Took me some time to truly realize.
Any suggestions are welcome.
Oh, and HAVE SOME TOUMA.
So, 2013 has passed and that was the year that I churned out 200+ “reviews” of various anime. Looking back to my earlier posts, I cannot help but cringe at what I wrote before because I have improved in both my analysis and critique which makes those reviews quite horrendous. For example, compare my recent finale reviews (SPOILERS!!!) of Kyoukai no Kanata, Valvrave, White Album 2 with even those even just a season before those shows such as Free, Danganronpa and so on and you’ll find a fairly big difference. That’s not even going back that far. Heck, every single one of my general reviews especially the Shin Sekai Yori one is just… Holy crap, they’re bad. Looking back makes me realize just how much I have improved and more importantly, how much more I have to improve.
Aside from those finale reviews and a few other posts, I have to say that I am quite ashamed at most of the posts I have churned out throughout 2013. While I have improved, there are simply posts where I summarize and don’t analyze much at all. A part of that is due to the nature of some episodes and how they don’t let me go too deep, but the majority of the fault lies within me who even tries to write episodically when there is nothing much to write about other than fluff that adds contributes nothing. I want to change that. I really, really do. After reading some other sites, and after writing what I think to be my best review right now (White Album 2 Finale. Spoilers of course.), I find what I was doing in the past year unacceptable. I am smacking myself in the face for taking so long to realize this because I’ve just been so distracted by my enthusiasm of various shows that I didn’t truly realize some of the shallow “reviews” I was throwing out there. For that, I greatly apologize to you readers for not making my reviews as worthwhile as possible and I want to thank you for sticking with me throughout my progression.
How am I going to fix all of this? Well, the thing is that I’ve been reviewing almost every single episode for certain shows, and that’s one of the primary reasons why I failed to make posts as insightful as I want them to be. From now on, I’m going to only stick to episodes that I can dig deep into and give some proper analysis and/or critique. Yes, that will mean that my reviews will have gaps, and yes, I will probably end up reviewing a larger variety of shows. I will not be able to reliably give you reviews on a weekly basis for any single show. Some weeks I may even make 6-7 reviews while other weeks I may make 1-2. This is not because I am lazy. I have done this for a year straight, and each post ever since I got addicted to adding in a whole bunch of pictures takes at least 3 hours to make. You can imagine the time I’ve spent. My goal is to just make my reviews better. I want to make my reviews more worthwhile for you readers. I want to make you think more deeply about the episode or the show after you read my reviews. I do not only want you to be entertained. That’s only part of my goal.
You know, I view many reviews on MAL for being shallow, and I’ve talked to my friends about how some people just criticize on a surface level. While my stance remains, it would be hypocritical of me to want others to do better when I don’t. Looking back to my previous reviews, I can’t even say that I’m doing much better. I want to set a good example by criticizing rationally with sound logic and I also want to analyze shows to a greater degree so that people can appreciate the shows more and so they think on a deeper level about certain shows. Of course, if I try to write more insightful posts, I will naturally progress to make even more insightful reviews. My most recent review of the fourteenth episode of Nagi no Asukara is a standard I wish to set for myself now. If you read it, you probably can notice that I went more in-depth than I usually do. I’ll continue to do all the pictures as usual, but I’ll analyze things to a greater degree and try my best to improve my critique as well. As for weeks that are slower, I’ll try to work on some general reviews and some Youtube videos so that the amount of content will be fairly consistent. Anyways, I hope you understand why I am changing my approach to reviewing shows episodically. There may be exceptions if the show is extremely exciting, but generally speaking this is my approach to reviewing from now on. Feel free to recommend me shows and specific episodes to review if you think there is something worthwhile to talk about as I may not watch certain shows on the day that they are released. Thank you for your understanding, thank you for reading, and a huge thanks to those readers who have stuck with me. Here’s to moving forward!
TL;DR: I want my reviews to be more insightful so I will be focusing on episodes of shows that are worthwhile to write about instead of trying to do reviews for every single episode. Yes, I will most likely end up reviewing a larger variety of shows. I will try to do general reviews and hopefully some Youtube videos in order to have consistent content weekly.