Not Dead, Current Season, Watched Umineko, etc.

Holy fuuuck, talk about blinking off the map! It occurred to me that besides the people I talk to through AIM and emails or the occasional comment I left here and there, my internet presence has been non-existent, which is pretty impressively the opposite of what it’s ever been.

Edit: By the way, I never said anything about it, but apparently I made honey-bunny worried, so I’ll take this chance to say that I’ve been on a twitter sabbatical, which is why I haven’t been posting there. (Why I never mentioned this should be obvious lol.)

Art by Ayakashi

So anyway, I’m sure some people (namely the contributors) are concerned about the fate of the Acadime Awards that were supposed to go through this month. I haven’t decided how I’m going to release them yet. Obviously, I hadn’t finished them at the start of the month, and between my becoming violently sick and figuring out how much work the posts would take, I decided to push the whole thing back. Thankfully, the series isn’t really time-sensitive, since it’s not like 2010 is going anywhere, so the posts will all come out at some time. I love the contributions I’ve gotten and will definitely make sure they all get seen (especially those of Taka, who’s managed to put thoughts into words about seiyuu that I’ve always wished I could.)

Which reminds me! Taka, who will be known as Thoughtcannon from now on I guess (aka @denpapopcorn), is now a member of this site! What he’ll post on or whether he’ll post at all is his choice, but he has no site of his own, and the way he looks at anime seems to me very similar to the way I do, so I begged him to join, and hopefully he seizes the opportunity~~

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Some Moves and Cancellations

Shortly after finishing the last Acadime Award post I came down with a bad fever and pretty much slept through the entire next day. I didn’t have nearly enough time to finish the Best Animation (TV) post before midnight, so I’ll have to push it back. I also realized while doing Best OP that this whole thing is going to be a lot more work than I expected (it took me over 4 hours to do that post), so to account both for lost time and for time that I don’t think I’ll have in the future, I’m going to cancel some of the categories, particularly ones that I could never get a presenter for.

So, I’m for sure cancelling Best Animation Director, Best Art Director, and Best Villain. I don’t want to cancel more than that unless the situation calls for it.

Best Animation (TV) will be moved to the tenth to replace Best Animation Director.

Last Call For Acadime Awards Presenters

The Acadime Awards begin in 5 days. There are still 10 positions open, so in the event that I can’t find volunteers, I’ll present those awards myself. I also want to take this opportunity to remind contributers about the awards in case they’ve forgotten (as I had for a few days lol). So far, all the write-ups I’ve received have been excellent, so I look forward to what everyone else will bring forth~

Since drmchsr0 never contacted me about his interest in writing for it, the Best Villain category is available again.

Current Confirmed Contributers: ghostlightning, taka, zzeroparticle, lolikitsune, 2D Teleidoscope, mefloraine, schneider, Chii

Write-ups that I’ve received so far: Best Fight Scene (Robot), Best ED, Best Female Character, Best Movie, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Movie

Dates I need write-ups by for other categories: Best Character Designs—Feb 5; Best Actress in a Supporting Role—Feb 6; Best Original Soundtrack—Feb 8; Best Breakthrough Performance—Feb 11; Best On-Screen Couple—Feb 14; Best Mecha Design—Feb 15 ; Best OVA For An Existing Franchise—Feb 16; Best Original OVA—Feb 21; Best Actor in a Leading Role—Feb 22; Best Actress in a Leading Role—Feb 24; Best Writing—Feb 25; Best Male Character—Feb 26; Best Series—Feb 28

Categories which do not yet have a presenter (and dates I need write-ups by):

Best Animation (Movie/OVA)—Feb 7
Best Animation (TV)—Feb 2
Best Animation Director (If you even know what this entails, then you’re my wo/man)—Feb 10
Best Art Director (same as above)—Feb 13
Best Director—Feb 18
Best Fight Scene (Human)—Feb 12
Best On-Screen Team—Feb 23
Best OP—Feb 1
Best Scene—Feb 17
Best Villain—Feb 20

Positions Needed For Digiboy’s Acadime Awards

It’s been 2 weeks since the Acadime Awards were announced and there’re 2 weeks remaining before it kicks off. A lot of people have come forth and been a great help, and more have stated interest, but said they’d wait for more positions to be filled. That’s the purpose of this post: a status report and call for those interested to fill the remaining positions.

Current Confirmed Contributers: ghostlightning, taka, zzeroparticle, lolikitsune, 2D Teleidoscope, mefloraine, schneider, Chii, drmchsr0(?)

Write-ups that I’ve received so far: Best Fight Scene (Robot), Best ED, Best Female Character, Best Movie

Dates I need write-ups by for other categories: Best Actor in a Supporting Role—Feb 3; Best Character Designs—Feb 5; Best Actress in a Supporting Role—Feb 6; Best Original Soundtrack—Feb 8; Best Movie—Feb 9; Best Breakthrough Performance—Feb 11; Best On-Screen Couple—Feb 14; Best Mecha Design—Feb; Best OVA For An Existing Franchise—Feb 15; 16  Best Villain—Feb 20; Best Original OVA—Feb 21; Best Actor in a Leading Role—Feb 22; Best Actress in a Leading Role—Feb 24; Best Writing—Feb 25; Best Male Character—Feb 26; Best Series—Feb 28

Categories which do not yet have a presenter (and dates I need write-ups by):

Best Animation (Movie/OVA)—Feb 7
Best Animation (TV)—Feb 2
Best Animation Director (If you even know what this entails, then you’re my wo/man)—Feb 10
Best Art Director (same as above)—Feb 13
Best Director—Feb 18
Best Fight Scene (Human)—Feb 12
Best On-Screen Team—Feb 23
Best OP—Feb 1
Best Scene—Feb 17

Thanks in advance for your help, and thanks again to everyone who’s contributed so far!

More Info On the Acadime Awards (And the Preliminary Award for Best Magnificent Douchebag)

The response to my Acadime Awards announcement has been overwhelmingly positive, and a number of volunteers have already come forth. I’m excited to see how this’ll turn out, however, I think there’s been some confusion as to how this all works and what part you can do to help, so I decided to present a preliminary award to show what it’ll be like.

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Announcing Digiboy’s Acadime Awards! (And How You Can Make Them Awesome)

Not the Oscar I had in mind. Art by kayu http://gelbooru.com/index.php?page=post&s=list&tags=kayu

Being as I watched most of what aired in 2010 (and plan to finish some of what I didn’t in the coming month), I thought it’d be fun to do an Academy Awards-style ceremony to celebrate all the great elements of 2010 anime. Rather than talk about what I’m gonna do, it might be more helpful if I just showed you my list of categories:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Best Animation (Movie/OVA)
  • Best Animation (TV)
  • Best Animation Direction
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Breakthrough Performance
  • Best Character Designs
  • Best Director
  • Best ED
  • Best Female Character (presenter decided)
  • Best Fight Scene (Human)
  • Best Fight Scene (Robot) (presenter decided)
  • Best Male Character
  • Best Mecha Design
  • Best Movie (presenter decided)
  • Best On-Screen Couple (presenter decided)
  • Best On-Screen Team
  • Best OP
  • Best New Series
  • Best Original Soundtrack (presenter decided)
  • Best Original OVA
  • Best OVA For An Existing Franchise
  • Best Series
  • Best Writing (presenter decided)

So basically, it’s like a fusion of the Academy Awards and the MTV Movie Awards, since while I love all the serious categories, I also care about all the non-serious ones. (If you have any suggestions for other categories, please leave a comment.)

I intend to do this up real big and run it through the whole month of February, with one award given out daily.

As for what gets the awards, the decision will ultimately be my own. This is meant to be a fun activity, not a serious one, and besides, I never agree with the Academy Awards, so fuck all ideas of “quality.” I will, however, be taking a lot of different peoples’ thoughts into consideration. And that’s where you come in.

For each award, I want to have a “presenter.” I’ll start off the post by announcing and saying a little bit about each nominee, and then introduce a guest to announce and talk about the winner. The idea here is that the presenter would be someone with a personal interest in that particular category. For instance, someone who knows a lot about seiyuu could help with the Best Actor/Actress awards, while someone who cares a lot about anime music can help with the Best OST category.

Here’s my request: if you would like to participate in this event, then contact me via email (digitalboyreviews@gmail.com) or instant messenger (gtalk same handle, AIM DigitalboyDB, YIM digitalboyreviews) and let me know which categories you’re interested in. I’ll then give you my list of nominations, and we’ll decide together what should be the winner. After a couple of weeks, I’ll post again with what categories still need a writer.

This series won’t begin until February, so we have plenty of time to set everything up. Whether you decide to participate or not, I hope you look forward to it!

New Year’s Resolutions 2011 and Some Things To Expect On the Site

 

I’m very satisfied with the way 2010 turned out, but I’ll have to set my standards even higher for 2011. If 2010 was me getting my life on-track, then 2011 will be me picking up speed along that track. To become the person I want to be, I’ll basically have to be one boss-ass nigga.

So, here’s what I’m going to do in 2011:

– Write at least 2000 words of fiction and at least 1000 words of non-fiction (blogging) a day. This can be in any form.

– Complete at least the first 2 books in the Tales From the End of the World series.

– Reach at least 450 completed anime (approx. 80 to go).

– Get my driver’s license (for real this time!).

– Continue to make good grades.

– Never go more than three days without at least one post on Dull Sword.

– Record at least 1 original song and 1 karaoke video per month.

– Make at least 3 short films this year.

– Draw at least one piece of art per month.

A lot less general, more direct, and, I think, reasonable goals than last year (after all I’d like to think I’m a much more mature person than I was then lol). Still, reasonable as they may be, these are pretty big goals. I’ll be pushing myself to the limits to complete everything, and that’s exactly what I want from myself in 2011.

What to expect from Dull Sword in 2011:

– Starting January 9th, I’m reinstating Digiboy’s Character Database of Love. I’ll still be accepting submissions, so contact me if you want to write for the series.

– Tomorrow I’m going to announce a big project that should flood the site through most of February~

– Since it’s occurred to me that I never formally announced it here, this is a good time to mention that I’ve joined Otou-san’s Shameful Otaku Secret blog alongside he and ghostlightning. (Basically the perfect team.) I’ll probably do a lot of random episodic posts and micro-reviews there, in replacement of Scarlet Monochrome, which will become decidedly not-anime-focused from here on out.

– I say it all the time, but I’m really hoping to turn this site into more of a shrine to my favorite anime/things, and I hope to accomplish that in 2011.

– Sometime this year, I hope to episodically blog Kure-nai, finish my episodic posts on Sora no Woto, and do a lot of creator profiles.