The Otaku Judge – 2018 in Review

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An end of year recap in April? Talk about long overdue. It’s safe to say that 2018 will go down in history as the last year were I update this site on a regular basis. For those of you who are wondering, no I am not dead. My passion for blogging on the other hand is well and truly six feet under.

I’ll continue to post on here sporadically, and I’ll still visit the blogs I follow whenever time allows. No great loss in the grand scheme of things, as the internet is filled with anime/game critics who are wittier and more talented than I. Many thanks to all my subscribers for the support and kind feedback you have blessed me with, ever since I registered on WordPress back in 2013.

VIEWS: In total The Otaku Judge received 19,568 views in 2018. That’s a drop from the previous twelve months, where I attracted over 22,000 hits. No surprise given that I wrote thirty-two fewer articles. Another factor is that several of the site’s readers have since departed from WordPress. Curse those quitters. I hate it when people abandon the WordPress community without warning… oh wait never mind (hypocrite alarm sounds in the background).

TOP ATTRACTIONS: The most popular posts of 2018 were…

1. Review of Justice League: The poor man’s Avengers starring a team of DC heroes.
2. A Place Further than the Universe Review: Cute anime girls travel to Antarctica.
3. Review of Jurassic World: Hollywood reboots an extinct dinosaur franchise.

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM: For the fourth successive year the site’s highest source of traffic (in order of views) is United States, United Kingdom and Canada. Germany overtakes India and Australia to claim fourth place.

WHO ARE THEY: My most frequent readers were…

1. John Jr: A dreamer who occasionally writes about entertainment.
2. Man In Black: Pens detailed reviews of anime, wrestling DVDs and movies I have never heard of.
3. Raistlin0903: The movie buff from Holland, who is sadly on blog hiatus.
4. Krystallina: Focuses on manga reviews. Loves Final Fantasy 7 and a good bargain.
5. Jeffrey Botah: He writes things. I read them. Seems like a fair deal.

Okay, that’s it for this recap. Farewell for now. I’ll see you all whenever I get the urge to post the traditional top five anime/games of 2018. Until then, I wish you all a belated happy new year!

The Otaku Judge: 2016 in Review

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Most people will agree that 2016 was a terrible year. Not only did a plethora of talented performers pass away in the last twelve months, but it has also come to my attention that the lazy sods at WordPress aren’t compiling an annual report of blog stats like they usually do. In case you are curious, my 2015 figures can be located by clicking here.

I pay the sloths at WordPress good money for a domain name, so the least they could do is furnish me with some website metrics to boost my ego. Oh well, I guess it falls upon me to brave a New Year cider fuelled hangover and manually collate statistics for your amusement. Ouch, my aching skull. I thought apples were supposed to be good for you?

Views: For the first time since 2013, my site has failed to beat the previous year’s view count. Anime and video game reviews, for a brief period, suffered a dip in hits so I decided to expand the scope of the site to include movie coverage. In 2015 The Otaku Judge received close to 23,000 views, whilst 2016 amassed a less respectable 20,500 hits. On the plus side my articles received a record number of likes and comments. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave feedback and witty remarks on my work.

Top Attractions: The reviews of Demon Master Chris and Armored Warrior Iris continue to be my most read posts in 2016. Clearly if I want to bolster my site’s popularity I should cover more Hentai games. Sex sells as they say! Those reviews are a couple of years old though. In terms of stuff I wrote in 2016, my most read reviews are :-

1. Sakura Dungeon: The perverted PC dungeon crawler.
2. Final Fantasy Explorers: Square-Enix’s answer to Monster Hunter.
3. Bikini Warriors: A fantasy anime starring some barely clothed adventurer

Look at what came first and third. I’ll say it again, sex sells. Who knew that my followers were such a randy bunch?

Where did they come from: Most of my readers hail from the United States, with the United Kingdom and Canada following in second and third place respectively. Other countries that frequently visit the site include Germany, Australia, France, Philippines, Brazil, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Russia.

Who are they: The following folks have the honour of being my most active commenters :-

1. Aether: After conquering Dark Souls he has now set his sights on Higurashi.
2. Krystallina: A manga reviewer who always has an eye out for bargains.
3. MIB: An eloquent critic of anime, wrestling and artsy foreign films.
4. Denny Sinnoh: The Pokémon naming master who loves kimonos and idols.
5. Rocco B: A fellow connoisseur of video games and anime.

Thanks for the support guys. Stay tuned for more content in 2017… once I have a lie down in a quiet room. New year’s resolution – don’t drink so much booze.

The Top 5 Animes I Reviewed in 2015

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Following on from yesterday’s video game list, the time has come for me to announce the finest animes reviewed by The Otaku Judge in 2015. I didn’t have much trouble selecting the year’s top three shows, but I did have to wrack my brain a bit to determine who would secure the last two spots. Looking back at the past twelve months, I have to say that my love for Japanese animation shows no signs of waning. I am however buying fewer DVDs. Storage space has hit saturation point at my household and sadly most releases aren’t available to download legally over here in Europe. Hopefully the UK’s increasing number of anime distributors will make more of an effort to secure digital rights in the future. At the moment though they continue to focus on the physical market, with pricey special editions becoming more and more commonplace.

Honourable Mentions: Beyond the Boundary, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, Kamisama Dolls and Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions.

5th) Log Horizon (Season One): The Oculus Rift is due out this year – fools did Tron teach you nothing? Whenever humanity dabbles with VR the risk exists that you will find yourself trapped within a digital world. Case in point – Log Horizon written by tax dodger Mamare Touno. This excellent series follows an ensemble cast who are coming to terms with life inside a fantasy MMO. Rather than escape their confines the former players integrate with the native NPCs and begin to influence the land’s politics. Mistakenly compared with Sword Art Online, this more cerebral tale feels like Spice & Wolf given that major portions of the story deal with medieval business ventures.

4th) Cross Ange: This is likely to be the most controversial pick on my list, as squeamish audiences found the brutality Ange suffered in the opening episodes to be abhorrent. Viewers who can stomach those scenes (and the excessive nudity) will however be rewarded with an excellent Sunrise mech show. The biggest praise I can lavish upon Cross Ange is that at times it channels the awesome Code Geass. The bot versus dragon action sequences are impressive and the script has that Geass knack of seamlessly transitioning from tragedy to comedy. My only gripe with the show is that Angelise’s love interest (Tusk) is a bit of a dweeb. Yuri fans would have been much happier had he perished leaving Ange to fly off into the sunset with Hilda instead.

3rd) Kill la Kill: In search of her father’s killer, Ryuko Matoi enrols at Honnouji Academy. Once there she takes on the fascist student council armed only with an elongated scissor blade and a sailor uniform that leaves nothing to the imagination. Kill la Kill is just as whacky as its premise sounds, but that should come as no surprise given that the series is the brainchild of Gurren Lagann’s creators. Thanks to the zany comedy, awesome soundtrack, over the top action and stylish visuals Kill la Kill deservedly earns a place in my 2015 anime top three. I would have ranked it even higher were it not for the extortionate home release, which cut up (scissor pun not intended) the series into three pricey special editions.

2nd) Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works: For the second year running a Fate series takes the runner-up spot. Unlimited Blade Works may not match the quality of Fate/Zero, but it’s still an exceptional show. Ufotable’s rendition of the Holy Grail War, which pits mages and ancient heroes against each other, easily surpasses Studio Deen’s 2006 effort. The outstanding animation brings the epic duels to life and I much preferred this version of the story, as it focuses more on everyone’s favourite twin tail tsundere Rin. Perhaps 2016 will be the year when Fate finally earns first place in my anime chart, courtesy of the upcoming Heaven’s Feel movie? It all depends if Ufotable release the movie on time… never a certainty as their adaptation of God Eater will attest to.

1st) Parasyte the Maxim: Ever since I read my first Spider-Man comic I have had a soft spot for nerdy heroes. Perhaps that’s why Parasyte resonated with me. Protagonist Shinichi Izumi certainly fits the Peter Parker mould, of nerd who acquires superhuman powers, after his right hand gets replaced with an extra-terrestrial named Migi. The pair form an uneasy alliance and in order to survive have to pit their wits against an array of nightmarish parasitic organisms. Madhouse have done a sublime job modernizing the eighties source material for a twenty first century audience. The action is deliciously gory and the banter between the leads succeeded in eliciting chuckles from yours truly. The only fault the series has is a weak female supporting cast, although Reiko Tamura did stand out as the best anime mom since Wolf Children’s Hana.

Three cheers to Parasyte for winning The Otaku Judge’s 2015 Top Five Anime Award. Shinichi I would congratulate you with a hardy handshake but you’ll have to make do with my well wishes, as that Cyclops protruding from your palm looks peckish.

2015 in review

Happy new year everyone! There’s only a couple of hours left before 2015 ends, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for supporting my blog. Your views, likes and comments are greatly appreciated. Looking at the figures The Otaku Judge registered 23k hits this year, which beats 2014’s sum of 15k. That will be tough act to follow in the next twelve months, especially as I am such a lazy writer 😉 Hopefully 2016’s lineup of stellar games and anime will motivate me to post more regularly.

Anyways, for those of you who are fortunate enough not to work this evening (grumble, grumble) have fun. See you all in 2016!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for my blog. Thanks for supporting my site pervs. It seems like hentai games and fan service animes are amongst my most popular reviews 🙂

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.