Aniblog Tourney Blog Highlights VII

We have finally gone over the 110+ number to finish up our Aniblog Tourney Round 1 Highlights.

This is not the end though with more to come soon because out of the 40 more blogs in Round 2, we have 13 blogs that never participated in the previous Ani-Tourney. See? I said the seeing was not perfect. On the news front, Daifuuku is back into the Tourney with Maskatips being hacked. We wish them best of luck; though I liked them better in Gryffindor than Hufflepuff! Along with close polls of one vote difference, we had a first tie yesterday between Oishii Anime and Seventh style. Yep, polls are definitely testing the audience.

Results wise, I tip my hat to Interest of Psychopaths, Riyoga’s Ramblings, All About Manga, Spark Blog, One Minute Dusk, The Neighbor’s Club and Mon0r, while best of luck to Lemmas and Submodalities, Marth’s Anime Blog, Oishii Anime, Seventh Style, Illogicalzen, A Product of Wasted TimeThe Untold Story of Altair & Vega, The Otaku HQ and Abandoned Factory Anime Reviews (JJB), for the next round.

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97. WanAbrar

Author: Rei, sothisisawkward, KentaMisaka, Xana
Start Date: March, 2011
Main Categories: Game News, Figure Review, Episodic
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: I think that all team blogs should at least have an about page. Solo blogs can get away with it more, but I’m just going on the record to say that if you have an aniblog, you should probably have an about page so people know who is writing what and why. Anyways, welcome to Wan Abrar – a rather sleek-looking team blog that covers a large breadth of topics. The site is very clutter-free aside from some pop-ups that appear in the corner. They’re surprisingly unintrusive though, and they suggest other posts that are similar to the one you’re reading. Handy.

While this isn’t THE site to go to for all your gaming and figure news and reviews, the coverage is fairly regular. The site really spreads out between episodic, gaming, and figures while hitting all of the important points in each area. The episodic posts are mostly for giving an opinion of the series and whether or not you should keep watching a show or drop it. I love that they have gifs in their posts, but having that many in one posts with no still screenshots gets very distracting, very fast.

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98. Behind the Nihon Review

Author: AC, Ascaloth, Elineas, Eternal, Kadian1364, Kaikyaku, Kevo, Kylaran, Reckoner, Shadowmage, Shinmaru, Sorrow-kun, Typicalodiotfan and Zzeroparticle
Start Date: November, 2005
Main Categories: Anime, podcast, music, editorials and convention coverage.
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Weekly
Last post on: April 25, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Welcome to the final yellow bracket blogs on review; starting off with Behind the Nihon Review, which is a massive team blog with over fourteen different writers. That might seem like a crazy amount of writers, but they make it work somehow. I really enjoyed reading the NHRV Staff posts where two writers give their own take on the first few episodes of the newest season, complete with a short paragraph of their thoughts about the episodes and an initial impression grade. Besides quick impression posts, you can also find lots of great editorial style posts on anime. They also have a podcast where they talk about certain shows with a few of the writers and special guests here and there.

Design wise the layout is broken into two pages when you click on The Nihon Review at the top, which sends you to their main page where you can find quick links to reviews on anime, live action, manga, music, soundtracks, editorials, convention coverage and general information on the staff. I would say everything is easy to navigate and who could hate that cool Haurhi banner? Besides that page you can click on the staff blog to reach the episode reviews and podcast; they use a common color scheme of blue and white which works nicely. So overall if you enjoy listening to podcasts and reading several points of view on anime and interesting editorials; head on over to this fun team blog and check them out.

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99. Silence is Golden

Author: Chidori Souske
Start Date: December, 2008
Main Categories: Anime reviews and impressions
Site Type: Blogspot hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 22, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Silence is Golden is a sporadically updated blog with a lot of time between posts. Its writer, Chidori Souske, has been very busy lately which explains why. For the most part you can expect anywhere between 1 post on the slower months and 5-15 on the rarer, more active months. The blog is focused on anime reviews and first impressions, with the occasional “quick posts” (episodic posts). With that said, it’s not the most active blog around. The writing quality is very good however; it has a personal feel to it, which gives Chidori a very recognizable style. I liked the full reviews much better than the episodics though, which from what I read were quite short and had an annoying layout. (Which might be the fault of using a laptop screen to view the site.) The reviews on the other hand were VERY descriptive and enjoyable to read, I love the humorous remarks thrown in every now and then.

Visually the blog isn’t much to talk about. I personally dislike blogger.com’s layouts. The banner is nice (Lagrange<3), but I’m not a big fan of the all black design, I prefer colorful blogs, which is totally subjective anyway.

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100. Anime Strip

Author: Redy (ShizuoCell)
Start Date: July, 2011
Main Categories: Anime, Episodics
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 22, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Redy does not watch yaoi. This is blasphemy. Ehm, from his writing, it is obvious that English is not Redy’s mother tongue. I have to admit, I was confused when I read his posts and had to re-read them a few times. Even until now, there are some parts of his writings that I don’t get. But kudos to Redy for being brave to write anyway, despite of his limited knowledge of English grammar. It takes lots of courage to do that. And of course, I’m sure that his grammar will become better with time. My only advice right now is not to mix personal opinion with the summaries because it makes things more confusing.

Unlike most blogs, Anime Strip has no sidebars. It consists of only one column that looks like a… Strip. Anime Strip does have blogroll of course, and it’s located at the bottom of the page, along with some Danny Choo links. It seems that Redy is a fan of Danny Choo. The positions of the screenshots in Redy’s posts are definitely impressive. He manages to put them on random places without making them look messy, and the screenshots’ random positions are definitely comfortable for the eyes. Not to mention how Redy plays with their sizes, making them look refreshing. Also, THAT Wanko screenshot!

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101. Anime Evo

Author: Setsuken, FlareKnight, Crii
Start Date: December, 2009
Main Categories: Review, news, editorials
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily (ish)
Last post on: April 26, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: My first impression of this site? HOLY CRAP that is one hell of a site design. The whole look of the site is amazingly well put together and even the menus look custom designed. The place is easy to navigate as well and seriously the only thing I couldn’t find was the date of when posts were released (…which would have been nice to have since the site deals with news and some of it might have been outdated) .

On to the blog itself, Anime Evo is a team blog that started towards the end of 2009. These guys seem to cover just about everything. The editorials are fun (though I don’t always agree with their opinions) and they also have stuff like recommendations and an AnoNatsu image board. …I’m sure they’ll expand it some day, but for now AnoNatsu is all they have. They cover a few episodics too, though sometimes the summarization of the episodes can get long winded and sometimes are at least twice times the length of their actual thoughts on the episode. What I was impressed by was a bit their news section. Apparently they had a contest for Fairy Tail where they actually gave out a Bluray/DVD set and manga of the series. How could you not love a site like that?

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102. Shades of Grey

Author: Yerocha
Start Date: August, 2011
Main Categories: Manga reviews and Chapter reviews
Site Type: WordPress hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: So here we have a manga blog, which seem to be few in number in the tourney compared to all the anime blogs out there! I’ve covered a few before, mostly shoujo related, so it was nice to see a manga blog with a wider variety of manga being covered. Shades of Grey have both chapter coverage and manga reviews, so you’ll probably find something you like here among the assortment of series they blog, a lot of which I noticed were shounen related. I personally enjoy Yerocha’s writing style, I read a few reviews of chapters I’ve read recently and found them very detailed, not only going over the events that took place but other things like themes and character analysis. I especially liked his post on relationships is Fairy Tail, check it out!

Design wise the blog is very common looking, nothing too special to make it stand out. I’ve heard wordpress can be pretty limited with design option, so that might be a reason! Anyway, it’s nice to look at, easy on the eyes, and has the typical wordpress navigation that I’ve come to like.

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103. Mecha Guignol

Author: Landon and Updatedude
Start Date: October, 2009
Main Categories: anime, games, manga, comics, live action and card games.
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: daily
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts:  Next up is Mecha Guignol, a sort of a team blog, but Updatedude hasn’t posted in a while so you could just say it is more of a solo blog with Landon doing the most writing as of late. So how does Landon write his posts!? I would say all of them are really creative even the titles are interesting instead of the normal name of the series with an episode number thrown on after. Instead of the normal episodic anime review, Landon’s posts are basically his thoughts on a certain episodes like his post on Zetman. Most of his posts are wordy with less screenshots. That said I never really felt bogged down by walls of text because most of his posts are fairly short and easy to read.

Design wise, I really enjoyed the choice of color scheme with black, red and white. Everything is easy to navigate at the top with home, best series by the decade, info stuff and the great top 50 anime series of all time. Seriously check out that massive list. Other than that you can find a twitter feed and the hilarious I have a cult list for recent comments. I really enjoyed the banner with familiar mascot characters like Kyubey, Keroberos and that ferret thing from Nanoha…So, yeah stop by and read Landon’s posts on anime!

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104. Daifuuku Anime Blog

Author: Starburst, Orange, dai1313, Arctic, Serené Lin (MIA), Eri (hiatus), Captain (hiatus)
Start Date: December, 2011
Main Categories: Anime, Episodics, Music, Reviews, Roleplaying, Vlogs
Site Type: kokidokom hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 27, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Café Daifuuku’s gives a sweet and cheerful impression if one sees it from the outside. The walls are painted with bright colors and are decorated with colorful pictures, which I find to be cute. Those who don’t like bright colors should just go straight to the articles oven section though if they don’t want to hurt their eyes. Café Daifuuku’s plus point has got to be the position of the writers (such as butler, parfait specialist, etc.) and its unique names such as Swiss Blogroll and Week’s Specialite (consists of links to the newest articles sweets from the oven). Overall, Daifuuku is doing a fabulous job at living up to its roleplaying as a café. The banner crying little girl with her huge tears scares me though. I am serious.

Café Daifuuku has a variety of articles sweets. So far, there are four active workers in Café Daifuuku, and the three of them have different working styles, giving the episodic sweets variety. I noticed that most of their episodic sweets are thorough. The workers also have some gaming sweets and convention parfaits, not to mention the occasional dancing the workers do at times to entertain the customers. In short, Café Daifuuku has everything that’s involved with the anime world and you should pay them a visit soon.

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105. Lost in America

Author: Guardian Enzo
Start Date: June, 2010
Main Categories: Episodics, Reviews
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily
Last post on: April 28, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: You might be familiar with Guardian Enzo from Random Curiosity. He came there from this site, which he still keeps super-active. Just look at his blog archive for April alone. 97 articles, and he’s no slouch on words and interesting/detailed thoughts; he’s an episodic blogging machine! I love how his posts are formatted with text-wrapping and how he melds summaries and thoughts together in his posts; it makes the whole post an interesting read, along with a bonus gallery in the end in case you wanna save a pic.

Site design is standard. It’s a Blogger deal, but his navigation bar at the top is helpful for easy access to his E7 AO posts or any other current-running show he’s covering.

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106. She’s Lost Control

Author: Timeenforceranubis
Start Date: May, 2011
Main Categories: Episodic, Gaming, Editorial
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Weekly
Last post on: April 22, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: She’s Lost Control (SLC for short) started off as a gaming blog that slowly gained enough popularity to start a forum before outright busting into the fandom of anime. There’s a separate page for each section, for those who might only be interesting in one or two particular things, which is nice. Despite starting off as a video game site, the game reviews are updates once per month or longer. You’ll mostly find all the action in the anime section and the lovely “Taskforce Moe” section. Here you will find many editorials and creative piece on issues related to moe. They’re quite well-written, so I’d suggest giving them a read!

While I like the site organization, it falls into the usual trend of being a boring layout. Everything is white and gray, and the only iota of colour on the site comes from a miniscule header image. The gaming section of the site looks a bit better, but it’s not a very inviting site from first glance overall.

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107. World of Yamaguchi Hoshiko

Author: Hoshiko
Start Date: September, 2010
Main Categories: Anime reviews and editorials
Site Type: WordPress hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 26, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: An editorial blog, woo~ I love reading editorial style posts, so I’m a little biased here. After reading four posts I noticed there was a nice mixture of both reviews and editorials, both always end up being very readable lengths. I’d still have read them if they were longer anyway because I found myself really enjoying Hoshiko’s writing style. My favorite post had to be the Tamayura post, relating his/her life to the themes in the show. Hoshiko is very personable, always replies to comments, and has a good blog going. She also has posts on figures, if you’re interested.

It’s nice to see a more unique design on the blog, I’ve seen so many blogs over the month they’re all starting to look similar with the wordpress sidebar and whatnot. Hoshiko’s blog also has very easy navigation, especially with the header-bar with all the links.

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108. Anipulse

Author: Processr
Start Date: June 7, 2011
Main Categories: Episodics, Reviews
Site Type: WordPress-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily/Sporadic
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Welcome to Anipulse, the blog of Michael King, better known as Processr. He’s mostly an episodic/season review blogger who uses the first paragraph to summarize episode events and then lets loose his opinions. He keeps his thoughts brief and concise and only uses 1 feature pic for his posts. Presentation is nice, but getting right to the point is also a plus.

Design, nothing too much to write about. it’s organized and straight-forward, rotating banners kept up-tp-date, and he does have infinite scrolling which is a plus.

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109. Lower Mid-table

Author: EmperorJ
Start Date: November, 2008
Main Categories: Episodic reviews and Editorials
Site Type: WordPress hosted
Frequency of Post: Sporadic
Last post on: April 26, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: I wish I would have known about Lower Mid-Table sooner because I loved the three posts I checked out to write this review-thing and will definitely be reading in the future. EmperorJ does episodics, with the occasional other posts like editorials, and to be honest these are some of the best episodic posts I’ve read so far in the tourney. He writes with a lot of detail, subtly meshing summary with thoughts and analysis allowing the reader to recall events from the episode while at the same time taking in his thoughts and forming your own opinions on what he said. “But isn’t that what every anime blog does?” Eh, I guess, but for the most part EmperorJ’s posts really made me think about every word, instead of mindlessly skimming like a few blogs in the past had me doing.

Visually the blog just screams wordpress! I guess that’s the result of seeing SO many blogs from the tourney with wordpress designs. Not that there’s anything wrong with them or anything though. It’s just … a little plain is all.

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110. Organisational Anti-Social Geniuses

Author: Justin, LC, Illogicalzen, Cherii, SubduedFangirling, Naru, Sweetpea, Kuuki
Start Date: December, 2010
Main Categories: Anime, Conventions, Manga, Reviews
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily
Last post on: April 26, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Unlimited Link Works. No, seriously. ASG’s layout has only links, links and links. Well, not all. Their reviews section consists of three latest reviews plus some tiny pictures, and the latest post has a medium-sized picture. Oh, also that tiny banner with ASG’s abbreviation written on it (the color is pretty cool) and the writers’ avatars (“The Writers” section located at the very bottom of the page). But the rest? Links. The amount of links there gave me slight headache. The layout does get better when one enters the articles, but the homepage… Links…

Putting the links aside… Organization ASG is literally an organization since it’s big. ASG has eight writers, and some of them have their individual blogs (such as Kuuki and SubduedFangirling). Remembering the amount of writers it has, ASG covers everything that’s related to anime. Anime, manga, figures, conventions, everything! And what’s better, ASG will grow since it will always welcome volunteer writers. So for those who wants to experience aniblogging, do apply to Oganization ASG.

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111. Otaku Champloo

Author: Khursten
Start Date: August, 2006
Main Categories: Manga Review
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Bi-weekly
Last post on: April 24, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts: Welcome to Otaku Champloo – a manga review site that’s been kicking around for almost 6 years now. On the aesthetic side of things, the site is a great hybrid between functional and stylish. It’s well-organized, and the colours are not too blinding nor too dull. It’s quite impressive that one person would still have the fire in them to blog for so long, especially about a slightly more niche aniblogging topic.

Khursten reviews manga, discusses news related to manga, and talks about manga distribution in the Philippines. Her posts are very informative, and I get the impression that Otaku Champloo serves better as a news site or source of information. Her writing just tends to lack a sense of fun or pizzazz, so it reads as a list of facts and nothing much more than that.

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112. YumeState

Author: Cholisose, Nishimura, Leap250, Yume_To_Tsubasa, TrainerOfLegend, Fanaddict22 and UltimaniuX for graphics and hosting.
Start Date: January, 2011
Main Categories: Anime
Site Type: Own-hosted
Frequency of Post: Daily
Last post on: April 27, 2012
Site Link: URL
Match Date: April 28, 2012
Tourney Poll: Live Poll

Thoughts:  And finally we stop over at the anime blog Yume State! Another team blog with six different writers that share a love of all things anime, but what can you find here? There are full series reviews like one on Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Ghost Hunt, Persona 4, Star driver and countless more to read! Each of these full reviews contains a few screenshots from the episode or official artwork from the series… As far as the writing goes there are three to four paragraphs to read, but I never felt bored reading them. Besides series reviews you can read some editorial style posts like this one on Toradora! I guess they recently added AMVs to their list of posts which I really enjoyed.

Design wise I liked the layout for the blog down to the banners as well. I can tell the graphic designer is skilled so they get a thumbs up from me on that part. There is even an active chatbox on the left hand side. I really like seeing chat boxes on blog as a way to allow the readers to interact with the writers, but like most blogs you can find all the useful links on the left hand side… Oh and you can turn the blog from Light Contrast or Dark Contrast! That is kind of different but awesome. Overall the design is simple to use and easy on the eyes.

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18 Responses to “Aniblog Tourney Blog Highlights VII”

  1. Go Enzo-ojisan! go!

    Oh well. Might as well check the other blogs. :3

    • Kyokai says:

      Best of luck in checking the blogs out. There are 112 reviewed till now~

  2. Justin says:

    Oops. I’d rather not have you get a headache Anaaga (or anyone else for that matter) so I think I’ll fix that ASAP. Thanks for the critique there!

  3. Kylaran says:

    Thanks for the review of our site! Seems like everyone’s been commenting on our layout this tourney. We’ve got plenty to work on still.

  4. Tofu says:

    By the way, will this be done for Round 2 match-ups and even the Round 3 match ups? Or just the blogs that sit in Round 2 and Round 3 or none of them at all? xD

    • Kyokai says:

      You don’t read my comments, do you?! =P

      We will be covering the round 2 blogs for sure. Round 3 blogs are already known so I’m not sure if that’s even needed.

      PS: I’m still playing around match commentary so still haven’t made up my mind on that.

      • Tofu says:

        Of course I read your intro *tries to whistle* ^^;

        Though reading up top, sounds like only the unknown Round 2 blogs will be displayed… I figured that you might as well if Team Meta can afford the time to do so only since I’m a closet blogger so half of the blogs in Round 3 I didn’t even know about XD

        Also, it’d be good to announce who they’re matched up against from Round 1 for the Round 2 picks. That way both blogs still get a mention like normally but you don’t have to re-write the previous ones ;D

        • Tofu says:

          I was supposed to say “…I figured that you might as well do all Round 2 and 3 blogs if Team Meta…”

      • Kyokai says:

        Naah, we’ll be covering all 40 blogs in round 2 for sure. We’ll see about round three but even if you have been a closet blogger, there’s always a first time in checking out some old blogs and learn stuff from them.

        Our main aim of highlights was to put new blogs on spotlight rather than showing deviation towards who should our readers vote for. Again, as I’m still debating about doing a tourney commentary or not, I can’t say clearly right now if I would be updating about the matches as the days go by.

  5. processr says:

    “Frequency of Post: Daily”

    Eheheh, I’m not quite that prolific, it just so happens that after posting something non-episodic especially for the tourney the two shows I’m blogging aired on consecutive days. Twice-weekly would be more accurate. But thanks for the nice comments!

  6. Oh wow and ouch. Now I know the meaning of the word ‘sporadic’ wwww. Yep I admit my blog is not very active but I’ll try my best to post at least once a week (specially if I’ll win the 1st round). I’m very flattered that someone out there thinks my writing quality is very good since I still think my writing style needs some improvement. Anyway, thank you for the constructive criticisms. 。◕‿◕。

  7. Thanks for the lovely commentary Anaaga! Here, have some strawberry cheesecake ^^ I showed this to Serené and she was really happy reading it as well.
    Now that I look at the girl banner it is a tiny bit creepy. It was meant to be a general spring banner as opposed to the two other anime ones. But I think we’ll keep it since we don’t have that many banners right now.
    Excellent Roleplaying to you as well in this post ^^

  8. Yerocha says:

    Thanks a lot for the kind remarks. It’s always good to hear that other people enjoy what I do, and especially that my site can still stand out even among so many great blogs.

  9. Emperor J says:

    Thanks for the feedback. The design is pretty generic, but the results of any attempt I make at trying to out-design people turns out really, really bad. As far as sporadic, I guess it is sort of all over the place.

  10. Rei says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I know right. The about page post have been suggested by a lot of my blogging friends. I’ll get to that eventually. The headline is going to change soon, due to having a lot of anime to cover this season. We usually post figures and games news and stuff but this season there isn’t that much time left for us to cover everything.

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