Is it just me or the Aniblog Tourney has been less captivating lately? It seems like the topic is getting old but since I have scribbled this draft up for a few weeks already, I think I should just post it and be done with it. This post will mostly focus on my impression and thoughts on the Aniblog Tourney which is now in its final phase.
Bowing out from the Tourney; it was quite a journey!
Canne’s run in the Aniblog Tourney was stopped by none other than the great Star Crossed Anime Blog in the fourth round. The defeat was absolute, logical and expected. I was quite satisfied by all this. I have thanked you already for supporting me but since my performance was so unexpectedly good (much better than I initially thought), I’ll thank you again and I also prepare more cookies for you!
What I learned from this Tourney
– There are countless good blogs out there waiting to be discovered and, in some case, rediscovered.
– Never underestimate the power of the silent, general readers *cough*Star crossed*cough*
– Never underestimate the power of Yuri *cough*Listless Ink*cough*
– Good and timely campaigning is important…but not as much as luck.
– Last but not least; anime blogging is a very, very, very serious business.
Surprising new blogs I started to follow from the Aniblog Tourney
Believe it or not, I only started following some big names and mainstream blogs like THAT Anime Blog, Sea Slug! Anime Blog, Josh’s Anime Blog or Chaostangent after the Tourney. Prior to the event, I usually lurk around less popular editorial blogs and smaller blogs. I rarely visit big episodic blogs at all partly because I always fall behind in watching the currently airing shows and because I love reading deep and contemplative stuffs. You can say that I am an elitist-lover and that I have some bias towards mainstream things but this Tourney showed me that team blogs can possess personality and popular blogs are popular for a reason.
Aniblog Tourney’s most memorable events!
– Hanner’s Anime Blog vs. We Remember Love in second round; I have nothing against Hanner but I just didn’t see that coming!
– Listless Ink vs. Random C in third round; I was simply speechless and the drama after the match was so fun to observe!
– Nama-ko vs. Baka-Raptor in fourth round; every single second of the match is just so exciting and the intensity of the campaigning from both sides is incredible!
– Canne vs. Colony Drop in first round; witness the power of hatred!
Some ideas for the future tourney
– Improvement in seeding system: Some blogs are ranked irrationally too low and some too high. So the Tourney loses proper build up, balance and consistency. We saw many Titans clashed too early. But I think if there is the second tourney, seeding will be easier because the stats from the first tourney can be quite useful
– Separate editorial/episodic blogs: This suggestion is admittedly lame but it did flash through my thoughts very often especially after seeing great but not too popular editorial blogs got beaten one after another.
Sea Slug!, Star Crossed and Kurogane are locked for the final four places but the last seat is still a tossup between Yi and Fuzakenna. If I had to guess who would win, I would say Star Crossed has the best chance because so far it has amassed so many votes without doing anything more than posting a few sentences in his blog.
Um, it looks like I haven’t post any anime review lately. I mostly spend my time just watching anime right now but don’t worry, I have already prepared handful of reviews and will post them soon. Thanks!