I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on what exactly the blog is for (so sort of like a mid-life identity crisis), and came to the conclusion it’s meant to be not only a mouthpiece for my thoughts and a place to interact with the community, but also a meticulous record of my current interests and a resource for others interested in similar things.
To that end, I’ve spent the last few days making a variety of changes to the site (and procrastinating on everything else). A summary of what’s changed this time around is listed below.
- The Intro, About Us, and Overview pages have been updated slightly. The latter-most also now contains a short description of each of the pages on the blog.
- The Blogroll has also been slightly updated. If there’s any blog you don’t see on it that you think should be (including your own!), feel free to let me know.
- I’ve now added Nisekoi images to the banner because I’m absolutely loving the show and they’re 10000% relevant with the overarching themes of the blog.
- I’ve now compiled a list of all the anime reviews on the site (including shows dropped, broader discussions, etc.) plus the ones I’ve started doing on Twitter and added them to a new Anime Reviews page. I’ll try to keep this updated, so now all of our thoughts on particular anime can be found (alphabetically) in one place without having to do too much searching.
Given that a not-so-small portion of what I end up posting as a now-self-proclaimed “criticism critic” is related to anime fandom fanboying and interpreting interpretation, I’ve now added new pages just for that!
- First, the Interpretation page gives a (hopefully) coherent history, set of motivations, and collection of posts related to these projects. At the moment, this mainly (almost entirely) includes posts by just me and Froggykun, which isn’t the best thing ever. I’m trying to broaden out at the moment to read much more stuff on the issue, so look forward to hopefully seeing more bloggers (e.g. nil, B0bduh, FILM CRIT HULK) work there in the future! I’m also more than happy to take recommendations for things to add/look into, since I’m nowhere near an expert or authority on this stuff.
- Second, I’ve now added a Bibliography! It contains a very thorough list of most of the texts I’ve read (either in their entirety or just selections) or have heard about concerning anime, Japan, fandom, and related things. Hopefully, it’ll be a useful resource for anyone interesting in reading more about some of the topics discussed on the blog (I also have a crude ranking system in place at the moment for books I like/recommend, although the organizations a bit jumbled at the moment).
- As both of these are large works in progress, I would love to hear any and all feedback on how to make them better!
Any recommendations for the upcoming season? Comments on my (totally amazing) taste? My current list of shows I wanted to check out are:
- Jojo: DIOOOOOOO
- Mekaku City Actors: I got into Jin’s Vocaloid-inspired world through Imagination Forest and thought the manga was decent. My friend absolutely adores the light novels, which gives it another thumbs up. Plus this is Shaft.
- Hanamonogatari: fucking yes.
- Kenzen Robo Daimidaler: this is the most childish, immature thing I have seen in a long time (I’m not sure if the robo’s left arm could be any buffer roflmao). So excited for this.
- Ping Pong The Animation: they had me at “this guy directed The Tatami Galaxy“.
- Sidonia no Kishi: I’ve heard rumors it’s the Attack on Titan of sci-fi, which means I at least have to attempt the first episode, right? Hopefully no long space boulder (wait, that’s an asteroid!) arcs here lol.
- Nisekoi: god I love this show so much. Shaft has done an amazing job adapting it so far and I’m very excited to continue this.
- Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou: “this sounds like every other LN adaptation out there” = thumbs up!
- Data a Live II: Imouto = best girl.
- Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara: I’m glad they have had a show like this almost continuously for…has it been around ~2 years now? Anyways, continuing the LN harem adaptation genre!
- No Game No Life: I really like the artwork, plus I’m a sucker for these types of shows (and anything in the LN adaptation-type genre more generally, if it wasn’t obvious by now).
So that’s 11 shows I think. No sports anime because I haven’t yet seen Kuroko yet and those are on hold until I get to watching that. No Mushishi 2 because I haven’t seen the first season, so I’ll probably just wait until the new season has finished airing and then marathon them both and feel awesome.