- Write and Keep Writing
- Don’t just review popular or mainstream sh*t
- Do not restrict yourself to a single genre
- Keep a balanced opinion
- Don’t Fixate on the Barrier
- Avoid Re:reviewing
- Try to Go Beyond a Statement
- Spoiler Control takes Practice
- Prepare to Grow Cynical and Distrustful of Anime
10. Trust yourself, and be true to yourself
For a reviewer, honesty is an important trait. When you like yaoi, then talk about yaoi with no restrictions. Why fool yourself? The main reason you’re reviewing something is because you want to talk about it. If you hate it, then fire away. If you love it, then gush away. Don’t hold back as well. If you want to type like “oh my gosh, look guys. This, like, new thing is so awesome. It features the guys from Free shirtless like adjklsajdlkasjdklasfjdsklf *drools* *slumps over* *sigh*”, then just go for it. An honest reviewer is a trust worthy reviewer, and it can really draw people to you. I feel like I’ve said this before though, but it’s something worth repeating. Never be something you are not. Don’t join a band wagon, or a hate train or a fan club just to get their approval. Never force something you are not. Never copy someone else’s style, because you have your own style and I’m sure people will gravitate to that more than the forced one you’re doing.
Talking about things with passion can really draw people to you. The way you show your love or respect towards something can be genuinely felt by others. The way you loathe something can be interesting to other people as well. You can get a genuine reaction if you stay true to yourself. If you’re a fedora wearing douchebag in real life, then be honest about it. If you like watching something the majority hates then stand your ground. Share you passion. People will respect you more if you respect yourself, and that’s the realest advice I can give you.
The process of being true to yourself might take some time, but I’m sure you’ll realize it eventually. As long as you keep in mind the advice I shared in this top ten post, then the process won’t take that long. So, go on. Take that first step and start your journey. It’s one hell of a journey, I can tell you that much.
Oh, and also…. Hurray for five years!!!!
This has been a blast to write. If you aren’t aware, I actually wrote the entire thing in one day when I published the first one. I was not kidding about the bottle of red bull and the Chatmonchy soundtrack. It took an all-nighter to finish the list, and it was pretty fun. Breaking it up into individual posts is also a fun experience, because I think people actually read it more earnestly when I broke the list up. This should’ve been one long post, but I’m glad I decided to milk all your likes and comments. I want to thank everyone who gave me sincere likes and comments though, because it is fun seeing my tips being received positively by others. We have a matter of celebrating my fifth year of blogging though. So let’s get that Chatmonchy soundtrack fired up one more time.
After poking around wordpress, I found out that they actually hid the dashboard away. The feature is still there though, so I really missed that. Anyways, check out my stats.
Isn’t this just heartbreaking? I try to pretend I don’t care, but it still hurts. I’m on the process of rebuilding though, so there’s no problem here. I’ll just fool myself that I don’t need the high visitor numbers, then I’ll lie and tell you numbers don’t mean sh*t. Yeah, except they do. The number of visitors tells you how much progress you’re making, and it’s just fun. Ok. It’s just fun to gloat about your big numbers. I was even close to my gawd damn 2 million. F*ck it all. Although getting 7,000 views is still pretty modest. It does really mean that I do still have my readers backing me up, so thank you very much for the undying support. I might buy a new domain for this site, but I still have some real life short term goals to finish first. TPAB will have to wait for now.
Speaking of real life, I am happy to announce that I passed my professional licensure exam. They just announced it last week, and it looks like my efforts finally pay off. The journey is still rough though, because I am now going through the process of finding another job. I’m aiming for a work abroad, because I want to shoot for the stars, and that requires a b*tch ton of time and effort on my part. I might go silent for a couple of months just like last year. I am now a professional teacher though, so that’s a big milestone. The Pantless Anime Blogger, licensed professional teacher (LPT). Isn’t that freaking exciting?
Being overly excited that the dashboard still exists, let’s take a look under the hood. Here are the most viewed posts from the last year, and unsurprisingly Yosuga no Sora has an unsettling amount of views. Do you know why? It’s because people are pervs and the google search terms reflect that.
Dramatical Murder is also a big hit. I realized a lot of people are curious about the show, for some reason. I don’t really know why, but a tumblr user once asked me if it’s good. So maybe the popularity of the game is carrying the anime.
Bungou Stray Dogs blew up last year. It’s not really that great of a show, but I think the Ouran High School Host club style animation just appeals to people. It’s a very gory show though, so imagine the host club skewered to death. Well, ok, it’s not that bad. OniAi, Brynhildr and Blade and Soul are weird standouts though. This just goes to show that a lot of people really look for reviews of relatively minor shows. People love Bland and Soul (not a typo, bland!) though and, ohmygawd, what is wrong with you people. The game is amazing, but the anime is just awful.
I’m not surprised with Kenzen Robo Daimidaler. It’s a heavy Ecchi show full of boobs, and google algorithm has always shown that people…are just..well…perverts. It’s a beautiful underrated gem though, so I do urge people to try it.
If you’re wondering what the all-time most viewed post is though, then it’s no surprise.
Yup, High School DxD because people are just perverts and I’m fine with that.
These five years of blogging has been a blast. I know I’m vocal about hating it all from time to time, but that’s part of why I’m enjoying it. I get to be vocal about anything, and I’m glad you awesome people enjoy what I write. I enjoy writing them as well, because I clearly wouldn’t last long if I didn’t. I also wouldn’t have lasted this long if I didn’t get the needed support to stay strong in my endeavors. I made this blog back in 2012, and I was a depressed sack of something. Five years later, and things have turned pretty bright for me. It has its dark moments, like reviewing Seiren, but it’s mostly been a very positive experience. I hope you guys continue the support as I move forward to six, seven, eight and possibly a decade of reviewing anime.
It’ll be more than that, I can assure you because I can’t review fast enough to cover the numbers. This one thousand anime journey honestly started out as a cute gimmick, but it turned into something else. It grew. It developed and it’s now something more than a cute gimmick. I want to continue reviewing and sharing my love for anime. I want more people thanking me for filling up their “to-watch” list it with anime I reviewed. I want more people thanking me for recommending a show that they now love immensely. I want more people copying my style and being inspired by my work. I want more people continuously coming back and reading more of my reviews. I want more, and this past five years certainly made me want to crave more.
Thank you very much. I sincerely want you, dear readers, to know that I wouldn’t have lasted this long without you.
Now, onwards to the next review!!