I recently sent out a formspring question asking people to give me something to blog about. Chances are you don’t have a formspring yourself, but if you want to send me a suggestion you can still ask me something without having a formspring account. I’ll have all my responses in one post later on. However, I did get this one question sent in from Dave that I want to talk about.
The next Aniblog Tourney thing I’ll leave aside for now. Instead I feel like being a little bit meta and talking about how I perceive anime blogging has changed in the past year and a bit since the last tourney. Well, OK, I lied. I’m not being a little bit meta. I’m being very meta. You have been warned.
One of the biggest fronts to kick up in the past year was the rise of the warrior moe fans. It was less a charge up in defence and more a huddling together, afraid of critical thinking and throwing their hands up in delight at Infinite Stratos. They even set up a group called the ‘Moe Coalition’. Thankfully this trend appears to have died down, especially with Seanver’s Anime Blog kicking the bucket, which was not only their hangout, but the site that hosted the Moe Coalition homepage. Not that those people have all gone away, but organised anti-critical thinking in that form was a scary sight.
This group kicked up as a sort of response to the crowd who congregate around Colony Drop, who are still alive and kicking. They, thankfully, have become less abrasive and more insular since. If anything, they were already dying down in controversy when the tourney kicked off. The actual writing on their blog isn’t half bad, although the writers are still contractually obligated to force in spitting hatred and bile towards anime fans at least once per post. The main irony of their site still remains though. Proclaim that anime blogging sucks and that you are going to create a good anime blog, then the blog you proceed to create caters to only a very niche group and rigidly refuses to appeal to outsiders. Except now there’s the extra irony that the ‘Example Of The How To Make A Good Anime Blog’ now updates at the rate of one post every 2 months. They’re far too busy posting dumb stuff insecure people say on the internet, in one of the most pathetic cases of internet bullying.
When I started blogging, one of the big things sweeping the sphere were the academic editorial blogs, only for all of them to mysteriously die off in the space of 6 months. All that was left when the tourney was on were a few who only update once every 6 months, and We Remember Love. But, with blogs like SnippetTee and Altair and Vega popping up, I think these style blogs are due a revival. Personally, I find this kinds of blogs too dense and dull, but there is an audience for them. So long as they don’t make the same mistake of assuming their exist on a higher plane to everyone else, as the older academic editorial crowd seemed to think. Still, the rise of these style blogs makes me glad that 2DT hasn’t hung up his blogging cane for good. He is a man who Gets It. How to make those style of posts approachable and interesting to the layman. Although it might be nice to have your anime podcast be about actual anime.
Episodic blogging has never had it better. Some might say it’s over saturated, but I don’t see how that’s a problem. Back in the old days, episodic posts all seemed to stick to the same formula of screecaps, synopsis, impressions. It was 20 posts on Clannad episode whatever all looking the exact same. Finally it appears anime bloggers have grown out of that format. There is no longer an established format for how to do episodic bloggings, so almost every blog out there approaches it in a different manner. OK yes, some blogs like Sea Slugs still use the old format. But at least now not every blog’s episodics look similar, so that style is as much a difference as everyone else’s. Plus the perceived over-saturation means that you can be guaranteed someone is covering your favourite show of the season. If you’re the kind of twat who thinks episodic posts are rubbish, just pretend each post is titled “The Art Direction in Steins;Gate” or something, and pretend this person is writing an editorial where he just so happens to use the latest episode of a currently airing series to discuss some points about it.
I love Anime Nano, but could someone please create a suitable successor. Nano is bugged up the bum with the creator being rather indifferent towards anime as a whole. I have a lot of respect for Hung, and I’m sure running that website is far more difficult than I could imagine, but I really do think it’s time for a competitor to replace, or at least challenge, Nano. Mind you, trying to get people to adopt a new site like that is a difficult task. There are still plenty of people who use the Animeblogger Antenna. Damn, that site really needs to lie down in the grave and let itself be covered in dirt. Let the aniblogpshere evolve! It’s hard with dinosaurs like Animblogger still kicking.
Finally, the animeblogosphere is alive, kicking and quite pointedly Not Dying. I don’t pay as much attention to what new blogs are breaking in on the scene as I used to, but there are enough decent quality new blogs appearing of a fairly wide variety that I can safely say we’re fine for now. For good new blogs I’ve seen, I really like Anime New Modality‘s People Who Shaped Anime post series. There’s something strangely amusing about Strawberry Milk‘s MS Paint anime characters. Baka Laureate has some really interesting stories to tell. It can’t be helped is a big stinkin’ elitist like myself (although man, put yourself up on AnimeNano! At least, until the fabled successor to it appears). It’s evolving, albeit slowly, and I wish the useless products of the bygone ages would just drop off instead of sticking around uselessly like a metaphorical appendix, but it’s certainly a healthy place.