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A few announcements

The Aniblog Tourney is well into its first round now, and our turn has just started.  At first, I didn’t think much of the idea, but now that I’ve seen it in action, I actually think it’s a fairly good way of bringing exposure to underloved anime blogs, and encouraging bloggers to try to improve their craft through a bit of friendly competition.  Just to make sure there’s no ambiguity, it’s the Behind The Nihon Review blog which is up for voting, not the main site.  If you like the work that we do on the blog, feel free to support us and take a few seconds to vote.  If you’re unfamiliar with our blog, here’s a few examples of our articles to give you a taste of what we do.

By the NHRV staff:
The 2000-2009 Anime Decade in Review series – Several of our reviewers look back on the decade and highlight their favourite anime of the past ten years, as well as discussing a few trends which have run throughout the decade.

By Akira:
Otaku Soul: An Interview with Yamamoto YutakaAkira translates an interview of outspoken director and former KyoAni staffer, Yamamoto Yutaka (Kannagi) published in Kaiyu Magazine, and adds his own thoughts.
Post-Moe? – Speculations on the future of anime, and the stagnating relationship between innovation and moe.
The Rise of the New Guard? – A breakdown of the financial states of prominent anime companies KyoAni, Sunrise and Gonzo, and a few comparisons between them.

By Kylaran:
The Structure of Yuri: the Shift from Female to Male Audiences – A close look at a few trends in the yuri genre.
Suicide, Otaku, and Bullshit – A discussion of cynicism and ontology among otaku, and their behaviour as a response to the postmodern world.

By Shadowmage:
The future of streaming for FUNimation – A proposed approach for FUNimation towards the success of online streaming in its formative days.

By royal crown:
Concerning Superflat – A criticism of the superflat movement which concludes that moe is distinctly Japanese.

By myself:
A (weak) Attempt to Justify the Ending of Clannad After Story – An in-depth look at one possible interpretation of the ending of Clannad After Story.
Is Higurashi moé’s Greatest Triumph? – An analysis of how the moe aesthetic enhances the atmosphere and horror of Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
Bakemonogatari and Other Anime With Great Dialogue – A list of examples of anime with powerful and/or quirky dialogue, and a few thoughts on the difficultly of translating good dialogue.
Final Thoughts on Toradorable! – A look at J.C. Staff‘s recent track record with romance series, as well as a reflection of a few of Toradora!‘s important themes.

By sure to support zzeroparticle‘s site, Anime Instrumentality Blog, as well.  If you wish to vote, you may do so here.

Another announcement: we’re reopening staff applications.  If you’re interested in joining The Nihon Review‘s reviewing team, we encourage you to submit an application.  I want to stress the point, this is not a staff contest.  There is no set deadline for applicants, and we’ll leave applications open until we are satisfied with our staff list.  Ideally, we’re looking to top up our current list with two or three new writers.  Given the flexible timespan of this particularly recruitment drive, the quicker you submit your application, the better your chances will be. There will be another staff contest in the future, most likely in January next year, but not right now.

At the moment, we’re specifically looking for people who are able to commit to the site long term (ie, at least until the end of next year, and preferably longer).  If you’re entering a period of stability and are reasonably settled in life, we will give you more consideration (for example, you might be in your first or second year of university, and have a fair idea that you know where you’ll be for the next couple of years).  Be sure to apply if you’re interested, and good luck.

5 Responses to A few announcements


  1. Comment by c0mpl3x | 2010/04/27 at 08:39:47

    This is just my suggestion, but you should really do something about the current comment system for the main blog.

    I mean, do you really want a non-registered member to first type in the security number, his email, then be told that you have to ‘sign in’ (lol), and if he bothered to actually register and make a new account, then be taken to a ‘profile setting’ screen after signing in, where you have to navigate back to this page, type the security number again…or unless, it is your intention to keep this comment section confined and accessible only to the registered members. Anyway good luck on the tourney, I actually think you have a fair chance against Random Curiosity, since most voters seem to be interested in interesting/regularly updated/accessible/editorial blogs, and don’t think the readers of monster sites like Random Curiosity or secluded niche blogs like Anipages Daily concern themselves with this tourny.

  2. Comment by Tamashii | 2010/04/27 at 11:45:28

    The real question is why are YOU not in the bracket.

  3. Comment by Sorrow-kun | 2010/04/27 at 20:33:30

    That is a good question. You write one of the best anime blogs around, yet it’s not in the tournament. That’s a bit of a disappointment.

    I had no idea that posting comments on the frontpage was such an ordeal, but the frontpage is in desperate need of a complete overhaul. It’s old and clumsy, and a lot of the stuff we implemented was from when we didn’t really know what we were doing. Ideally, it’d be no more challenging to comment here than it is on the blog.

    We had Random Curiosity in the next round? Really? I hadn’t even realized. 😛 In all seriousness, we still haven’t won the first round. If/when we win that, then we’ll worry about opponents for the next round. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from years of watching AFL football, it’s that the only opponent that matters is the one you’re up against right now.

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  1. Pingback by The Nihon Review » Blog Archive » Second time ’round | 2010/05/19 at 05:07:27

    […] Our second round match in the Aniblog Tourney has just started and we’re up against Random Curiosity.  We appreciate any support we can get, so please take the time to vote here.  If you’re new to the blog, just have a look before you vote.  That way, you can be sure your vote is fair and well informed.  If you want to dig deeper, I recently posted a “best of” list, featuring our writers’ most significant articles. […]

  2. […] Concurrently, we have a staff blog, Behind The Nihon Review, which is filled with opinions, insight, reviews and rants.  Check out the front page for the most recent articles, or dig around the archives and see if you find anything that interests you.  Here you can find a list of the articles which I think are among the most intriguing and insightful, so if you want a taste of the types of articles we like to write, it’s a pretty good place to start.  All articles are open to discussion and comments, so feel free to add your own thoughts. […]

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