I think this method gets to the heart of the aniblog tourney v2, that is, exposure to new or low-key blogs. Actually, in admittedly ironic hindsight, the aniblog tourney is probably a waaayyyyy better PR instrument than this since people will easily get caught up in the shitstorm that is high school popularity, rather than explicit, candid attempts at something useful. So this is kinda like jp’s what i was forced to watch this week but without the objectifying undertones, kinda. Anyway, expect these sort of posts with an amount of frequency. It’s something I’d like to do often.
1. 8C (girl cartoons)
blogging since: March 2010
8C provides concise, cogent analysis. He’s a K-ON fan, so I like him for that reason also. Recently he’s discussed shows like Hidasketch and K-ON, and I’ve found those shows are difficult to talk about unless you deconstruct them in a highly theoretical (inaccessible) way, so that’s also admirable. His analysis isn’t bogged down in jargon or run-on sentences and is very accessible. He doesn’t post that often (maybe once or twice every two weeks) but is extremely active on twitter.
2. Janai (janai blog)
blogging since: June 2009
Janai’s site is mostly about reviews and podcasts. His reviews aren’t that analytical, they mostly give a run-down of the show and briefly list some pros and cons. He does do editorials once in a while; lately these have focused on dubbing/subbing and censorship in the industry. The reviews are concise, however, so if you’re looking for a quick 2nd opinion this isn’t a bad place to look.
3. halfadeckshort (Haiku Anime Review)
blogging since: January 2009
I have no idea how low-key halfadeckshort’s blog is, it just seems like I don’t get redirected to his haiku’s very often. He also writes episodic posts for Sea Slugs. Anyway, an episode described in haiku is a very original, creative and hilarious way of episodic blogging. Only takes a second to read, but well worth it.