The world of anime can be incredibly daunting if you are not prepared for it. There are literally thousands of different animes out there, in all kinds of genres. So really, where does one begin? A little over two years ago, I had all but forgotten about anime. I had watched a couple of shows, but due to the fact that it was sometimes very hard to get access to anime in my country, eventually my interest for it faded. One fateful day, in the early days of blogging and where I still had literally no idea what I was doing I came across a blog called 100 word anime run by Karandi James. As I am a very shy person by nature, I read a few of the posts on that blog, and at first just gave a like without really commenting. But as I read more posts, I eventually conquered my fears and decided to respond to some of those well written posts. Not only did I get a response back, I gained a new follower and a great friend in the process. Karandi is one of the hardest workers on WordPress. She has a new post out every day, sometimes even more than once, and can be found almost everywhere in the comments sections of fellow bloggers. I have always wondered how she does this, and although she recently gave an explanation, I still suspect she has a hidden clone factory somewhere.
But all that hard work payed off. She now has almost 2500 followers, and is one of the most respected authoritaties here on anime. But let’s not forget that she is a truly amazing human being who is always kind, and ready to offer an encouraging word or engage in a cool conversation with you. At the beginning of this year she published her first e-book, and I don’t know about you, but I think that is something that most of us can only dream of. Because of Karandi, my interest in anime resurfaced, and I have seen many exciting new shows because of a lot of her recommendations. But, that’s not to say that I am now an expert on anime. Far from it even, as I still consider myself a noob. But enough about me. As I said, last year Karandi published her first book, and that’s what I want to talk about in this post. Now this is actually the first time that I am writing a review about something a fellow blogger wrote, so I hope you don’t mind me saying that I am also a little bit nervous about it. Will I do the book justice with this review? Am I not too positive or (*gasp) negative?
Let me first start by saying that I offered to write this review, and in no way was I
tortured asked by Karandi to do this. In fact it’s months ago that I made the offer, but because of my hiatus this review is now long overdue. So what is this book about? The title is pretty selfexplanatory of course: Thoughts on anime 2017. This whopping 648 page (depending on how you read it, on my Ipad it said 648 pages) tome contains a collection of posts from her blog from last year. To start things off we get a huge number of reviews. Most of these are animes that aired in 2017, but after those we also get some shows from earlier years. Written in Karandi’s trademark style, it gives her personal views on some of the animes from last year (and she admits she ended up not including everything as a sign that she watches too much, but hey that’s a problem we probably all have). What I found very helpful is that the beginning of each review gave a small description of what the show is about, it’s genre and whether or not it’s a show that is worth watching. (By giving it a small keyword such as Highly Recommended or Avoid (like the plague)).
For anyone who has already been following her for a while you know that Karandi writes in a way that really draws you in. Of course I don’t always agree with everything she writes (*cough Black Bullet cough*),it is a personal viewpoint after all. But the reviews always point out strenghts and weaknesses of the series and in that way helps you decide if it’s something that might be worth checking out. They contain something for everyone as she collected reviews for a multitude of different anime genres. This being an e-book you can very quickly skim through it and the reviews both for shows from 2017 and those from earlier years are all in alphabetical order. I thought an index would be nice to have, but then I found out that the technology itself has already included that. Which once again proves that me and technology don’t mix very well. But..that’s not all! After the reviews we get a number of top five lists, a feature that I always like on her blog.
These lists range from topics such as Top 5 Anime sisters to (one of my favorites) Top 5 Non-Weapon items used as Weapons. Needless to say these are incredibly fun to read. But wait, there is even more! Last year Karandi had an enormous amount of features on her blog about various different topics. Always wanted to find out the three reasons why being a villain would suck? She has you covered. Want to learn more about romance in Anime? Look no further. These, and many others are also included in this book. And to wrap things up, Karandi included some great quotes from various animes as well as a number of episode reviews for a couple of the animes. The book contains no images, but I can pretty much imagine that probably has to do with copyright issues, and for me that certainly wasn’t a problem.
So here we are having reached the end of this first review for a book written by a fellow blogger and friend. In case it wasn’t already clear I absolutely loved this book. With a very low pricetag of under $4.00 it offers you great value for your money. It’s a terrific reference guide to a lot of last year’s animes and as such I would recommend this book to people who are interested to maybe get started on anime as well as veteran anime fans. With insightful and well written reviews and some great extra features it’s a book that you will read through in no time, as well as turn back to when you want to look something up. So what are you waiting for? Go over to Karandi’s blog and order this E-book right here. It’s a decision that I guarantee you won’t regret. So Karandi, this post was for you. Here’s to many more years of blogging and friendship! I hope you liked the post, and just in case you didn’t I have All-Might standing by to quickly fly me away somewere. Can’t be too careful after all.
I give Thoughts on Anime 2017 a 9 out of 10 score.