Around three years. That about how old this blog is, give or take a month or two for bata launching. And we’ve finally hit our 200th…. what?
Soooo, this post isn’t the 200th post?
No, it isn’t. This post is the 201st post. The big 200 goes to that last WZ on Black Butler. Which, oddly enough, is rather perfect. Not because of the show, but because that post exemplifies why this blog was created to begin with. Our rating system in the US sucks. It’s sucked for years and, if you can believe it, it used to be even worse.
Back when I was just getting into anime, in the early 90s, there was no concrete rating system for anime. Technically speaking, there still isn’t. But now most companies have agreed to use the basic TV system (TV-G, TV-PG, TV14, M, etc). This wasn’t so back in my long abandoned era, when dinosaurs roamed the earth and ate children as they slept. At that time anime companies rated their shows however they wanted. Some chose the traditional movie rating system: G, PG, PG13, etc. Others used age indicators: All Ages, Teen, Young Adult (ps – what’s the difference between teen and young adult? Flip a coin, it’ll make more sense that way). While still other companies liked both systems so much they decided to create a Franken-rating system using both and whatever they thought looked good on the package. Acceptable for Most Ages? Oh, good. I was worried taking this into the Future Age might prove problematic. And let’s all just ignore Anime News Network‘s pathetic “objectionable content” slot. It’s just too sad to look at (again, coin flipping is more useful).
But even with the more “leveled out” playing field for ratings, anime still ends up in the odd rating basket often enough to make those ratings, especially the overused TV14 rating, only vaguely useful. Especially as most companies won’t tell you why they gave it that rating, making you wonder: Nudity? Language? Bloody limbs being used as boat paddles?! WHY?!
And so, here we are. Here you are. And I like to think, at least once, my heavily opinionated, sarcastic, lumpy posts have helped you in your quest for anime, my friend. I know, strangely, they’ve helped me. In the last three years I’ve reconnected with anime, watching new streams, keeping better track of companies and releases, all for the sake of up-keeping a little sliver of internet space.
So, thank you for reading. For commenting. For liking.
And just for fun- Let’s throw out some stats!
Weirdest search terms used on my blog:
- Winry “unbuttoned”
(what does that even mean?)
- Mythical Villains Pictures
- xxxHolic nudity
(got this one multiple times. Let me comfort you on this)
- Tsuritama shirtless
- Adult anime
(I think you’re on the wrong site)
My most viewed Review:
My most viewed Extra:
Your Feminism in my FMA
My top commenter:
And that wraps up post 201. So, faithful readers, what do you think? Is this site useful to you? Is it missing something? Do you too burn with the need for mythical villains pictures?