Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Fun With Words

I hate writing reviews. My inspiration to write comes in small bursts over months. By the time I care to sit down at my laptop to try and just get something done I can’t remember even the simplest details of a show. I have no notes and almost never feel like I have anything interesting to say. Half the time I’m not even sure I like anime. 

I can’t give you the details of each voice actor’s filmography, and I’m definitely not going to rewatch the show with the English dub to let you know which I prefer. Please, please don’t make me. It physically hurts. Nothing against the English language or the industry of dubbing, it’s just that rewatching things makes me feel like tiny knives with legs have crawled into my brain and they burrow deeper with every passing minute. 

I don’t love the intricacies of animation the way your faves do. It’s not your fault, and not theirs, I’m just not wired to obsess about much. I forget things quickly and I’m a plot/character development over everything type girl. If it doesn’t make me feel or laugh hysterically I don’t care how pretty it is. 

I don’t have a rating system of any kind. It would be random and terrible. There would be days I would wake up and write five sentences about hating high school anime before I give the show a solid A-. Other days I’d write 30 paragraphs and give a 34/89. My opinions are chaotic and sometimes broken. I’m always going to be calling a harem anime some bullshit because I’m going to hate both halves of the final couple by episode 4. Some things I genuinely love, some things I love because of how much controversy they inspire, and some things I hate because they’re too universally beloved and I’m crotchety and I like to fight. You don’t want me to review your favorite show. I’m not even funny enough for you to sit through a thousand words of me tearing your faves to shreds. It would just be mean. 

In short, you don’t want to come here and read my reviews. Good. That’s what the podcast is for. We’re going to carve out a space here for some really smart, thoughtful people to drop some words that will sometimes be about manga and anime, a little music, some societal critique, waxing poetic about the shows we grew up on, films we love or hate. The real meta analysis is the friends we’ve made along the way. Courage Punch!

If you’re interested in writing for us, shoot us an email at ssaapodcast@gmail.com.

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