Post #100!

And many more to come.

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Well, it finally is sinking in. The 100th post of AniB Productions has finally arrived after over a year and a half on here, several memorable conversations, a slew of reviews, character pieces, and of course, some pretty awesome readers! And in all honesty…I wans’t quite sure what to say at this landmark entirely, but there was a few ideas that sprang to mind, the first of which is THANK YOU!

Seriously, the support of my most fervent readers and followers has not gone unnoticed, and this is especially true of the long-time ones (shoutout in particular to S.G., who has an awesome blog that combines poetry and movie reviews), and those who come right back despite some long hiatuses from me, which are typically caused by school more than anything else. I also want to credit my friend Onamerre who contributed a couple pieces a while back (and while he’s written some more, yours truly has them in editing.) He’s been pretty awesome through this whole process and really was the one who helped me get this crazy dream off the ground to at least hovering through this blog, so I’m appreciative of that. As for everyone else who stops by often, you know who you are, be it recently or for a while- and I thank you immensely for coming back to read, comment and engage with not only the work I do on here, but with the medium of animation, which is truly a wonderful thing.

So as I look back at 100 posts, there’s a number of things I suppose I can reflect on, but I’ll start with some post milestones:

The first post: “Welcome to AniB Productions!”

First show review: “Avatar: The Last Airbender”

First “What’s In a Character?”: “Zuko”

50th post: “The Huckleberry Hound Show” (review)

Ironically, two of these posts had to do directly with the Avatar: The Last Airbender series, which is still fantastic a decade after it wrapped up. (Also, it’s been 10 years since the finale? Wow.) I found myself a bit surprised that the halfway post to #100 was on Huckleberry Hound, but it’s nice again to highlight an old cartoon that served a purpose in animation history, particularly as one of Hanna-Barbera’s more well known productions.

Some more stats:

Most viewed page: My homepage! (Probably not a surprise.)

Most viewed post: “Hunter x Hunter- 1999 vs. 2011: Part 1- The Hunter Exam, Pt. 1”

Most liked post: “Today, AniB muses on blogging!”

Just a few more results to mull on. People really seemed to like the Hunter x Hunter stuff in general judging from the views on everything related to the series, which is fine by me, as Hunter x Hunter is a personal favorite. My most liked post, with a modest (but healthy for AniB Productions currently) 11 likes was a stream of consciousness type post. I will say though, regardless of the content, I’ve enjoyed writing every one of the pieces that has been published, and it’s thanks in no small part to you, the readers, from anticipating a reaction, to maybe inspiring someone I’ve never heard from to quietly pick up a show, or jump into a discussion. It’s true that my work and focus is on animation, but I’m not quick to forget this is a medium made for and by humans, and as such, the people aspect is so important be it as a writer or an observer.

So that’s a little reflection and a heart-felt thank you to everyone at this milestone. I had a lot of ideas for this post, but decided to save ’em as AniB Productions continues forward. For once, it was time to keep it simple and reflect, but also a moment to just be excited about what will keep coming as this blog continues to grow and more material is produced. I sincerely hope anyone who has stumbled upon this place, or this post keeps on reading…but also gains a greater appreciation of the animated medium and all it is capable of, and sees both the best of what it has to offer, and occasionally the not-so good, for a bit of levity and context. If a healthy discussion can be sparked and people can see how incredible this medium is, then on some level I’ve done my job. Changing perceptions and maybe touching lives…I’ll continue to strive my best on here, and that is a promise.

Here’s to many more posts, years, and good people,

-Christian, aka “AniB”


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An August update!

Dear readers,

As you’ve no doubt noticed, AniB Productions has been extremely quiet for over a month, and simply put, the reason for that was a self-imposed hiatus related to my coursework that has been eating up my time…until yesterday, at the time of this writing. Yes, I’m excited and looking forward to getting back once again to delivering some brand-new content over the next few weeks, and I’ve got quite a few ideas up my sleeve. Additionally, it’s high time again that I ask everyone about anything they’d like to see as August continues on and into the fall- whether it be a review, a character piece, or some entirely different concept they’d like to hear my thoughts on.

There’s a lot of exciting events always happening in the world of animation, and in many ways, the tides of change seem to be prevalent in the Western realm at least, most notably with the looming finale of long-time Cartoon Network staple Adventure Time, and the variety of new series that have quietly but surely come onto the scene in the past year or two. And in the East, the usual tide of seasonal anime rolls on, where the ever-present question of quality versus quantity is fair to ask in the ever-increasing number of releases each year now. At any rate, it’s been an exciting year to date in that regard, but as always I’ll also be keeping a firm on the past and the history of animation, so no worries there!

An idea I recently had was about asking what pieces over the last year and a half have really impacted you, the readers. I know I’ve had a tendency to work in cycles like now, thanks in no small part due to my university studies, but as with all things, what I choose to write is indeed both partially what I’d like to cover and also careful consideration of those who make suggestions. Ultimately though, every piece is crafted to be of a standard that not only would be acceptable to me, but also something you can hopefully enjoy reading at any time and place, because writing, like the medium I cover, deserves to be high quality, both as a responsibility of the author and out of respect to you, the readers. This fact is a large part why I’ve been off for long swaths of time, because I simply refuse to give anything less than my best on here, and while I cannot guarantee that there won’t be more hiatuses, I assure everyone that I will do my best to plan out the time to write as best as I can, especially once the regular semester gets underway again.

 

As things stand, it’s time to get back to work here on AniB Productions. I do hope as readers you enjoyed the Noragami piece that was my sole July release, but be assured, you’ll be getting a lot more this month. As always, looking forward to more amazing things to cover and people to meet,

 

Sincerely,

Christian, aka “AniB”


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AniB’s Summer Kickoff: 10 Thoughts

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? While I do deeply apologize for the long hiatuses (and this was one was the longest of all), life sometimes demands that you put your best foot forward into other endeavors, and thus, through both a desire to maintain the quality of AniB Productions as well as the need to take care of academic pursuits, that was the reason that until today I’d been so quiet. With my return though, I can assure you that new reviews and pieces will be coming your way all summer long- and in turn, I didn’t stop thinking about animation during this layoff, or some brand new thoughts and ideas. I also like to do plenty of reading, and inspired actually by hockey columnist Elliotte Friedman and his 31 Thoughts column, it seemed like a fun idea to get the ball rolling with some insights of my own on animation now in the middle of May 2018 (at the time of this writing). So, here we go:

 

1. I never understood the rush by people to obsessively pour over new seasons of shows, be it Western animation or the cours they have in anime. Of course I like to watch new seasons or try a new show out or two, but I think you’ve got to be selective and pick your spots when it comes to jumping headfirst into an ongoing series. It’s not a bad thing to commit to a series that you know you’ll enjoy regardless (like My Hero Academia for myself right now), but it’s not always fun to get stuck watching something you simply are watching because the internet is talking about it. Don’t chase fads, but always chase quality.

 

2. Coming this summer, I plan to write a treatise on fanservice. This issue has been boiling in the back of my mind for quite a while now, and similar to that Valentine’s special I wrote over a year ago on shipping, it’s a controversial big picture topic worth talking about far more intelligently. To put it bluntly, fanservice is something that I at least view as a bigger threat to the medium’s legitimacy outside niche circles, particularly when it comes to anime, but I’ll have more on that when the time comes.

 

3. Speaking of Hero Academia, the end of season 3 should really be something. It’s one of the few series I picked up in manga form on the side, and let’s just say the finale will blow some minds if they stick to script like they have. High hopes, I have there.

 

 

4. On the Western animation end of things, I’ve miraculously avoided spoilers on Season 3B of Star vs the Forces Of Evil, though I am aware the season wrapped over a month ago now. While my studies kept me from watching the rest of the season yet, I do plan to follow it up with a post-season 3 review when I watch it soon. As for the first half of season 3…it’s fair. For better or worse, I’m hoping for a bit of “wow” from a show that’s now established and has built itself quite a bit of character development and storyline at this point. (And no, don’t spoil me in the comments if you follow the show.)

 

5. Coming soon to you: A Devilman Crybaby rant. Seriously, this has been in the works for months, but between bigger priorities and a piece that never seemed to come together right, it hasn’t been published yet. Here’s a preview: I have a bone to pick with this show, and it ties into my first thought on this column. Either way, it should be fun.

 

6. If you couldn’t tell by most of these thoughts so far, my watching habits have taken a heavy turn towards the East in the past year, and it has little to do with Western animation, but more so to do with always wanting a deeper context to the medium of animation and the diverse genres and plots it can carry. Anime is pretty terrific, but it definitely has shortcomings, and the same can always be said for the Western cartoons I’ve covered at length in different reviews as well.

 

7. However, one Western show has caught my notice in the days of my malaise, and it’s classic The Simpsons clips. You only have to watch a few of these to get a sense of why the show has stuck around so long, and there’s some absolute comedic gold (such as the woebegone lunch Skinner attempts to put on that spawned an Internet meme), but like other shows that became long-running phenomenons, doing a complete review and grading might just be the most daunting task any of us could ask for. I don’t think long-running, “classic” series should be immune to criticism, but it’s also hard to dish out a balanced report over a run that spans 3 decades as of next year. (Still, I might write about the show in some capacity at some point.)

 

8. I noted in passing that Rick and Morty, the Adult Swim phenom show, got renewed for 70 more episodes. Good for those guys, but even at this point, I really don’t get the hype about the show. In one of those rare “behind the scenes” moments I’ll talk about, I watched the first 4 episodes of the show a while back, and found myself with some mix of revulsion and general boredom, but I might resume the show at some point for purely professional purposes…if someone can persuade me. I want to be fair to every show I encounter, and so I find myself at an impasse with this series: Something I really don’t want to watch any more of against something people might really want to read about. Who knows? The comment section is useful for this sort of question (or for any of these numbered points, really.)

9. On a hint of what I’ve watched in the past few months, I can tell you all that there’s been a lot of anime as previously mentioned and a pretty healthy backlog of shows that could make their way on here for a review outside of some of the aforementioned shows in this column. The hope is that I can get back to writing regularly this summer, and schedule things moving forward so that I will have time to deliver the same quality material at a more consistent rate. The best news about this point though is that shows are coming! (and you are all hopefully excited now.)

10. It has been 2 years, 3 months and 4 days since Gravity Falls ended its run on Disney X.D. Man, time flies when you’re having fun…and when you’re busy too.

And there you have it- 10 thoughts on animation, for better or worse! If there’s one thing I was doing, it was giving everyone who has been so patiently awaiting a new piece something to chew on as more new material does in fact come your way. A long break off deserved a long response. I look forward to a lot more interesting pieces to write and commentary to be read and replied to!

-AniB


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A quick update-

Hello dear readers,

First off, apologies for the nearly month long hiatus in material. Life has gotten extremely busy with other priorities at the present time…which is to say, I definitely still have new material coming as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

Secondly, in the vigor of my busy life, I forgot to thank everyone for supporting me through the first year of this blog’s life! It’s belated by about a month, but for those who have read, commented, and liked my material from the beginning, a big thank you to everyone (and to any passerby who might come by that I don’t know about- say hello in the comments sometime!)

Finally, if there’s any shows you’d like to see me write on, or characters, or even particular episodes from some place, feel free to comment on that! I do have a backlog of things I’ve watched and haven’t written on yet, so if there’s a demand I can expedite the process of making a review a reality…and if I haven’t seen it yet, I’m always excited for a new watch- the sense of starting a brand-new adventure is always a blast!

Keep on reading, and I’ll continue to deliver as time permits,

Sincerely,

Christian, aka “AniB”

A few words for the New Year-

Looking ahead, and a few words of thanks!

Hello dear readers,

Once again, Happy New Year! I do hope everyone enjoyed the recent holidays, and as we head further into 2018, I’d love to hear suggestions on what you guys would love to see! As I approach the one year anniversary of AniB Productions, there is plenty in store coming- such as a continuation of the Hunter x Hunter comparison series, new show reviews, character pieces, and perhaps an episode review or two…and, I’m hoping to also again put out a piece for the Oscars when the time comes! (Here’s last year’s piece for reference.) The category for best animated film this year is not nearly as deep as some prior years, but the top looks as good as ever, and I’ll be looking to see the field again…

A new year also means new shows! Several exciting anime and Western developments should be occurring in 2018, including a season 3 of the popular My Hero Academia and hopefully another season of Made in Abyss, which I recently wrote about to start January. Star Wars Rebels will also be finishing its run after a number of years on Disney XD; and as usual, I’ll be keeping a lookout for promising new shows while keeping my other eye on those of the past worth writing about.

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who visited the site, made comments, carried on discussions and enjoyed reading the material here in 2017! It’s a terrific experience to watch dialogue and discussion unfold about the incredible world and potential of animation, and some of the insights from certain individuals who contributed consistently (you knwo who you are!) was simply amazing. I might write the pieces, but it’s you, the readers that keep me going despite life’s other busy tasks

Here’s to a wonderful 2018, from me to you,

-Christian, aka “AniB”

An end of September update-

Hello dear readers,

As you no doubt have noticed, I’ve been absent from writing new posts in the month of September. This is largely because I’ve begun a new program at school, and needed the time to adjust and get integrated in a new semester’s worth of coursework. The other reason however, is that I have not had the time to truly write the quality of material that I strive to always post on this blog, out of respect to you- the readers, and to my own standards. That said, I’m looking to return in October with some new material, including some seasonally-themed work, so look forward to that!

Sincerely,

Christian, aka “AniB”

 

AniB’s end of summer update!

Hey guys,

As summer comes to a close and a new and exciting schedule takes hold in my life, I’ll be looking to establish a consistent weekly review post, probably on the weekends, with the possibility of something else during the week as well. I’ve got some shows coming down the pipeline to appear on here, so I remain excited to continue bringing high-quality content to you, the readers. Thank you to all the kind people who followed me since I started this blog in late January- and I appreciate all the readers who have continued to drop by in the passing months!

-Christian, aka “AniB”


I’m still taking animated show requests. Leave a comment if you wish to see something!