I will try to sample up to three shows, with a view to blogging one every episode. For the show I choose to write about, it needs to be no more than 13-14 episodes. I don’t think I can sustain blogging a show for more than three months. Also, I won’t be watching any of the sequels. I can only do so for Macross shows, because I must tell you how much I love it.
So what show am I looking for?
I want a show that is interesting above all. It doesn’t have to be guaranteed to be excellent. I am lucky to have chosen Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 and Bakemonogatari this summer, when both shows are very good, very meaty, and very popular. But excellence is not a requirement.
I want a show that lends well to discussion. Bakemonogatari is extremely rich for this, but it’s dangerous to make it some kind of benchmark. I just want a show that there’s so much to talk about that many blogs can be writing about it and yet talk about different things. A bad example is Shin Mazinger Z Hen. I love it. It’s so much fun. But anything I have to say about it can be said in 140 characters, IN CAPITAL LETTERS.
With regards to genre, I’ll try all sorts of things. I’m not as big on moe moe shows or harem, but I’ll try them if they’re interesting. I’ve no systemic problem with shoujou or shounen shows, as long as they’re interesting.
Why do I want to do this? It’s because I love discussion, and I love organizing discussion around a theme. I think I love discussion more than a nebulous idea like ‘getting it right’ about a show. If I could invite the kind of discussion that leaves ghosts, I’d be the happiest anime blogger this fall.
I’ve seen Kämpfer. I dislike it and will not watch any further than I already have.
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