his first impressions of Goblin Slayer and while he found the dark and edgy a bit too much a bit too gratuitous, there were elements of the first episode (particularly the second half) that he didn’t mind. This is such a rarity of the week, a Goblin Slayer review that isn’t completely for it or against it (though I guess Cactus Matt kind of did that as well). Anyway, if you want a review of the episode that lets you know what you are in for (and does highlight some of the problems people have encountered with the content) but isn’t just a rant, this is a great one to check out.

And if you want a fairly level headed discussion about why people were upset and how the episode actually presents the rape and murder of children then I’d firmly suggest checking out WeeabroDerek’s post aptly named: Goblin Slayer is Graphic and that’s Alright, Right? This one had the benefit of coming out after a lot of the fireworks and so considers the whole situation from a wider perspective and it ends up being a pretty great read for those who either liked or didn’t like the episode.

Pick of the Week

In Asian Spices delivered another Natsume themed post this week looking at Madara and some of the legends and folk lore that may underpin the yokai in the anime. I really enjoyed their previous post looking at Nyanko-Sensei’s cat form so this was just a great follow up, really well written and informative. A must read for Natsume fans.

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It is the premiere week and one full of possibilities and fun. So many bloggers are active for the start of the season and whether they are giving first impressions of new shows, wrapping up the previous season, or just doing what they want to do, there has been a lot to read, which is fantastic. Below are some of the posts that caught my eye this week but really there are dozens more that could be on the list so please feel free to give a shout out to any posts that caught your eye in the comments below.

However, a small celebration is in order. This is apparently my 100th In Case You Missed It post. That seems a little surreal to me but I’m glad I’ve kept this post series going as it is one of the most rewarding parts of the week sharing some really great posts.

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Yomu continues their A – Z anime with a review of Cross Ange this week. This is an anime that received some very mixed reviews on release and as a result I still haven’t gotten around to it. I had a lot of fun reading this post about it and it has made me curious enough to try to move Cross Ange up my watching priority list. For anyone else on the fence about the anime, this post is worth checking out as it gives you an idea of the good and the bad that this anime has to offer.

For Megane Day, Irina wrote a fantastic piece on Ginoza from Psycho Pass. It is a really brilliant read and one well worth checking out. That said, there are definitely plot spoilers if you are one of the six people left who haven’t watched Psycho Pass, and on that note, go watch Psycho Pass. Still, fantastic post from Irina.

Xenodude has his first impressions of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and I’m pretty much in agreement about how this one went. That said, if you were wondering what this anime offers in its first episode, this is a fairly reasonable post to read with enough to give you an impression without recapping the whole episode. Be sure to check it out if you are curious about the anime.

One of my new followers this week I had never visited their blog before but I’m really glad I did after they followed because it let me read this fantastic post. In Asian Spaces has a post all about Nyanko Sensei (from Natsume Yuujinchou) and the Maneki Neko and the post seems to be the first in a series focusing on the yokai from Natsume. I’m hoping the other posts appear because this was a great find and a great read.

Sean on Moe Sucks regularly has some very strong opinions about shows and quite a unique writing style that makes me smile even when I’m not agreeing with the content, but I couldn’t help but find myself nodding along as I read his first impressions of Between the Sea and Sky. He kind of nailed everything wrong with it and put into words exactly why I won’t be going back for a second episode. Though, I thought his opening line on his review of Kishuku Gakkou no Juliet was pretty hilarious as well. Incidentally, if you want seasonal coverage of anime that doesn’t sugar coat things, this is a great blog to follow.

Jon Spencer starts to get us ready for the Halloween season with 10 anime recommendations for the season. So many of my very favourite shows ended up on this list and I loved reading Jon’s explanations for inclusion. If you are looking for something to binge for October, this is a great list to check out.

Anima&Anime has a fantastic post about episode 1 of March Comes in Like a Lion and the choices in direction and contrast that are used within the episode. No surprises that I love the show, but this post really looks at the visual elements that make this show work very early on. It was a great post to read and one that made me want to go and watch the show all over again.

Kyra on Kyra Desu Yo has a great post, Kotoba 2, that teaches us about some of the phrases that have cropped up in anime over the last week. Much like the series they write where they deconstruct character names, this post is really clearly laid out and the information is easy to digest. So if you want to learn a little while watching anime, this is a great place to start.

And, if you want to read perhaps the best review ever of Cells at Work, well it certainly has the best description of the platelets that I’ve ever read, then I suggest you check out John Samuel’s review on Pirates of the Burley Griffin. The great review would be enough of a reason to check this post out, but there’s also an embedded video of the OP and another video discussing the show from a medical point of view.

Lastly, this is a tweet that Mel shared with us as part of Inktober and I just had to share:

 

Pick of the Week

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has his write up of the My Hero Academia movie and gives us a bit of a recap of his experience going to see it on the big screen. This is a post bursting with passion and enthusiasm and it is a delight to read. He does acknowledge some of the issues with the movie but the focus is very much on the fandom and the fun.

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And the summer anime season has come to an end. Later today I’ll have my best and worst of the season posts out so be sure to drop by and check them out. In the meantime, here are some cool posts that people have written over the past week. I hope you enjoy them an as always feel free to give a shout out to any cool anime related posts in the comments.

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Mistakes Cheerio for Chesto has an interesting comparison post of How Not To Summon a Demon Lord and Overlord and discusses the use of limits in a story and how they can improve the viewing experience. It’s a fairly interesting read about the rules and settings of the two stories and how those small choice have had a big  impact on how the story plays out. Well worth the time.

Cactus Matt also has a Q&A review of How Not to Summon a Demon Lord this week. It’s a nice positive overview of he series and what it did right as well as a sensible warning for those who don’t really like too much fan service. I had a lot of fun following along with Cactus Matt’s write ups of this show week to week and his final thoughts were also really fun to check out. If you didn’t watch the show this season, this review might get you started.

Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews has a post about nostalgia and the Bleach live action movie. Given Scott is kind of blaming (in a good way) both Raistlin and myself for suggesting he watch the movie, I’m glad he enjoyed it and reading this post was fantastic because it really captured the fun of revisiting something like Bleach. So great to read about how an anime can really stick with people. And while we’re hearing from the amazing Scott, he watched My Teen Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected but found it somewhat wanting. If you want a review of SNAFU from someone who didn’t really get into it, this one is worth checking out and offers a nice counterpoint to all those positive reviews out there.

Otaku She Wrote has another great analysis and discussion of Banana Fish, this time episode 12. I continue to really enjoy following along with these posts because they pick up a lot of the episode detail and consider its purpose. It definitely gives you something to think about after watching the episode. For those watching the show, I definitely recommend following this blog and checking out these posts after watching the episode.

Jon Spencer reviews Island and shares his thoughts on the controversy surrounding ‘that’ scene, and if you’ve been online at all this season you really should know what ‘that’ scene is already. That said, it is a nice review of the anime and for those who are curious about the anime and don’t want to deal with the drama that surrounds it, this post is kind of a pleasant read.

Two Happy Cats is here this week to help all of those who have played Mystic Messenger but don’t know what to try next. They share some great mobile otome recommendations for those who really want to try something else and I love how they’ve divided this post into categories based on what you liked about Mystic Messenger. Great post to read.

Pop Culture Literary has a great OWLS post this week looking at This Boy is a Professional Wizard and Chiharu’s lack of self-care and the negative results that stem from it. It’s a really solid post and the example of Chiharu’s path is easily relatable. Well worth reading if you missed this one.

Rory Muses has an early Cells at Work series review and covers the main points of appeal the series has had this season. It is quick and to the point but comes with some great images from the anime and gives a fair impression of what you are in for if you choose to watch it and for those who are curious but haven’t tried it, this post might get you ready to watch.

Pick of the Week

This might be an incredibly biased pick, but it made me happy to see it and so I’m picking it anyway. Biblionyan and Arthifis responded to the Blog Evolution Tag that Raistlin and I cooked up awhile ago and I had an absolute blast reading their post. I really do want to thank them for taking up the challenge and I really like how this tag gives the reader a bit of insight into the writer of the blog as well as their partner. Thanks guys for taking the plunge and having a go at this tag.

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In Case You Missed It

Welcome everyone to another week. As always I’ve come across some great posts that I’m really happy to share with you and hopefully you will find something great to read.

For those who haven’t yet voted, remember you’ve got a week left to vote for your best and worst for the Summer season. I’m really looking forward to the final result.

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Lethargic Ramblings has a great discussion piece where they share their view on Magical Girl Site and why some of the criticism of the show rubbed them the wrong way. Whether you like the show or not, this is an interesting post about different perspectives when watching anime and one that I feel there is a lot to be gained from reading.

CTRL + GEEKPOD has a fun review of Wotakoi – Love is Hard for Otaku, an anime I did not get to watch when it was airing and I am still very curious about. I thoroughly enjoyed this review and it definitely made me want to check this anime out at some point though when I’m still not sure. If you are curious about the anime be sure to check out this post.

Raistlin shares his new found love of Violet Evergarden and it is always great to read a post that is overflowing with so much enthusiasm for a work. I will admit, not being to watch this when it was airing due to Netflix not releasing it in my region until it was finished meant that by the time it was available I was more or less over it and just haven’t gotten around to watching it. This post makes me want to prioritise getting back to it at some point.

Ty from Watashi wa Buchou has a great character spotlight on Midoriya from My Hero Academia this week. There’s a lot of love for the growing hero in this post and it highlights some of the changes we’ve seen in Midoriya since season one. Really fun post to read for fans of the series or for people who are curious about whether they should try it.

Kapodaco writes a post about what it means to be tryhard in anime. It’s an interesting post that explains what he means when he states a series is tryhard or trying too hard and the post kind of offers a different view on the feature I wrote a few weeks ago about not mocking shows for trying. It’s an interesting read and offers some insight into how Kapodaco views shows that just don’t land where they think they want to be.

Spastic Surgeon wrote an article about why Gun Gale Online is hard to take seriously. Its a fairly interesting look at the game mechanics and strategies used by the players (or lack of them) and why that hurts the believability of the setting. It is an interesting post and one that takes a slightly different look at the anime.

Astral Gemini has a great post about music and hype in anime. This is a fairly indepth post about the structure of music used in particular scenes in anime. There’s plenty of great examples and some solid explanation of what is happening in these songs and why they work. A different but great post to read.

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Irina has an amazing post focusing on Hotaru, a one episode character from Natsume Yuujinchou, who demonstrates an amazing lesson about happiness. Admittedly, this being a Natsume post, it was always going to get my attention, however Irina has done an amazing job of capturing the feeling of watching this episode and has shared how she personally came to terms with the ideas within it. It is a beautifully written post and one well worth the read even if you’ve never seen the show.

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Welcome back to another week. We’re closing in on final episodes of the Summer Season and it has been another really busy week in the ani-blogging community. Hopefully you enjoy some of the posts below that I found while visiting some really fantastic blogs this week. Also remember that it is time to vote for your favourite show of the season as well as the show you wished you hadn’t watched in the Best and Worst of the Season Poll. The poll closes on the 30th of September with results announced soon after and the top 3 shows of the season will come back at the end of the year to battle it out for anime of the year.

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Astral Gemini over in the Zodiac Room has a great post this week about Gacha Games. They look at and compare a couple of different games as well as look at strategies for maximising your rewards. There’s also just some pretty sound advice for not ending up thoroughly disappointed by realising you’ve spent too much on something. It’s a great post and one well worth reading.

Dewbond from Shallow Dives in Anime has a very sweet review of Cardcaptor Sakura. They make quite the distinction between Cardcaptors (the original dubbed version) and Cardcaptor Sakura before they begin their review, and it is kind of needed given the substantial differences between the two. This review, much like the show, is just fun to read and very nostalgic.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers review Kakegurui, an anime I still haven’t gotten past the first episode of. This review actually made me wonder if it was time to go back and try it again, and then I realise with how tired I am right now that probably isn’t a good idea. Still, the review covers the overall plot nicely and makes it sound quite interesting so if you haven’t checked out this anime and you don’t mind a spoiler or two, this post might make you want to watch.

Arthifis has an interesting post looking at the similarities in concept but differences in approach for Natsume Yuujinchou and Mushishi. Its an interesting post that compares two shows that on a very surface level seem fairly similar but are very different in how the audience experiences the story. Really loved reading this one.

Irina takes some time to look at the demographics that anime appeals to and those fun labels (shounen, shojo, seinen and josei) and what they actually mean. It’s an informative post and (because it’s Irina) it is also really fun to read with some great examples and asides. Well worth taking the time to check out if you haven’t already.

MoreXP shares their list of 5 anime characters who make bad decisions. Not just once, but throughout the course of their time on whatever show they are on. It is a great list with some fairly strong contenders on it and it just makes you realise how many more characters there are out there making bad decisions.

Reasons to Anime came up with 4 reasons to watch Made in Abyss. Other than the fact that Made in Abyss doesn’t end, it is a fairly great introduction and adventure and with the announcement that it will continue, there really is every reason to watch the first season if you’ve missed it. Be sure to check out this post if you are still undecided about trying it.

Artemis over on Otaku Lounge has a fantastic list of Top 5 Foreign Language OP’s. While he’s left out songs in English by native English speakers, there are still some fantastic OP’s on this list with some fairly memorable songs. Be sure to check out the list.

Jon Spencer looks at the difference between a critique and being critical in a discussion piece that is quite interesting this week and looks mainly at the focus we seem to put on posts that have a negative focus rather than ones that are positive toward something. It’s an interesting post with plenty for reviewers and analysts to consider.

Pick of the Week

Never Argue with A Fish (sound advice) had the perfect review of Record of Grancrest War this week. The series had its moments, but ultimately it wasn’t well put together and this review identifies the main issues that the series faces. Not all the issues, just the main ones. However, why this is my pick of the week is because there are some genuine golden lines in this review that perfectly capture the experience of watching and make it a joy to read. Loved reading this review and I fully recommend it even to people who know they don’t intend to watch the show.

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In Case You Missed It

It’s been an interesting week. Super busy as is normal for this time of year but there’s been a lot of fun as well. The main highlight for me though was Raistlin and I finally launched our super secret project and revealed our new tag that we created. If you missed it be sure to check it out because it was just great fun to do. Later today (or early tomorrow depending on your time zone) I’m also hosting Average Joe from Average Joe Reviews  as they have written a guest post about colour in anime. It’s a great post and I’m really excited to share it.

As always, I’ve found some great posts this week so be sure to check out some of the content below and leave me a comment if there is a post you feel deserves a shout out. Thanks and have a great week.

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Lethargic Ramblings has a great post about Made in Abyss and how they connected with its sense of adventure. Definitely a good post to catch up on if you are interested in either Made in Abyss or hearing about how Leth’s own adventure has been going.

Anime Sunday talks about whether anime should influence our life and looks at some of the positive things anime has influence them to do. It is a really inspiring post and full of some fantastic anime food images (so don’t read it while hungry).

KurumiShim looks at why Deku deserves the spotlight as she examine Midoriya’s character within My Hero Academia and how he brings inspiration to others. It’s a lovely post and one that I really enjoyed reading this week.

Irina explores the limits of emperor Il’s compassion looking at the events of Yona of the Dawn. There’s some spoilers for the anime in this post, but if you’ve watched it there’s a lot of fun to be had in reading this and considering the characters and their actions.

D&A Anime Blog have a great list this week with their top 5 anime girls who are nerds. There are some very familiar and interesting faces on this list. If you like lists, anime, and all things nerdy, this one is for you.

Biblionyan has a review of the full colour edition of Attack on Titan No Regrets and it sounds like a fairly amazing read. As much as I had no intent on reading anything to do with Attack on Titan this write up kind of made me want to check out this title.

Railgunfan75 asks whether you should watch Full Metal Panic and then explains all the reasons why yes you definitely should in this post. For fans of the franchise it is a great read and for people who skipped Invisible Victory because they had never seen the original seasons, it may be the catalyst you need to go and watch the original seasons.

Pick of the Week

I had to put this top 10 list as my pick of the week. GeekOut South-West bring us an amazing list each and every week with picks from all over geek fandom (games, movies, books, anime, and anywhere else you can imagine). There’s always a great reason for their picks and the dig up some really interesting choices as well as some fan-favourites. This week they gave us the top 10 artifacts and there are some very cool choices on this list. Definitely go check it out, vote on what you want the next list to be and remember they bring you a new list every week.

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Nominated for the Unique Blogger Award

Apparently, I’m unique. A huge thank you to Eumiiboo for the nomination. Now if you haven’t checked out their blog you really should because while I think they are covering one or two seasonal shows, they write some really great posts on manga and just some great discussion pieces. Great blog to follow if you are not.

I’m definitely learning that if I just don’t close the post that I’m nominated in, I’m actually far more likely to remember to post my reply because I’ve got a tab open in the back of everything else I’m doing reminding me to actually do it. Hopefully this system will mean I won’t neglect so many in the future (though, I get that it is far from perfect).

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Rules:

  • Display the award!
  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog. (Try and include a little bit of promotion!)
  • Answer the questions they’ve written for you!
  • Nominate bloggers and give them three questions in the spirit of sharing love and solidarity within our blogging family

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Questions:

01. If you were to describe your life based on an anime character, who would it be, and of course why?

Probably some sort of cross between Ririchiyo from Inu x Boku with a little bit of Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion and Yuri from Yuri on Ice (yeah, I have some issues I need to sort out with self-confidence). Really though I am drawn to all three characters because I find their struggle reasonably relatable, in a much more low-key manner) and I really respect the work ethic of all of the characters. watching Ririchiyo take an entire night not to finish drafting a letter because she kept restarting was something I could definitely understand.

02. Now let’s try to get personal, what was one of the anime’s you’ve watch that left an impact on your life, or perhaps change your view in a certain point in your life.

I’d have to go with Sailor Moon. It was among the first anime I saw and I watched it when I was younger. But it was more that I finally found a group of female heroines who genuinely fought real danger and not some watered down version of villains, and they actually killed their opponents rather than making friends and playing nice with them (at least some of the time). I think Sailor Moon was my gateway to then falling in love with characters like Buffy, Xena, the cast of Charmed and so on. At the time it was just such a novelty to have that sort of female character in a story, particularly one that, in Australia at least, was being marketed to kids.

03. Imagine, you have been chosen to create a crossover between three anime series, which would it be and why?

Okay, so Syaoran and Sakura from Tsubasa Chronicles happen to travel into the world of Aincrad from SAO during their journey looking for Sakura’s memories. They meet Kirito who can’t ignore the damsel in distress aspect and so he joins them dragging Asuna along for the ride. After they defeat a floor boss and retrieve the feather they jump worlds again, this time ending up in the Black Butler universe where Ciel is holding a bunch of Sakura’s feathers and isn’t planning on handing them over any time soon. Sorry, who doesn’t want to see a fight between Ciel and Sebastian with Kirito and Syaoran? That would be straight up awesome.

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Questions:

01. What story made you incredibly angry and why?

02. If you could rewrite the ending to anyone story which would it be and what would you change?

03. Easy one – favourite opening theme song ever?


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The Blog Evolution Tag

Hey everyone. Raistlin and I had this random conversation quite awhile ago about how bloggers evolve and how their writing style changes and from that we kind of decided that it might be fun to actually look back and reflect on those changes. However, as with most things, it is always more fun to do with friends and so Raistlin had this fantastic idea for starting a tag around the concept. Several emails and quite a number of weeks later because we have both been super busy and the Blog Evolution Tag was born. This tag is a little different in that it does require two willing participants to work, but I think there’s a lot of fun to be had with this one. I know I certainly had fun reading Raistlin’s posts and I hope he enjoyed reading mine.

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The Rules:

1. Pick a partner with whom you want to this tag (yes, as mentioned this is going to be a collaboration tag!)

2. Select a post from the early days of your blog (preferably the very first post you ever wrote)

3. Select a post from the current days of your blog.

4. Send your selections to your partner and ask him/her the three questions below and also answer them yourself as well.

a. What did you like about each post?

b. What do you think has changed the most?

c. What do you think might change in the future?

5. Both of you then write a post for the two old/new posts of your own blog, but you include the answers your partner gave you

6. Link back to the original post of the creators of this tag: Karandi & Raistlin

7. Try to publish your tag post around the same time your partner does and include The Blog Evolution Logo

8. Select 3 people to also get tagged (only select the person you want to tag not his/her partner).

Pretty straight forward, right?

Now because this is brand new, Raistlin and I decided to have a go at it. I hope you enjoy this post and you check out Raistlin’s over on his blog.

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Question: What did you like about each post?

The Old Post: What would you pay?

Karandi: This is actually harder than expected because I keep thinking about what I would change about the post. Like removing the word ‘obviously’ as it is obviously obnoxious to assume something is obvious when it is an opinion (not that I think I’ve stopped doing that but reading my own work always leads to criticism). Still, what do I actually like… I like the content and that I’m focused in on some of the anime that really made me fall in love with anime as an adult. It was early days on the blog and early days as a seasonal watcher so I had a more limited pool of anime to draw from but this post goes to some of those very near and dear to my heart. I also like that it gets to its point fairly quickly.

Raistlin: The Friday Feature’s posts from Karandi have always been one of my favorites since I started following her. But this was a post that I had not read previously, as I wasn’t yet a member of wordpress at the time this was published. I’m amazed at how high the quality of this early post already his. Karandi’s skill at writing an engaging post, already shines through quite well in this post about the price you are willing to pay for superpowers. It points out the old saying “ All power comes at a price”  by providing us with a few well thought out examples, also for series that I myself have never heard of. And not only that, in the end it offers the question to the reader as well, which opens the door for readers of the post to provide their own comments. 

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The New Post: Appreciating the Transformative Journey of All Might’s Character

Karandi: I really liked writing this post as it was a topic I’d been wanting to write about since the start of season three My Hero Academia and I finally found a good place for it. In terms of the writing, I like the narrowed focus on a single character within an anime allowing for a little more depth. I also like that I’m exploring the topic with the reader, I haven’t gone in to the post with my mind made up about where all of this is leading. That said, reading it once more for this pointed out the unnecessary repetition of words and ideas and the overuse of some linking language and generally made me want to rewrite the post.

Raistlin: This post to me felt almost like a journey. And it’s a funny thing, as it also recounts kind of a journey for a very beloved character on an equally beloved show. I loved the structure of this post, and how it contains quite a lot of heart. I can be a pretty emotional guy, and while I am still playing catch up to My Hero Academia, I can feel the emotion that this character’s exploits has taken fans of the show through. And that’s all because of the way that Karandi structured this post. It points out small scenes that you might even have missed as a viewer, and explains why these have an impact on the anime (and the world of this show). I always love it when a post becomes powerful because it contains a heart, and that’s certainly what this post did very well.

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Question: What do you think has changed the most?

Karandi: I think that some of my newer posts, and this one in particular, are far more narrow in their focus but they are striving for a bit more depth rather than skating across the surface of an idea. I think these two posts illustrate that fairly well. I also think I’m more confident in who my audience is and what they are wanting or expecting. I think a lot of my early posts were just kind of random thoughts in my head thrown into text and I wasn’t really sure who, if anyone, was going to read them so I didn’t really have someone in mind when I wrote it or think about how they would respond. Now I have a very clear view of who my main readers are who return again and again and so I feel my writing is more directed toward a specific audience and that makes it a bit easier to choose a tone for the post and makes the questions more targeted rather than just generally throwing them out there and hoping someone responds.

Raistlin: The thing that I think has changed the most is the fact that Karandi’s newer post has an even more powerful writing style. We get a clear structure, pretty much right from the start, and it takes us on a long post. Long posts are difficult to write, as when they are not interesting readers usually switch off. But that doesn’t happen for a single second. More than in the older post, we get a very well thought out piece of writing where we see that clearly a lot of time and effort was spent in creating it. It also contains more of a personal take on it, something that as mentioned I really like a lot when it comes to blog posts. 

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Question: What do you think might change in the future?

Karandi: Honestly, I’d like to work on making more of my posts focused and aim for a little more depth of analysis than a lot of my earlier work. I’d also like to continue trying develop my own voice through my blog. I feel I’ve come along way in being able to express myself through my writing in a way that feels genuine to me, though I think I can go a bit further with this and try to be a little more open with readers. That’s still a bit of a scary thought but I think given I want to make this blog more than a hobby, that’s what I need to do to make it very much my blog and not just another anime site. I really do need to work on my editing though and cutting out unnecessary words. But, as Raistlin said, its a bit of a journey and after two and a half years, I’m still loving it so hopefully I’ll continue on and continue to improve. Though most important is that my readers enjoy my work. 

Raistlin: The style of writing that Karandi has is the thing that I think is only going to evolve even more. It will become even more professional than it already is. And I would not be surprised at all if Karandi’s blog will eventually turn into a professional platform for anime, meaning that I think she is eventually going to be able to earn a living from this. With a new book being published by her in 2019, only more people will take notice. The future for Karandi’s blog is a bright one as far as I am concerned!

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Conclusion: 

Karandi: I’m really happy Raistlin enjoyed these posts and it was a great experience getting a reader’s view on my writing. Things I focus in on aren’t necessarily what my readers are paying attention to so creating this tag has really given me some valuable insight into my blog and I’d love to do something similar with other readers at some point.

Tagging:

This tag isn’t an easy one to do and it does take a bit of organisation and time so please feel free to pass if you are too busy. Still, I found this experience really valuable and gained a lot from it so hopefully some of you will take up the challenge and pass the tag on.


Thanks for reading.

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In Case You Missed It

A lot has happened in the last week, other than my catching the flu yet again (although that was fun). Most notably, I hit one of my goals for my blog and that was 10,000 views in a single month. Thanks to everyone who helped me reach the target and helped me celebrate the occasion. In fact, the celebration managed to draw more viewers to my blog than ever so the day after reaching the highest number of views in a month ever I set a new target for most number of views in a day. So a huge thank you again.

However, that is enough about me, because I like to make this post about the other amazing bloggers out there who continue to inspire me and give me plenty of great posts to read each week. Below are some of the posts that caught my eye but as always you are welcome to give a shout out to a post in the comments. If you know a blogger who wrote something awesome last week, why not give them a shout out?

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Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews had a fantastic post last week featuring a discussion around anime humanising the non-human and it was an absolutely fantastic read. Not just because it contained both Platelets (Cells at Work) and the Fox Boy (Natsume Yuujinchou), but because it touched on an idea that has been a fundamental of story telling since forever and I absolutely loved the post.

Eumiiboo has a bit of a break down of the OP for Inu X Boku. It does contains some plot spoilers but for fans of the show it is a great read and a great look at how the characters are presented during the opening.

Arthifis uses The Lost Village to talk about a fairly personal and serious topic: Accepting Our Emotional Scars. If you happened to miss this one, or skip over it because you weren’t into The Lost Village, I definitely recommend going back and having a read because this is a fairly great post.

The Random Editor lists their favourite 5 OP’s of the Summer Season and gives some great reasons for their choices. As always, I do enjoy reading a good list and this one made me think about what OP’s I really have enjoyed this season. They then followed up with 5 anime endings from Summer and this was yet another fantastic list.

Another great list comes from Biblionyan with 5 black haired anime boys. If you want some great characters with some great reasons to like them, this list of 5 is a must read so be sure to check it out.

Kawaii Paper Pandas discusses the use of CG in anime and why Orange Animation Studios is leading the way. It’s a thoughtful post that gives a bit of background about the studio and examples of CG in anime that have both worked and not worked so well. Well worth the read.

Heyitszel continues to try to educate us all by sharing some fun facts about the city in Attack on Titan and its real world influences. As this is something I hadn’t really thought about at all, reading this post was really fun and I love how they explain and provide images to help get their point across. Great read.

Xenodude has a fantastic episode write up for Banana Fish Episode 9. Now if you don’t exist on Twitter you may have managed to avoid episode spoilers, in which case, don’t read this post. Otherwise, if you want to continue processing everything that went down, this is a great read that looks at what works well in this episode and which aspects of the show could still be improved upon.

Moe Sucks had a post on the latest My Hero Academia episode titled Childish, Petty Heroes and to be honest that kind of summed up my thoughts on the latest episode beautifully. If you want a summary of the episode that is pretty critical of the goings on, then this one will fit nicely.

Pick of the Week

Aria from the Animanga Spellbook has a great post about Phantom in the Twilight and how it is the Epitome of ‘Absurd, but Fun’. Phantom in the Twilight has been one of those odd anime that I only added to my watch list because it was supernaturally themed and I had a really small watch list for the season. The first few episodes weren’t great though there was some potential. And yet we’re now at the point where it is among my favourites for the season and it has become something I look forward to. Aria’s post does a great job explaining the flaws of the show but capturing the fun of this anime. Be sure to check it out and maybe give Phantom in the Twilight a go.

And, I’m allowed to have 2 picks of the week, because it’s my blog and all that. Besides, I had to pick this one but didn’t want to move Aria’s wonderful post. Here we have a Yuri on Ice Review from The Fullmetal Narcissist himself, @Fullmetal_Naru if you want to follow him on Twitter. This review is a lovely balance of genuine critique and praise for the fantastic Yuri on Ice and is well worth the read by fans of the anime and by newcomers alike. Be sure to check it out.

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And that was my week, in case you missed it.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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An Update on Patreon

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Earlier today I celebrated reaching 10,000 views in a month on my blog. This was such an exciting milestone to reach and one I’m incredibly happy about. But it made me reflect on what is actually next for the blog.

Over the past year and a half (since deciding to try monetising the blog) it has occurred to me that I am really bad at selling myself. Okay, I already knew that given I’ve previously described myself as a ‘mostly functional human being’ in a job interview or words to that affect, but it has occurred to me how contradictory I am being. On the one hand, I really want my blog to end up being something full time and not a hobby which means I need to sell myself as a writer but on the other hand explicitly promoting my Patreon always feels pushy.

The occasional tweet reminder and the small button at the bottom of posts is usually about all I really do to promote my Patreon page because any other time when I go to write something I just think it sounds like I’m being obnoxious. And if you find it obnoxious, I’m going to warn you, now is the time to bail out of this post because what this post is going to be is an outline as to why I feel people should become Patrons of 100 Word Anime, a thanks to those who have been patrons, and a look toward the future.

So, full disclosure and no trying to sneak in a sales pitch. This is a sales pitch for my blog and hopefully you stick around to read it.

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Why Should You Become a Patron?

Every person will have a slightly different reason as to why they will decide to become someone’s patron, but the shared idea is that they feel the content is worth supporting. However, I am going to be specific and lay out the reasons why I feel it is worth your time becoming a patron of my blog by the end of September:

01. By becoming a patron for even $1 per month, you will gain access to patron only posts that are currently password protected. While there aren’t as many of these as I would have liked for this year with sickness and a few other issues making it harder to do extra content,  there’s still a fair amount of content that you will gain instant access to. This includes some audio blogs, episode reviews of Darling in the Franxx and the currently airing Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi, and my so far only video review for Darling in the Franxx (both the first and second versions of it).

While that isn’t an amazing amount of content, it is a growing pool of content created for patrons as a thanks for helping me to achieving my goal of one day being a full time anime blogger and looking at other forms of content other than written (even if written content will remain my primary focus). While working full time and maintaining my usual content takes a lot of my time, I’m going to keep working to increase output for patrons to help them feel that they are getting a little something back for their support.

The other part of being a patron is that should you wish to have a say on content (a particular show you would like to be reviewed for patrons during the season) being a patron gives you access to this. The Summer season didn’t have any requests so there isn’t a title being reviewed for patrons only, but as we enter the Autumn season we will see if anything gets suggested.

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02. The second reason for signing up to be a patron by the end of September is because all of my patrons have been offered a PDF version of the book Thoughts on Anime 2017, and anyone who becomes a patron before the end of September this year and maintains their status as a patron until at least the end of December (so $4 total if you pledge $1 a month), will have access to 2017’s book immediately after September and the second release, Thoughts on Anime 2018 in PDF form which will be released in January and already has much more content packed into it than last year’s release. Seriously, it needs an edit but it is already topping 200,000 words and contains my features, top 5’s, episode and series reviews for 2018 to date and will also have some small amount of totally new content added in once I’ve got it into a state that doesn’t make me want to delete it.

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03. If you happen to pledge more than $1 a month, you start opening up access to requests for post topics, guest posts for your own blog, or requested reviews of streaming anime where each episode review will include a link to your blog as the person who has requested it. While none of these are amazing rewards, it does give you increased access to control over the content on 100 Word Anime. I’m also fairly open to discussion about what else could be offered to patrons so if you think of something you would like as a reward let me know via my contact page or a DM on Twitter.

If you want to know all the reward levels, be sure to check them out on Patreon. And again, if you want to negotiate your own reward I’m very happy to discuss.

I am aware that many people out there are struggling and while they might like to be patrons it just isn’t possible. I’m very grateful for all my readers and the support you give the blog through visiting and reading content, your likes and comments, and making me feel like a welcome member of the community.

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A Million Thank-Yous

Now, I know some of my Patrons aren’t listed and some of the links need updating. Part of this is because some patrons have chosen to remain anonymous and part of it is because I haven’t got the current link or name the patron wants to list. However, I want all of my patrons to know how much I appreciate you. Over the past year I’ve started closing in on that first goal of $50 a month and I am definitely continuing to work on developing more content for you. As always, if you have suggestions of things you would like to see on the blog or improvements I could make, message me. I value your input greatly and I want 100 Word Anime to be a blog you enjoy.

And, if you are a patron and you are missing from the list below, or your link is wrong (and you didn’t ask to be anonymous), please contact me. I will update the about page and ensure your links are accurate and I also want to add links into the sidebar of my blog for my patrons so I want to make sure they are correct. I’m going to contact you sometime this month requesting an image you would like associated with your link so that I can put this together. If you continue to not want to be listed, that’s also fine.

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The Future

As we continue on this blogging journey, I’m continuing to work to improve the blog and ensure there is content people want to read on it. When I reach that first target of $50 a month, I am aiming to ensure that patrons gain access to video content on a semi-regular basis in addition to the normal blog content.  At $100 I am going to remove WordAds and minimise all other advertising on the blog. Should I actually make it to $500 a month, the goal is to produce to video posts every month in addition to existing content, as at that stage I will be able to step back in my role at my day job and focus more on blogging.

Looking beyond that point is hard because I’m not really sure how long it will take to get there. Still with reaching the 10,000 view goal, I really feel positive that I can achieve this. I do know that whatever direction the blog goes in, I’m going to continue to work hard to make it the best it can be. If I were to look really far into the future when the blog was actually a full time job I’d certainly be looking to take on other writers at some point in order to expand the range of anime covered here. However that is a very distant future goal (or feels like it at this point).

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For those who made it to the end of the post, thanks for your time and thanks for listening to my sales pitch. As always, you can use the links below to support the blog by becoming a patron, buying me coffee, or you can make a one off donation into PayPal.

Let’s have fun discussing anime now and into the future.


Thanks for reading.

Karandi James

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