Nil often meanders from his technically competent writing with stupid “look at me”s like,
“So yes, I will now be dipping my hands in fanfiction. It seems strangely alluring in the same way you catch a whiff of that grotesque-looking man loitering on the sidewalk, clothes in tatters and eyes in delirium, and you can’t help but take a gander and wonder what life would be like as him. Or maybe I’m just a depraved individual from associating with hobos in Berkeley; getting high with one of them has still got to be a top 10 moment of my life.”
As an expert at being up my own ass, I can tell Nil’s had quite a few experiences of his own. Take his article about opportunity cost as an example. Here we go. The main point appears to be “opportunity cost means making decisions about how to spend your time and nobody else gets this but me, god I’m so fucking smart.” Way to show us plebs.
If writing is masturbation, then this is the kind I’d regret afterwards.
This is a diary. Or rather, it wants to be one. The author certainly has a throbbing clit for anything from an anime series she can relate her life to in any way at all.
But I can’t say I have a problem with that.
Now, I’m not gonna say these diary entries are omgdeep, but they can be (somewhat) insightful. And anyone who manages to talk about Utena without making me want to shove a sewing needle up their urethra is all right in my book.
I have to give Chris credit; the blog really is populated solely by meandering brainslips. I failed to find a single article that I felt was actually worth the time I put into reading it.
Here’s an example: https://cks.mef.org/space/rtblog/anime/ValvraveS1TwoBits. Tell me if you got something out of it other than nothing.
All he’s doing is posting things. Things that don’t matter. And the only problem with that is they don’t matter.
I fail to see why the site exists, or even why Chris does.
I struggle to find the value proposition in this blog.
Half the posts are tumblr reblogs, the other half are about how Jesus has such a huge dick, and when an actual thought from the author squeezes its way through the cracks, you find yourself wishing it hadn’t. Take this example of writing from an article titled “Top Ten Screwball Anime Characters”:
“10. Alice Malvin of Pumpkin Scissors
I practically fell in love with Alice after she shouted “Aku Soku Zan” at the start of the first episode. She’s very fiery and zealous in regard to those suffering due to the effects of the war, and she tries to impress her zeal onto her subordinates. All those showing a lack of enthusiasm soon feel her annoyance!”
That is the entirety of medievalotaku’s reasoning for why Alice Malvin is a “top ten screwball”. How the fuck is being zealous “screwball”-like? What puts her in the top-ten other than the author’s declared one-sided love? I mean, fuck. I’m almost impressed someone could write so poorly without intending it to be a parody.
Here’s the entire article if you have a tendency toward self-harm: http://medievalotaku.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/top-ten-screwball-anime-characters/
Sekijitsu wants to be popular so badly.
Pay attention to me!
And to be popular, they’ve assembled a crack team of bloggers to write for them. So, let’s see how a select sampling fare (I’m not writing about every goddamn person who wrote something in the past year):
“I honestly didn’t have much expectation going into Witch Craft Works; I basically bracing myself for some crazy amount of fanservice, and surprisingly got none of that. Witch Craft Works ended up being more action than anything — probably front loading the more intense animation to bring people into the series. Either way we have some kind of tactic used to drive viewership.”
If you don’t speak English, why would you write for an English-language blog? Come on.
(On Amnesia) “Another one, I really wanted to like. It looked so colorful and the two leads should have been interesting, but once you throw in the secret organization, Circus, and a convoluted and confusing first episode, you’ve turned me off for good.”
Yes, that is the entirety of the retrospective for Amnesia. I put more thought into how to format the quote than the author put into that entire shitty article.
Yippy (episodic blogger): http://sekijitsu.com/2013/12/08/nagi-no-asukara-10-hibernation-tension/
One of the biggest problems with Yiffy is he writes from a “you saw exactly what I saw and you just saw it right now” perspective. And that’s super-great if you’re livestreaming something. But you’re not. You’re blogging.
Cloudy finds fanart and posts it and… that’s it. Within the context of Sekijitsu’s goal to be a mega-blog, that’s not such a bad idea though.
Currently, they’re trying a scattershot approach to content. And I think it will eventually work out for them.
The only problem is that eventually isn’t right now.