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The Problem With Episode Summaries

25 OCT
2010

Cross-posted on my Tumblr.

I love reading anime blogs because, let’s face it, I love anime. Impression posts, reviews, state-of-the-industry, and the like are all enjoyable, but with every new season comes the inevitable spate of episode-summary postings. And, at the risk of sounding like a curmudgeon, they do little to inform or incite critical thinking about the anime in question. The problem is that they generally end up 90% synopsis. Dry, uninteresting, and easily replaced by watching the episode for yourself these posts rarely get me on board with a show I’m not watching and almost never share any insight.

That’s not to say that posting on a single episode can’t be worthwhile or even great. Kurogane’s post about Mitsudomoe episode nine caused me to marathon the show. Komidol’s (and his fellow bloggers’) posts are bursting with insight, and the same is true for chii over at Oishii. What do these guys (and gal) do differently? For starters, less text and more screens. And then EVALUATING. I wrote an AP blog post about site-format reviews and basically went off on people who believe a story speaks for itself. What I want from you, bloggers, is to tell me what was awesome or why I should watch a show. If showing works better than telling, then do that. Or tell if that’s your thing. Explain, evaluate, judge and share your quirky feelings or harebrained analysis.

It’s not that I don’t want to hear from you every week (I do!), I just am more interested in what you have to say than what the animators did, because I can always watch the show if I want to know what happened.

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