WHEN EDITORIALS FIGHT BACK: Superfanicom vs. We Remember Love (Anime Blog Tourney Silliness)

Iijima Mari with Arthur C. Clarke in Sri Lanka '84

There’s a tournament going on, where blogs are pitted against each other and readers are to vote which one they prefer to read. Very few people actually vote reader preference based on serious consideration of content. It’s too much to ask, since it involves a lot of reading to go beyond the best-foot-forward samples in posts like this one. Casual/first-time visitors are left to make distinctions and vote based on web design, readability and presentation. Otherwise, it’s friends and loyalties that are the source of votes.

If you are visiting this site for the first time, welcome. I promise you that We Remember Love, as anime blogs go, is very good. I mean this in terms of the sustained effort and personal energy that I, the principal contributor and co-founder have put in it over 3 years. I am a lazy proofreader, which means some of my sentences will read weird and typographical errors and even spelling ones show up every so often. However, I am not lazy in generating content, and in making each post an expression of love for anime (and manga too sometimes). I’ll let the archives say the rest.

But this post is about the showdown between Superfanicom and We Remember Love. I will link to three editorial posts each from each blog that you can check out and base your vote, if that is something you’re up for doing.

Round One:

What Umberto Eco is Saying to lelangir, Just Because I Want Him to

vs.

Babies for sale! Babies for sale! Buy one, get another 50% off!

Superfanicom starts the fight with a philosophy essay seeking to legitimize inane discussion on twitter as worth thinking on. The author cherry picks a comfortable topic (nihilism) and namedrops trendy thinkers like Umberto Eco and Thomas L. Friedman and attempts to finish the post with an image punch line from K-On! that now leads to a 404 not found message.

A MASTER CLASS IN NIHILISM!

We Remember Love fights back with a more practical and relevant topic: trans-racial adoption. While the Superfanicom post takes on racism, the WRL post narrows it down to a more specific topic, and far more relevant to anime viewing, particularly its discussion of Son Goku the alien in Dragon Ball (Z), being adopted by a human and eventually fights his own race to protect his adoptive one.

Winner: We Remember Love

Round Two:

Determining Decisive Contexts for Evil Behavior: an annotation of Dr. Chiba Atsuko’s experiment logs

vs.

Baron Febdash is showing a bit of character…

Again, Superfanicom starts the round with a post of spectacular ambition, using characters from multiple anime to create a layer of interpretation that actually further interprets other subjects including, but not limited to, other anime. We Remember Love would later on dumb down this concept and shamelessly mass-produce it for episodic blogging (gasp) for shows such as Mobile Suit Gundam AGE and Eureka SeveN AO.

But here the author interacts directly with an anime character (Dr. Chiba Atsuko, Paprika) to discuss the dynamics of good and evil itself, using test subjects from shows as varied as Lucky Star, Macross Frontier, and Ikki Tousen. The results may shock you!

We Remember Love fights back with an in-depth character analysis of Klowal, Baron Febdash from the relatively obscure but excellent Crest of The Stars.  What would seem to be a moderately complex and interesting minor villain in the middle of a science fiction series is revealed to be an awesome example of villainy in the Gothic literary tradition.  You don’t find sweet shit like this reading anime blogs.

Winner: Superfanicom

Round Three:

The Use of Power in Love Relationships: A Study of The Courtship of Irie Naoki by Aihara Kotoko Supplemented by Dream Therapy and the Use of the DC Mini Machine by Dr. Chiba Atsuko

vs.

Ookami-san and the Curious Ironies of Modern Moe

Flush with its success using the Dr. Chiba Atsuko post, Superfanicom is sticking with this formula and bringing in the first post of the series, wherein the techniques of Dr. Chiba as seen in Paprika are used to analyze the dreams of Irie Naoki and Kotoko, the romantic leads of Itazura na Kiss. The apparent imbalance in the relationship is pretty much explainable in the findings within Naoki’s nightmares.

We Remember Love fights back by appealing to the lowest common denominator: moefags AND moe haters. The author picks a pretty forgettable (no one remembers Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi by now LOL) moe anime to frame the moe debate (wow, this actually happened in anime fandom).  It’s clever and accessible, as befits its attempt to court fags of all kinds, but wins by inspiring rather lengthy comments from truly curious, if not intelligent viewers and commentators on the subject.

Winner: We Remember Love

This is… however, just my biased judgment. Vote using your own methodology. Even on design terms I am very confident that WRL’s glittering background image will carry it through anyway.

About ghostlightning

I entered the anime blogging sphere as a lurker around Spring 2008. We Remember Love is my first anime blog. Click here if this is your first time to visit WRL.
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24 Responses to WHEN EDITORIALS FIGHT BACK: Superfanicom vs. We Remember Love (Anime Blog Tourney Silliness)

  1. lelangir says:

    why did i get an email about this

  2. Pontifus says:

    Wait, what did — oh.

    I feel like I just got geass’d.

    Nice counter to the “being nice is srsbsns” thing I went with. And, actually, your being able to seduce call upon so many people to produce content for you is part of your fathomless allure power.

    • I’m willing to provide content in return, or offensively LOL.

      Unfortunately, not so much these days as I’m incredibly stretched by life and am in the middle of so many ongoing shows. Good thing is the Cowboy Bebop project is complete and will publish in due course.

  3. moritheil says:

    Truly, a well-curated fight. Mashup fights mashup in a postmodern free-for-all.

    On another note, I didn’t think Crest of the Stars was considered that obscure.

  4. schneider says:

    I remember some of these posts! Great reading, especially the Atsuko Chiba ones (lololol electric shocks). Good luck to both of you.

  5. Rusty says:

    Sir, both links in the first round point to the adoption post.
    Other than that, thanks for the interesting reads. I can see an archive binge waiting for me.

  6. -chii- says:

    GAMLIN KICK INDEED!

  7. sadakups says:

    You got my vote all the way. I mean, this is the only blog I subscribe to. :P

  8. kluxorious says:

    post like this will get you ahead, that and friends you make and the loyalty you created within the aniblogsphere. Good luck.

  9. megaroad1 says:

    WRL get’s my vote for suuurreee!!
    Glad to hear that the Cowboy Bebop series of blogs will soon be ready for publishing.

    • Thanks.

      They’re ALL ready for publishing. I finished them about 2 weeks ago. There’s just a lot going on that I don’t want those posts buried in the flurry of publishing. Because as you can imagine, I busted my ass over making those.

  10. Andaer says:

    I see what you did there!

    Don’t have the time to read all this stuff now though I admit that your opponent seems to have a intersting concept but you have the interesting anime. I grant him a heroic statement: “One more thing: a salute to Sir Ghost on the eve of battle. I only have an axe, but I’m proud to face the Gundam.”

  11. otou-san says:

    Even on design terms I am very confident that WRL’s glittering background image will carry it through anyway.

    Almost voted for you, then was reminded about how I feel like I went to the super dimensional strip club and got galactic glitter all over me, so I unsubscribed from this blog.

  12. ces06 says:

    That pic over there at the top, man. Whoah. That deserves the internet. (And a vote)

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