The short version: I made a new Facebook page. Go like it. You know you want to. Everybody likes me.
The long version: Here are some of the ways to get involved with this site and the broader anime community.
This post is dedicated to all my readers who never say anything: feel welcome to speak up! I am friendly and don’t bite! I lurked on anime blogs for a few years so I know what it’s like, but if you have a question, correction or something to add to a post, nothing makes me and the other readers happier than having the opportunity to listen to you. There is no need to be shy!
Even if you don’t feel comfortable speaking up, I highly recommend checking out what other readers have to say in the comments, since they’re usually more insightful than my posts. Continue reading
When AKB0048 originally aired last summer, I got to episode six and dropped it. I didn’t have much free time. Why would I waste it watching a show about idols?
A few days ago, I came back. I watched an episode and was hooked. A couple days later, I’ve watched every episode and can’t wait for the next one. I’m still not a fan of idols (they’re retarded, as is their “music”) but do love AKB0048. It is a glorious show. Here’s why I like it.
Middle School Girls Being Middle School Girls
AKB0048 offers one of the most accurate portrayals in all of anime of middle school girls. They talk about love and friendship all the time while they treat each other like crap. They’re complete bitches, and I love them for it.
What’s more, the bitchiest of them all are rewarded with fame, popularity and glory while the nice girls are left in the dust. But all of them have their fair share of tears from all the horrible things they do to each other. Their tears are delicious. By the way, in case you’re wondering, Takamina is the best idol. Continue reading
Take up the White Man’s burden—
Send forth the best ye breed—
Go send your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild—
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child
Take up the White Man’s burden
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple
An hundred times made plain
To seek another’s profit
And work another’s gain
Take up the White Man’s burden—
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better
The hate of those ye guard—
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly) to the light:
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night?”
Take up the White Man’s burden-
Have done with childish days-
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!
— Rudyard Kipling
This is Maoyuu Yuusha in a nutshell. (Except better written, of course.) Continue reading
You may have noticed I’ve been slacking off on blogging lately. That’s because I’ve been busy reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, as the last book came out this month. I read all fourteen books in a period of three weeks, so I was pretty busy.
I first came across these books around twelve(?) years ago. I got to around number ten over a period of a few years, and then they started coming out really slowly / the author died / I forgot about them. Since it had been about ten years since I touched one of these books, I forgot everything that happened except that the main character got the harem end, and I decided to re-read the entire series from the beginning.
What does this have to do with anime, you ask? Well, not much. I guess books and anime are both storytelling mediums, so you can extrapolate lessons from these books to anime. But I figure a lot of anime fans also like fantasy books anyway and I felt like writing something about this. I doubt anyone will actually read it, and it basically amounts to a random sequence of inane observations; hey, whatever.
I’ll start off without spoilers, and put a big warning once I get into spoiler territory. Continue reading
This blog is now two years old. I can’t believe I stuck with it this long. No plans to stop anytime soon either.
- 43,500 Visitors
- ~350 Visitors per Day (at end of year)
- ~60 RSS Subscribers
- 1738 Comments
- 437 Posts
- 262 Episodic Posts
- 61 First Impressions
- 78 Reviews
- 210,000 Visitors
- ~700 Visitors per Day (at end of year)
- ~155 RSS Subscribers
- 3947 Comments
- 456 Posts
- 241 Episodic Posts
- 95 First Impressions
- 60 Reviews
If success can be quantified, I think we’re succeeding. Continue reading