On August 5, 2015, I published my first post on Crow's World of Anime. It was my version of "What I'm currently watching," and it focused on Crunchyroll's lineup. I talked about Charlotte, which I still adore, and Classroom Crisis, which I only barely remember watching -- though Crunchyroll assures me that I finished it!
Needless to say, it's not one of my top 10 posts of the last three years! Though it was the first of about 380 (at last count...)
If you're a blogger, have you every written a post thinking, "Man! This is it! It's going to be a hit!" And then wonder why it doesn't take off? Or written a post that you liked but didn't think would resonate -- only to find out it is wildly popular? Almost every one of my top 10 belong to the second category. I've since learned to accept the inevitable: I really don't know what anyone else likes, so my best chance for success is just to share what I love and hope for the best!
Serendipity is still a thing!
Here are the top 10 posts from Crow's World of Anime, counting down from number 10 to number 1, since the dawn of time (which, for this blog, was August 5, 2015!):
Oh, and this doesn't count the home page.
Made in Abyss had a profound impact on me. Apparently, my esteemed readers seemed to enjoy at least one of my posts on the topic! I remember at the time that there was a lot of buzz about the Abyss' beauty, complexity, and danger, and I think this post probably benefited from that. The layout if one of my older styles, and I don't think it translates as well as it could, especially for mobile. Someday, I hope to get time to make more of the site mobile friendly.
To this day, I'm disappointed that Re:CREATORS wasn't more popular. I was really into it: The concept was fascinating and the show stuck to it; the characters were interesting and a lot of fun to watch; and the music -- well, it's among my favorite soundtracks! The bonus episodes gave us a chance to meet some of the voice actors, and my coverage of one such review made my top ten! So even if no other Re:CREATORS episode made the top ten, at least the series got some representation!
Another special episode made my top 10, this one from Record of Grancrest War. Whereas the previous post got to see the voice actors but didn't really give us any information about the show itself, this episode of Record of Grancrest war was actually helpful. You may have heard the show moved pretty fast at times (okay, it was a dead sprint most of the time), so there wasn't a lot of time to give the audience information like, say, the location of the kingdoms and power relative to each other. This episode gave us all some much-needed perspective, and that's why I think it made my top 10.
One of the things I enjoyed about Record of Grancrest War was its depiction of politics. Sure, it often glossed over large swaths of details that might have been helpful to know, but when it decided to share with us, it was often dramatic and effective. This episode showed how Mirza Kooches out maneuvered Marrine Kreische to no one's real benefit. It also contrasted that relationship of convenience to the developing feelings between the two heroes, Theo Cornaro and Siluca Meletes. That contrast was dramatically interesting, and I think my readers responded by sending this post into my top 10!
Number 6: 5 Funny and Light-Hearted Anime Series
I've read several bloggers share that their lists generate more traffic than their usual reviews, and you know what? There's a lot to that. Two of my top ten are just that: Lists! And they're both lists of my favorite comedy series. I published this article on Christmas day, 2015 -- guess you can tell where my priorities are! But I'm thankful that so many readers enjoyed this post. I know I enjoyed writing it! This post is still generating attention, even after all this time.
Oh, KADO! You seemed to be on such a unique and interesting trajectory! And then you succumbed to an terrible case of the mundanes! This post was my attempt to lay out what went wrong and how it could have been fixed. I'll say this: before it took the plunge, the show generated some great discussion. I also like that it aspired to greatness. That counts for something!
I loved The Asterisk War. I know that some members of the anime elite look down on this show, but I like what I like, and I like this show. It seems that a healthy percentage of my readers like it, too, because it's one of my highest rated episode reviews! I'm thrilled that so many readers have taken the time to check out this post, which went live on October 24, 2015. So it's one of the earliest posts to rank in the top 10!
I write most of my non-seasonal reviews between seasons. My second installment of the funny anime series came during just such a break in early January 2018. Like its predecessor, this post let me share more of my favorite comedy series, and I'm happy that many readers responded well to it! In fact, this post generated more than twice the reads as posts earlier in this list. I still don't really understand why some of these posts do better than others! But it's fun to watch.
The original D.Gary-Man was one of those series that blew me away. The breadth of the world, the depth of the characters, the bravery of its main character Allen Walker -- it's one of the series that helped me love anime. The original series, which began airing in 2006, came out 9 years before I even conceived of this blog, but when D.Gray-Man (HALLOW) came out, I absolutely had to review it! I was gratified to see that my esteemed readers responded, too -- this post garnered more than twice the reads as number 7 and almost three times the views as number 10!
And now we finally arrive at the most popular post on Crow's World of Anime. And in some ways, it's the most perplexing! It has twice the number of hits as number 5, yet it is simply a summary of the reviews I wrote for the Asterisk War! To this day, it's often the most popular page on my site. Since I adored this show, I'm really happy that one of its posts is my most popular. It was also among the first series I reviewed.
Thanks for reading to the end of this retrospective! Honestly, if it weren't for readers like you, there's be no point to the blog. I appreciate the time you've invested in reading this and any other posts you may have read on Crow's World of Anime. As long as you keep reading, I'll keeping giving you my best work!
Are any of the top 10 posts your favorites? Do you have other favorites that you'd like to share? Please feel free to mention them in the comments!