For weeks now, the Aniblog Tourney has raged on. It’s been a great ride, rife with truly intense matches, and many of my brethren have fallen. However, I still stand, and intend to go the distance. The trouble is, I haven’t had a real match yet – all three of my opponents went down with almost no contest. I was beginning to wonder if I was getting a free ride…
…until now. For the next two matches, I finally have worthy opponents! That’s right, I said the next two matches – it’s not as if I’ll actually lose either match, but I’m excited to finally face a pair of blogs that I actually care about. Let me introduce them!
I’m going against Hashihime right now, and the votes are currently in my favor, but I hope you fools haven’t been voting blindly! Hashihime is no lightweight blog – I daresay that it’s one of the only blogs that puts even more research into writing their posts than I do. The only reason Hashihime has fewer readers is that the blog is solely focused on voice actors (or ‘seiyuu’), and only female ones at that. Many people don’t pay much mind to seiyuu, so they might be forgiven for overlooking this blog, but if you have any interest in seiyuu, then there’s no better place! Hashihime fills it’s niche to perfection.
A lot of the posts are focused on things that the seiyuu post on their blogs, often rather inane activities, but which allow the reader to feel a greater understanding for the actors. Knowing about how an actor is in real life can add depth to your perception (see that?) of their performances. For instance, learning that Miyuki Sawashiro has an extreme sense of professionalism, but also might be a little heartless in her performances, focusing more on the technical side (basically, she’s the Dream Theater of seiyuu, only less pretentious) allows me to think about why she might have performed a role the way she did. I definitely consider Hashihime to be a valuable resource of knowledge, and therefor an opponent worthy of contesting me. Plus, their season previews are intense.
Listless Ink is still battling with GAR GAR Stegosaurus right now, but I think it’s pretty obvious which blog will come out on top and face me in the next round. Listless Ink is run by Yi, one of my frequent commenters and hardcore yuri fangirl. For starters, Listless Ink is one of the best-looking blogs in the sphere, decorated with Yi’s original art, including the best twitter and RSS feed icons that I’ve ever seen. The blog mostly focuses on Yi’s yuri obsession, which is great for me, because I also have a yuri obsession! She has extensively blogged the Sono Hanabira ni Kuchizuke wo yuri game series, which I would not have been able to play if not for her helpful post on the first game (look at all those comments!) Yi is also the only person who cares about Canaan as much as I do. Basically, Yi is a worthy opponent, because how do you compete with lesbians? You don’t. Unless you’re me.
I hope that you’ll all genuinely consider each of these blogs before voting for me, then voting for me at work, then telling your friends and family to vote for me, then posting about voting for me on twitter and facebook, then handing out flyers with instructions for how to vote for me on them. Unlike the first three matches I fought, I wouldn’t cry if I lost to Hashihime or Listless Ink – not that there’s any chance of that happening!