No Cure For Spoilers

hisui_icon_4040 Spoilers are just part of the Internet. Every time you open up a web browser, scroll through your twitter feed, watch a You Tube video, or read the comment section of an article you roll the dice when it comes to spoilers. You can minimize your risk by avoiding places that love to post spoilers, curating your social media, and knowing when you should step away from the Internet if you want go into certain things pure. The rub is even the best ninjas of the Information Superhighway will slam into some like piece of information that ruins a big surprise in something they care about. Even Kate who is usually super good at this will get hit by a spoiler from time to time.

Now when you get spoiled by some random noodle noggin either making mischief or an honest mistake it may annoy you but it just feels like a simple act of misfortune akin to a bird pooping on your car just after you wash it. When someone you know lets something slip it feels quite a bit more personal. But when a news site does it simultaneously feels utterly unprofessional. I have noticed more and more that news sites try and tip toe around spoilers and have even started to use that to their advantage. You will see very clickbait styled titles that make it seem like they have the secrets to Life, the Universe and Everything but actually only contain the most insignificant snippet of information. It lets them draw eyeballs to what would otherwise be utterly forgettable news while simultaneously avoiding angry mobs who feel cheated.

I mostly bring this up because despite how sensitive most sites are to this I feel like the anime news sites casually spoiled major parts of Precure without a second thought. If you will indulge me I’m going muse a little about this.

Spoilers: I’m going to have to talk about Precure spoilers for Maho Girls PreCure!

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2001: A Blogging Odyssey


hisui_icon_4040 The May 2016 Line-Up was the 2,000th post on the blog. TECHNICALLY we could have made this the 2,000th post but I really wanted 2001: A Blogging Odyssey to be the title of the post. I’m thinking that the 3,000 celebration post will be titled Anime Blogging Theater 3000 but we will cross that bridge several years from now.

I don’t think I have done anything 2,000 times that was not either for basic survival or related to a job. If you told me that I would write 2,000 posts with Kate nine years ago when we started the blog I would have thought you were kindly optimistic. I’m not sure I still believe that we were able to do 1,000 posts and that was back in 2012.

Just because people always love statics I figured I would share some random facts that have come into being thanks to 2,000 posts.

  • According to MyAnimeList I have watched 1,133 different anime titles and completed 775 of those which is over 12,902 episodes of anime. Kate has watched 1,041 different anime titles and completed 615 of those which is over 8,300 episodes of anime.
  • We have done over 500 podcasts if you count all the S.W.A.T. Reviews as individual podcasts.
  • I have written 353 posts on Type-Moon alone, much to Kate’s dismay. In my defense, a lot of those are Type-Moon Weekly News Roundups.

narutaki_icon_4040 2,000 posts is a number that doesn’t really compute in my brain. What does that exactly look like? I guess it looks like 9 years of blogging since we are coming up on the blog birthday in July. The post count hadn’t really enter my mind, but when I look at it I’m pretty impressed we’ve had that much to say and we aren’t done yet! It either speaks to our obsession or to anime and manga’s infinite ability to engage; actually it is more than a bit of both.

hisui_icon_4040 A little heads up: We are going to save an introspection about the past, present, and future of the blog for July since that will be the 9th anniversary of the blog.

12 Wonderful Female Servants That Need To Be Added to Fate/Grand Order

hisui_icon_4040 OK. I recently made a big deal about the gender distribution of servants in the Fate universe and found that while people constantly complain that there are more female Servants than male Servants the reverse is actually true. The real reason people feel that way is that the female Servants get a lion’s share of the attention despite being fewer in number. There are a lot of reasons for that but the gender-bent Servants are no small contributing factor. So in order to counterbalance that I made a list of awesome historical characters that would make great female Servants and you would not have to touch their gender in the slightest.

One quick rule: There is currently a supposedly data mined list of characters who have code in the Fate/Grand Order game but have not been revealed yet. So while that list has not been fully confirmed yet there are some magazine spoilers and leaked images have shown that at least part of the list is correct. With that in mind I won’t pick any characters from that list as I’m going to assume they are already in Fate/Grand Order. So no Cleopatra, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, or Tomoe Gozen. At this point they are practically canonical.

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