There hasn’t been anything posted here since September, so I think I’m gonna call this one dead.
Since I want to avoid commentary like this in the actual tournament posts (it takes up too much space for what is essentially just stating the blog is inactive), I think it’s time for another mass round of blogs to be disqualified. Having at least three posts over the past three months should be a good qualifier.
I don’t do music review sites, so I can’t really say for sure whether or not Yuki’s comments and criticisms are valid. And simply put, I am not equipped for a discussion of musical merits — I don’t know the terminology, nor do I know the critical reasons behind what kind of music I like or dislike.
What I can comment on is that the reviews mean shit-all when the songs aren’t provided. There should be Youtube videos up for half this stuff, so fucking link them. That way people can follow your criticisms as they listen to the song and determine whether or not they’re valid, and how your opinions match up with theirs.
Expecting your readers to hunt the internet for these songs or take your word at face-value and blindly buy at your advice is insanely hubristic, especially for such a niche genre among English listeners.
I may or may not have forgotten that this blog is only active between July and November. And maybe it’s just straight-up dead, since LuniazKun hasn’t bothered with anything past the 2013 quarterfinals, and the tournament’s already over…
But the concept of blogging about a shitty Japanese-language moe-girls-only contest is cool enough, so Saimoe Update Blog is moving onto the 16th-finals! I mean, if you so choose to vote it there, that is.
Since this site was billed as a Featured Guest at Youmacon 2013 (a con which I had the misery of visiting), I decided to check out if they had a writeup on the event. Turns out they did.
“Bobby, if anyone in our group was the Bidoof, it would be you. You are a Baka of the highest order. You’re just a dung beetle! No, you’re the dung that is being rolled by the dung beetle! AND YOU SMELL! Now back to our regularly scheduled article.”
Keep in mind this quality of writing is why 6 members of 91.8 got an open bar, food, and hotel rooms paid for by the con attendees. Mm, quality fund management~
Wisely spent, indeed.
Ignoring the articles, since 91.8 purports to be a radio station, I decided to click their Listen Now button to grab some tunes to listen to. Three minutes later, I learned shitty music isn’t a genre I’m inclined toward.
I then turned toward an interview, hoping it would be somewhat interesting. Nope. Lasted 45 seconds before the cringe killed me. Goddamn, what the fuck is wrong with this site?
The best part is they have a $20 yearly subscription you can pay for to receive even more QUALITY content. Yeah, don’t quit your day jobs, guys.
It’s hard to recommend a site that reviews manga when the writing is so godawful you have to wonder if the reviewer has read anything but manga…
“Most of the storis are light-hearted and have a bunch of different plots to carry their comedy. In one story, Koizumi helps Kyon try and intentionally rile up Haruhi with asking about her panties. In another the two end up switching bodies and dealing with the groups’ suspicions. Then there are some stories that caught me off-guard with how dramatic and heartfelt they were. In one story the SOS Brigade goes on a treasure hunt, and Koizumi shares with Kyon what personally means the most to him. In the book’s last story, Kyon goes to school and finds two Koizumi’s there. It was so sweet and so sad that I was crushed to have it be so short. These were just a small portion of the books’ contents.”
…and when the author can’t stop fangasming over BL titles while bitching about how “skeevey” ecchi titles are. Wonder how that justification worked out in her head.
The news section is thankfully more bearable. Updates are focused around American/Canadian manga industry news, with solid editorializing. So if following the latest activities of Yen Press is totally your thing, you might find something of value here. But considering that not even I give a fuck about domestic manga market news, I’m not seeing much of an audience for this stuff.