I’ve recently been doing a lot of spring cleaning around the site, part of which included drastically reducing the size of my drafts folder from 170 to 99. Many of the deletions are partially reproduced below. Since these are among the shittiest ideas in the history of my site, I felt the best time to release them would be on April Fools’ Day, when everyone would think they’re a joke.
Title: The Filler of Big
Concept: Anime fans who bitch about copyright laws don’t appreciate their vital role in protecting us from Chinese counterfeit Harry Potter books.
Rejection: Too easy. The covers practically make fun of themselves. Any legal discussion on top of that would be boring and forced.
Title: 10 Things that Suck More than Mnemosyne
Concept: I’d list a bunch of things I love, thereby suggesting that Mnemosyne is the greatest thing ever. I’d also list a thing or two that really sucked, just to mix it up.
Rejection: Too gimmicky. I’d only listed four items before quitting (lesbians, dinosaurs, Mrs. Winner’s Chicken and Waffles Combo, and Eli Manning). Not that I’m against gimmicky posts, but I usually save them for shows I haven’t commented on elsewhere. I’d already done a short Mnemosyne post. No need for two.
Title: To-Love-Ru vs. Kanokon: An Objective Analysis
Concept: Comparing two simultaneously airing crappy fanservice anime.
Rejection: Ultimately covered both in as much depth as each deserved in Talk-A-Raptor 03. Nothing more to say about them. Also wary of overusing the Objective Analysis format.
Title: Does Plot Matter?
Concept: Yes it does.
Rejection: I have other drafts on the same topic.
Title: Evangelion 07
Concepts: Episodic post of Evangelion 07.
Rejection: Got bored blogging Evangelion episodes. Didn’t like the series as much as expected.
Title: My Top Five
Concept: A list of my five favorite anime. A trendy topic among bloggers at the time.
Rejection: Didn’t expect this to go anywhere. I was right, but it was worth a quick draft to make sure. Ended up writing a post criticizing other lists.
Title: Baka-Raptor’s Room vs. Ryougi Shiki’s Room: An Objective Analysis
Concept: Room posts were trendy among bloggers at the time, and I was really impressed by Ryougi Shiki’s minimalist apartment. Figured an interesting twist on the room post would be to compare my room to a room in anime.
Rejection: Decided to write the post about my apartment straight-up. Figured I’d eventually comment on Shiki’s room whenever I got around to reviewing Garden of Sinners.
Title: Kouta vs. Kota: An Objective Analysis
Concept: Kouta is the male lead of Kanokon. Kota is a toy triceratops.
Rejection: Easy win for Kota, lost interest in writing about Kanokon
Title: Golgo 13
Concept: Probably a review of Golgo 13.
Rejection: The draft was completely blank. Don’t remember if this was intentional.
Title: Breaking News: A Plothole in Bleach Filler!
Concept: Here’s what I’d already written:
I don’t want to sound like a showoff, but I just found the greatest plot hole of all time. Pay close attention to these two lines in the Shinigami Cup segment of the latest Bleach Filler episode:
Renji, don’t play dumb.
Do you see me wearing an “I like Kure-nai” shirt? No, because I’m not a pedophile. Same principle here. Renji, you’re wearing a Red Pineapple shirt. That means you’re a Red Pineapple. And you like it.
Rejection: Stupid, already written enough posts about Bleach Filler.
Title: In Defense of Hating Good Anime
Concept: Said I ought to write about this
Rejection: Too lazy, I’d rather write an original post than a reactionary one, even if that makes me a colonialist
Title: Quote Rotator
Concept: Not a post, just collecting quotes to place in a quote rotator
Rejection: Way too lazy, forgot about it, only had three quotes, don’t care anymore
Title: One Outs vs. One Piece: An Objective Analysis
Concept: Based on this poll
Rejection: It lost. Polls are absolute.
Title: Sit Three Meters Away From The TV
Concept: Twist on the anime intro segments telling you to sit in a well-lit room at least three meters from the TV. I’d list more rules on creating the proper environment for watching anime.
Rejection: Anime stopped doing these for some reason.
Concept: Post in which I half-assedly use a bunch of stupid internet memes
Rejection: Don’t even know where to begin with this one, requires too much research
Title: Hodgepodge #1
Concept: A single post with various unrelated thoughts that aren’t suited for standalone posts
Rejection: Basically what this post is
Title: Slice of Life Rankings
Concept: An effort to recommend some Slice of Life shows that are actually good
Rejection: Ranking blows, would rather review each show individually
Title: How to be a cheesy Japaense idol in five easy steps
Concept: Japanese idols look stupid and act stupid
Rejection: Didn’t know how to do all the image editing I wanted to do for the post
Title: Thought-Provoking Anime
Concept: Anime that involve REAL thinking like mysteries and gambling as opposed to metaphors and intentionally crappy art
Rejection: I make this point is various other posts, no need for a standalone post
Title: Bleach Characters who need more Filler Time
Concept: Bleach filler kept focusing on the same characters despite its massive cast
Rejection: Haven’t watched Bleach in years, do not give a shit anymore
Title: Teachers > Students
Concept: Students in most of these school life shows are dumb and/or annoying, whereas their teachers tend to kick ass
Rejection: Figured I could work it into a larger post
Title: Quit bitching about new writers
Concept: It really pisses me off when some of the older bloggers disparage newer bloggers as congesting their precious blogosphere with supposedly inferior material
Rejection: Criticizing circle jerkers is still circle jerking
Title: Spring 2025 Preview
Concept: Season preview chart of what I imagine the spring 2025 season will look like
Rejection: Ultra-gimmicky, don’t want to steal Scamp’s thunder
Title: The Depth of Ga-Rei Zero
Concept: Response to criticism that Ga-Rei Zero is “good but not deep”
Rejection: I don’t really care
Title: The Men of Umineko vs. the Women of Umineko
Concept: Response to criticism that the women of Umineko are poorly portrayed, even though the women rule and the men are incompetent douchebags
Rejection: Author recanted
Title: I will not watch Sora no Woto
Concept: Argument that ignoring Sora no Woto because it ripped of the K-ON character designs is perfectly fair. If the show uses a gimmick attract some viewers, nobody can complain if it turns off other viewers.
Rejection: Don’t need a whole post to make that point.
Title: Every Character on Revolutionary Girl Utena needs a Beating
Concept: It’s true
Rejection: Decided I’d rather write a more substantive review of the show
Title: Nogizaka Haruka II is exactly like Nogizaka Haruka I
Concept: A lot of people complained that the second season was nothing like the first one. Except it was, in every way.
Rejection: Not worth an entire post.
Title: Quitting Near the End
Concept: Short commentary on anime I watched more than halfway before dropping
Rejection: Not many, The End Day series can handle these
Title: We Remember Love is the Worst Blog Ever
Concept: Post planned for my expected face-off against We Remember Love in the Aniblog Tourney
Rejection: We Remember Love lost to Hanners’ Anime ‘Blog
Title: Top 10 Anime Comedies
Concept: A list of my favorite anime comedies
Rejection: I could only think of four I really liked at the time. Could probably add more now, but whatever.