Continuing our 2017 yearbook.
Another season, another round of premiere reviews—and this time I accepted help. After falling four days behind.
Unlike the last two rounds of premiere reviews, when I had been freelancing full time, my circumstances had changed and I was in an office job. I was trying desperately to keep on top of reviews, but failing miserably. By the time Dee and Vrai gently suggested that they wouldn’t mind taking on some of the work, I was feeling so guilty and stressed that I jumped at the chance.
By this point, I’d been working for free for months, so we had a financial buffer to cover the extra costs. I had also started to pay Vrai to do the links roundups instead of me, at $50 per piece just like any feature writer gets. It was the first piece of work I had given away. Premiere reviews were a logical next step.
My worry that I might feel misrepresented on my own platform had made me reluctant to share the reviews. However, I soon learned that I completely backed Vrai and Dee’s critiques of the shows—even when I disagreed with their tastes.
Not only that, their critiques were stronger than my best. Reading their reviews, I was horrified (and relieved!) every time I came across a smart, important point that I definitely wouldn’t have thought to make. Also, both have a knack for dry but affectionate snark that I’m always in awe of when I read their work.
From this point on, I’d get to the end of a premiere and, instead of dreading having to scrape my own opinion together, would look forward to seeing what Vrai or Dee would say. (I was particularly relieved after watching the premieres of Hinako Note and Seven Mortal Sins, which made for a particularly potent combination of Amelia-specific kryptonite.)
This was the season of the year when Amazon made the biggest dent. Fandom can tolerate losing one or two anime a season to a platform most don’t want to use. However, three of our top five reviews were for Amazon shows, and I was gutted that my team couldn’t watch them. None of them wanted to take on the double paywall of Anime Strike (which doesn’t yet exist in the UK).
I was really pleased to publish a piece on a classic anime like Speed Racer, and also on josei manga. We were being (fairly) criticised at the time by patrons and followers for focusing almost exclusively on new anime. Behind the scenes, we began working out how to balance our content more consistently between anime and manga, old anime and new. We haven’t always succeeded, but a reasonable balance is still something we strive for. (On a side note, I had the pleasure of meeting Megan at AnimeFest in August, and of being in the audience for a panel she did based on her post here.)
We didn’t put out a podcast this month, but we did record a Q&A episode to celebrate our first six months of Anime Feminist. Recording that one was really affecting for me… But that’s for next yearbook, when the episode actually goes up.
Read the rest of our 2017 Yearbook
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