The Sorcery-Party's Portal
Dedicated to watch, analyze, research about, curate and provide fansubs to retro animated obscurities, I go by the name of Ziusudra. For the very best or the very worst, join me in exploring the concealed side of the medium!
~The Sorcery-Party's Commandments~
1: Sacred geometry is above everything: tonal consistency, production design coherence, dedication to pivotal theme's development, writing not entirely biased to anyone, presence of a dramatic stake or a believable struggle, thorough exploration of already established plot elements, optimal use of characters (including secondary cast), no air time padding (filler aside in particular cases), no time reset or consequence erasing, balanced respect of Chekhov's gun theory, pre-designed triggers... These are ideally what you're looking for in a quality anime.
- 2: You dedicate yourself to productions which time forgot in high priority.
- 3: You are more lenient in your appraisal of them, for fate already hasn't been too kind to them. Overhyped shows, on the contrary, are to be more rigorously judged for they're showcasing the medium in the public eye.
- 4: Unlike hipsters, you don't praise something solely because it's underhyped or known only to you. You launch effort to make minor gems or diamonds in the rough more known (review writing, discussions...) Sharing is caring. Be a decent supporter.
- 5: You always value versatility of concepts, or are curious about an eccentric production pattern (for instance, if JC Staff executed a Police Drama instead of the perpetual Ecchi).
- 6: Always respect art styles, even very dated ones. Unless they're tonally jarring, obstacles for the readability of action or have uneven quality breaking immersion, you give it a pass. It's not a decisive factor, unlike visual aspect of storytelling (Mimesis). Don't be a shallow pretty color drone.
- 7: A member of the sorcery party is a completionnist. No drop. No going through long franchise as an afterthought: it goes against the concern of second commandment. First impression watching doesn't engage anyone in completion, that's the only acceptable exception.
- 8: You don't only hunt for the very best, but also the very worst to satisfy your intellectual curiosity. Being a garbage connoisseur isn't a shameful thing as long as you don't value it over sacred geometry.
- 9: You participate in fansubbing uncovered titles if you can.
- 10: "Retro always wins" is your motto. If it's been done well in modern times, chances are that an older title outdoing it exists. It's at least right for certain departments. Even if proven wrong, it still represents a valuable experience to think about.