As hard as it is to believe, one year ago today I started this blog. So to get this rolling, thank you to everyone who’s read any of my posts over the past year!
A year ago, when I started up this blog on Festivus, I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do with it – in particular, reviews of anime and video games. Things didn’t turn out exactly as I might have expected (not to mention how crappy some of my early posts were), but that’s certainly not a bad thing.
Over the past year, a lot of stuff has happened – I won a game from Atlus for my post on the Conception II demo, I found a link to my own post when looking for info on the PlayStation TV, and I suffered mental scarring from most of the search results that landed here. And besides all that, I wrote some pretty bizarre posts, such as my Top 10 Anime, review of Tsui no Sora, and the doujinshi “reviews” of the stuff I bought at Comiket 84. It’s been a strange year, but I’m glad I managed to keep up with it.
So, let’s take a look at the best and worst of the past year!
Rebellion actually played a large role in me starting this blog. Not too long after seeing it in theaters, I considered writing a review for it, but up until that point the only review I had written was basically a pros and cons list for Shinsekai Yori. While it took a really long time for me to actually get around to it, I’m at least proud of the result – it was the most difficult review for me to write, but it’s definitely my best. Up until a week ago, my post on the LE blu-ray set was also my most viewed from the year, probably because people were looking for a review of the movie. Oh well, at least the actual review’s here now!
HomuHomu is best girl (of all time).
Honorable mention to Rail Wars! I don’t think I need to say why. *cough* Sakurai’s caboose *cough*
While I had some substantial issues with Persona 4 Golden, P3 is a different story entirely (pun intended). The story, characters, and duality of the gameplay made it tons of fun, even when it was a really long game. After playing it, this quickly rose to the status of my favorite, and I doubt that will change anytime soon.
Aigis is best girl.
Honorable mention to Atelier Rorona Plus. This game hits a delicate balance perfectly, executes moe slice-of-life excellently, and it’s just loads of fun and overflowing with charm.
Not a “proper” review, but oh well. It does everything right, using perfect visuals and audio to support the already weird story. And yes, I blurred the background in that picture. I figured everyone wouldn’t be interested in seeing the entrails lining the walls.
Saya is best girl?
Honorable mentions to Analogue: A Hate Story and Steins;Gate, both of which were nifty/10.
This was my first proper review. Looking back, it was pretty terrible, as it was basically me just complaining about everything in the show. I may eventually rewrite it and obliterate the old one from the face of the internet. Probably not.
Ex-ponytail-girl was best girl.
Honorable mention to Arata Kangatari. I didn’t even finish it, which is probably a good thing. At least Garzey’s Wing and Tsui no Sora were funny.
This was just bad in about every way. There’s a reason that I considered doing a video review just to point out the plethora of issues (I’m still not ruling that option out). One example being how the game completely plays itself. I would only wish the experience of playing this game upon my worst enemies.
Jebediah is best girl.
Honorable mention to Lightning Returns (I’m totally going to post that soon™). Meh.
Once again, not a “proper” review, but the VN is still remarkably bad. Besides some shiny female bits, this didn’t have anything going for it. At all. Not even remotely. I’m glad I didn’t pay for this.
Miyo is best girl. I guess.
No honorable mention here, the rest of the VNs I wrote posts for were all good!
Other quick info from the past year:
- 118 posts in total
- 3,123 spam comments (about 300 weren’t in English)
- Most disturbing search term – “haruhi molested by madoka”
- Most common search term – “Tsui no Sora”
- Most enlightening search term – “eww 3d girls”
- Most viewed post – Akiba’s Trip
- Least viewed post – Bioshock Infinite
So, thank you so much to everyone who’s read my ranting from the past year!
Between work, enjoying the holidays, and sleeping, I think it’s safe to say I won’t be posting anything in the next few days besides some stuff I’ve already scheduled. Regardless, Happy Festivus/Merry Christmas/Have a nice Hanukkah/Enjoy some other celebration of your choice! And thanks again for being awesome!
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