Here we take a look around the sphere and talk about my favorite blogposts. This is not an objective “best-of” list because I obviously do not read all the blogs. Also some posts, even if written by my favorite bloggers, may be about anime or episodes I haven’t seen, or subjects I don’t understand. This is why some posts won’t be listed, outside of plain ignorance on my part. Without further ado and in no particular order…
Tytania Episode 06 (How Ariabart Got His Groove Back) – Kaioshin Sama, When Anime Past Meets Present
The whole post was written like a sports cast, with a play-by-play for the Battle of Syracuse System, as well as color commentary. Very entertaining. Perhaps what I enjoyed best is the detailed battle analysis, which is paramount for an anime like this.
On the other side you have wastes of life like the Vardhana nobles and Tyrandian rebels who never once seemed to have seen their own defeat coming as they rushed to war based on the belief that because Tytania lost at the Battle of Cerberus that they somehow were guaranteed a victory. I don’t even think I need to point out how foolish this notion was and they deserved everything that happened to them.
I enjoyed this passage because it’s uncompromisingly harsh to the characters, something I personally am not capable of being (so far). I had commented to Kaio’s previous post that I found these villains ‘cartoony’, but calling them ‘wastes of life’ sounds good.
Gundam 00 S2-07: A Day that will Live in Infamy – Crusader & Calawain, THAT Anime Blog
I thoroughly enjoyed their complete and utter skewering of an episode they uninanimously hated. Their schtick is a good cop/bad cop combo, with Calawain as the Gundam fan. It gives the reviews a sense of balance, and the fact that they both HATED this episode says something. Now while I may not completely agree with their points, the post is a very good read. A torrent of comments also follows, so it’s quite awesome really.
We remember Kurdistan! In the first few days of the long war. We remember Moralia. We have been newly reminded of your habits by the hideous massacre of Louise’s Family. We know too well the bestial assaults you’re making upon Soma, to whom our hearts go out in her valiant struggle! We will have no truce or parley with you, or the grisly gang who work your wicked will! You do your worst! – and we will do our best! Perhaps it may be our turn soon. Perhaps it may be our turn now.” – Prince Ali ‘s first address to the Federation on the new membership of the Government in Exile of Kurdistan
It’s fanfic touches like this that endear me to Crusader’s review method. I’ve been a fan since his epic coverage of Macross Frontier. Much to be enjoyed.
This week’s section has been retiled “Calawain’s RAGE” for copious amounts of anger and swearing at the atrocity committed in episode 7. It went beyond just the pathetic opening fight that was very short and high on stupidity. The entire core of the episode was a huge pool of fail.
When Calawain rages like this about Gundam, it’s hard for me not to give credence to how bad it is. it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the episode though. It was difficult not to enjoy it because the Waifu is eating up the Allelujah x Marie ship, despite the epic NARM. I was prepared to RAEG, but when I looked at her I was like, “AWWW”. I really think there’s something about watching anime with others that significantly influence my experience of the shows I watch.
I’ve been lurking around the anime blogosphere (I don’t think I like that word) for only about 7 months, and I’ve only been blogging for less than 6 weeks. There are many many things that I still don’t know about the community and the environment. This post educated me quite well. In it the two main types of blogs are discussed.
There is also the fact that they’re everywhere. You need only throw a Taiga 5 feet in front of you and you’ll most likely hit an episodic blog. Not many people can tolerate essentialy reading the same thing over and over again; however, each person being different from the next, you won’t come across the same approach to the episode either, and the beauty of episodic blogging lies in the variation that can be applied towards something that’s seemingly completely stock.
I’m sure there’s some guideline on having too many commas and semicolons somewhere, but that 3-sentence paragraph is quite readable to me. And it’s funny too. There are other meta/blogosphere-related posts that are amazing reads this week, but first girl wins in this case.
Public Enemy #2 – lolkitsune, Miao on My Mind
While I very much prefer bloggers patting each other’s back (note that 2 of the above favorites mention me in some way), I really enjoyed reading this post. The subject is noteworthy, the criticism is harsh, and the exchanges fiery. Even without knowing the somewhat extensive background of the subject and the previous controversies, I found myself engrossed in the discourse all the way through the comments section. I didn’t comment because I had and still don’t have anything valueable to contribute to it.
I’m not saying it’s bad to challenge your dislikes. I recently managed to make myself enjoy avocados and mushrooms, and I wouldn’t have come this far if I hadn’t forced myself. But my attitude approaching mushrooms wasn’t “fuck, I hate mushrooms… I really fucking hate mushrooms… fuck, I really fucking hate mushrooms… maybe there’s some chance I’ll like this mushroom more than the last, but it’s extremely unlikely… FUCK I fucking hate mushrooms.” It was more like, “hmm, I hate mushrooms—but I want to change that. Other people like this shit. Other people enjoy this shit. Why do I hate it?”
I come away from reading the post as if warned, that I really need to think through my posts/projects, and be careful of coming across as some kind of expert. I’m not averse to being told I’m wrong, though I will flinch should I be flamed. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this post perhaps more in terms of schadenfreude than I care to admit.
On Being a Fan – Paying Attention to Creators… or Not – Ibrevis, East Anyhow
It raises a very interesting question:
If being a hardcore fan is not about knowing as much about anime as possible then what is it about? The number of 2D girls or guys you love? The amount of GBs on your hard drive? I really don’t have an answer
I think I want to respond by writing my own post. In the mean time I want the ideas to simmer a little before I put them out. I’m discovering a lot of things about this anime hobby the more I lurk around anime blogs. I’ve also visited a local anime convention. It’s strange to feel like a complete outsider in an event which supposedly champtions a lifestyle that I’m hardcore about. What is definitive otaku behavior anyway?
What did I miss? Refer me to the blog posts to rid me of my ignorance.