Inquiring Minds Want To Know 2019 #3

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Well, today we have a question that I’ve certainly been asked more than once by people in real life. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

How much time do you dedicate to your blog on a daily basis?

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The facetious answer to this one would be ‘too much’. Certainly quite a few people would agree with that answer. The less dismissive answer but still non-specific one would be, ‘as much as I can’. I love my blog. I love talking with people online about anime. I would absolutely love to have this be my full time gig and I certainly am working toward that goal (though it is a long way off).

However, let’s give this on a serious answer.

Working on an average week day when I’m at work, I would say about three hours specifically on my blog. There might be additional time spent watching anime or just stuffing around on twitter, but actual time spent watching a specific part of an anime again, checking screen caps, drafting or editing posts, reading other blogs, checking the scheduled posts, etc… about three hours. Some days more some less.

Breaking that down I usually spend between 4:30am and 6:30am online and entirely focused on reading other blogs and commenting, drafting stuff, replying to comments, catching up on Twitter, and if I finish all that, maybe watching an episode of anime if there is time. Sometimes I wake up earlier, sometimes I get a little more sleep (though that is a rare event). My alarm goes off at 6:30 because that’s when I need to actually get ready for work. If I get ready quickly I sometimes get another fifteen to twenty minutes to do one final read of posts that come out (and a whole bunch usually come out at 7am so I try and do a quick read before I head out).

Work for me is very much a varying thing with very few days actually just being an eight hour day, ten hours is my average, and eleven and twelve hour days happening more often than I’d like (no one functions well after twelve hours of work so keeping us there does not lead to productive outcomes). I also do not connect to any of my accounts at all while I am at work. So however long I am at work Karandi is off-line – though through the miracle of scheduling that isn’t the biggest issue.

Whenever I finally get home I usually spend some time watching and drafting posts before dealing with dinner (unless I got home super late in which case I eat first). And sometime after dinner I’ll usually spend another block of time finishing up any watching, drafting, editing – maybe reading of other blogs and commenting. Some days I get more than three hours total, other days I am too tired to even consider writing something in the evening and end up just watching anime on the couch, or I have to go out because of some sort of social activity in town and don’t have time.

Weekends I try to do a lot of drafting of posts for later in the week so I have a bit of a buffer if things get super busy, but I also work over a lot of weekends. I do have a number of breaks where I’m off work and I tend to do a lot more hours online at that time.

However, no matter how much time I have for anime and blogging, I want more. I love it. Every minute of it (even when fighting with the editor over post layout). So I don’t feel like I’ve wasted even a second that I’ve spent working on my blog.

So now I’m curious. How long do my readers spend on their blogs on a daily basis?

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Inquiring Minds Want to Know 2019 #2

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Continuing the ‘Inquiring Minds’ series of posts for 2019 I’m taking on my second question for the year and this one is sure to divide opinions. As always if you have something to ask you can send the question my way by filling in the simple survey at the end of the post or you can use this link to the inquiring minds survey.

How do you feel about Netflix creating live action adaptations? Especially thoughts and feelings towards the new Cowboy Bebop live action?

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I’ve covered a few live action adaptations on the blog previously, including the Netflix adaptations of Death Note and Bleach. I also looked at the live action Erased series that aired on Netflix. So clearly I don’t hate the idea of anime being made into live action given I keep giving it a go.

However, like with most adaptations, sequels, spin-offs, re-imaginings and other things, I end up wondering what the point of a lot of it is and why we can’t just be happy with the story as it was told and move on to telling a new story. Not that adaptations are new and even classic authors and the stories they told were frequently adaptations of earlier works, myths, fairy tales and other stories so to claim that I’m looking for something original would be pretty hypocritical. I think I’m just looking for a story told well, whether it is new or a retelling but if you are going to retell something I really think there should be some thought put into why and how.

Netflix, needless to say, has been pretty hit and miss in most of their work. Other than Stranger Things, I can’t say I’ve been a huge fan of a lot of their originals, their anime has very much not been really the sort of style or tone I like, and their movies are of incredibly varying quality. The same is true so far of their live action anime adaptations.

Death Note as an adaptation was terrible. There’s no real getting around that. As an individual movie, it was decidedly average (assuming you compare it to other thriller/horror stories and not every movie ever made). While I enjoyed aspects I felt it didn’t go far enough to make the story its own so it neither followed the source well enough for fans to be happy, nor cut itself free from the restrictions of the source to tell a good story.

Bleach I liked much more and felt they made some fairly good decisions about what to include and what to leave out and how much to adapt. Still, I’d strongly recommend the anime over the live action adaptation.

When it comes to Cowboy Bebop I’m just kind of shaking my head. Sure it is a popular commodity so people will watch it regardless, but the fans of Bebop are unlikely to be happy with any modifications to the story or tone so they are really just setting themselves up for a mountain of criticism. Maybe they are working on the theory that any publicity is good, but that seems fairly pointless. They might actually make a decent series. Bebop certainly has some great ideas behind it that could easily make a decent live action. But hampered by fan expectations and trying to please everyone by leaving in certain elements even if they don’t fit the new format will probably kill it.

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Who knows how this will turn out?

That said, I still haven’t finished the anime series (I know, that’s almost a crime) so I don’t have a lot of personal investment in it. I’m just waiting for the Twitter tirades and I’ll be pleasantly surprised if people can just accept that even if this is a bad adaptation, it doesn’t take anything away from the original series. See, a bad adaptation doesn’t kill something. You can just not watch it.

Let’s be honest, love it or hate it, adaptations just keep on coming out and while the occasional one hits the right notes, most really are just compressed and sub-standard retellings of a story that was fine as it was. Still, I’ll probably keep watching them just hoping that eventually someone will figure out how to do it well because that will be something worth seeing.

Thanks again Rise for the great question and now I will turn it over to the readers. How do you feel about Netflix and their live action anime adaptations?

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In Case You Missed It 2019 #1

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Welcome to the first post round up of 2019. It is exciting to see how many bloggers have kicked off the new year with a plethora of great posts to read through. There’s a lot of round ups of 2018, final thoughts on the Autumn season, goals for 2019, and just some solid posts on display. As always, as much as I’d like to, I can’t get to everything so if you have a post or know of one that deserves some more attention, please feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below.

And remember to vote for your favourite anime of 2018. The poll is open until the 14th.

Posts from the Community

The Anime Glutton shares their top ten disappointing anime series of 2018. Now disappointing is always subjective because it means you expected something from the show in the first place, but I did find myself agreeing with quite a few of the picks on this list.

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Otaku She Wrote gives us a great break down of all the rainbows in Banana Fish. Now this was something they brought to my attention in their early episode reviews of the anime and it was something I ended up looking out for in the series. I really appreciate their attention to detail and this post was great for finding those moments you may have missed.

Mistress of Yaoi gave us a review of Banana Fish that looks at the story set up and the character growth. It avoids heavy spoilers though makes it clear that this one doesn’t end happily ever after, and is a great review to read if you are curious about what you might find in Banana Fish as it definitely addresses some of the themes that might trigger an audience. Worth checking out if you haven’t watched Banana Fish and are wondering if you would like it.

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Watashi wa Bucho looks at how Bunny Girl Senpai used the supernatural to explore the everyday and some of the narrative benefits of this. A fun discussion post about an anime lots of people enjoyed last season, this one is worth checking out because it isn’t spoiler heavy for those who still haven’t taken the plunge and checked out the anime, but it may make you want to watch it.

Irina embraced the new year spirit by writing this post about being an awesome anime fan in 2019. For the very few people reading this post that don’t already follow Irina, you really should. She puts out some fantastic posts about anime and about the anime community and this one is really the kind and funny reminder we all need at the start of the year.

Bloom Reviews has a post about embracing predictability and looking at why spoilers aren’t really all that much of a problem with enjoying a narrative. It is a fun post and provides a perspective rarely discussed.

Marth gives us a quick review of Bloom Into You. If you want to know whether Bloom is worth trying or not but don’t want too much revealed, this is probably a great review to read given it covers the strengths of the series and its main weakness without going into too many reveals. A great post to read and a great anime to check out if you haven’t.

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Floating Into Bliss has a video/transcript of a discussion about Bloom Into You and why it is the yuri anime the community needed. It is a really interesting discussion about the yuri genre in general as well as what Bloom Into You accomplished first as a manga and then in being adapted into anime. Well worth the watch/read.

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In Case You Missed It

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Last week I made the somewhat difficult decision to end my season overview posts. These posts took a long time to put together and on average received less views than my actual episode reviews. It just didn’t seem like it was a series that needed to continue given I want to put my time into creating content people actually want to read. It is a shame because I’ve been doing a weekly overview since I started the blog, but it was just time to retire the series.

That does mean I get to think about what should replace it in the schedule next year, if anything and I’m already considering a range of ideas such as a recommendation post or a character feature post. I’m not rushing to fill the space and will figure out what I want to do, but certainly if you have any suggestions I’d love to know.

In the meantime, here are some great blog posts from around the community. The ‘my post’ section is a little longer as I am linking to individual episode reviews now rather than the overview, but otherwise nothing is changing with this post. As much as ‘In Case You Missed It’ takes a lot of time to put together, it is one of my most viewed posts each week and I really like sharing great content from other bloggers, so no danger of this one disappearing anytime soon.

Posts from the Community

Ty shares a survival guide of what to do if someone you love has terrible taste in anime. Yep, it has caused more couch wars than you can poke a stick at but what do you do if your significant other just has ‘bad’ taste? Well, here’s some suggestions on how to learn to compromise and not insult the person you chose to watch anime with.

Irina has another Natsume Yuujinchou post, this time as part of the OWLS December blog tour on miracles. You already know I’m going to tell you to read this. It is written by Irina, who is amazing. It focuses on Natsume, who is a truly brilliant character and well worth talking about. And it looks at the small miracles that surround both the character and us every day in our lives. Definitely worth the read so go check it out if you missed it.

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A Nerdy Perspective writes their reasons for loving Gintama. Now given the fan base for this anime, they aren’t alone, but it is always great to read why someone is enjoying something. After all, a shared love of anime is why most of us blog and read the blogs of others, so a positive post about why something has reached someone is always a pleasant read.

That Random Editor has a list of their top 5 anime endings for the year. List posts are always fun and list posts about openings and endings even more so. This one doesn’t link to the songs unfortunately, however if you’ve watched the anime on the list just reading about it is likely to get the song stuck in your head – so yes, number 2 is now completely trapped in my skull and I’m going to be humming it all day. Anyway, go check out this great list.

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Bossils reviews the My Hero Academia movie Two Heroes. This is another post that just screams love and enthusiasm for the subject matter and comes with some great images of the characters. Well worth checking out it you share a love for My Hero Academia.

LofZOdyssey has a fairly detailed review of Angolmois. Now this was an anime that flew under the radar while airing and a lot of people bailed on because of the ugly filter over it (I know I complained about it a lot). However, if you want to know what this series got right and what kind of fell apart, this review is definitely the one to check out as it is one of the best I’ve read on the series. 

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Drey from Soulcial Dreamin’ Ent started the 12 Days of Anime by discussing their love of Bulbusaur. It is always great when someone shares their passion for a particular character and in this case seeing how they grew to love the character was an absolutely wonderful read.

Atelier Emily takes a look at Rei Hino’s character in Sailor Moon (Sailor Mars) and how as a child she couldn’t appreciate the nuances of Rei’s character but as an adult she sees her differently. I will admit, Rei has never been one of my favourite characters in Sailor Moon, but I went through a similar experience in seeing Rei through different eyes when I watched the series as an adult. Really enjoyed reading this post.

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Two Happy Cats shares a review of Magical Girl Raising Project. This is a more balanced review of this one than we usually see given most people either don’t like it and call it a rip-off of Madoka or claim it is just trying to be edgy for the sake of it, or you have people who like it trying to defend it against those claims. This review just kind of looks at Magical Girl Raising Project for what it is and what it does. Refreshing.

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No features or series reviews this week. Both will start up again in the new year (taking it easy for Christmas/New Years).

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In Case You Missed It

Welcome to another fun week for ani-blogging. I can’t believe how far along this season we already are and how close we are to the end of the year. I’ve been caught up in stuff and the fact that time is passing kind of passed me by. However, here we are. As usual, I’ve found some really fun posts from other bloggers to share and as always feel free to give a shout out to an anime related blog post in the comments below (almost no one does this, but please feel free to share a link – share the love).

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I Drink and Watch Anime has a thought provoking post on The Question of Semantics. It is an interesting post to read about the language bloggers use and questioning whether it even matters in the long run as everyone has their own style. Well worth the read and the consideration. Of course, Irina also had their first blogwarming party which I reblogged on Saturday. If you missed this post, you should definitely check it out and show your support to some newer bloggers. Also, if you are a newer blogger, think about submitting a post for next month.

Shout out to The Spooky Red Head because I haven’t come across a fun Yuri on Ice post in awhile and may have had a small amount of withdrawal which they cured by providing us with 7 of the Cutest Yuri on Ice Comics. Okay, the post is pretty self-explanatory, but if you are after a Yuri on Ice fix, this is the one to check out this week.

Atelier Emily examines dreams in Girls’ Last Tour and how they express the limitations of the girls’ experiences and contemplate their existence. It is an interesting post and highlights another part of what makes the show such an experience to watch. Be sure to give it a read.

Miandro’s Side has an interesting character piece on Slain from Aldnoah Zero. I’m not a big fan of his character or the way he develops throughout the series, but this post is an interesting look at the motives behind those developments and is great to read. Worth checking out.

Humbleace takes a loot at the sincerity of heroes in My Hero Acadmia. This is something I found really interesting when the show was airing as it continually asks us to question what a hero is and who actually is a hero in a show about heroes. Nice read if you are looking for another My Hero Academia fix.

Black and Yellow Otaku Gamers looks at the mid-season point of Dies Irae and whether it has been worth sticking with the show that long or not. I liked that this post is addressing some of the real issues with the show but is a little less reactionary and ranty than some posts about the series (okay, I’ve been getting pretty hostile toward this show lately) so if you want a fairly calm look at the show even as it points out the problems, this is probably a good post to check out.

Pick of the Week

Rodrovich’s Anime Blog has a fantastic post on March Comes in Like a Lion season 2 episode 6 where he looks at how bullying is being presented in the anime and the visuals and sounds that accompany each moment. I loved reading this post the day after watching the episode as it brought back all of the feelings of watching the episode and made me think through it all again. Check it out.


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In Case You Missed It

I may have over-reached last week and found myself in the position of actually not having a post even draft for the following morning. Work travel was kind of expected though went a bit longer than anticipated and then my laptop died so while I could still kind of read stuff on my phone, drafting and scheduling posts was not going to happen. Then some other things came up with work (and seriously stressed me out). All and all, I was a little more rushed than I usually like to find myself which led me to the interesting notion that I could just not post three times a day. Somehow that felt like giving up, though so I dismissed that thought, for now.

Anyway, the posts did go out even if I’m not entirely happy with some of them, and life continues. Here are a collection of posts other bloggers put out last week that caught my eye (though it is a little short this week). As always feel free to add a link to an interesting post in the comments below.

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Cain S Latrani has a great write up of One Punch Man. If you missed the hype around this show or just haven’t got around to watching it, this may very well be the post that convinces you to give it a go.

Merlin’s Musings has an interesting write up of Soul Eater (just in time for Halloween). Okay, I love Soul Eater, as the giant poster on my wall and the handmade Soul Eater scythe lying around my study kind of scream, so I loved coming across this review. It does address some of the flaws in the series, and more bizarre narrative choices, but overall highlights the fun of the series. Great read.

Shokamoka’s Blog of Wonders has a nice episode write up of Anime-Gataris that identifies a lot of the references that were thrown around during episode 2 (in care you missed them). It also looks at where this places the show’s timeline and the role of the characters. Great read for those enjoying the show and for those thinking about checking it out.

The Xenodude shared an interesting write up on the third episode of Food Wars Season 3. I decided against going back for a third season of this show (not that I disliked the first two, I was just kind of done) but I am enjoying following the reviews of people who picked the show back up.

Matt in the Hat gives us a review of My Hero Academia (spoiler free) so those who are still on the fence about watching the super fun and exciting super hero story (I am not biased) should check out this review and then check out the show.

Mistakes Cheerio for Chesto has a rant about Games and Cheating in anime. It is a good discussion that provides some good examples from No Game No Life and Kaiji to illustrate their point. If you missed it, this is a fun read.

Round3Anime discusses anime deconstructions in a post called We Can Build it Better. While reasonably short, the post makes a clear point and gets the audience thinking so it works very well without a lot of extraneous elements. A great post to check out.

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Kapodaco over on The Visualist’s Veranda shared a really fascinating post called The Objectively Subjective Objective which I kind of think all reviewers should have a read through. Mostly because even if you end up disagreeing with the conclusions drawn, it will make you think about how you view and review what is an artisitc medium. Any post that can trigger self-reflection is one worth reading and this one is definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already come across it.


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In Case You Missed It

This week continues to be a great week for catching everyone’s initially impressions of the new season, final impressions of the Summer season, and just a great week for talking anime. As usual, below are links to some of my favourite posts that I found during the week but please feel free to give a shout out to any other related posts in the comments below. I had some travel come up so I wasn’t quite as diligent about keeping track of links this week so sorry about the short list.

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Remy Fool had an excellent post this week asking reviewers to stop overusing the word ‘dark’ to describe anime series. The post goes on to make an excellent point about a reliance on buzz words or familiar terms rather than going beyond and explaining how and why a show might be dark. Great post to check out.

Standing on my Neck has a review of the No Game No Life movie where they raise the interesting point that the movie does a lot of telling and not showing and that the games that made the series so much fun are missing. That kind of makes me wonder what the point of the movie is but as I can’t see it at the moment I guess I’ll just have to wait. Still, this review is a nice contrast to all the this-is-amazing posts I’ve read about it that don’t give many details as to why.

First impressions of The Ancient Magus’ Bride were fairly prolific as you might expect. The Only Shinyuu Site gave a glowing review of episode 1 that was closely followed by Lita Kino Anime Corner. Where-ever I Look also put out their mostly positive first impression of the series. And, of course, Weekend Otaku and I shared our thoughts on the episode in a collaborative post over on Weekend Otaku’s blog. If you missed it, be sure to check it out. However for something different on The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Atelier Emily looks at the language of flowers as used in this first episode. Seriously, it is going to be seriously fun this season following this show just because I know I’ll always have plenty to look forward to reading after.

Mechanical Anime Reviews has an episode review of Kino’s Journey episode 1. This is something a bit different as they don’t normally take on episodic reviewing and it was fantastic to see how they responded to this episode.

Round3Anime has an interesting piece discussing the problem with anime villains. They use some great examples from Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist and even Erased to make their point. A nice opinion piece worth checking out.

Pick of the Week

Cain S Latrani has an excellent post about Gakko Gurashi (School-Live) and how the odd mix of cute girls and zombie horror come together to make something truly memorable. Having watched that earlier this year after D started it and posted their first thoughts, I have to agree. The show is definitely something special even if it isn’t perfect. This write up is not spoiler free so if you want to go in blind maybe skip, but if you just want to reminisce about a great story with great direction than this is post worth checking out.

 


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