As you know from an earlier post, THAT is currently in Round 2 of the Aniblog tournament against Ani-gamers. I finally have some time off to take a look at Ani-gamers’ blog and realize that it is a team blog! It is perhaps the second time that I visited their blog, and I think that it will be nice to provide some referencing to readers of T.H.A.T on Ani-gamers to make a better judgment on who to vote if you are keen to do so. Ani-gamers actually cover a huge range of topics, from manga to anime to anime conferences in a variety of formats such as the written blog post and the podcast, as well as reviews of series to individual episodes.
There are some comments I would make about their blog though. The quality of writing is very good, even though they cover a very narrow scope of anime from the brief look at the first four pages of their archives. The podcast in all honesty is hideously long, and I didn’t bother to even click when I realize that it was 1 hour and 30 minutes or 49 minutes. As much as I would think that it might be a very interesting listen, the sheer length made me, a typical guy with the concentration span of a squirrel, cringe in fear. Perhaps, they can cut down the podcast physically into several posts, and concentrate on making a solid 5-10 minute at most.
Another thing might be the need to introduce some images between the block of texts. Images can make or break a review, especially when you have a good analysis going on. That, I feel, might make the read less monotonous because the content in their blog is really good such as this on Hidamari Sketch.
Tricks made easy by digital techniques, such as pasting flat textures as the background layer, including photographic elements or switching colors in an object, abound in Hidamari. Such things are used in a subtle and infrequent manner, never getting in the way of the already sparse narrative, and making you take notice when they do occur. In one particular episode the main character is unwell and is running a high fever, and so is highlighted with a searing red glow that neatly illustrates her condition without being superfluous.
It’s a waste that the posts are not read if it is due to simple formatting issues. Do pop over there to take a read! Also, read Josh’s comment about our blog. It was pretty negative, but we will improve on what he has mentioned
p/s: Out of topic, Why are there such idiots to make a 18 year old feel so bad? That said, it does take thick skin in the blogosphere where we have so many combustible characters out there (I got used to flaming/trolling, I laugh them off and be EXTREMELY nice to them. That annoys the living lights out of trolls). It’s a pity that she has stopped her review of the tournament. I would have loved to see how she would have commented on my blog and Ani-gamers. Good to hear some feedback. Honestly though, why can’t we be competitive yet stay cordial when we converse? (I am extremely competitive) Are bloggers and commentators so lacking in EQ and the ability to empathize, think or be considerate?