I’m done with the things I learned as a blogger, so now I’m moving to the reviewer side of things. Ok, this one is kinda in between but you decide for yourselves. The rest are very review minded, since, shocker, I’m a reviewer.
So, yeah, this one sounds a bit condescending and I apologize in advance. It also sounds a bit delusional on my end. I don’t do a lot of posts like this, but I’m an honest guy. This is something I did learn this year, and this is just my point-of-view, my opinion, on the matter. I assure you, it’s a weird stance on such a trivial thing. I know that myself as I re-read it, but I’m sharing it nonetheless. Thank you for understanding.
5. MAL Synopsis
One thing I noticed when I browse other reviews here in WP is that they would copy-paste the synopsis of the show from MAL. In fact, it’s actually a really popular thing to do, for some reason. Now, this is a small pet peeve of mine and I’m sorry if you do this. This is just my personal opinion, so please just take it with a grain of sort. I really hate it when people copy-paste the synopsis from MAL. Why are you even doing this? Can you not come up with a synopsis of your own? When I read a review, and I read the opening paragraph and then a long synopsis taken from MAL, I stop reading. Sometimes, the synopsis from MAL is longer than the review. Seriously, what are you doing? Are you not confident enough to write your own synopsis of the show you experienced for yourself? I personally don’t like this because it comes off as a bit robotic. Some reviews would start by listing the studio, number of episodes and the genre. That’s fine, because that’s an undisputed fact. The MAL synopsis isn’t, so please stop it.
A review, a blog post, is about the blogger sharing their ideas and thoughts about the anime. I love reading people’s interpretation of a show, and I love it when they do their best to really express themselves. Their point-of-view can be very interesting. By not giving your own synopsis, you’re basically telling me that you’re too lazy to give us an idea of the show or you don’t have the confidence to truly describe the show. What you don’t understand is that this kind of obstacle, having a hard time to describe a show, is part of a blogger or a reviewer’s growth. Some shows are hard to describe or give a basic gist, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. That does not mean you should just copy-paste the synopsis from MAL. I guarantee you that whatever description you have of the show is better than the ones in MAL. That site shouldn’t be held in that high of a regard, because trust me, they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.
Did you know that MAL didn’t used to put the show’s season airing in its description? Once upon a time, some idiot would go “this anime is part of the Fall 2012 lineup”, and he’d make a list of the shows airing with links to his review of each show. Now, I am not saying I personally had a hand in influencing MAL, since seasonal lineups has always been a thing. Back when you had to hear a dial-up get murdered before logging into the internet, some dedicated people would release a list of the shows that others can look forward to in each season. MAL never really cared for seasonal listings though, until very recently. I’d like to think its MAL giving me a nice courtesy by helping me look up a show better, but the bunch of us that put emphasis on the seasonal listings influenced MAL greatly.
Dude, random bloggers on the internet, with very little presence, made MAL care. They even personally reached out to me to write posts for them a long time ago. I’m telling you this because MAL is run by people and these people also reads your blog. I never thought of working for MAL, but they knew I exist. They read my blog, and I’m pretty sure they’ll be happy to read yours too if you put enough passion in your post. Start by not following their damn lead. A small description from the blogger is a huge thing, because passion is something that can influence others, even a big deal site like MAL.
I also just notice that they added the original source of the anime, for some reason. It’s like there’s a reviewer out there that puts emphasis on an anime’s original source. Again, I’m claiming nothing, but if MAL does read my posts, maybe comment from time to time, maybe.
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2. The Blogger Dilemma
3. Collabs are fun
4. Friendly yet Reclusive
5. MAL Synopsis
6. Episodic Review is a Hard yet Interesting Adjustment
7. Dramatical Murder and Yosuga no Sora
8. The Special Secret Relationship of the Fans of the Original Source and the Anime Staff
9. The Faithful Adaptation of a Bad Anime Paradox
10. Hurdles and Setbacks Makes Life More Interesting