Aniblog tournament review: Ani-gamers AND a rant on tactlessness


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?

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  1. Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    Dammit Impz, the Janette-Oballer issue was resolved weeks ago. Way to re-open old wounds.

    • Hitoribocchi
      Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

      In the defense of Impz, he only realized of the Aniblog Tournament very recently, so pardon his ignorance.

      Also, the curse of the modern web reader: too much information, too little time. Not attractive/captivating enough, and you shall suffer little traffic drive. Then again, this generation are degenerating into kindergarteners who only respond to pretty images.

      • Impz
        Posted May 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

        Yay! Honestly, why can’t we all be merry and criticize each other in a civilized manner. I did see the Kabitizin’s reply to me in twitter on the other dorama. God, I missed out so much! I only knew it 3 days ago btw, and I am very supportive on the intentions of such events, despite some issues with the implementation stage. Teething problems, imho.

        On a more serious note, I think the current generation is quick to react amidst the shadows of anonymity. I have no qualms with people criticizing me constructively. They can call my writing junk, but please tell me why it is so I can improve. You can call me a bastard, but speak rationally why you think it is so. You can criticize my point of view, by discussing your own point in a civilized way. What I am simply saying that all the drama is not the crux of the issue (if you didn’t notice my subliminal message, don’t be so fixtated), but the fact that we really like to dish out criticism but cannot take it. Well, at least nice constructive ones and not “Impz is a bloody retard.”

        By the way, I know I am a bloody retard. That’s why I am still blogging anime after 3.5 years. SWEEPING STATEMENT FTW!

    • Impz
      Posted May 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Permalink

      I’m good like that :P Honestly though, I am not addressing her issue. I am addressing the fact that on the whole, people online are becoming tactless and adopt cyberbullying practices without thinking it is bad. I can literally delete that part and it is still relevant.

      So, I do apologize for that issue I lifted up, but my point still stays: the tactlessness in the Internet.

  2. Author
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    Why do you think age is relevant? Either it’s relevant and then you cannot have a separate identity, or it’s not relevant and then you don’t get to complain about differential treatment.

  3. Ommadon
    Posted May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    If you think that’s a hideously long podcast, you haven’t heard Anime World Order’s. Not that it bothers me.

  4. Posted May 22, 2010 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    To be honest, I never even thought of being nice to trolls. There is an idea…

    • Impz
      Posted May 22, 2010 at 10:06 am | Permalink

      I think the “don’t feed trolls” makes absolute sense. If you react, you are just asking to be trolled. Hence, ignore, smile, be nice to them. They will just go away and find another target. Don’t bother with lengthy diatribes about how you are accused, a sweet “oh thank you for your comments or haha xD” and move on.

      Also, a good dosage of thick skin is good.

  5. Posted May 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Hey, thanks for the opinions about Ani-Gamers, Impz! I’m so glad that you enjoy the writing from our contributors. On the topic of images, that’s something I’ve always been wanting to improve, but I’m also afraid of overdoing it. As far as I see it, people should be coming to read our blog for the writing, and the images should merely enhance that text. Many blogs skew too far to the images side, making their actual content hard to find among the giant anime screenshots.

    As for the podcast, I’m surprised to hear that you thought 49 minutes was long! Granted, that hour-30 one is much longer than our typical episodes, which usually end up at 45 minutes, but most podcasts I listen to (not all of which are anime-centric) fall somewhere between a half-hour and two hours. I considered our podcasts to be rather short by comparison.

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