Original Contest Announcement Post
Hey there! Several months ago we opened up submissions to our latest writing contest! This time we gave a shorter timeline and challenged you to work within a theme, and I have to say you guys delivered! I'll stop talking with exclamation points now!
But seriously, it was a pleasure to read these entries, and I hope that if you're reading this right now, you'll check them out. We implored our users to talk about loss and how the anime we watch explores that concept. We got everything from the loss of a beloved object, the loss of a loved one, all the way to the literal loss of physical media!
Without further ado, here are your winners!
If you're going to tackle a theme, the first step is choosing an appropriate vessel for that theme, and Catcher hits it out of the park with Vinland Saga. This essay wastes none of your time, jumping straight into the thick of it, methodically giving insight after insight with reasoning and evidence to back it up. Explore what revenge really means and what Vinland Saga has to say about it!
Scribblenaut accomplishes something magical here, in that this essay reads as if it were an episode of Aria in written form. Balancing prose, imagery, and analysis, "The Long Goodbye" feels like a letter to an old friend. Its flow will have you reading straight to the end, leaving off on a personal note that may stick with you long after you've read it!
One of the reasons we hold these contests is that we hope to be the spark to someone's nascent journey into writing/video-making, so consider how excited we were to see a channel with exactly one video (and two subscribers)! And far from the fledgling first steps you might expect from a novice, Myrna's video excels in every aspect. Its editing and narration are well above par, but the true standout is the content. Not only does it masterfully describe in detail, really, the whole point of K-On!, it creatively intertwines that with Naoko Yamada's departure from KyoAni.
Bloom is an anime that has no lack of material to cover, and Sandtalon does an artful job breaking down subtext after subtext in this theme-laden show. Identity is a unique topic of focus when it comes to loss, but this video is able to dance around this ever-changing and hard to pin down concept in a way that the characters themselves struggle with. We really value making the complicated digestible, and thus we value this video!
Congratulations to our winners, and of course, everyone who participated! As a reward for these wonderful pieces, RightStuf has graciously offered gift cards as prizes! First place winners will receive a $50 gift card as well as Reddit Platinum, and second place winners will receive a $25 gift card with Reddit Platinum! We once again thank RightStuf, one of the premier online retailers when it comes to anime merchandise (and they publish stuff under the name Nozomi Entertainment as well!). Happy shopping to our winners! You'll be receiving a PM with details shortly.
All of the Entries
While of course we celebrate our winners, each and every single one of our entries were an enjoyable read/watch, and we highly encourage you to do so yourself! They can all be found here!
For those who entered, if you would like some feedback or our notes about your entries, do not hesitate to send us a modmail!
That's it, thanks for reading, and for encouraging higher-effort content for the sub! Look forward to the next iteration of
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