Hello everyone, I'm Taka, one of the wiki editors in the community. This is the first blog of a project called Trends in Anime Vice. Originally, I had planned to release surveys, but the surveys didn't work out like I wanted them to. Instead of using the surveys, I have to rely on experiences and observations in my 3 to 4 years in the community. I'll be explaining the pros and cons of these different formats. With different communities, you have to use one or both depending on the situation: small vs big community, active writers, etc.
One of the complaints in Anime Vice was that we don't discuss anime and manga. You see this from the former Whiskey Media sites and other sites outside of the family. That's obviously a wrong statement made about our community. We do talk about anime and manga.
A group of of us, well rounded users and the mods, took out weekly reviews of our favorite shows. The mods did reviews on the Winter 2011-12, and they will PM their reviews to Tom Pinchuk who posts them on the front page. For me, I was a regular user, and I started in Fall 2011 with reviews on Beelzebub, Sket Dance, and Blue Exorcist. My purpose was to spotlight my teammates' wiki work while informing folks about these great shows. The more people knowing our wiki projects, we can get more help. Kuro joined me with his reviews on Guilty Crown. We were both wiki editors working on 2 projects together, Sket Dance and Guilty Crown.
During the Whiskey Media sale off in March 2012, the mods stopped doing their Winter Watch articles. After that day, we don't see any episode reviews from the mods. One of the reasons was that there wasn't much comments. In Summer 2012, BigHeart711 was reviewing Humanity has Declined while I was reviewing a few shows like Campione. I started experimenting with things from what I saw from My Anime List. I didn't want folks to bear so much burden especially my teammates on doing weekly episode reviews on top of wiki and school work. My Anime List had discussion threads where folks chimed in to talk about that episode. I found out less time consuming to do. I started a few discussion threads based on much hype and interests from the comments I got from the Summer Anime 2012 Trailers Anthology Blog. It was better to put out discussion threads on popular shows like Binbogami Ga! anime Discussion.
In Fall 2013, Daniel notice the discussion threads and talked to both BigHeart711 and I to start making them with wiki attachments. Then, we abandoned the trailer threads and converted everyone into a discussion thread.
That's our community's history in a nutshell.
Pros and Cons
There is also a common con for the two, and it's more on how your readers watch anime.
- Marathon: There are folks who prefer to watch the whole series once it's finished airing. It's normal because some shows are more enjoyable in that style.
Nothing is perfect. All we have to do is adjust one or both for the community. Let me know if I missed some pros or cons.
Thank you for reading.
Next topic would be: Personality vs Community.