Top 5 Worst– What? ~On Negative Blogging and Lists

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Hey guys, today I wanted to do a post on this topic of negative blogging or really pessimistic and just sometimes outright mean reviews. I don’t usually think of lists in terms of bag anime and I usually like to write about what I love so you probably won’t get anything like “Top 5 Worst Shojo” or Top 10 Worst Anime Ever” lists. Here are some other reasons….

First of all, there are tons of people out there have different tastes as you or me. We all watch anime for different reasons so storyline, style of critique or simply personal preference, will all determine whether we thumbs up or thumbs down a series. A big anime that usually has people shaking their heads disapprovingly or jumping up and down like a fangirl, is Sword Art Online. There are your hardcore Kirito X Asuna and Yui fans; then there are the ones who bash everything about it.

2009writing_62115172Although I am a reviewer and have a tendency to critique shows, ultimately it’s not for me to judge what people should or shouldn’t watch. I’m here to give input on what I believe are the good aspects of the show as well as the points that could be improved but at the end of the day I’m still a viewer and a fan just like you guys. I’m human, I fangirl, I’m biased. Bias is something that no one will ever get away from whenever we’re expressing some opinion or critique (as objective as we try to make it). As well, preference for genres are a big one, whether you’re comfortable with Shojo or Shonen, Josei or Seinen, Yaoi or Yuri and everything in between anything, the overarching target audience genres and their individual styles and sub-categories will determine what your likes or dislikes lean to. However, that is not to say that we’re confined within genres. Often people debate over what anime falls under which. I really don’t think it’s that big of a deal. Genres give you a good general outline as to whether or not you should look into the anime or not. For example if you search up a show on the internet and see “horror, supernatural and thriller” when you’re usually use to “slice-of-life, high school and moe,” the dark mind-tricky bloody ones might not be your cup of tea. You’ll probably know from the art from posters or promotional images as well but I digress…

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Whenever I read a review that’s all negative critiques and angry over internet screaming, I’m immediately turned off by the reviewer. Not because I don’t respect his critique or opinion, but I feel like I’m being yelled at. Cap Locks really pack a punch don’t they? LOLLLL and then if it’s a show I like, I’m tempted to comment and argue about it and conflict is never good [unless it’s the Asahina brotherly kind ;)]

Furthermore,There is a huge difference between negative and critical… You can be both negative and critical but you can’t be overly emotionally negative and claim that you’re still being objectively critical when you’re making incoherent sounds over your video review or flipping virtual tables in your audience’s faces.

I don’t really see myself as a negative person in general. When I see producers do a horrible plot change or rip apart a character’s life (and subsequently, our hearts), I try to think rationally about why the writers did what they did before I mourn the death of my favourite character or anime, for that matter. I once read a trilogy where all the heroes slowly died one by one till they all became legends at the end of the series, totally ripped my heart out, but I digress again…

BakemonogatariThis is just my opinion on negative lists. I am certain that there are some really well researched lists for series that you REALLY shouldn’t watch.

I hope this shed some insight on blogging and reviewing. At the end of the day, watch what you want to watch. A really good friend of mine once told me that just because someone says something is over-rated doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give it a chance. Like what you like, dislike what you dislike. Give every anime a chance and be proud of your favourite!! Happy watching!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?

 

Viz Media Panel News @ FanExpo Canada 2013

vizmediaHey guys! I had the pleasure of attending the Viz Media panel at Fan Expo this year and I got a lot of great news. I’m super excited for the new manga official translations coming soon. I’ve been waiting on Nisekoi for a while. Once that’s out, I can’t wait to review that for you guys! A lot of classics are coming back as well so be sure to be on the lookout for those!

New Manga Volume Releases

GangstaGansta (February 18, 2014)- If you guys are into dark and nitty gritty urban stories, this is the manga to read. It takes place in a city called Ergastulum full of thieves and criminals. The main characters, Worick Arcangelo and Nicolas Brown are known as the Handymen who take the jobs no else will touch. Things take a twist when they a cop on the force requests the Handymen to target the top Mafia family…

NisekoiNisekoi: False Love (January 7, 2014)- A super cute and fun series currently available in digital copy from Viz Media. It’s kind of like Romeo and Juliet, but the opposite where a truce is kept between both Yakuza gangs as long as the son and daughter of each respective side can date. LOL

DragonballDragonball: Full Colour Edition (Feb 4, 2014)- One of the classic manga and anime series being made into a vibrant full colour edition. Definitely worth getting if you’re a fan of the series!

img000001Deadman Wonderland (Feb 11, 2014)- This series was originally produced by Tokypop and was recently transferred to Viz Media. Deadman Wonderland is an action packed, supernatural, suspenseful almost post-apocalyptic story. (It’s complicated and it’s a lot of things). If you’re into horror and fantasy and dark stories, go ahead and give this one a try.

83437648_390adf8820_oRanma ½ (March 11, 2014)- A re-release of Rumiko Takahashi’s classic martial arts comedy series.

artartArt of Princess Mononoke (May 2014)- Calling all Studio Ghibli fans! The art book of Princess Mononoke is coming out soon. Be sure to check stores in May so you can get your copy of the beautiful art!

230px-Bakuman_Vol_1_CoverBakuman Box Set- October 1, 2013 (with poster and free Otter No. 11 mini-comic)

One Piece Box Set (Volumes 1-23) East Blue and Baroque Arcs- An interesting start to the super long series but I wonder how many box sets we’ll have to wait for to get the ENTIRE series out.

monster-v1Monster Perfect Edition (July 2014)- Hey monster fans! New editions are being released! (and possibly and HBO series)

New Manga Series:

One Punch Man– By the illustrator and publisher of Eyeshield 21 and currently serialized in Shonen Jump, it follows a hero that basically defeats all his foes with one punch

World Trigger- Feel like reading about galactic warriors? Want some science fiction for a change of pace? Check out this series!

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman- Currently serialized in Shonen Jump, you can sort of discern the the general themes and ideas in the series from the name.

DVDs & Blueray Coming Soon…

Tiger_&_Bunny_vol_1– Nura I and II

– Bleach 17, 18 (coming in the fall)

– Naruto Shippuden

– Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne

– Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning

– Zetman the Complete Series (coming in November)

– Accel World

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– New Acquisition Gargantia/Suisei no Gargantia

– Blood Lad

– Ranma ½

I hope you guys found something a new series to look into from this post and if you didn’t, go ahead and check out my other reviews for something to watch or read. Thanks so much for reading!

– Cloudy

What are you pondering today?