Archive for February 2nd, 2007

No problem!

One problem with starting an anime blog with a marked dislike of going through an episode taking and formatting screenshots is that I don't actually have a ready-made source of blog post inspiration with the Brand New anime season, only obtainable through raws, or some such. There's been a few waves of introspection among other anime bloggers (before the merest hint of a twinkle of the existence of this blog, full disclosure requires me to admit) about the very large number of anime blogs doing episode summaries, and the relatively scarce number of blogs doing primarily editorials and thoughts. The problem with doing editorials for me, though, is that I don't exactly have a lot to say about a great many things. Sooner or later, I'm going to run out of opinions, and be reduced to "um, it's nice" or "um, it's not that nice".

But I don't like to do episode summaries. The thought of going through an entire episode and picking which screencaps are good to use and actually screencapping the exact moment for best framing and resizing everything and renaming everything and uploading everything and placing them strategically throughout the post and thinking up of good ALT and TITLE attribute captions and making sure that the entire thing retains a modicum of user readability and doing this all with only a basic understanding of Notepad++ and GIMP because I'm a cheap bastard… it all begins to sap my will to blog. I want to just get on with it and be able to get straight to "OMG anime is so cool" and "moe! hanyaa~n" and all that.

Therefore, full episode summaries only when absolutely necessary. I really respect those who take the trouble to screencap everything, and I can never understand the occasional lament that "everyone's doing episode summaries". For me, episode summaries are hard; random ramblings that can be passed off as "editorials" are easy.

To compound this difficulty, this anime season, I haven't really found a lot of shows that not only catch my interest, but that I can also find things to talk about. For the most part, I end up with Thoughts And Impressions that pretty much read "stuff happened, was interesting". I don't have the same passion for the current season's shows that I had for The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya or Zero no Tsukaima or Card Captor Sakura.

This isn't to say that I have burnout on new anime or something, or a call for "the good old days". If anything, I love the current trend towards moe shows (obviously) and harem comedies, and I like many of the newer shows compared to older ones. And it's not that I dislike the current season of shows, as much as I simply can't think of anything to say about them, from episode to episode. I'm watching them, but I may not be blogging them.

I still haven't decided whether I want to blog any of the new season or not on a consistent basis. While I'm trying to decide, I'll just give a very quick run-through of my initial impressions of a few of the shows.

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