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150 and counting

And with Serial Experiments Lain, I’ve now written and uploaded 150 of these blurbs. A few months ago I’d put together an alphabetised list of the works and series recommended here. I’ve been keeping it updated, but it’s dropped way off of the front page and was too long to keep stickied.

So to celebrate, here is the list again, and I’ll keep this post up front where it can be easily found.

Delays

I am currently in the middle of writing my Master’s Thesis (as well as several additional essays associated with the course), so I do not have a great deal of time left over for watching or reviewing anime. Hopefully this will change in a month or two.

Alphabetised list

Someone on Reddit pointed out that now would be a good time to provide a complete alphabetised list of the series and movies that I’ve blurbed to date. So, here it is:

  1. A Certain Magical Index
  2. A Certain Scientific Railgun
  3. A Piece of Phantasmagoria
  4. Afro Samurai
  5. Aiura
  6. Akame ga Kill!
  7. Aldnoah.Zero
  8. Alien Nine
  9. Angel Beats!
  10. Aoi Bungaku Series
  11. Attack on Titan
  12. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  13. Baccano!
  14. Bakemonogatari
  15. Bartender
  16. Berserk
  17. Black Bullet
  18. Black Lagoon
  19. Blade of the Immortal
  20. Btooom!
  21. Brynhildr in the Darkness
  22. Buta
  23. Canaan
  24. Candy Boy
  25. Cat Shit One
  26. Cencoroll
  27. Chihayafuru
  28. Chronus
  29. Claymore
  30. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
  31. Coffee Samurai
  32. Colorful
  33. Cowboy Bebop
  34. Daily Lives of High School Boys
  35. Danna ga Nani wo Ittereiru ka Wakaranai Ken
  36. Darker Than Black
  37. Deadman Wonderland
  38. Death Billiards
  39. Death Note
  40. Denki-gai no Honya-san
  41. Denpa Teki na Kanojo
  42. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka?
  43. Eden of the East
  44. Elfen Lied
  45. Ergo Proxy
  46. Expelled From Paradise
  47. Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
  48. Fate/Zero
  49. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
  50. Flag
  51. Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)
  52. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  53. Gangsta.
  54. Gankutsuou
  55. Garden of Words
  56. Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
  57. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
  58. Ghost in the Shell
  59. Girls und Panzer
  60. Grave of the Fireflies
  61. Gunbuster
  62. Gunsmith Cats
  63. Hal
  64. Harmonie
  65. Hataraku Maou-sama
  66. Hellsing Ultimate
  67. Hitsugi no Chaika
  68. Higurashi
  69. Himegoto
  70. Howl’s Moving Castle
  71. Hunter x Hunter (2011)
  72. Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san
  73. Is this a Zombie?
  74. Junketsu no Maria
  75. K-On!
  76. Kaiji
  77. Kara no Kyoukai
  78. Katanagatari
  79. Kill La Kill
  80. Kiki’s Delivery Service
  81. Knights of Sidonia
  82. Legend of the Galactic Heroes
  83. Liar Game
  84. Little Witch Academia
  85. Log Horizon
  86. Madoka Magica
  87. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
  88. Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
  89. Mirai Nikki
  90. Monster
  91. Murasakiiro no Qualia
  92. Mushi-shi
  93. My Neighbour Totoro
  94. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  95. Nobunaga Concerto
  96. No Game No Life
  97. Noragami
  98. Oh My Goddess!
  99. Ojii-san no Lamp
  100. One Off
  101. One Outs
  102. Outbreak Company
  103. Pale Cocoon
  104. Paprika
  105. Paranoia Agent
  106. Parasyte
  107. Patema Inverted
  108. Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom
  109. Ping Pong: The Animation
  110. Plastic Nee-san
  111. Problem Children Are Coming From Another World, Aren’t They?
  112. Psychic School Wars
  113. Psycho-Pass
  114. Redline
  115. Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne
  116. Ristorante Paradiso
  117. Robotics;Notes
  118. Romeo x Juliet
  119. RWBY
  120. Sakura Trick
  121. Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
  122. Samurai Champloo
  123. School Days
  124. Seirei no Moribito
  125. Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance
  126. Selector Infected WIXOSS
  127. Serial Experiments Lain
  128. Shigofumi
  129. Shingeki no Bahamut
  130. Shinsekai Yori
  131. Song of Saya
  132. Speed Grapher
  133. Spice and Wolf
  134. Spirited Away
  135. Steins;Gate
  136. Strait Jacket
  137. Suisei no Gargantia
  138. Summer Wars
  139. Sunday Without God
  140. Sword Art Online
  141. The Animatrix
  142. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
  143. The Legend of Korra
  144. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzimiya
  145. The Tale of Genji
  146. The Twelve Kingdoms
  147. Thermae Romae
  148. Time of Eve
  149. Tokyo Ghoul
  150. Toradora!
  151. Usagi Drop
  152. Voices of a Distant Star
  153. Wolf Children
  154. Yama no Susume
  155. Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san.
  156. Yuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru
  157. Zankyou no Terror
  158. Zipang

100 reviews and counting

And with that, I’ve pretty much caught up with the reviews that I’ve been posting on /r/animesuggest. From here on in, they’re going to be coming a lot slower – there are a few shows and movies that I’ve yet to write up, but for the most part I’m going to need to be watching new stuff before I can write them up. Most of the shows I’ve seen that I haven’t already reviewed aren’t really stuff I can recommend to others with a straight face. Since this blog isn’t really intended as anything but an online (and more easily sortable) backup for the Word document that I generally use, I’m not going to be that worried about it.

Still, it’s been fun so far. It’s given me an opportunity to polish a few of the earlier pieces, though for some of the shorter works there’s not really much room for expansion. Let’s see where it goes from here.

Starting up

Well, this is going to be something of an experiment. I’ve never done any sort of blogging, diary-keeping, or even much long-form writing outside of what was required for academic or professional work. That said, I’ve been hanging out on the /r/animesuggest subsection of Reddit for the better part of a year now. It’s an interesting community, where folks interested in watching anime or reading manga can come to find more of what they like with a slightly more personal touch than the automated suggestions of Netflix or sites like Myanimelist.

I lurked there for a good long while, picking up on the general flow of things. I quickly realised that posts fell into two camps: laundry lists and reviews. The former provided answers to queries in the form of a bulleted list of five-ten shows that match up pretty well to the request, relying on links to outside descriptions like those on Myanimelist to provide context. A scattergun approach where a whole bunch of stuff is thrown at the requester to let them judge for themselves what they might like. The latter type of post tended to focus on just a handful of shows, but came with tailored comments about how it fit that particular request.

Neither type is inherently better than the other, but I found myself drifting towards providing fewer but more detailed recommendations. Over time I sort of settled into a standard format and then figured out that with each requester only appearing once or twice on the subreddit, you can get away with copying and pasting previous comments and then just tailoring the small details to fit.

I don’t pretend to be an expert or connoisseur of anime; it’s a hobby more than anything. But the process of reviewing does tend to focus my thoughts, and I tend to remember what I’ve watched a lot more clearly once I’ve written about it. It’s also quite fun trying to sum up shows within the restrictions set by the format of posting on Reddit. I figure now that I’ve amassed quite a number of “template” reviews, it might be useful to find somewhere to store and categorise them, if only so that I won’t lose everything the moment my laptop finally gives up the ghost. As such, I’ve decided to try out WordPress for the first time, since it seems the easiest of the options out there. I probably won’t stick to regular updates, and since this is more or less for my own benefit I’m not even all that interested in getting others to read the stuff here, but there have been one or two requests that I do something like this, so here we are.

Let’s see how this thing works.