For most anime blogs, the standard format for posts is the episodic. It is what keeps the aniblogosphere alive, as much as elitists and detractors say otherwise. Editorials and commentaries are said to be superior to episodic posts in a sense that it inspires more intelligent discussion, but episodic blogging is superior to editorial blogging in some aspects, and editorials are better than episodics for different reasons.
For the most part, episodic posts are relatively easier to write than editorial posts, as one would simply point out the pros and cons of the episode or the general direction of the show in question. Many episodics include speculations about future developments in the show, as well as the occasional subjectivity that filters the readers. It is a good way to inspire casual discussion as episodics usually get to dig deeper into focus about certain aspects of the show than full or half-time anime reviews.
Episodic blogging has limits, however. For one, episodics mostly keep in touch with the episode in question. You wouldn’t normally see discussion outside of the show itself. For example, should I discuss the thirteenth episode of episode of Mawaru Penguindrum, I would try to keep with the spirit of the episode and not go deep about the idea of the show as a whole more than references and brief nods. I would not discuss Ringo’s obsession with fate in an episode that is focused on the history of the Takakura family. It’s that kind of limitation. I could mention that the previous events of the show may have some implications on current developments, but that’s about it.
It is also rare for episodics to have a broad view on a certain topic. For example, I want to talk about humanity’s different views on fate and predestination as a whole using Mawaru Penguindrum as a platform. If we’re going about it in an episodic, the text I could dedicate to this topic would be very little and unsatisfying for the people who are interested in discussing it as I would have to prioritize covering the episode in general instead of delving deeper into a single topic.
But if I were to write a post specifically about the usage of the concept of fate in Mawaru Penguindrum, I have more freedom to write about content outside the latest episode. I have more freedom to refer to earlier episodes and compare and contrast how another view on fate, Ringo’s, compare to how it was presented in a darker tone in the latest episodes. I can also cite related works and literature concerning fate at my leisure, without being bound by the confines of the episode.
Simply put, editorial posts are more thought-out (most of them anyways) and diverse than episodics, but episodics are easier to write and gets to tackle more things on a casual level.
I don’t know why the heck I wrote this.