Meta correspondent, reporting for duty!
|Hello, all! It’s Zabobinator and today, I am acting as Metanorn’s correspondent for the 2012 Aniblog Tournament. I’m here to review our tourney opponent, The Kotatsu. We at Metanorn are, of course, hoping to get as far as we can in this tournament but with a sense of camaraderie we wanted to review our opponent squarely and fairly. So, here goes.|
About the Author/Team
The Kotatsu is a wordpress-hosted aniblog created November 2010 by bobbierob and tubbytoad to talk and rant about their interests in the anime/manga fandom. This duo shares a love of Haruhi. bobbierob is a self-proclaimed animation quality whore (much like myself) and a K-ON fan boy while tubbytoad is your average otaku past the point of no return. As of late, The Kotatsu seems to be run primarily (read: only) by bobbierob.
As pictured above, The Kotatsu is easy on the eyes. It features a simple theme that is pretty and calming which is a plus when it comes to a decent reading experience. However, it is not particularly flashy which isn’t particularly conducive to catching the attention of visitors. Continuing on, the Kotatsu is a breeze to navigate, a plus for those who are new readers, such as myself. A key feature is the list of all the tags on the side. All the shows that have been covered, as well as the different genres of posts are easily accessible.
The Kotatsu features a variety of different post types. From the side list, these categories are Anime (e.g. episodics), Anison Digest, Editorials, Movie Reviews, News, Random, Rants and Ravings, sccsav, Season Preview, Series Review, Serious Stuff, Uncategorized and 12 Days of Christmas.
From what I saw, I only saw one show that was covered to completion, that being Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka. Most of the anime reviews were overviews or covered a couple episodes at a time.
The frequency of posts isn’t too high, probably averaging at around monthly from what I can see. However, what must be taken into consideration is that this is a blog run by just one person. All things taken into consideration (i.e. social life, school, etc.) this is to be expected.
Response to Readers
bobbierob has good response to readers, pretty much always replying to comments.
USP (Unique Selling Point)
Uniqueness is a rather difficult factor to judge when it comes to anime blogs because, to a certain degree, they all start looking the same. After all, we’re all talking about the same shows and the same material. In this regard, I did not find bobbierob’s episodics or reviews to be particularly special. However, bobbierob has done a good job bringing out his own sense of personality and individualism to his blog. Not only so, but, with the variety of types of posts that the Kotatsu has, he definitely covers a lot of ground.
Before Metanorn, I never really knew of any blogs and, even now, I’ve only ever frequented Sekijitsu, Daifukuu and Random Curiosity. As such, though I went into this with a bit of apprehension, it was quite fun and interesting to explore a fellow aniblog. I’ll definitely be adding the Kotatsu to my list of blogs to follow from now on. In particular, I found it impressive that bobbierob was able to run such a blog on his own. I doubt I could ever do that.
I would like to add, however, that The Kotatsu would do good in becoming more consistent. Bearing in mind that this is his own blog and therefore he has the right to do whatever with it, bobbierob had some good ideas that he did not carry through with (e.g., Anison Review). Furthermore, posts aren’t updated consistently, nor were shows covered in a methodical manner. In any case, I look forward to facing bobbierob in the first round of this tournament. Best of luck!