2. Don’t just review popular or mainstream sh*t
This is a google thing more than anything else. You want people to see your reviews? Don’t just stick to reviewing popular shows. I call them “easy” shows because these are shows just reviewed to death. We have your Code Geass, Death Note, Evangelion and a lot of other popular shows. Some start up reviewers actually starts with popular shows like these, because they’re easy. In terms of being a reviewer, easy shows won’t provide a challenge to you. Any kind of opinion is already stated by somebody else. Unless you have a completely unique point of view about a show, like spotting every phallic symbol in a Shaft anime, then stop going with the tide by reviewing easy shows. I’m not saying you should stop reviewing Code Geass, but you should just hold off on it. Popular shows are a lot more fun to review when you have a good knowledge on how to review certain anime. I waited years to review Natsume Yuujinchou, and I actually feel proud with the review I made. I can say that it’s good, but I really only reached that kind of satisfying feeling because I reviewed other shows first. This is also the big reason why I’m holding off on reviewing Kino’s Journey as well. It’s an anime I consider deserves a score of 10/10, but I’m in no hurry to review it.
Avoiding easy shows also clears the SEO hurdle with google. If you search for “Code Geass review” then I don’t think your work will pop up in the first page. If you’re starting out, then review uncommon anime. There are a lot of anime some people do not want to touch, but they admittedly want some info on. When my site was thriving, the top searches were Ecchi anime like High School DxD and Soft Tennis. No one really wanted to touch that filth, at least on the level of how I analyze sh*t, so I get three hundred views in a day. Right now, my site is on the radar because of Yosuga no Sora and Dramatical Murder. They are not recent shows, they are not popular shows, and not a lot of people review them. Thanks to the odds though, my site keeps popping up in the first page of Google and I’m able to take advantage of that SEO stuff. People really want to know about the incest stuff, I guess, and BL visual novel are rarely reviewed by people. Oddly enough, it’s the lack of activity for anime like this that gets good views to a small wordpress site. If you want some good traffic, then put off your review of Code Geass until you have a sizeable audience. Tackle the easy shows when you feel like your readers will actually enjoy them. Trust me, it is better that way.
If your mindset is on improving yourself, challenging yourself and keeping your readers in mind, then easy shows should be the least of your priorities. You can try a hand at a few, but your review list should have some healthy diversity in it. Seriously, find the one anime of the season that people drop in their list and review that. It’ll be torture, but it does help.
Here’s a tip as well. If you truly want to improve yourself, then accept this TPAB challenge.
I dare you to review M3 The Dark Metal or Hoozuki no Reitetsu. A precise review on whether you like it or not, the positive elements of the show, the negatives and the general theme of the show. You will actually discover the areas where you need improving on your own just talking about these two anime. They helped me improve the most, because they’re really hard to review. Both anime pose a unique challenge of their own, so this’ll really be a challenge. M3 is gawd damn unwatchable, and Hoozuki is just a different kind of beast. Good luck, and send me a link of your review if you ever decide to do it. You can leave it on this post, and why not impress me and others while you’re at it. This’ll be an old school pissing match between people that are proud of long their piss can go. It’s going to be fun.
I would also just like to say that it’s weird publishing a post that’s barely two pages long on Word. My reviews are seven pages long and ranging from four thousand to six thousand words. This post is below a thousand, and it just doesn’t fell right. I feel like I should keep talking, but I don’t really know what else to say. I’m just tired of Code Geass review. Good gawd, let’s clear some room for the upcoming season, Ok?
Yeah, till next time. I guess.