Recently I read two posts regarding someone quitting episodics and another one discussing whether episodics are still worth writing in this day and age. I figured I’d throw my two cents into the subject.
Both cool people above have brought up the discussion of how episodic posts are slowly declining or not worth putting time and effort into writing them anymore. Both also brought forward valid arguments as to why in the long run they are not worth writing anymore.
Examples of arguments include:
- Will not stand the test of time.
- Episodics are not as fulfilling or satisfying to write as editorials or similar posts.
- The present day rise of legal anime streaming websites makes it not worthwhile to write weekly episodic summaries since animeniacs can access shows with ease or find more refined means of discussing anime.
- Unlike editorials, reviews and other major posts episodics will not stand the test of time.
Again those were some of the arguments shared by both lovely people and I am sure there are others who also feel episodics are no longer writing that have their own unique reasons. I choose to continue writing episodics for a couple of reasons.
1: Very few of the shows I talk about weekly have epiphany inducing storylines and morals. The shows I cover weekly do not exactly contain academy award nominated scriptwriting and the ones that do I do my best to discuss the show’s more important themes in detail during a specific episode and then summarize the message in the reviews. Basically I talk about shows that few others are covering and are within my interests.
2: My episodics are more like highlight reels than full detail coverage with morals in them. I mostly mention my favorite parts on the show and briefly touch on what happened rather than explaining the whole thing in verbatim.
3: They’re fun to type.
4: The most important reason, to talk about the shows with my fans, fellow council members and visitors who are also interested in them.
I suppose I could save a lot of time by not doing episodics and simply talking about the shows with my closest associates on Facebook (Twitter or anime forum sites are a no-go). Still because I enjoy doing them and see no reason to stop making them I will not stop for the time being. Besides they serve their purpose of providing minor conversations on each episode. They don’t have to be
Back to the main topic of whether episodics are passe or not. They are to a certain degree. For the longest time I noticed the rise of editorials and fall of talking about anime episodes weekly. It is better to make a single post about an interesting topic an anime/manga/movie covers related to real life instead of what happened on an episode the viewer probably already saw. The reason being that as Macho Chikorita mentioned in his post legal anime streaming sites have made it easier for animeniacs with internet access to watch shows and have less need to read about what happened in an episode from an aniblog.
I will continue writing them until visitors lose interest. That is when I will finally put my episodics to rest. I would then go back to only posting one final review of the seasonal shows I pick up. On the bright side, if that day were to come I have plenty of other ways I talk about shows besides episodics.