The anime community is not a really big one, yet it is hardly the smallest group of people that you can find in this wired world. This is especially apparent in animeblogger.net, where we have tons of new bloggers on board, with their keen views to spread the word around for anime. Even Maestro has been candidly saying that he has been doing application non-stops for the past one-two months without a bit of rest, which is extremely admirable of him.
In this short editorial, Impz will present to you some of the lesser-known animeblogger blogs around in the anime blogosphere, hoping to find some gems that have been hidden under the radar. Honestly speaking, after going through some of the new anime bloggers, I realized that there is something that is apparent: the new bloggers are lacking a sense of differentiated identity. I am not saying that writing a certain style is better than another, because to me, I never believe in that. Some people might say that editorials are the greatest but that is like comparing apples and oranges: up to one’s preference in the issue.
That is however a totally different issue to be answered in a totally different entry. For now, I will introduce two blogs of ab.net that I find to be pretty decent and have started up in the past 1-4 months. This will become a regular feature every month, to showcase the anime blogs that are up and coming among the many new ab.net blogs. The two blogs that are introduced for the month of January are Butterfly Dreams and Alvin’s art. No, I have not been bribed by them but I am keen to be bribed by popiah, donuts, chocolate chip cookies, nikuman and curry puffs next month.
1. Butterfly dreams
What does the blog do?
Whispered Hope (abbreviated to W.H for this entry) is the author of this blog that started around in October 2006. W.H generally deals with shounen episode summaries such as Bleach, D.Gray-man, Naruto and Busou Renkin, among other series that W.H blogs. She also seems to be blogging Ghost Hunt, which is clearly +5 points, even though there are not much updates on Ghost Hunt for now.
I do like her clean approach toward both her blog template, which is a banner of the Naruto Akatsuki characters (I do not watch Naruto so I might get this wrong). The sidebar is also minimal and intuitive, which makes finding things in the blog easy too.
Impz generally likes the style in which W.H often has a short quote on the episode summary entry before jumping in to the episode summary. I do have some qualms with W.H’s style of doing point form for the summary. I think that it can be done better, perhaps by capitalizing each sentence at the start but I like the general style of the summary because it allows people to grab the information immediately. I will love if W.H’s thoughts are longer but I guess it is how it goes. Still, I think that W.H provides a very different perspective with each of the entries on series that I do not watch. Hence, it’s a good idea field.
I recommend you to read Butterfly dreams if you like a bit of shounen, short summaries and interesting thoughts.
2. Alvin’s art
What does the blog do?
Alvin is the author of this blog that started very recently in November 2006. Alvin seems to be a completely different blogger compared to the first blog, Butterfly dreams, as he deals with the art structure of human anatomies and he has made some nice tutorials on how to do proper fanart. He also provided various masterpiece art in some of his entries.
The layout is very simple, with nothing complicated or glaringly disturbing, so it’s all good there for the layout. As his writing will be generally more specialized, the sidebar will definitely do for now. The banner can definitely look better as it is, especially since it is portraying itself as an artist’s site. I believe that the blog is still in the construction stage, so you might expect changes sometime soon.
On the actual style of writing, it is not really extremely exciting writing but it is definitely very competent. His tutorials are also very easy to understand, even though Impz is hardly a person who can do any form of drawings. His explanation nevertheless is of top notch and simple enough for a normal layman to understand. Maybe, I will bother with reading some tutorials in a more detailed manner on how to draw legs, hands, the anatomy and other stuff.
An artist’s paradise and I will recommend all budding artists or simply someone who enjoys drawing to visit his site once in a while.
I hope you take a bit of time to take a look at the two blogs and do not hesitate to recommend me blogs for the next entry. It will be fun, I promise! The blogs that I will be interested to review are….
1. Less than 4 months old
2. Anything anime/art/manga related
3. Preferably ab.net bloggers
So ya, we see how it goes~