For those of you who may have noticed, we have been low on content recently. Part of this is intended, as editing two articles per week has become heavy lifting. (No real complaints here, but it's more taxing than it first appeared!) Part of this is also unintended, as we have had one person back out on us at an inopportune time.
However, that doesn't mean the blog has been left to grow weeds in the intermission. A little brainstorming during a podcast (more on that in another post) and with some fellow bloggers at Anime Boston has led to some ideas that merit some acknowledgement.
The Future of Golden-Ani
First of all, there have been a few people who have wondered if there will be a printed book version of Golden-Ani. At the moment, it would be hard to envision how such a project would come about, but I can picture some sort of print media that could be distributed at a con event in the future. Perhaps it would get people's minds focused on older shows if they were to be given something that required a turn of the page and not the click of a link. It's been on the burner for now, but certainly not ignored.
Second of all, there have been questions about the future of this blog once we do hit 2012. Does it sit here like Stonehenge for visitors to explore? Does it get revamped every year, maybe with a blogger covering a single show into more depth?
What we have been exploring is a better way to cover the decades. Currently, we're exploring the past 50 years as yearly slices of the loaf of bread that is the past half-century of televised anime. If we were to push those slices back together and cut along the grain, perhaps we could envision a study into particular genres (e.g. harem comedy, sports drama, seinen, shônen, shôjo) and how they have evolved over time. We'll be drumming up business for that kind of analysis perhaps around July.
Hall of Fame Voting
Lastly, what has come to mind is some sort of way to analyze all of the shows overall. We've been nailing some of the bigger features, but once this thing is over, there should be some way to pick out the important ones. That's where you, the writer, and you, the reader, come into play.
We will be starting a formal vote for a "Hall of Fame" ranking that stretches over the full 50 years. The plan is to post a generic ballot in the next day or so, then have people send their choices for the best shows of the past 50 years to a generic mail account. This will likely be something akin to the Hall of Fame voting styles used in professional sports, where voters can say yea or nay to shows and are not restricted to having to select a certain amount of shows. (But for sanity's sake, the ballot will likely be capped at twenty selections.)
Once a ballot is composed, it will be posted here on Golden-Ani, so keep your eyes peeled! We'll also be resuming our posts this week, once our emergency replacement has sent the 1997 article. Almost 15 more years to go before the end!