Purely as an experiment, I thought I’d add a quick announcement of the new reviews posted here, in the event that people wanted to log a related comment and/or follow the blog’s RSS and not the main site’s. Open to comments on whether this is a good idea or redundant.
A couple of additional comments:
One, if anyone was wondering if there’s a difference between the review-type-notes on the blog and the actual main site reviews, it’s that any comments on anime I’m currently watching I make in blog form are really just random, stream-of-consciousness notes and musings. I don’t bother to edit it, and I don’t spend much time on them—just trying to get some thoughts recorded while it’s fresh in my mind.
Actual reviews, in contrast, are proper, well-thought-out, carefully-considered, and have had way too much time spent preening the text. I won’t even start writing a proper review until I’ve finished watching the whole show, and it’ll likely see a dozen revisions over the space of two or three weeks as I try to make sure it’s clear, gets the point across, and covers the most salient details, before I’ll even consider publishing it. I also make every effort to keep them to a reasonable length—I set arbitrary word count limits, and hack away mercilessly to see if I can meet them and still say everything I think needs to be said. I and the other reviewers at AAW will also periodically go and read over older reviews to see if there’s any ways to improve the text; older reviews, in particular, are always getting trimmed and honed.
Phrased differently, if I write it in a review, I own those words and opinions fully. That’s why I might sit on a review for literally months letting it ferment, before I’m satisfied that what it says is what I really mean. If I say it in a blog post, my comment could be based on a mistaken assumption that I haven’t researched, half-baked opinions that aren’t thought out, or just be incoherent rambling. I still said it, and published it, but it’s liable to be half-baked.
I’m personally by nature more of a novelist than a blogger—I vastly prefer a carefully-considered, polished opinion to publishing in the moment. That’s why we have an archive of over four hundred reviews at AAW, and will continue adding to that resource of commentary on anime of days gone by and things that have been forgotten but shouldn’t be for the foreseeable future.
On which note, having recently purchased the entirety of Maria Watches Over Us, and being something of a yuri fan, Kashimashi Girl Meets Girl is the first review of a set of what will be coverage of every yuri series I’ve personally seen. Which isn’t actually that many, but anyway.