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The state of anime blogging

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.

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73 Comments

  1. Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:49 am | Permalink

    ” 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.”

    ^This^

  2. Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    All the blogs I was reading at the time of the tourney are still around, and none of them have dramatically changed. What’s happening outside those blogs I don’t really know, but things seem quite stable for now.

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:54 am | Permalink

      Yip, I follow a few aniblogs almost religiously and don’t have a clue what else is happening. Living in my own little aniblogging box :D

  3. Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Almost ashamed to admit that I didn’t know half of the stuff you mentioned but great to know that we’re all healthy.

  4. lol
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    this blog never fails to make me laugh with how mad this guy gets that some people like anime that he doesn’t.

    lol

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      But…I’m not really mad at anyone…

      Oh well, I’m glad you’re at least enjoying yourself

  5. lol
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    although really, all blogs like this. plz get the sticks out of your ass.

    they’re still fun to read though, but only like a trainwreck.

  6. fail
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    “Not that those people have all gone away, but organ­ised anti-critical think­ing in that form was a scary sight.”

    “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.”

    self-parody at its finest.

    …or is it just another stupid blogger who thinks he knows what he’s talking about. hm, might actually be the later…

  7. Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the hat-tip pal, though I wonder if we do come off as dense and dull… I know the posts we wrote at the beginning of last month aren’t nearly as good as our latest posts.

    Oh well, practice makes perfect.

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Not ‘dense and dull’ at all. Quite the opposite — you guys have one of the best blogs I’ve ever come across in regard to Anime/Manga. Granted, I haven’t been able to read many of your posts, as I don’t follow the same series’, but I particularly recall ajthefourth writing a lovely piece on FLCL on a separate blog, and it seems as if you guys use the same thoughtful and interesting style for the rest of your work. Keep up the great work.

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

      The only way to become good at anything is to keep producing a better and better product through practice. I can’t wait until the posts that we’re writing now seem bad in comparison to the ones we will be writing, and look forward to becoming a better writer.

      Also, thank you Hearthsea. That was a spur-of-the-moment reaction to FLCL that I dumped on David who convinced me to contact Yi over at Listless Ink who was nice enough to post it on her blog. I was really grateful for the positive response I received.

  8. Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    I feel like I entered the anime blogging community at a good time (start of 2011) since there is a nice variety of style, like you mentioned. I’m not too fond of episodic posts that simply summarize that week’s plot, so I really appreciate reading 2DT and Lost in America, both of whom focus on a particular image or idea in the episode and discuss/analyze it…concisely. :p Brevity in editorials is something I struggle with.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the current animeb­lo­go­sphere.

  9. John Madden
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    What’s your opinion on Random Curiosity? I only read that blog and yours. Also, do you have any recommendations?

    • luffyluffy
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

      I feel like I’d read RandomC more if they didn’t have such a shitty font.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

      They’re very good at providing constant content, but I find their writing rather bland and lacking in personality. In the land of Super Episodic Blogs, psgels from Star Crossed has a clear personality, even if I find myself wondering what on earth he’s been smoking to enjoy the stuff he does.

      …oh wait, he’s Dutch. Well that explains that then :D

  10. fathomlessblue
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Not being a blogger myself, I’m in little position to critique the meta side of things (plus I’m tired…); still, here’s a series of pointless disconnected thoughts/opinions.

    It’s true there are fewer decent editorial blogs now, but to be fair, the amount We Remember Love churns out takes up much of the slack single-handedly, not to mention the likes of 2DT, Listless Ink etc. Altair and Vega is a great new site too (much check out SnippetTee…).

    I personally have no issue with the old system of episodic blogging when it’s done well. Take Sea Slugs, THAT and Metanorn; if you’re the best at what you do, why fundamentally change?

    I managed to avoid all that pro/anti moe coalition nonsense by avoiding Seanver’s A.B. and C.D. completely. Wilful ignorance can sometimes be the best option!

    Well, that’s about enough brown nosing for today, time to disappear back into the woodwork.

    Ps. It’s wonderful you’ve finally accepted being an elitist! :)

    • mcm38
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

      I tought he already did announce he was an elitist in one of his previous posts. But it’s a matter of being a real elitist or intentionally pretending to be one. I’m not realy sure in Scamps case.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

      “A Series of Unconnected Opinions” sounds like a great name for a blog

      • fathomlessblue
        Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

        Well, if I ever decide to set one up I may just steal it. :)

  11. Posted August 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Actually what I’ve noticed is that absolutely nothing has changed, at least in my corner. Shame about all the karry and raging people from the camp of failed paper product impersonators have decided to join in the comments.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Permalink

      Surprisingly, I rarely get those sorts of comments. I was rather taken aback. Also I don’t really consider karry a troll. He’s more a personality. A very angry embittered personality, but one who is perfectly capable of agreeing as often as he disagrees

  12. mcm38
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    I don’t realy feel the ‘I’m the best’ vibe from 2DT. I guess he wasn’t one of those academic editorial blogs you were talking about.
    But I do think 2DT’s blog is good as it is. Not only the anime, but the whole of Japanese cartoon media is the general content of his blog. I get to learn a lot reading his blog. (Tough, I don’t comment anything of worth.)
    Seeing a nice variety of blogs is indeed a good thing. But there is bound to be some that are les good and some that know how to do their job. But I say that is also a good thing. Otherwise we would be stuck with only the good blogs to compare with each other.

  13. Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I seem to have stuck with the anime blogs from the tourney and never really bothered with the new aniblog that appears after that except for a few who I met on twitter. I think thanks to the tourney, we have created quite a close-knitted community and I can’t be more thankful for that.

  14. luffyluffy
    Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    You know Scamp, you should do more State of the Blog Address…. es.

    What’s the plural of address?

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

      Unfortunately I’ve gone over the 3 year mark, so I’ll just become an embittered dinosaur, out of touch with the youths of today

      • luffyluffy
        Posted August 13, 2011 at 4:43 am | Permalink

        Are you Umasou?

  15. Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    One of the biggest fronts to kick up in the past year was the rise of the war­rior moe fans

    I shudder at the thought (this, mercifully, seems to have passed me by). I’ve only been around as a blogger for just over a year, so I can’t really comment on any older trends. However, the Ani-blog Tourney, Twitter and the Skype stuff certainly seems to have encouraged bloggers and commenters, at the very least, to ‘mingle’ more, which can (and has in some cases) lead to more cross-pollination of writing styles and collaborative posts.

    When I star­ted blog­ging, one of the big things sweep­ing the sphere were the aca­demic edit­or­ial blogs… [whereas] Epis­odic blog­ging has never had it bet­ter…

    Re: Episodic versus Editorial posts, these will probably continue to attract ‘more popularity, but less respect’ for the former, and vice-versa for the latter. Though, it’s been interesting to see more experimentation in writing styles of late and how some of these (evolving) formats and styles are influencing each other.

    Finally, the animeb­lo­go­sphere is alive, kick­ing and quite poin­tedly Not Dying.

    - in short: yay!

    And finally, as a formspring refusenick, thanks for using it to do something far more interesting than spam my timeline. *Tips her hat*

  16. Posted August 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    A good time to be a blogger which I’m proud to say I am!

    • mcm38
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

      Because of the strong competition, which keeps your blog from becoming dull and make you try better?

  17. Posted August 12, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    I admit I’m kinda flattered to be referenced here, since my blog isn’t the most popular animu blog in the world and I don’t have that many things to talk about there, so yeah…

    And I also admit not keeping up with the rest of the anime blogs out there save for the few I like partly because of the negative preconceptions the internet has given me, but over the course of me running my blog I found respect for what they’re doing.

    I don’t really like self-advertising, but what the hell, if you say so, I might as well try that Anime Nano thing.

    And yeah, as for me being a big, stinkin’ elitist…well, I have nothing to say to that.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Proud to be of unwanted service :D

  18. Posted August 12, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    I think what Colony Drop is doing is akin to a late night talk show host making fun of celebrities. It seems to be more for laughs than for actual criticisms or hatred.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

      Except late night talk show hosts don’t then go on to try act themselves and do miserable jobs of it

      ::Edit:: Actually no, this is a terrible analogy. If celebrities are insulted, they can just go cry into their massive bags of money and popularity. This is like talk show hosts videoing someone in their room crying to themselves and then the hosts poke fun at how much of a loser they are

      • Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

        It does seem that way at times. I do enjoy their actual writing and anime content. I’m just fearful of the impression they give to people who are new to the scene and perhaps aren’t in on the joke.

        Damn, I have neither money nor popularity. Guess all that’s left is to cry into massive bags of japanese cartoons. =(

  19. Posted August 12, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Great post.

    I don’t pay much attention to many specific blogs so much as just browsing through Anime Nano everyday and reading posts that I like from random blogs. I agree that Nano is kind of buggy and a successor would be welcome.

    My blog didn’t have much direction when I first started it other than being an offshoot from my main anime fan site. 2DT inspired me to focus on academic/editorial posts, which I greatly enjoy, but I sometimes post “fangasm” or other kinds of posts depending on my mood. I like to make my posts very universal to a variety of fans and not cater to a specific niche (sine I’m a general anime fan interested in all genres). I rarely read or write episodic posts because there’s just too many of them and I don’t have the time or motivation to figure out which ones are worth reading or which series I’d want to write about every week. I didn’t know that episodic posts were evolving the way you say, but I’m glad they’re becoming more individualized =D

  20. Posted August 12, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Thanks, Scamp. I love you too. ;)

    Colony Drop is… well, I’ll respect the individuals involved, and some of the ones I follow on Twitter are lovely people. But I can never, ever abide by attacking people the way Shit Otaku Say does. I won’t mind at all when that bites the dust.

    You know who else is good? Anime B&B. They have great potential. http://marinasauce.wordpress.com/

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

      By the way, what a pleasure it is that I’m getting hits from your site because you’re mentioning me, and not just because you’re so popular and I happen to be the first person on your blogroll! :)

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

      I follow a bunch of them on twitter and yes, some of them are very cordial folk. From what I gather it’s mainly the founder, Sean, that is the insufferable one

  21. Posted August 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    I’d never seen Colony Drop’s “let’s make fun of otaku” thing before you mentioned it.

    I’m a terrible, horrible person for cracking up over their banner picture.

  22. Posted August 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Then we have blogs that are in a death spiral of sex and stupidity, like my blog.

  23. Posted August 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    As the primary writer to the former Moé Coalition, I gotta ask where this whole anti-critical thinking angle is coming from.

    • Posted August 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Permalink

      I’d love to point out examples, but Seanver’s blog is no longer online. Additionally, I know you’d just start arguing semantics without addressing the main issue.

      • Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

        I did salvage my old posts on the Moé Coalition before his site went dark. I could certainly post them on my own site and we could go from there.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

      From their supporters and writers wanting people to stop criticising anime and just enjoy it? Perhaps there was some legitimately good writing on there. But, like Colony Drop, the reputation and founders’ ideologies obscure that side from the casual viewer

      • Posted August 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

        So, at the end of the day, it’s more an issue of reputation than the actual writing, which I can understand to a certain extent. However, isn’t it also important to consider a group’s actions (I.E. the actual things written on the blog) in addition to their reputation?

        Also, in terms of casual readership, I’d be more inclined to call the reader who cares little about the founders’ reputation and ideologies, and cares chiefly about the blog’s content a “casual reader.”

      • Scamp
        Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:36 am | Permalink

        I read one or two posts and saw plenty of what Seanver and some of the sites other compatriots write. Especially when it came to Seanver, the very founder, it seemed to be against the idea of critical thinking.

        True, it’s like dismissing an anime after the first episode, but why would I watch anymore if I didn’t like that first episode?

  24. Posted August 12, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    Regarding AnimeNano: It is a shame that it got corrupted (leading to it’s currently buggy state). It basically has two things going for it:

    (1) it has collected many URLs for Anime-related blog RSS feeds. This would take significant effort to re-establish by a competitor. This had two components, first people submitted their blog, and second these submissions were checked to make sure they were worth including.

    (2) It already has some basic functionality that does what people need. The two most significant, in my opinion, are “myNano” a custom RSS feed tailored from the master RSS feed on a per-user basis, and the categorization of posts by series at the bottom of the page.

    If a competitor could get a large enough collection of valid aniblog RSS URLs, and implemented functionality as mentioned in (2), I think it could make a go of it. Some of the other AnimeNano features (e.g. user accounts and the forum) could be substituted with other work-arounds or dropped entirely.

    (BTW, I think AnimeNano is a great thing, but it appears to be more of a pain than Hung wants to deal with. I can’t blame him, since it is all volunteer work on his part.)

    • Posted August 13, 2011 at 4:38 am | Permalink

      Has Nano been buggy lately? I haven’t noticed much, but then again, I’m not a die-hard visitor.

      I wonder what I’d want to add to Nano+. The personalized feed was never something I used much, probably because my personal feed is in google reader… probably what I’d want to do is bring the shows and posts related to specific episodes and topics more to the forefront. The chronological timeline right now makes it hard for me to isolate which posts might be interesting to me, because everything looks identical to each other.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:42 am | Permalink

      I’m with RP in that I don’t really see the need for the personal feed when feed readers exist.

      • Posted August 13, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

        I tend to agree. The most interesting feature was the ability to find all posts that mentioned a particular series. This feature still required the initial collection/validation of aniblog feeds, however.

        I also wish there was a way to tap into the relative popularity that is only visible in the size the series names are shown in. It would be interesting to see historical information of the same sort. The basic idea is see not only which shows were most popular (in terms of posts mentioning them) and whether or not that information changes over time — especially over the course of the first 5 weeks of the season, when a lot of shows get dropped or reconsidered.

    • Posted August 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your comments! It really is the case that Anime Nano is a labor of love, and I don’t really have much incentive to improve it much since it hardly makes me any money (actually I probably lose money on it). On top of that, I’ve sort of stopped paying much attention to anime, which further drives down my interest level… If I had to redesign the thing from scratch, I’d probably change a lot of things, but for the moment, it just sorta works (unless it doesn’t). I’m happy to keep it running as long as people are getting some value from it (and judging from the number of pageviews per day, they do). But as far as maintenance or adding new features, I am getting kinda lazy.

      The best thing you can do as a community member is this: If you feel really strongly about a certain feature, contact me! Either by email (you can find it somewhere on the site) or Twitter @animenano, let me know what you’re thinking! I can’t promise to actually implement anything, but if enough people complain, I might get annoyed enough to do it :)

      PS Thanks for using Anime Nano!

      • Posted August 23, 2011 at 1:02 am | Permalink

        I’m not prepared to demand changes (even fixes, let alone new features) when you are just doing volunteer work for a community in which you have little interest. The one thing you might consider is if there is a way you can leverage the talents of others to do the development work alá an Open Source project. Of course, even managing an Open Source project involves effort (you need to be sure any forwarded patches are safe, etc.).

  25. Posted August 13, 2011 at 12:08 am | Permalink

    Great post! I do have to say I do enjoy episodic reviews well because it’s the style I am currently into, then again I do love to read posts on others blogs where they break down a episode or series. I don’t understand most of it but I can tell they are really great at getting their ideas and thoughts out to the reader.

    And like Scamp said there are always new blogs popping up with new formats and writers! Which is always exciting to see what they bring to us.

  26. Posted August 13, 2011 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I don’t think I count as new anymore, since I’ve been around for…oh, just under a year now (I think I started last November?), but I know some friends of mine just started up a new group blog maybe a month-ish ago, and their posts are pretty awesome. Not sure how much traffic they’re getting, since I haven’t asked, but there are frequent new posts and I know from experience that that helps.

    Anyway, great post!

  27. Posted August 13, 2011 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    …and I wish the useless products of the bygone ages would just drop off instead of sticking around uselessly like a metaphorical appendix

    Sorry

    Agreed on the academic editorials. I recall talking with vuc about this on twitter a month back (where he retweeted 8C’s old old old tweet). I said something like “I like enjoying anime more than trying to understand it.” My approach to academic editorial blogs is the same: because I don’t like analyzing anime, I’m not going to enjoy reading anime analysis. This is also why Penguindrum posts suck and Utena sucks.

    Bah!

    • Posted August 13, 2011 at 12:23 am | Permalink

      Stupid phone records my name as misaki but I’m not misaki who is that stupid misaki person anyway

    • Scamp
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:44 am | Permalink

      I’ve said this on twitter, but I’ll repeat again here: I don’t dislike critical analysis at all. I’d just prefer they weren’t written like they came straight out of the pages of an academic journal and more like they came from the centre pages of a high-brow newspaper. They may write on the same topic, but one writes only for other academics while the other writes for a general audience

      • Posted August 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

        In regard to this issue of analysis and Anime — I personally enjoy both approaches. When I’m actually watching something, I rarely sit there and dissect it in my mind as it happens — I’m more interested in experiencing the emotion of the scene and losing myself in the fictional world or the relationships. It’s only AFTER the episode/chapter is done that I sit back and allow myself to go over it and reflect on certain interesting elements.

        I also agree with Scamp in that I prefer critical analysis that is actually meant to be enjoyed, analysis which has personal flavour, rather than being completely cold and using unnecessarily convoluted language/jargon. My favourite analysis is when someone brings in their personal experiences and uses it to illuminate the material they’re talking about — it brings a great intimate touch to it all. I don’t mind reading academic stuff either, but I do prefer the posts which are both accessible and interesting.

  28. Posted August 13, 2011 at 4:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your post, I’m getting lots of hits… ^^

    Personally, I don’t think any form of writing is superior of the other. I’m new to blogging and although I’m doing “editorial post” (which I don’t think it is), I enjoy reading and commenting on episodical blogs. That said, my way of writing is the only way I know. Other than that, there’s nothing for me to share. Hopefully, not everyone thinks that my writing style is dense and dull.

  29. Posted August 13, 2011 at 7:42 am | Permalink

    If you think that liking moe is being anti-critical, you don’t know what ‘critical’ means. Also, decrying entire genres of art is not being elitist; in fact, that practice is the farthest from ‘elite’.

    • Scamp
      Posted August 13, 2011 at 8:46 am | Permalink

      Where did I say liking moe is being anti-critical?

      • Posted August 13, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

        That was the impression I gathered from the 3rd paragraph, starting: “One of the biggest fronts…”. Unfamiliar myself with that particular sphere, the only anti-critical nature I can pick up from your relay is that they were in favor of moe? One might assume that their ‘huddling up’ in their own safehaven was a response to the uncritical bashing of moe that they found elsewhere.

      • Scamp
        Posted August 13, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

        No. Being moe fans does not automatically equate with anti-critical thinking. These were a selection of moe fans who got sick of hearing people trash moe shows and banded together to instead lavish them in praise. My issue is the site, the founder, and many of it’s followers seemed to believe that thinking about them critically was the issue,, and they just wanted to enjoy them unthinkingly.

        Yes, the same happens with other areas of fandom. It was the organised, all-encompassing nature of this movement that worried me

      • Posted August 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

        It’s really easy to say that the members of the Moé Coalition wanted to “enjoy moé shows unthinkingly” because some people within the organization held that ideology, but when I read back the posts that I can still read from the Moé Coalition blog, nothing stands out to me as particularly thoughtless, and the individuals within the group who wrote more analytical pieces never caught flak from others in the group for it.

        I think you’re projecting too much. The founders may have held the philosophy you speak of, but they mostly just maintained the site. Those of us who did write had no problem thinking critically about moé and the issues surrounding it.

        The Moé Coalition was just a group of pro-moé bloggers who endeavoured to create a pro-moé presence. If that worries you, I honestly don’t know what to tell you.

  30. Posted August 14, 2011 at 12:25 am | Permalink

    The tourney might have been a curse. My sites never been shittier, or slower to post. It’s not that I don’t enjoy writing, it’s that I’m just really really lazy/busy with other stuff.

    Once school starts I’ll be able to properly slack off again though, watching anime from dusk till dawn.

    Shakugan no Shana final season comes out soon fuck yeah.

    • Posted August 14, 2011 at 4:15 am | Permalink

      Take note ‘soon’, meaning ‘as soon as the novels give a good place to stop at’. Judging from what’s been revealed of the latest novel, well, it might take a while longer.

      As for the current status of the ‘sphere, I don’t really think much has changed. There are old episodics, there are new episodics, though I am surprised that there are relatively ‘newer’ blood out there trying out their hand in editorial writing.

      Take note though, my blog reading habits tend to skew towards the blogs I can access from my workplace, and there are precious few that can get through my company’s filters.

  31. Marow
    Posted August 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    The idea of me starting an anime-blog has actually struck my mind a few times, especially since I’ve written, if just a handful, reviews and “season-impressions” (spring and summer this year) lately. And I have to come up with a school project when school starts, so… why not? I have fun doing it.
    The bad part though, is that I’m not sure what I can contribute with. Not having English as my native language makes my writing a tad more stiff and not as varied, and I don’t have any fancy stories to tell about. Heh.

  32. Posted August 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I keep a lot of anime sites (such as yours) in my Feedly feeds and enjoy reading them. I’m not on the up and up on anime and watch what is available on netflix, old anime etc. etc. So I enjoy reading your thoughts on what’s out there. IMO, i think blogs such as this should consolidate with those of its ilk. I’m not saying take away (e.g Cart Driver) your identity (example – tabs for each Anime blogger – similar to news sites with links to a certain journalist/columnist), but instead build a larger community (broader audience). Even if two bloggers are writing about the same show. Differing opinions should be welcome. I guess I kind of have that organization using Feedly, but a single “hub” uber-website would be ideal to me. my 2 cents.

    anyway, i enjoy your blog, nice work.

  33. Posted September 1, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    I think that the tourney actually motivated more bloggers to keep blogging. You know, this feeling of having a readership and becoming recognized (somewhat). It’s all very empowering. Keep up the good fight.

  34. Numbers and space
    Posted September 2, 2011 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    I’m on good terms with Seanver, though this moe coalition thing is one I’m pretty disinterested in and thus don’t know a lot about. Anyway, he doesn’t strike me as anti-critical, more as someone who’s tired of feeling threatened, whether that is a justified feeling or not (but I can see where that feeling comes from).

    In any case, I’m not pro anti-critical, but I’m all for enjoying things, letting people enjoy things and not shitting on what other people like. And I think you’re often the victim of being accused of the latter. So you know how often it occurs.

  35. Posted September 10, 2011 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Totes agree with the dull blog stuff. Sooo boring. Only blogs I can read is yours and moemonster (not a moe fanboy site at all) and even I mostly read theotherguys stuff. Oozes “personality”, as you put it. Wish you and him covered more!

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