Monday, 29 August 2016

ConBravo: Q&A Video Games + Anime

This is a sub-post of the whole convention, covering Reviewer Q&A 2 (Sat) and Let’s Talk Anime & Youtube (Sun). Quotes are not exact, any errors are my own, enjoy.

“Reviewer Q&A 2: The Video Game” at 2pm Saturday featured most of the video game reviewers I’d encountered earlier at the Reviewer Autographs, plus or minus a few. In specific we had: Shane Luis from Rerez (RZ), Adam Koralik (AK), Erika Szabo (ES), Dex the Swede (DS), and Tom “Heisanevilgenius” White (TW).


Photo Order: TW, DS, ES, AK, RZ

Q1: Any things as you reviewed that seemed good, but then you realized were not?
RZ: Shane said he got a camera for a great deal, did an entire two hour recording, then found all the footage was 55 frames per second. YouTube can only handle 32 frames, so entire episode got scrapped. Camera was from Taiwan, he called the person he’d got it from, and they’d moved.

Q2: What was your first game ever?
ES: Started at age 5 or 6, first game was Yoshi - Mom didn’t realize it was Nintendo, not SuperNintendo. Then Zelda, “A Link to the Past”.
TW: Played since age 3, don’t remember, it was Commodore 64.
DS: Remember my age 3, it was SuperMario World.
AK: Me too, played it at my cousin’s house, begged mom for the game. People in the playground talking Genesis in early 90s, I was wondering about Space Invaders. It was awkward.
RZ: My first console game was Atari 2600’s “Dragster”, push a button, the car goes. Then blows up. First for PC was “Cross Country Canada”, where you got a truck. Aside, “ICON Computers” in 1980s were unique to us, made in Kitchener, sent all over Ontario. They were destroyed, like the Avro Arrow, because of worry that kids’ information was locked on the computers. Guelph, Ontario still has some, and the guy who created “Cross Country Canada” worked there; you can talk to him. Ask him why there were prostitutes in that game. ICON computer code was even used for Blackberry phones years later.
TW: And “Robot R&D”?
RZ: Yeah, you could make robots and they couldn’t do anything! Everyone wanted to play KidPicks back then.
DS: That sounds so wrong. KidPics?
RZ: It was like Corel Draw. Oh, I get what you’re saying now.
DS: You were the last horse to cross that bridge.

Q3: Heard of Math Circus?
TW: Yes, but I wasn’t good at math, so I never wanted to play it - I was worried that I’d learn. “MathRescue”, “WordRescue”, I hated playing all of them because you had things like SuperMario teaches typing. Educational but not very fun.

Q4: Doing something on Special Education Dreamcast games?
AK: I have a full set. I was more open to something more obscure like Japanese games, except Sega was going after people on YouTube. Less now, but still. There is one about Sega taking over the world but you need knowledge of Japanese.
Audience Member: Going to do a retrospective?
AK: I do all game consoles in a generation, and my experience with them. Never done it with handhelds, will eventually. He was the only person in the world to have an N-Gage when it was relevant.

Q5: Ever been confused for other reviewers?
AK: Once for ProJared, that guy was real weird.
DS: Someone thought I was peanutbuttergamer once.
RZ: At this convention, someone thought I was Shane from DigiBro(?) gaming.

Q6: If you had one review that you would strike out of existence, what is it?
TW: The episode hated most accidentally DID get wiped out. He would have liked to salvage the jokes and redo it; it was improvised. A review of “Dusty Diamonds All Star Softball”, known as something else in Japan, where you build an all star team. The American version has the same five faces whereas Japanese includes an eyeball monster and Dracula and an amazing amount of depth. It wasn’t good; made for 20 minutes of video on 5 minutes of content.
AK: Kind of regret, but not really, “Yakyuken Special” for NES. A Japanese game where you play Rock-Paper-Scissors against girls, and when you win they strip. No strategy and heavily censored but they took down our WHOLE channel over it. Then said they can’t fix it but would give a new channel, had to restore things, lost about a year.
TW: Also a video called 32 Likes in one, 32 games in one except it’s only, like, 9; they had different names three times. “Mario 1” “Mario Legend”, etc; I rushed that video to get to MagFest, it was not good.
ES: More from a technical standpoint, “Tales of Xillia” review. She likes that game a lot, but was just a talking head. “I was pretty new”, lots of camera cutting possible which I do now. I can’t watch some of my older videos. Many things you think back on, how to address people on my channel, it changes over time as you find yourself, little by little.
RZ: My one is “Worst Console Ever”. It has a million views, but if you look in the background, the light cable is right by my head. Didn’t think to move it. And when recording gameplay it changed resolution, and every time it did I couldn’t use the footage; the review’s also not good technically.
TW: Technical things are not what most people worry about.
RZ: The cable is orange! It sticks out, I see it every time.
ES: You’re your own worst critic, right? That’s how it goes.
(Someone notes when things look okay in a tiny window, then you upload and see full screen and damn.)

Q7: Anything you’d want to do, if you could?
DS: “Life is Strange”. Would love to talk about it but my channel isn’t fit for it.
TW: My main thing is weird video games.
ES: Will watch others play horror games, but not myself, get scared way too easily.
AK: Don’t have an answer.
RZ: Games that are mediocre. Need it to be really good or really bad. Played “Hatred” and made a positive video, but I regret playing after because 5 or 6 hours straight you feel sick. Saying “I’m going to kill your family” and then you do in the next level, it’s not happy.

Q8: What’s something obscure, weird consoles?
ES: Crystal Console.
DS: All turbo graphics in OEG, I don’t have those.
TW: A game that’s probably crazy expensive, video and board game ran the same time; you move pieces then go into the game, depending.
AK: I have an Apple Pippin. Did you know Apple made a game console, Amiga CD32? From Commodore, successful in UK, not allowed to be sold in US. This dude had a boxed Canadian version, only maybe 10,000 were ever shipped.
RZ: I’ll limit myself to 3. One from a coffee machine in Japan, an ISO can play games on it.
DS: Can’t you review the coffee machine?
RZ: There’s that, then the system “Game Kid” and “Game Girl”, Sega Master systems which are pink and black and blue. Made a master system but didn’t want wires so has an antenna, hooks into the back of a TV. Only released in Brazil?
AK: Still officially supported by them.
RZ: Third, only released in Brazil called the Szabo. A video game console with mobile phone components, EA to activation release games on this system. Everything’s in portuguese about this thing and download only. Craziest little system.
?: Lots of porn games in Brazil.

Q9: What’s the most valuable game that you’ve owned?
ES: I did have Earthbound, complete in box. And ChronoTrigger with maps, complete in box. But I also like my dual stick controller.
TW: I have “Misadventures of Tron Bonne”. Didn’t know it got really expensive, heard it’s going for $300.
DS: Can’t think of one I have.
AK: Panzer Dragoon Sega. Worth $500? Have a full Dreamcast set too, was collecting in 2008 & 2009, nobody cared. Guy told me it’s now a $200 game, not $5. There’s “Diamond Vector”(?) which is not valuable because no one knows it exists. Original Xbox, most is worthless but some exclusives, one in South Korea is “Zillergame”(??). Another “Diamond Vector” only released in Singapore I bought for $20 is worth $200 - and many original fans argue with me that it does not exist. “I’m happy to ruin the market for everybody.”
RZ: I had, but got rid of it yesterday, the rarest PSP game, “Hilton Ultimate Team Play”. Bought it for $5 at Cash Converters, it’s a 3D environment simulator for teaching people how to work at a Hilton Holiday Inn. People who work there got judged on how well they did in the game. Only 500 ever released, never sold in stores.
AK: Regarding weird promotional things, Toyota dealerships would have a Dreamcast disc that would talk about the car. Those are impossible discs to find.

Q10: Any formula for scripts?
AK: I don’t do it.
RZ: I try, it sounds like a robot. I talk, then I work around it.
DS: I hate scripts. It’s not that I hate what I write, it’s that I hate writing.
TW: I love writing. I love every aspect except for editing.
DS: That’s the best part! Everything’s coming together!
TW: Yeah, in the last 2 minutes, depending on video length. For the question, I wouldn’t say I have a formula, it’s kind of chaotic. I want to preserve the unpredictable nature of things I review. I start writing while on break at work, then go through and fix up, add more jokes, sometimes I’ll be in the middle of recording and will fix lines I don’t like. But I put a lot of work into writing.
ES: I have to agree, I absolutely love it. I’ve also worked with a journalist. If I don’t have a loose script of bullet points, I tend to go on tangents, so I’ll cut at those points. Game, music, art, separate all with cuts, my head’s just too disorganized. I like to edit too; it’s a bit of a tedious process.
TW: I love one liners in a video that I can feel proud of. “Mahjong the Lady Hunter” is an arcade game in Japan - they have strip mahjong like we have poker. The main character is BatMan, all the women are jewel thieves, one level looks like a bathhouse. One woman’s wearing a towel, BatMan bursts through the window - forced to accept this reality.

(* I asked my question here as I did in Q&A #1:
*Q11: What keeps you going when you’re feeling down or frustrated?
DS: As soon as you start doing one part, you kinda keep on going from there. The most important part is just go. Don’t procrastinate, don’t watch “Steven Universe”.
TW: I get burned out so many times, hard drives fail, a laptop got stolen. I have no idea how I’m doing this.
ES: I’ve had burnout happen. No matter how bad, it’s hard to find the drive; it’s finding your roots and why did I want to start. How did I get here, how does this shape me. Think about it like that, it’s a good chance to be as creative as I want to be too, even if I want to take a break.
AK: To eat, pay bills, and not die.
RZ: I just enjoy making videos, editing is my favourite thing. Went to school to be a video production person, made a TV pilot that didn’t go anywhere, and couldn’t get the actors back (hired with a friend). So started getting in front of the camera, and every episode, I don’t get sick of it, like building the story and narrative, and search to find something. About the only thing I don’t like, is if I need to say specific numbers or historical references. I will do it 157 times until it’s right, and even then it’s not.
DS: During work in progress, do you get a song stuck in your head?
RZ: Yes.
DS: Bubble bobble was terrible.
RZ: Rerez2 also a channel for new things. Everything in the background is from Earthbound; if Nintendo found out they’d sue but it’s what I hear when I’m working. I do it for fun, not on the main channel.

Q12: What about copyright?
AK: Nintendo loves to go after people on YouTube for content. Did a “Jurassic Park” movie once, some random company came after me for a sound effect. Took down the whole video. It’s an annoying thing you have to deal with.
TW: What I generally do is upload unlisted, then know if I get flags from a bot. If I don’t think it’s worth fighting, I’ll take out the bit. My movie reviews will usually get hits. Sometimes I’ll fight the claim in private then release it for everyone.
DS: Only had one claim, not for a song, it was for the “Donkey Kong Country” TV show. Most say mirror the footage to avoid a claim, I didn’t do that, it got Content IDed right away. About a year later, yanked - it’s still up but I don’t get anything for it.
ES: It’s annoying when it’s after the fact. I don’t put up audio, I ask musicians on BandCamp if they’re interested in working with me. For actual footage, I find it works to have two layers, one a smaller box drop shadow, the other blurred, tricking YouTube’s algorithm. I don’t have video issues, it’s audio that’s more of a problem. Have another channel, Sharp Objects for film reviews; Godzilla had similar problems.
RZ: My biggest issue was “Millennium Duel 5”(?). I was going to do a bunch of positives, played the whole game, streamed a bit - and they claimed it. “I can’t make an episode, you’ll claim everything!” So I called AlphaMega and everyone I knew from Final Bosses, and we did a hit video against Konami. The positives in them going bankrupt. They couldn’t claim that, we didn’t put any footage in there! Was one of the biggest videos, but I didn’t really enjoy that, just couldn’t make the episode I wanted.

Q13: What’s changed from start to today in software you use?
DS: Adobe Premiere since the beginning.
RZ: Same. Audacity for audio.
ES: Was with iMovie, I don’t know why, simpler days. Now PremierePro.
TW: SonyVegas since the beginning. It’s good if you haven’t done anything before and want to learn as you go.
AK: Started with Pinnacle Studio, now I work in Premiere.

Q14: When recording consoles, how to resolve old resolution issues?
DS: Sometimes if I stretch the image, I figure it’s good enough.
RZ: A box I bought on Amazon for $20 switches between. It’s the quick and dirty way. Emulation is a good way to capture early games. To upscale, so a little pixel isn’t really big but is a block, software costs $700. (US dollars? Welcome to Canada.)

(I started to fade at the end here, didn’t record who said what)
?: Don’t buy really expensive hardware when starting a channel, you can have content and then get more later. Look at PewDiePie, it’s the personality and effort that matters, video quality can jump up or down.

Q15?: On mods for consoles?
?: Most are pro, no reason unless you’re a real purist. Can now do things that you couldn’t in the past.
AK: I have the Japanese DiskDrive DD.
?: EverDrive 64 allows you to play direct from cartridge.
?: There’s a SuperNintendo game where box art is this guy with a banjo.
ES: I have a theory that’s the character in the game reminiscing.

Someone asked for opinions on “Tales of Esperia” as things were wrapping, and it was given a thumbs up. Thus ends the Reviewer Panel #2 - but Erika Szabo would return! Just below, in fact.


*****

On Sunday at 4pm was “Let’s Talk Anime & YouTube” had panelists Tristan “Arkada” Gallant (TG) and Erika Szabo (ES). It was also “question and answer” style. I was a couple minutes late, so I missed the first question (or two)... when I arrived, there was some talk of Anime as a product and the switch to YouTube. Picking up after that.


Tristan (TG) & Erika (ES)

Q2: Considered doing more analytical based reviews?
TG: Thought about it, but don’t consider myself that kind of person. Any more in depth than ‘did I like it, should others watch it, should it be watched’ feels like I’m talking out my ass - other people do it much better. The few times I have gone that way, it’s a 25 minute video no one watches. If something popped out doing weird research, it’s been kept in the script. Talking about sound is an area I’m very bad in, don’t have a big music background. People yell at me, saying all dubs are horrible.
ES: My focus when reviewing anime or video games is more experience based. There’s also memory series’ when I recall specific memories within video games; had a dysfunctional upbringing. I like to analyze but do it in different ways, find emotional relevance within medium.

Q3: Thoughts on series “No Game No Life”?
TG: Only know it exists. It better end. If we have to buy more manga, please no, we get that with everything else.
ES: Don’t know enough about it yet.

Q4: How nasty do people get when they disagree with you?
ES: Very nasty. Put up a video 3 days ago, now everybody hates me because I like the new Berserk (2016). People are very loud and passionate even if they’re in the minority. Hate in general you’re going to get, and people who disagree are much much louder than those who like your stuff.
TG: Too true, and whenever I get those negative comments they hit hard. Because you know the hard work you put in. It’s just an opinion - that helps ground me. If there’s a way to have a conversation, okay, but you can tell when it’s a troll and not worth it.

Q5: Ever started a review and rethought?
ES: One of my favourite things is what people don’t know or hidden gems.
TG: Back with reviews no one watched, I didn’t care, it’s my show, I do what I want. Everyone wanted to know about stuff when it was current, if you don’t do it then, people wonder what are you doing with your life. So you can touch on it, but do stuff from the 80s that no one else is doing.
(Shoutout to “Baccano!”, “Shin Sekai Yori”.)

Q6: Preferred genre?
TG: I like to review slice of life. It’s not all moe junk, it’s a relaxing thing.
ES: For me, more speculative fiction. Cyberpunk, SciFi, since reading Neuromancer in high school. “Kaiba”’s a good example.

Q7: Any genres or trends or themes you don’t get?
TG: It’ll sound weird, but fan service. Not regular fan service that you can’t escape, but I have no reason to watch "Monster Musume". Fan service for the sake of fan service, I have nothing to talk about there.
ES: Feel really similarly, there’s not enough I’d want to say about it.

Q8: Anything that’s surprised you, broke expectations in a positive or negative way? 
TG: Was not expecting “Shirobako” to be as good as it was. Someone told me the end of “Your Lie in April” before I watched, so that why I don’t sing it’s praises. Maybe with a better first impression? Blame twitter.
ES: Sometimes get stuck in my nostalgic side, (missed title). “Tales of Hearts” RPG I didn’t like, it was unhappy yet I was excited going in. Didn’t connect the way I wanted. But fans are so devoted to their series’, it felt wrong to be negative in my review. J-RPGs is a genre I love.
TG: Tales of Asteria? Vesperia?
ES: Shame the multiplayer didn’t work out that well, what I want is playing with other people. Loved the first Xillia. “Tales of” games I have too high hopes going in.

Q9: Top song from any game or anime soundtrack?
TG: “Forces” from Berserk. Done.
ES: So chaotic, but anything by the “Follin Brothers”(?), intricately made NES compositions. Also “depth of the system”(?) or “Bionic Commando Rearmed” which still sounds true to the original.

Q10: Would you collaborate with a bigger name even if creative differences?
TG: If there were differences, the chances are the video wouldn’t be good, no matter who it is.
ES: At the end of the day, it’s not worth it if you’re not proud of what you make. I’m less of a perfectionist than I used to be, letting go of that makes me more confident, yet content is precious and important to me. “I’d rather work hard and get success slowly than have it rushed with content I don’t believe in.”

Q11: Fictional anime world you’d want?
TG: “Angelic Layer”. I’ve been asked this before.
ES: I think of “Digimon”, because I want a digimon so bad. But first season - don’t want tamers or fusing because that’s really creepy. But as a kid I wouldn’t do homework, I’d draw fictional digimon and foxes. Or “Skies of Arcadia”.
TG: I want to replay that so much! Also had to buy “.Hack” myself know it was going to be expensive.


Q12: The “Fair Use” disclaimers included to start videos, any issues?
TG: The ‘Fair Use’ does absolutely nothing, it’s there for the sake of being there. Doesn’t stop content claims, they’re automatic, doesn’t stop personal claims, they don’t watch they grab claims from tags and descriptions, and a Japanese company won’t respond to English emails. The system is skewed against us. It’s a crap shoot, you have to hope and pray you won’t get too many strikes on your channel. A ‘content ID’ claim which is totally harmless can turn into a strike if people are bad. The worst contender we call YamYams, it’s Yam with a bunch of numbers, anime licensing from Italy. Only own video rights in Italy yet come onto YouTube and claim it.
Audience Member: Any music strikes?
TG: I won’t use audio from any clips, and keep it short. Algorithm looks if clips are longer than 10 seconds. Openings are hard if you want to show more, so I had a hard time with needing a [full] minute.
ES: There are ways around it with video editing. Create two layers of the same footage, the front smaller, then blur the back.
TG: You can also try mirroring it, with kanji people won’t notice. Though with numbers or English text they will. Start a new channel, upload there first, it won’t stop manual claims but can figure it out that way. It’s time consuming but can be worth it.

Q13: Being reviewers, do you find it easier or harder to enjoy simplicity?
ES: Simplicities, I don’t know, my problem is with this is the public eye. It was a very private thing for me growing up; playing “Final Fantasy Tactics” to get away from my parents arguing. Though public is a place where you can make connections and build yourself. Being able to express this, at first is really scary, and sometimes continues to be - you feel like you’re the only person. But it feels good to establish that connection, and realize you’re making an impact on people’s lives. Takes away from “these things are mine” and gives back to the community and that’s a very fulfilling thing.
TG: When I started, out of high school in the middle of nowhere, had no one to talk to. So ranted in front of a camera for a while. All I’ve done is wanting an outlet. Now have lots of different people to talk to but still like to do the videos. It’s more concise than conversations, where there’s lots of tangents, going for hours. Also, it’s now there, I can say I made a video if I can’t remember things.

Q14: Most expensive thing you collected?
TG: “Kanokon”(?) DVD box set, not in print any more.
ES: Don’t have it any more, but Earthbound, complete in box.
TG: Why sell that?
ES: It’s hard, only usually do with collectors. Have lots of anime VHS, love it, DVD have “Evangelion” platinum original. Never getting rid of that.
TG: Don’t, don’t.

Q15: If there was an anime or game to erase, so don’t have to think about it, what?
TG: Not only erased from my mind but everyone? “School Days”. I need to get everyone though so they don’t bring it up to me.
ES: (?Madam?) or “Pupa” for me.

Q16: What programs do you use to video and audio edit?
TG: Entire Adobe suite - everything at some point. Mostly Premiere and AfterEffects in combo with Photoshop for effects.
ES: PremierePro and then Photoshop.
TG: We don’t use Macs, but if we did, probably FinalCut.

Q17: Favourite anime opening if no music, only imagery?
TG: I’m sticking with “Hacking to the Gate” from Steins;Gate. Even if you remove audio from my Top 10 List they’re still really good.
ES: I don’t want to answer - I really like the Trigun opening but want to keep the music. Cowboy Bebop, same thing.

Q18: The new “Steins;Gate”, scared or excited?
TG: Apprehensive. It was a very closed story. I’ve seen the movie, don’t know why it’s not released yet, they didn’t answer me (when asked at con in Boston). The movie’s okay, but the best about the original anime was being enclosed. Without that, it’s not going to be as good. Will play it; could have sworn it’s on Steam.
ES: We don’t have that in our games store, and on Viga it’s so expensive. I am reluctant to mess with contained things.
TG: I pretend sequels don’t exist [if story reopened then not closed].

Q19: Any anime or games you dropped in only a bit of time?
TG: “School Days” first time I watched? You go, I’m thinking.
ES: I’m thinking too.
TG: Game would be “Tales of Zestiria”, played it on my stream 2.5 hours, interested in the story but couldn’t take the gameplay.
ES: “Deception IV”. Thought I’d like it, wanted to, but didn’t. Traded it in, think it’s not my type of gameplay - combo-ing traps. Hadn’t played original.
Audience member: You have to be a bit sadistic.
ES: Kinda am but maybe not to that degree?
TG: A couple years ago I dropped “Cross Ange”. Recently got a DVD/BluRay pack from a ‘friend’ who likes to torture me, expect a review.

Q20: Thoughts on Jojo?
TG: Problem is I’m in the middle of Stardust, not even on Diamond. Still trying to figure out how to review, separate into different videos?
ES: I feel I wouldn’t even do a review, it would be text.

Q21: Any J-RPG series that you’re annoyed has never left Japan?
ES: Yes, but luckily there’s reproduction cards so I can play “Bahamut Lagoon”.
Audience Member: What about untranslated, not even fan translations.
TG: (I missed a piece) $60/game but you’re only releasing this so watch the full thing, I don’t do it justice.
ES: I don’t know which ones have fan translations at this point. There’s “Sin and Punishment” where dialogue wouldn’t matter but I want it here. That one probably did [have a fan translation].
TG: I like occasional visual novels. One time I want to play Key, they only did Clannad. “Fate Stay/Night” was only half finished but is now complete.

Q22: For Erika, as a girl on YouTube, how often are there creepy commenters or bans?
ES: Every day. Through social media too, on my FaceBook fan page, Twitter less so. People take photos of themselves sitting on their bed. (TG reacts) Fully clothed, but still, weird. I see it but try and move past it. It’s a shame being a woman on the internet, people thinking that’s okay, and we won’t be affected by it. When I think of those people I feel sad in the end - I feel proud of my accomplishments, what are you doing with your life? Maybe a bit of spite. If anyone is mean to anyone in comments, I’ll delete, there’s no reason for that.
Audience Member: And bans?
ES: I’ve had to ban people, people openly telling me they’re obsessed with me and stalking me. Which is tough, I’m a friendly person and want to be me. When you’re honest with yourself, that it’s for self protection, then people think you’re horrible - “I thought you were really nice” - it makes me really sad. Negative comments suck, they can overpower a lot of the community. Keep it live. I want more women on my channel too, more variety.

(* Aside: That’s crazy. Internet ppl, get your act together, it's humans on the other end. Go read about Social Conscience. This next question I asked:
Q23: If you could go back and tell your earlier self something going in, technically or otherwise, what would it be?
ES: Don’t be such a perfectionist.
TG: It wouldn’t work.
ES: It probably wouldn’t work, um - oh, that’s something I’d take out. Do a better job of cutting. If I could have told myself not to have long spaces of time talking, to cut into more pieces. Snappy content. Editing is so essential. I do a bit of scripting with bullet points to keep focus; some I want to redo from tangents. It’s a learning process.
TG: I don’t think there is anything. Mostly because I kind of know myself, and if I got this message, I would freak out and cause a chain reaction leading to not doing reviews and then I would never get the message. I would change things, yes, but not drastically, nothing so drastic as to send a message.
ME, Follow-up: Doesn’t need to be a change, maybe about the people you’d meet?
TG: I would still start freaking out. Telling myself I’d be playing D20 Live with Chris Sabat? But that was fun.
Audience Member: I got hit in the head with the big dice.

Q24: In the graveyard of anime, via copyright lapse or non release, anything to resurrect?
TG: Two months ago I’d say “Denno Coil”, it’s now been picked up.
ES: Did “Kaiba” ever get done?
TG: No.
ES: I’d want that.
TG: What are worth something and haven’t been picked up - I had a list about four years ago, pretty much everything has been resurrected... anything past Season 3 of “Sergeant Frog”, there you go.


Q25: How many hours of the week for reviewing?
TG: Depends on the week.
ES: And the kind of video.
TG: And how lazy I am. When “Overwatch” came out, nothing. Other weeks I’m an insane maniac, 15 hour days, 7 days in a row. It’s very time consuming when you consider scripting, filming and editing, and then all the social media is a lot. And rendering and exporting! That’s after watching the show; if it’s HunterXHunter, that’s 150 episodes I blitzed in a week and a half.

Q26: In the context of anime seasons, what’s been your favourite of any year?
TG: Last year with “Shirobako”.
ES: Not many anime will make me cry every episode. Because so similar to my childhood, “Your Lie in April”.

Q27: Outside of your Top 10/25 Lists, anything released that you would want to add?
TG: (didn’t catch it, something about Funimation not working, see videos)
ES: I do J-RPG lists, I think I got everything for the Genesis. But SuperNintendo I would alter; it’s hard when you have to narrow down to 10 or 5. I’d expand. Did top Cyberpunk for anime two years ago; something I want to observe more?

Q28: Any anime you consider underrated?
TG: “Baccano!”.
ES: That, “Shin Sekai Yori”. “Kaiba”.
TG: “Mushi-shi”.

Q29: Ever had a friend hype something and you’re more ‘I guess’?
ES: Yup.
TG: Yup. “Busou Renkin”.

Q30: A sports anime to watch, whether you’ve seen it before or not?
TG: “Overdrive”. Nobody’s heard of it, it’s a cycling anime from the early 2000s, watched it in high school. If not that, “Bamboo Blade” on kendo.
ES: I don’t follow sports anime, so I’m out.

Q31: Any video editing tips other than making final product more efficient?
TG: Cut out the silence. If you have a script that you’re not good at memorizing, and have no prompter? When you finish, leave a space before you start moving, then cut from there to where you stop moving. When you cut the silence, you don’t want head movements.
ES: Yeah, pacing is super important. In cuts, and how it sounds.

Q32: When you begin reviewing, ever lose the joy or passion? If so, what reignites it?
TG: Stop watching anime for a bit. Or if you find something you think you’ll like - hold onto it, and when you’re in those slumps, that’s when you watch it. Otherwise, stop doing things for a while. A good friend from England has burned himself out entirely, used to watch everything now hasn’t for a year.
ES: I’ve had those burnout periods, two on my channel. That’s why as a hobbyist I can watch some horror or read books to balance it all out. Do other things you enjoy doing. Something that grows into a hobby, build that up. I believe in skill building and knowledge building, and knowledge is power.

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