When is it Too Late to Write About A Series?

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.)


12 thoughts on “When is it Too Late to Write About A Series?

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  1. “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.” Me and long time penpal of 8 years have loved this one series called munto tv for years and we created a facebook page for it and after much work gathered many fans who love the series and it’s still going. effort is always required in anything. These days I get around to things late and don’t care, for the people who like to read my stuff no-one everyone is pretty excited for whatever I come out with. I’ve built up that expectation it seems lol but interesting discussion !!

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  2. Personally, If I feel strongly about something, I’ll just write about it.

    My rule of thumb on my blog is; if it’s less then 12 months old then it goes into my “reviews” section, if it’s older then it goes into “retrospectives”.

    I try not to write about something purely because it’s timely, I’ve done that enough times and forced out a post that I ended feeling differently about after I had time to fully digest the thing. That happens mostly with movies in my case though.

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    1. Oh, that’s a nice way of handling things.

      I normally finish a post and then am happy with it until a reader makes me feel guilty about it or makes me edit it…(come to think of it, I don’t talk about movies that often anyway…)

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  3. I think the only thing that would qualify as ‘late’ is the reviewer not fully remembering their original opinion. I tend to binge read a lot of manga, but my reviews on them tend to come out much later. So there’s the balance of writing something that has a strong sense to it, but also doing so while it’s relatively fresh in your mind.

    I feel like people will find reviews or read them regardless of being published. A few of my reviews are from really obscure and old series but they still have their audience. Plus, for small fandoms someone new reviewing ‘their’ series can breathe new life into the fandom!

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  4. I always kind of thought that the show/topic was a means to address or present your ideas/opinions/arguments/feelings/etc. I think the best reviewers.critics/writers are the ones that have a distinct personality or ability to articulate that you come back to see what their perspective is then them covering certain topics you’re interested in.

    I think you can be great at covering current airing or screening shows and movies with reactionary takes or understanding of how it compares to current programming but it is kind of upsetting that it seems shallow to cover topics because of relevancy then actually trying to immortalize or share shows you enjoy or criticize aspects found in a particular thing that genuinely inspire you to do so.

    I ain’t the best example, but I mean c’mon one of my most liked posts is me claiming I can fight you and other bloggers in a fictional fighting scenario. I, the subject of that post am never relevant…but I just wanted to make a silly post lampooning these vapid clickbait articles and decided to use personalities I admire to just show that you can make these low-effort nonsense articles about literally anything.

    I think good content is good content regardless of what you’re covering but unfortunately most of the battle is getting people to click on it in the first place.

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  5. I don’t think there is any sort of time limit. I prefer to binge anime, and I have only come to watching it in the last decade or so. So there are a lot of great series I’ve completely missed. I would never know about them if I didn’t read a review that makes them interesting – or simply see them offered to me on one of the platforms I use to watch. I’d rather go in knowing from a review that it is something I might like.

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  6. I used to ask myself this question a lot when I first began blogging. I feel with books, there definitely feels like there can be an expiration date for chatting about certain titles or topics, since books go through massive waves of hype that die down later, or at least until the release of the next sequel. But with anime, the fandoms are a lot more dedicated so there’s always at least someone that late reviews will resonate with. I also like the excitement that the otaku community feels at being able to hear about older titles that they may have never known existed. With book communities it can be hit or miss and doesn’t typically garner the same kind of enthusiasm.

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    1. That’s interesting that you bring up the fact books have much shorter “hype periods” than anime does.

      When I was saying “series” in the post I was purely talking in the anime/manga/associated media sense, so my thoughts for books are that single books certainly don’t have as much lasting impact as a 12-week simulcast, which is probably why those book series you describe (with the sequels) exist. Also, it’s basically a prerequisite that an anime fan puts in the effort to express their love somehow, whereas the book fandom don’t expect the need for the same level of effort – I’m sure if I got into the Infernal Devices series when I got ahold of the first volume of the graphic novel a few months back (I didn’t really like it because it had that dastardly OEL label and it was somewhat confusing), I wouldn’t have had the same reception as I did with coming late to, say, Samurai Flamenco.

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      1. I know, but reading this made me think of how books vary from anime and even manga to an extent. Just thought it was interesting. 🙂

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  7. As a person who writes about decently old things from the 80’s from time to time, I don’t think there is a way one can be late when writing a post about something. I guess there is that sort of landscape of “this might not be relevant anymore” because of that constantly moving seasonal landscape and there might not be as much of an audience for something after it’s time is gone, but you can still write about it. People will still stop by and read thoughts on a series even if it’s older.

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