Otaku Links: MIA
By the time you read this, I’m not even around. I’m at my friend Andrew’s house at Lake Anna. My normal routine consists of being alone on the internet, so once a year I like to live the opposite, hanging out with my eight closest friends and no internet at all.
I hope you can make a little time for yourself with the internet unplugged this weekend, too. Either way, here are some links to keep you entertained.
- The Crunchyroll CEO’s Reddit AMA sure left a lot of people unsatisfied, and Anime Viking was one. Crunchyroll has a lot of flaws, including its illegal beginnings and (for free users) spotty video flow. But I will always be in their court because they democratized anime streaming, making it so we can vote for the shows we love with our dollars.
- I have not forgotten about the reader survey, and I’m working on making some big changes to Otaku Journalist. I had a new photo taken for the sidebar, and I’m working on a custom theme from scratch with The Web Designer’s Guide to WordPress. My favorite new WordPress tool is a site that instantly tells you which theme a blog has installed: WhatWPThemeIsThat.com. Try it out on any WordPress site.
- The best part about having a blog? Inspiring other people to start their own blogs. Two reader blogs that started this week: Great Scott!, writing about his time in Japan, and heykagome, writing about otaku culture.
- I did NOT know WordPress wrote a free ebook full of 365 blog writing prompts. They’re general enough that it’d be easy to adapt them to your fandom blog.
- Dave writes about the dark side of convention volunteering—when you just can’t stop. Volunteering at conventions is a noble pursuit, but it’s not your full time job—or even a job!—so nobody is going to be upset if you don’t treat it like one.
- Anitwitter denizen @cptngarlock sparked an interesting discussion on r/TrueAnime about what it was like to be an anime fan in the ’00s. Reading through everyone’s experiences, I’m definitely feeling the nostalgia.
- I’ve written about how the mainstreamification of anime means we’re getting less of the “cheap and weird” stuff. But then I saw Lupin Without Commentary.
- Could Free! become MTV’s fandom of the year? Guess we’ll find out in a few days. I remember when MTV was the channel my cool older cousin watched. Now it’s just as geeky as me.
Photo by me. My Flickr page is mega outdated.