It’s true that I had some initial misgivings about the Anime Blog Awards. But I think they’re probably on the right track to doing something good for the community. So here’s my me-too post about why I nominated the blogs that I nominated. Also, Impz, I think this is my official sponsorship announcement for BGB and Anime Nano for the ABA. I’m Hung Truong and I approve this message.
I nominated Hinano because she speaks her damn mind. She doesn’t actually summarize much; she just honestly says what she thinks about the episode. Also, she’s an Anime Nano Podcast alumnus, and us Ex-Podcasters (Hitorigoto?) stick together!
I nominated the Sea Slugs! Anime Blog for one reason: hidden mouseover screencap captions. I really wish they were easier to get to, but mousing over will do. Basically I don’t read any text besides the screencap captions. You should try it! It takes way less time than reading paragraphs!
I nominated jpmeyer for best editorial blog because he knows what he’s talking about. Whereas I was a film school dropout, jpmeyer got some kind of degree or something. I really can’t remember now. Also, jp reads that J-List newsletter so he can explain Japanese culture in a way that only a person who reads the J-List newsletter can! Also, see the second half of why I nominated Hinano above.
アニ・ノート is an interesting meta-blog. Basically, Author reblogs what others have already blogged. But he’s got insights to add whenever a blogger gets something wrong. Like how I thought that one move in Naruto was Sasuke’s, but it was really first seen as done by Rock Lee. Oops. Also, not allowing comments on your blog is simply too emo not to respect.
Sea Slugs! Anime Blog
Seaslugs again for team blog, mainly because they have the word “team” in their URL, which helps for SEO and nomination purposes.
Manga Maniac Cafe
Julie reads a crapload of manga, let me tell you. I think this award is more for being crazy prolific than anything else. Plus there aren’t that many manga only blogs out there, and I figured I’d give some points for purity.
JASCII is what I read back when I started watching anime and I wanted to get an idea of what a series was about before watching it. It’s basically the inspiration for this blog, so how could I not list it? Who cares that it hasn’t been updated since July 2005 and is probably not eligible!? This was THE anime blog for me.
AoMM is also an influential blog to me. I don’t care if the name changed, I still call it AoMM. If it wasn’t for Anime Blog Toshokan and Blogsuki, I probably wouldn’t have gotten very far with BGB, or created Anime Nano. Well, I guess that might be thanking him for the wrong reasons, but in a way, he did have something to do with the creation of Anime Nano… Anyway, AoMM stands as a really insightful, funny anime blog. Now if he’d only remove all those sports references that go over my head…
Ashley’s satire. It burns. Plus her drawings are pretty amusing most of the time. I also nominated this blog for best satire. Better to put it here than make a new section and repeat myself.
Insightful == funny most of the time at AoMM. At least for me, it’s strangely funny when some random dude has the exact same thought that I did during a particularly wtf moment in an anime, and I realize it when I read his blog. THAT’S THE POWER OF THE INTERNET!
And as I already mentioned, the Seaslugs hidden captions are probably the funniest text you’ll never read.
Hashihime knows way more about seiyuu than any person really should. That has to be worth some kind of dubious award!
Instead of writing about anime, Bateszi writes ABOUT anime. And sometimes about writing about anime. But it’s all thought provoking stuff.
The Anime Almanac is also a sort of metablog most of the time. The blog has a history for being controversial, which should be held as a badge of pride. I mean, you won’t see me fighting for lolicon rights!
Omonomono is for readers who like words. Yes, those kinds of readers. Seriously, if you manage to get through the huge blocks of text, you’ll be rewarded with yummy brain food.
Best Blog-related Comic
Unfunny Internet Meme Comics
Are they comics about unfunny memes? Or are they unfunny comics about memes? Either way, they’re badly drawn. And as I’ve said before, you have to respect DiGiKerot for drawing those things so badly on purpose. What, they’re not badly done on purpose!?!?
I think I nominated this one mostly because it hadn’t been nominated at the time and I wanted to get a fresh one in. It also happens to be really good. I think I just recently added this one to Anime Nano not too long ago.
And that’s it! I left a few categories out because I didn’t have much knowledge in them. Anyway, best of luck to those who were nominated. And thanks to those who nominated me, even though I haven’t been posting too much this past few months. Hopefully Summer will bring more time to keep this thing updated.