Anime Blogs as Rock Genres: Punk

So a while ago I started a post trying to classify blogs as particular rock genres. Mostly it fell apart because I didn’t have enough experience with anime blogs and bloggers yet. But I’m starting to get a handle on it. I thought it would be fun to give it a shot. So here it goes. I’m not going to name names here, mostly because I don’t need that drama.

Anyways here we go.

Punk

Punk blogs all have some similar traits. They’re loud. They’re angry. And they’re right. Even if they’re wrong they’re right and nobody better tell them otherwise. That’s not to say that they’re trolling for flames, but they’ll use whatever wording they see fit. Generally you can count on one inflammatory remark per post.

They differ from heavy metal blogs though because their anger is generally directed by reason though. Often interspersed between the bullshits, the fucks and the other cuss words, there is a good point. Now some are lighter than others, and some are better than others, but no matter which way you go, they’re always angry.

Oi Punk: Oi Punk Blogs are the second easiest to spot. They’re the ones waving around the rebel flag, yelling about how the industry is dumb, other bloggers are dumb, the whole world needs to collectively pull their heads out of their asses. Generally their posts are not made for the eyes of readers. They tend to be lengthy and dislike the idea of capitalism, or society in general. They’re the most likely to open up a can of hate on you if you disagree with them.

Sometimes as they get older they can start to mellow out and write a little more understandably. But they’ll always tend to be on the angry side.

Skate Punk: Where oi punk says fuck you, skate punk says “whatever”. They’re still angry about the stuff that they care about, and can make remarks poking fun at the wholes in the system. But they’re still a bit angry and they’re usually loud. But so much easier to understand. For that reason, skate punk blogs tend to be more popular. Generally the blogger responds to hate with a quick kick to the nuts, and responds to like with a self-effacing sure.

Now don’t make any mistake, skate punk blogs still hate capitalism, commercialism and society in general. But they’re just as likely to let it keep doing whatever the hell it’s going to do. They may cross over into pop punk occasionally or as time goes on, but most of the time they don’t need to.

Pop Punk: Much like skate punk blogs, these ones are even more mellow. In fact, they could almost pass for a top forty song some of the times. Of all the punk type blogs, these are the most likely to be episode review blogs rather than editorial blogs. They’re usually funny, a bit irreverent, but rarely angry, well unless it calls for it. There is a ska variant on this which tends to be pretty similar except they play trumpets. Or they don’t.

Now pop punk blogs can occasionally get a bit emo, but they make up for it with some good one liners and a whole lot of funny commentary.

Emo: Emo blogs are the easiest to recognize because no one understands them. Generally they’re a mix of personal posts about how much life and people suck, and diatribes about how much other fans suck. Often they do troll for attention. And when they get it they wonder why everyone’s picking on them. That’s not to say that they don’t have good points occasionally, if you’re willing to wade through the whining. They always take themselves too seriously and as a result take everyone else too seriously as well.

But we all love them anyways.

Okay so that’s all I can think of. If you have any additions or think I missed any of them please leave a comment or e-mail iniksbane@gmail.com

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The Hidoshi Q&A: That’s Not Kanon

(Okay, Blogger is doing weird things. If any of the words are run together it’s the machine’s fault and is not reflective of the intelligence of the interviewer or the interviewee. Well it could be reflective of the intelligence of the interviewer, but I’m not going to admit that.)

Name: Mark P Tjan

Age: 24

Location: Toronto area, Canada

Occupation: Professional illustratorworking in the technical field. Graduating in April.

Q: What was the first anime you watched? When did you start watching anime? And how were you introduced to it?

A: I probably can’t remember at this point. I come from a mixed background that includes Japanese, so I’ve been exposed to things I didn’t know were “anime” throughout my childhood. I suppose the first time I realised something was anime was at my local Blockbuster back when I was 13, and they had subtitled copies of the original Guyver OVA, Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, and Doomed Megalopolis, amongst others. Gaiarth was really the one that hooked me, and I’ve looked back fondly on it ever since.

Q: I’ve noticed quite a range of shows discussed on your blog, anything from Lucky Star to Gundam 0083. Is there a particular genreyou gravitate to? What type of shows do you enjoy? Is there any show you’d be embarrassed to admit that you like?

A: I’m not much of a genre guy, to be honest. In this day and age I seeeverything becoming more and more meta and cross-pollinated. Even backin the day though, I think genres have always made us less aware of what something is. Take for instance Gundam 0083. Sure the predominant feature is mecha, but it’s also a political story, a drama (both romantic and wartime), and has its funny moments. If we look at Zeta Gundam, it’s actually easier to classify that as a drama-tragedy than a big mecha show. So for me, genre is irrelevant. I tend to see it asa marketing ploy that we’ve all become too comfortable with and need to wake up and escape.

Shows I’m embarrassed at liking? Not many. I’m very straightforwardabout things. Some people have a guilty pleasure like Dragonball Z,but I’m usually quite pig-headed and forward about my opinion of such things (it sucks!). I guess if I had to pick one, it’s probably Love Hina. As long as you take away the Spring Break special and the”Again” episodes, Lova Hina was a product I really enjoyed, but don’t always feel justified in doing so. It is really heavy on the gags and it’s not particularly well-written, but it’s fun damnit. It’s one series I can just throw my cares out the window about and watch for the hijinks.

Q: And do people really pretend that FF VII wasn’t their first RPG? (I just read a rather old post).

A: Ahahaha, see, now you’ve asked me a loaded question! If I say it wasn’t, I’ll probably be called a liar. I think a lot of people do though. It’s embarrassing for some folks to be part of the mainstream. I personally have no problem with mainstream products, I think it’s really childish to be such a hater. I mean, I talk about maturity and such all the time, and I think a part of being taken seriously is accepting that you do like mainstream things and just going with it.If some hater comes up to you, just go “so? Whatever” and leave him or her alone. FFVII wasn’t my first RPG, I was into them long beforethat. I think my first was probably Secret of Evermore or one of the early Japan-only Fire Emblems (my uncle gave me a copy he’d sawed the extra pieces out of so I could play it on a regular SNES).

Q: I notice that you talk about fandom quite a bit. How long have you been part of fandom? I’ve also noticed that you talked about the convention circuit. How many conventions do you go to and what do you cosplay as? What do you like about fandom what do you dislike about fandom?

A: “Fandom” is hard to define. Online I’ve been part of the fandom since probably 1997-1998, possibly a year or so earlier depending on when it was that I got the internet for the first time. Back in the days of 56kbps! Wow, I feel slightly old now. I went to a pretty sports-oriented high school so not many people gave a crap about anime or anything. Except for two kids who I used to hang around with, both Asian and really into Gundam. It was always fairly validating to think that someone else out there knew what I was talking about. I’d seen0080/0083 by then. My local friends were more into video games (I was the guy with the PSX and Saturn back then), so that also wound up leading to anime fandom. Golden Boy was a big OVA for us. Big.

For conventions, I started back in 2001 with Anime North. I’d been to a comic book convention once before, but it was pretty dull so I didn’t really think much of it. A friend on a chatroom I used to frequent told me about AN and said she was going, so I figured I’d drop by and meet her. In the end she and I lost track of each other, but I kept going! I also went to CN Anime (a portion of FanExpo) that year as well. 2002 was the year everything exploded for me though. I met someone who introduced me to her cosplay group and told me about performing in the masquerade. It sounded like fun so I joined in, and the group’s been together ever since. We recently dissolved the old name and united with another sister group of ours to form the Ontario Anime Society.

I tend to hit up quite a few conventions. Not as may as some, butenough to satisfy me. Anime North and FanExpo here in Toronto, AnimeBoston down in Massachusetts, Otakon in Baltimore, Otakuthon in Montreal (come see me! I’m a guest this year!), and I’ve been to a few others. I don’t like overdoing it because then I feel worn out. Plus I’m broke after all that! I tend to cosplay as whomever I see fit. I’m not really that versatile as a cosplayer, so I stick to “safe”costumes. Recently my role has been organising things for the OAS,which means I have less time. I’ve done things like Miroku from Inu-Yasha, Jiraiya from Naruto, and Shigure from Fruits Basket. This year I might be doing someone from Macross F, probably Ozma since I have a chinstrap beard now.

Wow this is a big question… Uh. What do I not like about fandom? That’s a very broad spectrum. I don’t like “cultural idiocy” as I put it on my own blog. I think a lot of people get overexcited about mundane things and treat them as special (ie: the Japanese language orany non-English words period). I mean, I understand it. Been there, done that. But as a community I think the fandom needs to move forward. I’m also very against the sexualising of everything. Yaoi, yuri, general hentai… I think there’s too much now. Way too much. I know I’ll probably get a few angry e-mails about that, but my point is that I don’t really like the oversexualising we do. I think it’s unnecessary and immature. But hey, that’s me. At the very least, I’d prefer people kept it to themselves. Heaven knows I don’t need anymore fangirls waving yaoi doujins in my face.

Other than that, I also don’t like the unethical downloading offansubs. I don’t think fans realise they’re hurting their own industry, and that needs to be made clear. I’m a DVD buyer, but I realise companies need to respond to that situation too and make things available online for cheap. There are ways to solve all this,but it has to start with us. Write letters to companies asking for digital distribution options. Tell your friends to stop downloading or watching on YouTube when a series has been licensed, etc. It starts with us.

Q: If you had to pick a top five favorite anime, what would they be?

A: That’s easy. Macross Plus, Twelve Kingdoms, Genshiken, Genesis Survivor Gaiarth, and Princess Mononoke.

Q: Is there anything about you that you think would surprise your readers?

A: I’m not white? Hahah, no, but all joking aside… I don’t really think so. I’m pretty clear in who I am in my writing, so I don’t feel the need to hide much. I suppose if anything, that I have a very strong spiritual side and that I’m a Theosophist (think Buddhist-Hindu-etc sort of thing, but not in a hokey way). To me, my spiritual life is the most important aspect of my existence. It’s where I find a lot of my ethical grounding and where I begin to base my opinions.

Q: So I’m curious is “That’s not Kanon” a statement like “Hey, you aren’t talking about Kanon.” or is it an accusation like “That’s not Kanon!” or is it a play on the word Canon?

A: A play on the phrase “that’s not canon”, really. I thought it was kindof cute. I never meant to keep it or continue writing the blog (most such experiments have ended in failure), but somehow I just kept going. Glad I did!

Q: I noticed that your blog started as a cooperative effort and then it became just you posting. I’m a little curious what happened there?And more generally how did you get into blogging?

A: Actually, it still is a cooperative effort. Shooichi is my co-authorand he posts every so often. He’s less motivated I suppose? But he always comes out with something quality when he does put in a word. If anything, he’s much, much funnier than I am. I’ve always appreciated that.
I got into blogging largely as an experiment. I had started reading blogs on BlogSuki (we miss you), and then followed it up with AnimeNano (we love you!). I figured I wanted to try my hand at it, so I did. A couple of months in, Owen from Cruel Angel Theses linked me and it’s been an uphill jog ever since.

Q: If you had to classify your blog as a “type” what type would that be? What types of blogs do you enjoy reading? What types of blogs doyou not enjoy?

A: Probably subcultural anthropology or some convoluted name like that. I’m across the spectrum really, because I prefer social commentary over reviews but still do the latter anyway. I enjoy reading blogs that give me an opinion on something. The End of the World blog is really good for that, as is Cruel Angel Theses and Mistakes of Youth (though wildarmsheero sometimes scares me with all the body pillows). I feel blogs that just do giant image posts or recap episodes are a waste of time. I mean, why bother? No one wants the spoilers if they haven’t seen it anyway, and if they have, what’s the point of a recap? And while images are all good and fine, we’ve got Danbooru and 4chanfor that. Open a gallery instead!

Q: On a side note, it almost seems like there’s two types of posts I’ve seen – the angry rant and the longer argumentative one – whichone do you prefer writing more?

A: I tend to write both at once. I suppose the angry rant is easier and it provides more immediate rewards (visitor rates jump for drama), but the argument — if well thought out — is that much better in the long run. It gives people a lot more to talk about in an intelligent manner, rather than just squawking like a duck that was kicked in the sphincter. It’s important that communication be emotional, but not out of control. The same goes for the intellectual component. Too often people can justify anything, and if you can’t feel what right and wrong is in a moment, I don’t think you can establish much of a moral compass about anything. I’ve found that I tend to do the latter and then write it all out because of frustration, but then it’s just an angry rant disguising itself as something intelligent. It’s one of those pitfalls we need to avoid.

Q: If you had to pick three posts that you think are your best what would they be?

A: Hm… Probably the first that comes to mind is “Claymore and the Samurai” (http://tnk.hidoshi.com/?p=580). It’s a bit of a culturalanthropology study I did and while short, frames everything nicely. I might return to it one day in more depth. Then there’s “My Life and Macross Plus” (http://tnk.hidoshi.com/?p=559) which was mostly a small biography of my relationship with Shoji Kawamori’s best work. Lastly,and perhaps most importantly, “Considering the Whole When Reviewing”(http://tnk.hidoshi.com/?p=555) is something I feel every blogger should probably glance at. Hemingway taught us that “writing is re-writing”, and I think a similar concept needs to be applied to reviews. I’m guilty of betraying this concept a lot, but I still try to keep it in the back of my head. You have to get away from the material before you can really review it, otherwise the entire affair can be doctored by excitement, either positive or negative. That skews your opinions and makes your review ineffectual. We could probably phrase it as “reviewing is re-viewing”, to be perfectly succinct.

Q: Any closing thoughts?

A: I’d like to thank you for your time and this opportunity for an interview. I think site-to-site blogging and conversations are very important so that we can all share in ideas more often, even if we disagree. I hope everyone enjoys my blog (even if you dislike what I’m saying), and please feel free to call me on it. I’ll always respond.

Blog in Review: This is Kanon
Introduction

A while back I started a blog post (that I’ll finish one day) trying to lump various blogs into rock music types. Mostly because I like music and I like blogs and of course there has to be a way to combine the two into some sort of cohesive whole.

Now granted, that kind of fell apart, but “That’s not Kanon.” still reminds me of NOFX. Occasionally loud, usually angry, but always with an interesting point. Overall, the blog touches on a little bit of everything, and a whole lot about fandom and the people in it. It takes stabs at cosplay, the entire nipponphile culture and commercialism at conventions. In a lot of ways, it is an examination of the people surrounding anime than the shows itself. And that’s not a bad thing.

Content

To be fair, I have to divide Hidoshi’s posts into two categories – the quick and dirty rant and the longer argumentative essay. Now the quick and dirty rants are generally more accessible. First of all, he has a great voice in these posts. It flows naturally and I don’t find myself having to go back and re-read what he said earlier to see if I missed something. They aren’t so long that I find myself skimming through to see what was said later. And to be honest, his points are cutting, insightful and very opinionated. All of which are good for a blog. Really, I could pick out one or two, but his most recent posts all have these same qualities.

On the other hand, his longer argumentative essay posts tend to be a bit dense – both in subject matter and in language. Now I don’t want to say that it’s a bad thing (because honestly, I don’t want to be the guy to say, “Make it more stupid, so I can understand it.”) But I think sometimes it does hurt his point. For instance, his post “On Being Filled with Stereotypes” is a really interesting examination of how some people relate to characters. But when I hit the line, “The disinterested variant will pay the original character more courtesy and only siphon a portion of the experience, without wearing the comparisons too blatantly. In my own experience, I’ve had this done with Genshiken. We pick and choose and pick and choose, but because none of the characters are outstanding winners or losers in the series, it doesn’t goad anyone to say “such and such is me” with any affronting certainty,” I had to stop and reread it. And then stop and reread it again before I got what he was saying.

Now in all fairness, this is I’m guilty of as well. And I don’t think that it’s necessarily bad to be smart. But in all honesty, the voice that makes the angry rants fun to read is lost right here.

And I do have to make a note about Shoochi’s posts, which are much less frequent and no less enjoyable. Again most of his commentary seems to be aimed at exploring the fan element of fandom rather than anime itself. Although Shooichi’s funny posts do tend to be funnier than Hidoshi. Hidoshi handles the angry rant better.

They also do talk about anime at least somewhat. Although, I tend to think that those posts aren’t necessarily the ones that draw me to read the blog. They also don’t drive me away from it. I tend to be pretty indifferent to them.

Format

That’s Not Kanon is easily the one of the prettiest blogs I’ve ever read. From the banner to the layout, it’s very easy on the eyes. (I’m not surprised to learn that Hidoshi works in illustration). Some of the things I want to highlight would be the combination of sections, a chronological listing and a category listing so that you can search the posts three different ways.

And while I think the banner and design are deceptively flowery, considering the nature of the blog, it is a really great layout. To be fair, I’m kind of jealous.

I don’t even have any problems with the pictures he uses. Even if they aren’t astounding, he definitely uses them well and I don’t have any problems scrolling through them. And to be honest, he rarely uses pictures anyway.

One of the things I did want to point out about the layout of the page is that the font seems a bit on the smaller side. While still readable, it makes the posts feel shorter than they might actually be. And when you combine that with Hidoshi’s usual voice it makes for a good read that feels quicker than it might actually be.

Oh yeah, and I have to mention the poll, which is neat as well.

Conclusion

In all honesty, it’s hard not to recommend That’s Not Kanon. When it’s rocking, it’s really rocking. When it’s not rocking, well it still plays a pretty interesting tune. There isn’t anybody who wouldn’t have an opinion on the subjects that Hidoshi or Shooichi brings up. Well unless you’re not interested in fandom. Or are way too sensitive about the subject.

The CCY Q&A: Having a conversation with Eternity.

Occupation: High school student, which explains why I’m not mentioning my name or age.

Location: San Jose, California

Q: I noticed that you’ve mentioned that you started watching anime with Card Captor Sakura, what was the next anime series you watched? How long have you been a fan?

A: Ah, my second series I think was D.N.Angel, a typical action/romance show that I think was female-orientated. But those two shows lasted me for a few years (I first watched CCS around 2001-2002); the first anime of my ‘true’ fan phase, which began around January this year, was Tokimeki Memorial ~only love~, a bread-and-butter harem/romance. Very tasty bread, though.

Q: So how much do you watch in a week? Do you have a particular time of day that you watch anime? Any kind of rituals that you perform before watching it?

A: I watch an episode (or two) or anime every night as the last activity of the day; I probably average 10 episodes a week. As for the rituals, finding pigs to sacrifice got a bit tedious, so I usually just sit down in front of my computer (I’m a fansub person) and start watching.

Q: I’ve noticed that you’ve said you like to watch shounen harem shows and magical girl shows on your blog, what is it that draws you to them? Do you think the harem show is an overlooked genre? If so, why? If not, why? What type of show do you avoid like the plague? Is there any show that you’re embarrassed to admit that you like?

The harem genre is kind of a mixed bag to me; it’s like what I picture the shonen action genre as: something that has both a lot of really good content and a lot of really base, boring tripe. The harem shows I watch are usually adapted from visual novels and don’t feature a lot of fanservice; what I like about them is the wide variety of likable (in both personality and looks, but mostly the former) characters and the vast stories that such shows have. There are some pretty neat twists that keep you watching; plus, I’m kind of a romantic, so that quota gets filled too.

Magical girls shows, admittedly, I talk about a lot, but I’ve only dabbled in a few: CCS, NanaDrops, and Shugo Chara being the ones I remember. I do like how the female leads are surprisingly complex and entertaining characters, and how the feel of the anime is usually pretty heartwarming and relaxing.

The harem genre, as a whole, I’d like to say is overlooked because a lot of people think it’s fanservice and pandering central, but to be honest, a lot of it is. I think some of the harem-types that focus more on the characters and the romance deserve attention and a serious look rather than being dismissed as ‘moe crap’, though, so I guess I do think it’s overlooked. It’s like going to a flea market; a lot of stuff is uninteresting and unappealing, but there are a lot of gems hidden if you look around.

What shows do I avoid? I’ve had a bad stereotype against shonen action for years; I don’t know if things like Naruto and Bleach are really bad, or just hated for being popular, but I’ve never found out. Also, I’m usually pretty harsh on anything that’s overly fanservicey without a reason.
Any show that I’m embarrassed to like? Well, I’m a guy that admits he likes harem shows and magical girl shows, I think that answer is clear! 😛 Seriously, however, Shuffle! might come the closest, since the first half is, in the words of the main character, “breasts [among other exposed things] everywhere I look”, but the second half is very dramatic, very different than the norm, and completely justifies the show in my view.

Q: What type of things do you enjoy about fandom? Do you go to conventions? Do you cosplay?

A: What I like about fandom is that we’re all crazy in a sense. The extent to which we go to analzye every last detail out there means that I can always find a good discussion on something, whether it be of the symbolic references, character justifications, or just plain merit of some show.

Although, occasionally, we’re a bit too crazy (although I probably am too), which leads to your next question: I haven’t gone to a convention (and thus, haven’t cosplayed) yet, but I am considering doing both for the first time to the local Fanime in 2008.

Q: If you had to pick your top five anime, what would they be?

A: Kanon (2006) and Cardcaptor Sakura for sure. I’d like to circumvent the rules and pick the Tsukihime visual novel as number three – it may not be anime specifically (although there was a pretty poor conversion made) but it’s one of the most gripping and emotional stories I’ve seen.
For the last two…I’ve seen a lot of ‘really good’ anime, but none that I would for sure call one of my ‘favorites’. I’ll go with (Gambling Apocalypse) Kaiji, which is still airing, actually, for manly mindgame fun, and School Days, which, while maybe not a ‘fun’ anime, was an extremely attention-capturing one that broke all the rules of harem as we knew it.

Q: What is the one thing about you that you think would surprise your readers?

A: Well, I’m not really a blogger. I’m actually an astral projection of my former self who is…

Man, if I had a penny for every time they used that trick in the anime I watch, I’d have…four cents. But seriously, this is a tricky one; I don’t talk a lot about myself on my blog, preferring to discuss what they came here for – anime – but in terms of that, it might be that I’ve never really seen anything shonen past my dubbed Pokemon days.

There’s been so much hype about newer shows like Gurren Lagann, Code Geass, Death Note, and whatnot that I begin to wonder if I missed something. Maybe when I have more time and less romance anime I’ll find out.

Q: When did you start blogging? And why do you blog?

A: I started blogging in April of this year (2007), to make funny jokes about Kanon and other shows I watch, since I didn’t know of a lot of the anime community at the time. I’ve continued to blog to sharpen my writing skills, and to have kind of a soapbox for whatever rants of anime that I come up with.

Of course, I do enjoy a good discussion about anime (especially the conspiracy theories) with my readers, or on other blogs.

Q: If you had to classify your blog as a particular type of blog, what type would that be?

I’d call mine an ‘argumentative’ blog. I tend to shy away from episode recaps unless it’s something really shocking that deserves to be talked about. Instead, I like ranting about various meta-style parts of anime. The merits of a specific genre, the logic (or lack thereof) behind the use of a specific anime stereotype/cliche/event/etc, that kind of thing. I also enjoy writing about ‘old’ anime series (early 2000s, not current season, etc), to bring back some titles into the spotlight that deserve it.

Q: Where does the title, “What is eternity doing tonight?” come from? And what is eternity doing tonight anyways?

Ooh, thought I’d hear this. XD

The short answer is ‘Engrish’. The title is actually a wildly misquoted lyric from the OP theme to Kanon (2002). I was looking for something other than “Name’s Anime Blog”, and I decided upon this random question as my title. I’m not fully sure what I meant it to mean (perhaps some contrast between the longevity of ‘eternity’ and the immediacy of ‘tonight’?), but it sounded cool at the time.

Unless some readers are really attached to it, I plan on changing it to something that rolls easier off the tongue next time I renovate the blog.

Q: What type of blogs do you read? What type of blogs do you avoid?

A: I read blogs that I like. I don’t read blogs I don’t like. XD

Anything that’s particularly analytical, I can usually enjoy; I like seeing how deep people can dig the rabbit hole, and reading a good deconstruction of a show’s inner meaning is really interesting, especially when I can’t figure it out.

Humorous episode recaps are a favorite of mine too, providing the jokes are good.

Episode summary blogs aren’t my thing unless they fall into the above category; blogs that take 90% of the post as the summary and 10% as the impression don’t usually appeal to me, since I only read these posts after I watch the episode. Spoiler watch, and all.

Also, internet drama and lots of flaming / swearing isn’t particularly interesting.

Q: If you had to pick three posts that were your best, which ones would they be?

A: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I’d rather someone tell me, since all my posts are structurally the same; think of an idea in advance, sit down, write in one continuous block, post.

Well, for humor, I’d go with my fall 2007 season half-time review post, which was a lot of fun to write and covered a lot of series.

For argumentative, I like “Why Watch Harem?”, since it’s something that I felt strongly about, and as such, hopefully turned out well.

And for series review, kind of a subset of the above, I’d say the one I did for School Days didn’t turn out too bad. It was an emotionally charged series, and I think that fueled me to write a pretty in-depth post on it.

Q: Any closing thoughts?

A: Yuki Nagato for life!

Uh, no, wait…thanks for the interview, and I hope that I’ll be able to work for you in the…no, still wrong.

Well, first off, in case you couldn’t tell, I like to be funnier than perhaps my serious style above insists, it’s just that I typically write Serious Business analytical posts.

But really, I’m looking forward to having my blog torn apart or whatnot, so we’ll see how this goes. I don’t get much reader input on the blog outside of the posts, but I don’t know how much emphasis is placed on this stuff.

Also, this Q&A session is about 1.5 times the length of an average post of mine. Wow.

Cheers.^^-CCY

Blog in Review: Eternity is having dinner out?

Introduction

Now there are blogs that do short recaps about what is going on in the industry. There are blogs that do episode summaries. There are even blogs that have funny dialogue between the various members of the blogs. There are even blogs that disect every series with the seriousness of an academic paper.

But I can count on one hand the amount of blogs that I’ve found that take on harem and magical girl shows the way that CCY’s “What is eternity doing tonight?” does. In fact, just taking a look through his participation in the Anime Blogging Collective’s 12 (or 18 in this case) days of Christmas, we get a look at Kanon, Da Capo, Tsukihime and Shuga Chara.

So let’s take a look through Cameron’s eyes about What eternity is doing tonight?

(In the effort of full disclosure, I do suscribe and read this blog frequently).

Content

So what’s so appealing about a blog that pretty much solely focuses on magical girl shows and visual novel adaptations? The answer is a whole lot. Now I’ll admit, I don’t really watch the same kind of shows CCY does. The whole thought of a love tetrahedron sends me into hives. And the what passes as comedy in harem shows makes me shudder. But CCY usually can pick a topic and disect it down to the core.

In fact, let’s take one of my favorite posts of his, “The Survival of the Moest“. Now this post tracks about about 1,000 words, which is pretty average for one of CCYs posts. In comparison, this is generally on the long side at most sites. We start with a pretty general introduction about Marmalade Boy, leading into a discussion of genre. What’s astounding about this post is the fact that he leads in with a thread, takes a turn in the discussion to talk about the shoujo genre in general and closes on that topic.

That general structure holds true for most of the posts. They start with general (seemingly unrelated) statement connect it with the real point he’s trying to make and then fleshes out that point. What’s amazing is that most of the time that thread holds.

The problem is that it doesn’t always hold. CCY’s strength is that he can take a thread and expound a good point from it. Where his posts start to dip is when he loses that focus. For example, his 12th day of Christmas post about Myself;Yourself weaves in and out, but doesn’t have a solid point. Now some of this might be an expectation that the reader has seen the episode he’s refering to and some of it might be that he’s trying not to spoil it for the reader, but in a lot of ways it doesn’t stick together.

But in all honesty, it’s pretty rare for his posts.

The other thing is he does focus on magical girl and harem shows pretty much exclusively. Which isn’t neccesarily a bad thing. I’m all about a blogger blogging about what he or she wants to blog about, but it can limit the enjoyment of some of his jokes. Which for blog posts like his physics related, Schrodinger’s cat post, can be a bit of a killer. But if you keep up with the same shows that he does, you will be fine.

Format

To be honest, I was going to complain that he didn’t have access to his archives on the front page of the site, but he’s got it now. Although mostly, it’s through tags. I’m still a little unsure about the usefulness of tags myself when it comes to blogs, but I would like a date archive. That’s just me though.

As far as the readability of the site, it’s pretty much black and white, no frills. Which in all honesty is a good thing. He does incorporate a good deal of visuals, which in some cases is helpful if they’re related to the text. But in some cases they do slow down my browser enough when I’m scrolling through to be a little bit annoying. So I would say that’s a wash.

What I really like are the changing banners. Again, these are somewhat in-jokes, but they do give the page some personality, and it’s pretty easy to distinguish what the blog is all about right from the get go.

Conclusion

Somebody else, who runs a better blog than this, said about What is eternity doing tonight, “I don’t know what it is about this blog, but CCY can take apart a harem show like no other.” And I think that’s the best way to sum it up. While you may not get all the references, even if you don’t care about the shows, it’s an interesting blog to read anyway.

The only people who might not like it are people who actively hate the shows CCY pulls apart. In fact, those are the people that may want to stay away from this blog. But other than that, I’d say Whatever eternity is doing, it’s sure doing it right.

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