Category: Essays

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Are Problematic Anime “Bad”?

I know, I know, you HATE the word problematic. Everyone does. I get it. It’s a word that’s been way overused and misused and is almost always followed by a rant. There’s not much to love there! And I think that because of that, we have a tendency to disregarding any point that uses the...

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Why is the Manga Always Better?

Ok, that title is clickbait. I baited you. I’m sorry. I don’t actually think the manga is always better than its adaptation. In fact, I’m one of the few people out there that tends to prefer the anime to the manga by default but that’s really not the norm. In general, you see manga readers...

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Update on Blogger Decorum

When I first started blogging, I was lucky enough to get some help from more established bloggers and I took the opportunity to pick their brains as much as I could. That eventually lead to a collab post that is still dear to me where Remi and I just talked about the unspoken rules of...

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Expanding beyond WordPress

This post was originally published on 100 word anime but I’m repurposing it. Some time ago I realized that although the WordPress community is absolutely wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for the world, it remains for lack of a better word, “limited”. In numbers, not in wonderfulness. For a blog to *keep* growing and...

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A Twist “Outrage” Marketing in Anime?

Do you guys know what outrage marketing is? Just in case, let me try to summarize it. It’s when a company creates an advertising campaign or even a product itself, that they know will be very polarizing to the public, in order to (at least in part) generate outrage in some faction of the customer...

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On Negativity in the Anime Community and Blogging

These days it seems most of my anime-related interactions on social media can be divided into 4 general categories. Strangers telling me they are sexually attracted to drawings. Which is fine but you gotta be in the mood for that sort of thing. Strangers and sometimes acquaintances generally proclaiming that so and so anime is...

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Mecha March – What’s in a Design?

Hello everyone and welcome to my Mecha March collab. I wanted to do something for Mecha March this year and I dragged poor Scott into my silly plans but I would like to think it’s his fault for being utterly delightful and indulging my whims! Yeah Scott, that will teach you to be such a...

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Collabing and Guest Posting – Choosing a Venue

Throughout the years I’ve collaborated with a lot of bloggers and guest posted on a few blogs. But only recently have I had bloggers guest post on my blog and it’s made me realize a few things. Generally, I collaborate for three big reasons. 1) I am not a good representation of the average anime...