Somehow, I have made it to my five-hundredth post on the Otaku Author. That’s pretty crazy! To celebrate, I’ve decided to go back and select my top ten posts.
Before I get into the actual top ten, I’m going to throw some statistics out there to see exactly what goes into five hundred posts. I try to keep my posts short and to the point as I find I can get put off by posts that are too long and end up skimming a lot of the details. Even so, I wrote just under three-hundred-thousand words, which is almost six-hundred words a post. The average novel is between fifty-thousand and ninety-thousand words making it the equivalent of writing six novels and novels tend to sell better than blog posts… oh, well, I don’t regret anything.
So, as this is me celebrating my five-hundredth post, these are my ten favourite posts. Feel free to check them out and let me know if you agree or disagree with any of my choices. All right, let’s get into it.
10. Cat Planet Cuties (Season One)
This was my season one review of Cat Planet Cuties which I watched as part of my 2019 A to Z Challenge. The review itself is fairly standard, but it was this review that opened my eyes to the possibilities or focusing on a niche. I was amazed that at the engagement, not because it’s a bad show. Quite the opposite, I really enjoyed it, but it has a ton of fan-service and I was surprised to see that my views were not unique.
I think one of the main reasons people read reviews isn’t to get recommendations, it’s to have their opinion validated and this was the first time I really felt that from the reviewer side of the equation.
9. Heaven’s Lost Property (Episode 4) – Love and Triangles, Revisited
Heaven’s Lost Property was one of my first reviews on this site, but I never managed to watch the movie. Having found a service that had the movie, I decided to rewatch the whole series and review each episode. This episode review is a part of that and as far as comedic anime, I think this is one of the most perfect episodes ever.
I don’t think I stopped laughing the entire episode and that continues as I wrote the review. Hopefully, that comes through in my writing, which I try to keep fairly informal to start with.
8. Saturday Sketches: Week 10
Back at the beginning of 2019, I introduced a new series of post where I would draw an anime character. I love drawing and wanted to force myself to do more. This was actually the last one I did in the series and it’s my best one, in my opinion.
I definitely plan on revising this series, but this time with some original concept character art for the covers of the series of novels I’m planning. Should be interesting.
7. Make it Harem Anime!!!!
I love a good tag post and this one was great. Luckily for me, this was the second time I’d been nominated for the Make it Anime Tag where you take a book, a TV series and a movie that you’d like to see remade as an anime.
To keep things interesting, I decide to try to make selections that would make a great harem anime. I think my picks are fairly out there would all be welcome additions to the anime world, but then I’ll let you decide for yourself.
6. 30 Day Anime Challenge – Day 28: What anime has the best fight scene?
I completed the 30 Day Anime Challenge in October 2018 and it really gave my blog a big kickstart. For so long, I had been just posting as and when I felt like it, so forcing me to post on a daily basis was awesome. I loved answering all of the questions and there are thirty posts in all, but this one is something that I’m very interested in.
When I’m not blogging, I write fiction and pride myself on writing awesome fight scenes. I like to think I’m pretty good, but this fight scene was a complete masterclass. There’s so much to be learnt from one scene that I think I could rewatch it over and over again.
5. Shelter (Space is the Place Blog Tour)
For the longest time, I’d been planning on writing a review for the Porter Robinson + Madeon music video Shelter. It’s only six-minutes long, but one of the most compelling and vivid stories I’ve seen. My biggest concern was whether I could do it justice.
But then Scott at Mechanical Anime Reviews started a blog tour to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing. Well, this seemed like the perfect chance to push me, so here we are.
4. My Pirate Crew Blog Tag
Another series of posts I started at the beginning of 2019 was my Sunday Sevens pat where I would make lists based on all sorts of unusual criteria. This one was inspired by One Piece, where I put together a pirate crew made up of anime characters from other series.
After making the post, another blogger asked if they could do it too, so I decided to turn it into a tag post. It was the first tag post that I created and I still can’t believe how many bloggers
3. Highschool of the Dead (Episode 9) – The Sword and the Dead
Highschool of the Dead is one of my all-time favourite series. It’s the series that I credit with bringing me back into the anime world after a couple of years moving around the world. I loved every minute of it, so you can imagine my surprise when I read a review that tried to destroy it. Not only did the review hate it, but they went on for almost five-thousand words. Well, I wasn’t going to sit there are take it.
In typical fashion, I decided that the best way to counter that was to review each episode, each manga, and put together a series of detailed character analyses. It took an entire month and it was worth every second. The review that I’ve selected is of my favourite episode. It’s the one where Komuro and Saeko were separated from the group and hide in a shrine for the night. I loved the character development of Saeko and had I not already fallen for her, it would have happened then.
2. In Defence of Isabella – The Promised Neverland
The Promised Neverland is the first time I attempted to write episodic reviews for a seasonal anime. It was a great choice as this series is excellent. One of the best things about doing this was the weekly discussion with other bloggers as we would analyse and dissect each episode. It felt like we were all watching it as a group which was awesome.
Some of those discussions led me to write this post. It’s focused on Isabella, the Mom of the orphanage. I’ll not say any more about her or the show, but I wrote it before the series had finished and tried to predict and justify her actions. I got her past pretty much perfect and while I didn’t quite nail her future, it could still happen.
1. The Story of how I became a Really Neat Blogger!!!
This was the first time I’d been tagged in a tag post. It felt great and after months of drifting in the blogging wilderness, I started to feel like I was a part of something bigger. Luckily for me, the questions put together by Winter worked out in such a way that I was able to turn them into a short piece of fan-fiction.
So, if you’d like to read about the time I met Saeko Busijima, and why wouldn’t you, you should definitely check out what is without a doubt my favourite post.
These are my favourite posts, but they’re certainly not my most popular ones. It’s been a crazy ride to get to my five-hundredth post. I was going to do my five-hundred favourite anime characters, but another blogger said that I was crazy, so, I’m going to postpone that until post-one-thousand!!!
Thanks for taking the time to listen to me indulge myself and I hope you will check out a couple of my favourite posts as well.