Technically, there shouldn’t be such a concept as a “late review”…
I was browsing around a blog and saw Violet Evergarden (A Late Review). I haven’t actually read much of the post, but it got me thinking…it’s never too late to talk about a series, right?
Quite a few series/movies are guaranteed almost constant circulation due to their popularity (normally the breakout hits/mainstays for the medium), while others come back into print after licence rescues (see Discotek in particular). Others record supposedly-limited-time showings of things to put online (despite warnings to the contrary) and in other cases, people can access things if they understand different languages – obviously Japanese makes the most sense in this regard, but there are other huge markets of translated-but-also-legal manga or exports/imports elsewhere too.
Hypothetically, a good franchise would be one where the fandom never dies and so it would never be too late to write about a series, but the unfortunate thing about the internet is that it takes more than one person for a thing to be popular and create a fandom in the first place. For as long as it exists and it remains in the fandom’s consciousness, the fandom should be able to sustain itself, but stoking the fires of fandom is difficult when the series is declared officially over, for one example.
As for this post in question in particular, for some reason, when it comes to the anime blogging fandom at large, we seem to be divided between “write about simulcasts” and “write about non-simulcasts” like we are on the subs vs. dubs debate – the best bloggers use a combo of them (the usual pattern is using posts for non-seasonals in the gaps between seasonal posts) and there is no correct answer with both sides having valid arguments, but you’ll find strong adherents to both sides nonetheless. There almost seems to be this entrenched idea that “the earlier, the better” with simulcasts, which is true while it’s still airing, but after giving the series a while and then writing a post about it…well, while people will understand you, the post itself will maybe garner a few likes but will mostly be dead in the water. This is probably the fear that guided such a post title, but it still seems somewhat unfounded from my perspective since the post itself points out the time of posting is significant to the anime of Violet Evergarden (1 year since its release).
So how late is too late for a post on a series?
(Note I deliberately didn’t list a set amount of time above since a lot of factors can cause a resurgence in popularity – such as the KyoAni arson for the Violet Evergarden example – at any time, but my general belief is that most of a simulcast’s fandom – specifically that of series which weren’t hugely popular during their run such as Samurai Flamenco and Boueibu and which may have had manga to go with their anime, but the manga was only ever in service of said anime – will leave the series after about 2 years from the last official episode airing.)