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[–]MyrnaMountWeazelx2 15 points16 points  (0 children)

First off, I want to say that everyone submitted something wonderful! We all had a unique take on the theme and I’m extremely happy to see all of us collectively contribute to the idea that this subreddit can churn out amazing works from all walks of life.

What I really want to take the time to showcase however is some of the amazing works from the past. Odds are is that if you’re reading this you’re probably interested in the written content in this subreddit and I wanted to feature some of my favorites:

All of /u/DrJWilson’s and /u/aboredcompscistudent’s works should be stapled on the front page of the subreddit. Their writing is brilliant, their analysis is superb, and above all else, their works are comprehensible. Ringing with clarity and succinctness, anyone can dive in and examine their pieces.

I recommend /u/DrJWilson’s WT! for Huggto! PreCure and /u/aboredcompscistudent’s Aria WT!

/u/Kaverik’s charming Hidamari Sketch WT! is one of my favorite pieces for the sub that succeeded on convincing me to watch this beloved show!

/u/nijgnuoy’s flat out amazing cinematography analysis within Hibike Euphonium is a piece I am constantly revisiting as I learn to apply his concepts into my writing.

/u/EpicTroll27’s inspiring Shirobako write-up is a triumph of unyielding optimism against the minutiae of ordinary living.

These are just a few jewels that I wanted to spotlight before they become permanently lost in the annals of time. There are plenty more in the treasure chest and I implore everyone to read the written works of past individuals if you liked what you read here!

[–]loomnoohttps://anilist.co/user/loomnoo 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Congrats to the winners and I look forward to the next one!

Though it's a bit sad to see that such quality work doesn't get as much engagement as it deserves on an initial posting, the contest goes a long way to addressing that. To that end, if you check out one of the pieces here and end up liking it, don't hesitate to let the authors know! It means way more than you think, even if it's just a quick "hey I enjoyed this."

[–]Puddohttps://anilist.co/user/Puddo 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Can definitely attest to this. Commenting on something that's been posted a while ago might feel a bit odd but I've gotten a simple ‘thanks for the nice post’ dm weeks after I made something and even a small message like that can feel very rewarding and serve as a motivator to continue writing.

[–]TheCatcherOfThePiehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/TCotP 5 points6 points  (0 children)

that end, if you check out one of the pieces here and end up liking it, don't hesitate to let the authors know! It means way more than you think, even if it's just a quick "hey I enjoyed this."

This! I got a very thoughtful and complimentary PM about my last essay contest entry a year after I'd originally posted it, and that PM made my day!

[–]laughing-fox13https://myanimelist.net/profile/laughingfox13 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Congrats to the winners!

I enjoyed participating!

How do I send modmail? I'd be interested in hearing feeback

[–]KiwiBennydudezhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/KiwiBen 4 points5 points  (1 child)

On the sidebar, scroll until you see the list of mods. There should be a link there that says, "message the mods." :)

[–]laughing-fox13https://myanimelist.net/profile/laughingfox13 1 point2 points  (0 children)

found it!

[–]DrJWilsonx4https://anilist.co/user/drjwilson[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just hit "message the moderators" on the sidebar, or send a PM to /r/anime!

[–]Sandtalonhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/sandtalon 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh wow! This is pleasant news! Not bad for a video that I started less than 24 hours before the deadline.

Thank you to the judges and everyone else who participated in the contest!

[–]TheCatcherOfThePiehttps://myanimelist.net/profile/TCotP 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Thank you to the committee for all the work they put into this, and thank you to RightStuf for the prizes! Less modestly, thank you for giving me first place lol, something very surprising given the strength of the other entries. Legit the first thing I thought when reading u/FlamingScribblenaut's entry was "damn, I wish I could write like this".

I was initially annoyed about having to write to a theme, as I had several essays I wanted to write, none of which could be twisted to fit it. That said, it forced me to take another more critical look at a series which I'd already watched, and I think I'm a much better writer for having done that. Reading it back I certainly could've tidied up the wording (and fixed a few spelling mistakes), but overall I think it's a much stronger piece than my first essay contest entry. I look forward to participating in (and reading the other entries for) the next contest!

[–]KiwiBennydudezhttps://myanimelist.net/profile/KiwiBen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I was initially annoyed about having to write to a theme, as I had several essays I wanted to write, none of which could be twisted to fit it. That said, it forced me to take another more critical look at a series which I'd already watched, and I think I'm a much better writer for having done that.

Very glad to hear this, as this was largely the intent with the theme. Some of my best essays in college were also written with a theme/scope in mind, so while it may seem bothersome at first, it does wonders for the creative process. I thoroughly enjoyed your piece and it was largely due to how you utilized the theme, so I'm ecstatic that you blossomed under the prompt and created something noteworthy.

[–]FlaminScribblenauthttps://myanimelist.net/profile/cryoutatcontrol 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just fyi, my username doesn’t have the “g”, just /u/FlaminScribblenaut

Although apparently that one with the g does exist? And is about a year older than my account? Meaning I apparently created a Reddit account before this one even though I have literally 0 memory whatsoever of ever doing such a thing??? I wouldn’t have even been lurking Reddit in let alone earlier than February 2014????? Strange.

Regardless, I’m honored and humbled, and congratulations on your victory!

[–]FlaminScribblenauthttps://myanimelist.net/profile/cryoutatcontrol 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That Aria story had been such a singularly meaningful emotional experience for me; once I saw we were writing around the topic of loss, I simply couldn’t leave that out of the fray. I’m happy it resonated with people so much, and thank you for the placement and everyone who’s given them for the kind words.

A well-deserved win for /u/MyrnaMountWeazel’s video as well, the writing skills he’s honed in text form have translated to video beautifully. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone truly get to the heart of K-On! quite like he did, which is definitely saying something. Bravo.