The Japanese Animation Web Log Tournament is finally over. So… how was the whole experience?
Well, we lost…
The competition was so tight. We were so close to qualifying for the next round, but the inevitable happened and the people will now get their dream matches for the next round. Of course, I’m a little sad and disappointed considering the amount of effort that the AOIA team put in this tourney, but I guess there’s no use crying over spilled milk. It’s time to move on and continue to deliver our promise of quality posts.
That said, we at AOIA would like to request feedback so we can continue to improve our little space on the ‘net. What do we do right? What should we avoid? What do we have to do so that AOIA will dominate in the next tourney? All feedback would be much appreciated.
Metatron Metanorn and Wally Gator Baka-Raptor for making it to the next round. We will still be here, along with Nova Sieve Avvesione, cheering on our comrades from the best Aniblog Tourney group in all of Circlejerkia, Group 5.
PS - I promised on twitter that I would write a post about yuri if we qualify for the next round. We didn’t qualify, but I guess it wouldn’t hurt if I posted one of those anyway.
CHECK OUT OUR SUPER COOL GROUP 5 PODCAST HERE.
Dear ABT readers, welcome to our humble blog. Ah who am I kidding? Everyone knows this is the best aniblog evar!!1one! Alright, that’s enough joking around; on to the matter at hand. No, I’m not going to create some fantastic narrative about the blogs participating in this round. I don’t think I could top a story about a free-for-all between a horny dragon, an angel whose name rhymes with a certain Decepticon, and a dinosaur surfing on a shark with an RPG-7. Nor am I artistic enough to make a rule 63 drawing of representatives of each blog about to duke it out in a moe-deathmatch.
The second of a series of ruthless posts!
You thought anime blogs could escape my wrath? Hah!
Readers who are interested in voting, please cast your votes here.
As Valence did with the first round, let me, @fkeroge, speak for our blog this round.
At first, the Aniblog tourney was, for me, just another excuse for anime bloggers to circle-jerk – a popularity contest dominated by those who get thousands of views each day and those who have been in the business for God knows how long. I couldn’t be more wrong.
Now, I see the tourney as an opportunity – an opportunity to meet new authors and readers, and get to know our existing reader base more. It’s also an opportunity for us, as bloggers, to develop our writing and our online personas to what really reflects our individuality.
Like with Valence, anime blogging is fun for me as well. I got to talk with a lot of wonderful people from all over the ‘sphere, and I got into a lot of arguments as well. I may have started blogging about anime on a whim, but now, it’s a very rewarding experience. We have received feedback, praise and criticism – all of which we have taken into consideration to give you, the reader, a unique experience. We also started to host more polls asking for what you want to see in our blog, and we are more than happy to oblige. Even now, we are still working to make this blog a better place for our readers.
I’m more of a reader than a writer though, and I enjoy reading a lot of anime blogs, episodic or not. In fact, Anime Nano is practically my home page. As such, I will present to you five recent posts here in AOIA which I thought were really great, not as a writer, but an anime blog reader.
- Debate between multiple personas of Valence – Spring 2011 season preview. - Not really recent, but still a very fun read.
- Valence going out of control - Self-explanatory.
- Smiley’s post on resurrection as a theme in Future Diary - I’m so glad Smiley’s on our team. He has great insight on philosophy and matters that I really enjoy reading about.
- Our First Impressions posts - I highly recommend going for the hate posts.
- Parallels Between Fate/Zero and Madoka Magica – Urobuchi’s Characters, Ideals and Morality - It’s one of my own posts, but it’s a post that I really like nonetheless.
Thank you for visiting AOIA. I hope you guys have a nice stay, and hopefully become new readers. I suggest visiting our competitor for this round, Bluemist, and reading what he has to offer. Please vote for the blog that you would very much want to read, and we at AOIA sincerely hope that you choose to vote for us. Once again, thank you for reading.
For readers who are interested in voting, vote here.
Welcome, voters and readers. I believe that our matchup has begun. Let me speak personally.
The Aniblog Tourney has always been an important event to me. Note the usage of ‘me’, because this is a personal thing for me – something that motivated me to stay on in long periods of inactivity and during all the times I felt like dropping out.
Up to the week before the Aniblog Tourney started, I went about reading people’s predictions posts, and when one of them predicted that we’d somehow become 1st Runner Up against Baka-Raptor (I wish), I typed the following: “Thank you for your faith in us, we’ll work hard to meet your expectations.” And this is what I received in response: “What are you,a press representative?” He was right.
Blogging is fun for me. It’s always been that motivating factor behind dropping everything for anime, for me to keep on watching and persisting in this fandom. I’m sure Mira agrees as well. And as such, I will not include a list of posts we wrote, or a list of posts I wrote, that we deem the best – rather, I will include a list of 5 posts I had great fun in writing. They may not be necessarily the best, or even good for that matter, but I had fun. And I hope you enjoy reading them as well.
- I celebrated Kagami’s birthday last year. I even bought a cake and everything. I remember sneaking into my room, taking the photos and quickly consuming the tiny cake I had bought. When I was still the only blogger here, I loved using figure photos in my posts. The old banner was a photo of Kagami as well. I really liked Lucky Star, despite its content.
- Why are all the male leads in anime a bunch of pussies? And similar posts. They made me feel smaaaaaaart.
- Diary of an Anime Lived: Lamentations of a member of the fallen watching OreImo. It was one of those times where I actually learnt something -received an epiphany, if you will- from anime. Needless to say it was an one-time affair but the effect stuck.
- Debate between multiple personas of Valence: Spring 2011 season preview. This post was made solely as a parody of Canne’s own posts where he discusses anime between two split halves of himself. This post merely brings it to the extreme.
It was a pain in the ass to write yet it was fun at the same time, like babby’s first anal.
- Any of the the AFA posts. The experience of going to AFA (and blowing a load of money on plastic goodies and anime posters) is something I look forward to every year.I’m thinking of applying for a press pass this year as well, once I get the proper documentation.
Thank you for visiting. Thanks to GMT, I’m posting this a few hours before our matchup at the Aniblog Tourney. If you must pick the blog you’d much rather read, I sincerely hope you’ll vote ours. All of the writers here have their own virtues in writing, and I hope that these will appeal to you, the reader. Once again, thank you very much for visiting, and we hope we’ll be seeing each other again, on the 4th of May.