This week, Ben's too busy being someone else's Valvrave therapist to join us (traitor!), so Brittany Vincent jumps into to the fray. Then the two of us have fun discussing everything that's wrong with the conclusion of D... | subscribe
Well, well, well. November was a heck of a month. We saw a resurgence in c-blogs, and plenty of fabulous dressers, but in the end there can be only one.
Here we are, born to be kingsWe're the princes of the universe
[Community member jel x is featured here in another promoted Monthly Musing c-blog! jel x has chosen the world of Mawaru Penguindrum to talk about this time around. If you want to participate, there's stil...
[Community member Lifesong is featured here in our very first promoted Monthly Musing c-blog! Watch as Lifesong sings the praises of Golden Time's Koko. If you want to participate, there's still time!]
There is an unspoken ru...
One of the benefits of watching Blue Exorcist recently is that I've become familiar with fashion fiend (and classy-demon-about-town) Mephisto Pheles. Not only is this man rarely seen without a top hat AND cape, both of which ...
Hola, bounty hunters bloggers! This is just your reminder that November's Monthly Musings blogs should be going up left and right, but at the time of this post I can only see one on the horizon. Shucks howdy! Now, I know it's...
Don't panic. Grab a towel. Ben hasn't gone anywhere, like many of you were concerned about -- he's still on deck! I'm sure most of you were thrilled to see the new dawn of Yotsuba comics yesterday, so don't worry! If he were gone, that would be...problematic, since he's helping to show me the ropes! I am, however, going to be handling the Monthly Musings from here on out, so if you haven't yet read over my introductory c-blog as Japanator's new CM, pop over and do so! I'll wait.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Type-Moon and its works. I wrote a giant post about them earlier this year, for goodness' sake! And in said post, I mentioned the ever-dreaded Tsukihime anime adaptation. Or, if you really...
[It's the first promoted post for October! Lifesong offers up the case for Air! Post your own blog about a remake-worthy anime and you could be featured on the front page too!]
Yes, I am going for the lowest hanging fruit I c...
Guess what I have cooked up this time? A Monthly Musing! That's right, we're resurrecting our monthly feature and we want to get you guys involved! In case you haven't taken part in a Monthly Musing before, here's the gist: we have a topic each month that we toss out to you, dear reader! Then, just blog about it in our Community Blogs (cblogs!) and you'll have a chance to be promoted to the front page! It's that easy.
So for all of October our fresh topic is: what is the most remake-worthy anime? What anime really deserves to be revisited? Which show needs a fresh coat of paint and some extra-pretty animation? Do you have a certain studio you really want on the job? Just begin a blog post, include "Remake-Worthy" in the title, and then go to town! Your post can be as long or as short as you'd like, but if you want to get to the front page it should at least be interesting (and being well-written helps too)!
Best of all, we have something special for you. While we'll be picking cblogs throughout the month to promote to the front page as always, this time one cblog will be the one the rule them all! One cblog will be chosen at the end of the month and win a prize from the site's pile of goodies. I had Tim rummage around and we found something cool: Gungrave: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. So get those keyboards warmed up, and join in!
It's finally December, so now you can go ahead and put up your decorations and play Christmas music in public. What, people have been doing this since late October? Way to spoil the fun!
The start of the new month means we have another Bloggers Wanted theme for you lovely folks that like to grace our C-Blogs. Us folk at Japanator are currently preparing to write about the shows we enjoyed the most this year, so we'd like for you to write about what you enjoyed this year! However, you won't have as many restrictions as us.
Title your blogs 'Best ___ of 2012', placing in whether you're talking about an anime, manga, Japanese video game or whatever. Why not think outside the box? Best voice actor of 2012? Best product placement of 2012? You could even write about an older anime that you just happened to watch this year. Be sure to explain how it relates to 2012, in that case!
As always, we'll be keeping an eye out for the lovely things you end up writing, and we'll slap a bunch of them on our front page for all to see! Just remember that if you disagree with something, feel free to write you're own blog and perhaps we'll feature that too! Best example of terrible anime 2012, perhaps?
Can you smell that? It's the smell of a fresh, new month! That means it is time to change the Bloggers Wanted topic, so get those caffeinated drinks and start thinking of something cool to write!
Oh yes, better explain what I want from you guys first.
First of all, thank you to everybody that participated in the topic for last month! We read each and every post that ends up in the C-Blogs, Bloggers Wanted related or otherwise, so it's great to see people whacking keyboards for our sake! Of course, there were some great posts that didn't make it to the front page last month, but don't get disheartened! You could still make it to centre stage with this months topic!
What we want you to do is write a letter. This can be to anyone or anything, living, dead or fictional. It could be a fan letter that shows how much you appreciate Oda-sensei a famous figure, a letter that voices a complaint about a show or event, or just something extraordinarily creepy. If you can't think of a person, why not a letter about a specific thing? An open letter to ban anime recap movies, perhaps?
There are plenty of possibilities, so get your thinking hats on! Title your C-Blog 'An open letter to', followed by the subject. We'll then pick a few over the course of the month and throw them on the front page for everyone to see!
Incidentally, us folk at the Japanator underwater HQ have been thinking about answering any questions you might have. If you have something to ask us, on any topic, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we might respond to it in a post in the near future. Let us know if you want to stay anonymous, and don't be too mean! You could ask us what our least favourite shows are, what we like to do in our spare time, favourite ice cream flavours... anything! Give it some thought!
[Welcome to Bloggers Wanted, our way of asking you, our dear readers, questions, and checking out your insights, the ones too big for podcasts or mere comments. Deep thoughts like that deserve recognition, and this is where we can make you Internet-famous! - Josh]
You may remember that almost a month ago, I wrote out a post asking you lovely readers exactly what changes you would like to see on Japanator. Well, we've been listening, and we noticed that a number of you wanted to see the return of our Monthly Musing column. Well, it's back! Don't let that new name fool you!
If you've ever wanted to write a blog about something you care about, but you have had trouble finding the audience for it, this could be the answer! Every month we'll be setting a new topic to discuss, and you budding bloggers will be able to write about it in our C-Blog section. We'll be keeping a close eye on what you are writing, and we'll be putting the best ones up on the front page for everyone to see! Also, for the bragging rights. Everyone loves bragging rights.
In all honesty, I'm glad to see it finally return. Many of us regular writers participated in the old Monthly Musing column before joining the site (myself included!). It's a great way to practice your writing while showing it to others with similar interests. What's to lose?
Enough waffle, on to this months topic!
I want to make it nice and simple for the first Bloggers Wanted, so I want you to tell me what you keep going back to. This could be anything so long as it's related to Japan in some shape or form (yes, you can stop writing that blog about your toilet!), so whether it's an anime, a manga, a convention or even a location, we want to hear from you! Why do you like it so much? What makes it so special? What puts it above the rest? You can write as little or as much as you like, just be creative!
Myself and the rest of the Japanator team look forward to reading them! Good luck everyone!