This post was written by Dark_Sage. He is Dark_Sage.
Starting off with the editorial blogs was probably a bad idea on my part. But whatever, let’s celebrate that bad idea with some similarly bad writing from the bloggers featured.
Yes, I will be providing commentary. Bloggers, feel free to press me for further details in the comment section; I read a lot more articles from your shitty sites than you think I did.
As for the polls… vote away. In Round 1 you’re allowed to cheat the polls all you want. Yes, anibloggers, you may vote with proxies, hire botnets, and beg everyone you know on Facebook to vote on your behalf. Do what you feel you must. I know how much these contests matter to you all. Prove me right.
Two will move on from each match, and only two. Results will be posted when the polls end. Which is whenever I want them to.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I don’t know what audience George is trying to reach with his blog, but it certainly ain’t me. I went through through the entirety of his 2013 output and could only find one post that I was moderately interested in finishing once I had started reading it: “Mars of Destruction: Can ‘Bad’ Be Overrated?”
So let me tackle that article, starting off with a quote of his, “Sure, it’s not a good anime by any measure, but rather than being “bad” it’s simply boring & bland, which is kind of sad considering the potential the idea behind it has.”
Replace “anime” with “post” and you hit the nail on the head.
While I agree with his post’s conclusion, it fails to impress anything upon me as a reader. If the goal of the article is to counter an argument (in this case, that Mars of Destruction is the worst anime ever), refute the shit out of it. You wanna talk about the plot? Say while it’s salvageable and then point out why it’s not the worst plot ever with examples of worse plots. Do the same for the animation, and the story, and whatever else you want to talk about.
Whether by sheer inability to digest media, or a deliberate lie about having actually seen the movie, Flawfinder gets it completely and utterly wrong. On top of that, Flawfinder manages to fuck up his own self-defined canon.
“Since my only exposure to super sentai was through Power Rangers and a Thai copy of the Kamen Rider PS1 game (in that it was one of those cheap bootleg discs that only worked on a modded PS1), I wasn’t too familiar with the actual Japanese super sentai formula.”
<describes a made-up version of what happens in Zebraman>
“And that’s pretty much the sentai formula in Japan in a nutshell. Now I haven’t seen Kamen Rider or any of those other Japanese sentai shows, but according to what I’ve heard, it kind of does the same thing.”
“As a guy who grew up on superhero and sentai stuff, I “sort of” support what Flamenco is doing now.”
The worst part is Flawfinder is creating posts with topics I’m interested in seeing opinions on. It’s like the complete opposite of my experience with Land of Obscusion. But the godawful writing (sadly, post inaccuracies aren’t the only problems) pervading this blog means it is a waste of time.
Whether by design or not, there’s not really much to Loli Salad. You have reaction posts like this Saimoe one: http://loli.animeblogger.net/?p=6475 and then you have music posts such as this: http://loli.animeblogger.net/?p=6227. But the posts with actual “thought” are mostly just ways to pass the time until the next “here’s some music I’m listening to” notice.
It seems the way to get the most out of this blog is to make sure your taste in music matches up to the author’s and then take her suggestions for what they are. But I’m you’re going to give Fang-tan enough credit for bothering to blog about something unique-ish in the aniblogosphere to push her into the next round.
Cuz that sounds better than “you get a pass mostly because the previous two contenders made Dark_Sage try to burn his ethernet cable.”
Back when I first checked out Nigorimasen for this contest, Tom was starting out with something called Anime Baseball. It was an interesting idea, but I can’t comment on the result since he abandoned that project like it was his pregnant girlfriend.
So I thought of checking out his Favorite AMV Fridays content. Only two posts on that in 2013? For some reason, I thought there were more Fridays in that year.
Beyond two-paragraph throwaways, it seems Major Tom has issues with creating content on the blog. Other than an okay review and the solid-in-concept-but-lacking-in-delivery anime magazine posts, I can’t say there’s much reason to check on this blog on any regular basis. After all, I can just grab an old copy of Newtype and get dat nostalgia feel whenever I want.
Unlike the social justice warriors that have attempted to take over the video game scene, Erin takes a measured approach in her blog of “Just because I find something problematic doesn’t mean it needs to be banned, and it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily bad.” While that is the standard viewpoint of pretty much everyone with a ticking brain, a blog titled “Gagging on Sexism” requires that bit of clarification.
Beyond the author’s philosophy, the writing is rather solid. While I disagree with Erin’s view that having breasts is racist or something (I’ll never understand the tumblr crowd), what she points out is backed up with evidence and framed in a smooth-flowing manner.
I can’t really provide any quotes here, since the writing is worst when it’s complete. But if you aren’t gonna waste your time on a shitty blog, just know that if the author tried any harder he could be mistaken for a fansubber.
Hey MCA-kun-tachi, have you never fucking heard of the More function? There’s a reason why most blogs have that: because not everyone who visits your site wants to read everything you write every time they visit.
About the only reason I’d point anyone to this blog is if they were really interested in the Singaporean fandom. But I imagine there are quite a few better places to take a look at what’s going on in the Kingdom of PAP.
“Please talk to me” punctuates the end of every article on this site. Marow is really fixated on growing conversation in the comments section, and for good reason — community is far more ego-boosting than structuring a site around Google’s page-ranking algorithms for hits from people who didn’t actually want to end up there. And no, I’m not throwing jabs at TheCartDriver.
I found myself reaching for a screwdriver while reading every post, only to lament that I hadn’t the author’s head handy to jam it into.
Honestly, I wouldn’t have so much of a problem with this site if it was written by someone who actually spoke English.
“A month ago I’ve began watching Fairy Tail, and over two and a half weeks I’ve watched all of it (minus the filler episodes), aside from how silly the first episode was – which actually filled me with concern that I won’t like the show, it was just too silly and random – I’ve really enjoyed this show.”
The writing is bad, the opinions are bad, and QC is lacking:
Guy, if you ever want an audience outside of the subreddit you refuse to shut up about, I’d suggest trying to put more thought into your posts than “okay gotta vomit up enough information to make me seem smart”. It shouldn’t take you the 2800 words it took in your Accel World article to write a description of a show.
Someone needs to keep me away from sharp objects. I have a feeling this tourney is only going to get worse.