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      Here you can post a tutorial on how to do pretty well anything related to art, writing, or whatever you like. As long as it is creative in some way it is welcome. 

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  • Recent Blogs

    1. Well, if you read that title and are expecting this blogpost to be a guide on how to become a successful Youtuber...

       

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      Sorry, but no.

      Note: this entry is rambling and my personal experience/opinion.

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      You know, for a big part of my life, I've wanted to have a community. I've tried a lot of different things, like reddit, 4chan, discord, etc.

      A lot of them don't really sit right with me.

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      Let's start off with reddit. For the most part, the reddit website is fine, but I have lots of issues with the r/anime subreddit. Here are some of my issues with it:

      • The same things are said over and over again.
        • This is possibly due to the seasonal format recycling the same ideas.
        • This is really bothersome for me because no new "ideas" are being thought of.
      • There's too much Fanart.
        • Fanart isn't necessarily bad, but if I wanted to see fanart of a show, I would subscribe to that show's subreddit.
        • Most comments in a fanart post have nothing new to say. There's no discussion at all.
      • The same joke or a variation of it is always top comment, rather than the comments that have something interesting to say.
        • This is due to the "early bird gets the worm" system that reddit has when it comes to its voting system.
        • Instead encouraging thinking, the reddit system encourages taking a trending joke and fitting it into the scenario.
        • Because a comment was posted earlier, it has been seen for a longer time; therefore, that comment will get upvoted.
        • Comments that are not top comments get buried in an avalanche of redditors rushing to get their karma.
      • The upvote/downvote system is stupid.
        • Many times, I get downvoted for doing nothing wrong.
        • Conversely, people who say stupid/obvious things get upvoted.
        • In other subreddits, downvoting should only be used to show that something is off-topic, offensive, or rulebreaking, but r/anime uses it as a disagree button
        • I post many things that are on-topic, yet still get downvoted for no apparent reason.
        • This is super frustrating because I can never find out why I got downvoted. It just happens.
      • It feels too impersonal.
        • On my time on AF, I feel like I've already gotten to know some of you guys despite being here for less than a month.
        • From using reddit over years, I have not felt the same.
        • I feel like no one knows who I am, and no one knows who each other are.
        • The only way people know people is through other websites. (For instance, Youtubers or Twitter users, etc.)
      • I explained to someone why I don't like getting spoiled.
        • I was downvoted, and then someone replied to me saying "spoilers don't ruin a show".
        • The person who replied to me got upvoted.
        • Both the person and the people who downvoted me failed to see that I was explaining why you shouldn't spoil things for other people.
        • Instead of trying to understand me, they downvote me anonymously.
      • Some other points that may or may not be true anymore:
        • Mods are power-hungry, corrupt, and hard to work with
        • Rules don't make sense or are unintuitive
        • Posts get taken down for no good reason
      • And most importantly, the biggest problem of all...
      • The community is way too passive aggressive. They dance around what they're saying in a sarcastic manner, which is really frustrating.

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      Boy, that list was longer than I expected.

      I still love reddit, but it's definitely time for me to part ways with r/anime. I've had very few problems with other subreddits, like r/manga or r/animemes. This may be because more specific subreddits have a focus. For instance, fanart isn't banned on r/manga, but it's taboo to spam fanart there because the subreddit is, in essence, a manga-focused subreddit. The r/anime subreddit, however, will just hoard whatever anime-related content it sees while hypocritically banning topics that "aren't anime".

      MrAnimeFan and others have had this issue before, and it's really confusing.

      Next up is 4chan's /a/. I've pretty much only lurked there, but the vibes are definitely not for me. Essentially:

      • Way too many untagged spoilers
      • Constant aggressiveness
      • Refusal to understand other viewpoints, even when proven wrong
      • Impersonality/lack of "community"

      It's still way better than r/anime, though. The discussions on /a/ are way more "intelligent" than r/anime, there isn't a stupid voting system, and their general taste in anime is much better than r/anime's.

      That last point is entirely subjective, but I still stand by it. I probably feel this way because many of my thoughts about an anime are never even mentioned on r/anime, (or they are downvoted when brought up) but are explained in detail on /a/ in a precise way that just clicks with me. The biggest example I can think of off of the top of my head is My Hero Academia. Everyone and their grandmother loves this show, but there were so many things that bothered my enjoyment of the show that're just overlooked on r/anime. On the other hand, /a/ will gladly call out anything they have an issue with.

      The biggest difference between reddit and 4chan is that redditors try to conform to what other redditors are thinking to farm upvotes. However, 4chan users mostly don't care about what other 4chan users are thinking and will jump at the opportunity to directly insult them.

      So what's better, Kinbaryu: a redundant website that stays inside its own thought bubble, or a volatile website that claws at itself to prove a point?

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      I don't want to partake in either, yet I still do. I love anime, and I love talking to other people about anime. For every 3-4 painful threads on /a/ or r/anime, there's always a good thread where the replies are interesting to read. I love reading what people have to say about an anime, and how it inspires them to draw or write or change their life. These threads make me appreciate a show in entirely new ways I couldn't have imagined on my own.

      It's fascinating.

      Maybe these websites aren't for me, then. I'm okay with that. So, I turned to discord. Afterall, you could talk to anyone in the server, and there's a name and profile picture that lets you identify who someone is. But in regards to anime-based servers, here's why I don't like them:

      • Many servers are dead.
        • Anime-based servers are typically quiet.
        • General servers that have a channel for anime discussion are even more quiet.
      • Some servers that aren't dead are way too chaotic.
        • I can't tell who's who, and I can't tell what's going on.
        • There's no sense of connection, meaning it's hard to get your foot in the door on these servers.
      • There's always drama.
        • I don't care.
        • I want to talk about anime.
      • A lot of servers don't even talk about anime.
        • Over ~15 anime-related servers I had joined, only two have consistently talked about anime.
        • In a lot of them, here's the most they would talk about anime:
          • "Oh hey, I like My Hero Academia."
          • "Oh really! Me too! My favorite hero is [Hero], who's yours?"
          • "[Hero]"
        • There's nothing interesting being said here. They don't explain why they like the hero, or what they think about the show.
        • This is probably a huge factor in why I have a resentment against My Hero Academia.

      Eventually, I was led to more things, like Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and AnimeForums. So far, I'm not having a bad time here, honestly.

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      I do lurk too much, though. I should definitely try to be more active, like @Kaga Koko.

      But really, I actually feel welcome here, especially compared to r/anime, /a/, or discord servers. There's even high-level discussion, with @Ryan Dave Jimenez explaining the parallels between Harry Potter and My Hero Academia in my last blog post, with @Wedgy responding to that comparison. Most importantly, neither of them are attacking each other for having a different opinion/interpretation of the series, and neither of them are being passive-aggressive to one another. Ryan didn't take it as a personal attack when Wedgy responded to his interpretation because he understands that it's an interpretation. 

      This is probably because the two of them are mature adults that know how to present their viewpoints without feeling like they need to attack the other person for thinking differently. That's all I've ever wanted, to be honest.

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      Does this dude ever stop talking...?

      Yeah, I think I'll wrap this entry up. The last thing I'd like to mention is that I've opened a Youtube channel. According to AF rules, I'm not actually allowed to self-promote it, but maybe the mods will let it slide underneath this mountain of text. If it's still not allowed, please let me know and I'll take it down.

      Here's my first video:

       

      Honestly, I don't know what direction I'm going with Youtube. Hopefully, I have a main channel for humor and a side channel for more in-depth talks like these, but who knows what the future holds.

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      Alright, the entry is over, I promise. If you managed to read this whole thing, thanks. I really do appreciate it.

    2. Ryan Dave Jimenez
      Latest Entry

      So my website Anime Gauge uses the MAL API to get pictures of a show. And at first everything is fine. It's working perfectly.

      Then one day, maybe 2 out of 100 shows will have a broken image. It seems MAL keeps changing the picture of their anime or the link of the picture.

      And today, voila! All of the anime images are broken. Did MAL decide to change all their anime pictures? Or change all the links? I don't even know why they keep changing them.

      I know MAL got hacked some time ago so they completely stopped people from using their API.

      I guess it's time to find a new API where I can get images for anime. I'm open to suggestions. Please comment below.

      UPDATE: 

      I managed to fix the broken images. It seems MAL changed their CDN url. I hope its the last they do that. So for now things are OK again. I'm still open to suggestions though for an API where I can get images of anime shows.

  • Community Anime Reviews

    • RyePotatoes -
      Akatsuki no Yona

      Akatsuki no Yona is a Reverse Harem anime that features love, betrayal, and revenge. Three common points that everyone can surely relate to. Right of the bat, the plot is REALLY emphasized so the viewers can pretty much have a number of predictions on what's going to happen next.  It gives you the proper grasp of the anime and surprisingly enough it isn't boring to watch. I could compare it to a vacation wherein you would much enjoy the travel rather than the destination because the destination
    • RyePotatoes -
      Kyoto Teramachi Sanjou no Holmes

      I tried to watch this anime since I have an interest in Mysteries. Of course it's already taken into account that this anime won't be the typical Detective Conan kind of Mystery genre that carries heavy and ingenious cases. Animation-wise the anime is good. Characters have a well put up background story. The plot was there and it obviously screams slice of life with a dash of mystery. This anime is light-hearted and may be enjoyable for some people that are fond of subtle mystery genres. Th
    • KeilynLocke -
      Zombieland Saga

      When I started this anime, I had already seen a few trailers and clips, so I came in knowing that I already thought of it as oddly cute. I have honestly attempted to watch nearly all of the girls Idol Group anime I've heard about, so I wanted to look into this one as well. I wasn't disappointed initially. I was a little sad when they went down the typical type of path musically, but the show was adorable overall, and the music wasn't bad. I honestly wish that more of the music had followed their
    • Muco -
      Violet Evergarden

      What do you think about a mannequin wanting to understand love? Let's take aside my biased rate for a moment and dive into this miraculous world. It's great graphics and story telling are certainly out of the ordinary. High Budget = High Quality All of my expectations have been fully satisfied. The story takes place in the early 20th century. Precisely in the aftermath of a war where the main character has been a part of. Unfortunately, the anime ended with a cliffhanger. What happened
    • EnviousEnvy -
      Soul Eater

      Soul Eater is one of my top ten favorite anime and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a series that has action mixed with tons of comedy. Every character has their own quirks and personality. The comedy doesn't take away from the action and the series pretty much sticks to the story instead of running all over the place like a lot of newer anime tends to do. The graphics are done quite well and again it's definitely a unique style of artwork that I don't see in a lot of anime. I will sa
    • Ohiotaku -
      Zombieland Saga

      Having finished this series earlier today,  I'm left asking the question "Is the glass half empty or half full?"  The premiere episode made me laugh out loud, but also made it seem likely that it's gimmicky sense of parody wouldn't stay funny through the entire season. In that sense the decision to explore the girls' backstories and personalities was definitely the right decision to extend the life of the series and led to some truly emotional moments (Lily's is the best example but Ai & Jun
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