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