Figure: Alpha looks at another anime, Wasimo.

Figure: Alpha looks at another anime, Wasimo.

This is an article in an ongoing series in which the Abandoned Factory gets a new blogger: an aniblogging robot named Alpha!

I am closing in on a finished version of the Percieve portion of the problem (see last post). The two figures below were generated by Alpha while she was watching anime. Her actual percepts are also included, so people can see where things currently stand. I haven’t really started on the Analyze part of the problem yet, but you can already see by comparing the raw percepts that were generated from Masaki Yuasa’s latest masterpiece, Ping Pong, to a Flash-based anime, Wasimo.

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The first episodes of the new anime viewing season are being aired over the next couple of weeks, so it is time for a site update. As I mentioned in my preview, I have just a couple of shows I’m interested in this season, with Ping Pong: the animation foremost amongst them. I also revealed that I am building an anime-blogging robot, named Alpha, to assist me with the reviews here at the Abandoned Factory, which means I will be able to pick up a couple more shows.

The final list for Spring 2014:

Title Premiering Blogger
Kindaichi R April 5 Alpha
No Game No Life April 9 Alpha
Escha to Logy April 10 Alpha
Insufficient Direction April 10 Joojoobees
Ping Pong April 10 Joojoobees
Mekaku City Actors April 12 Alpha

I added Mekaku City Actors, and No Game No Life, because I thought they would be good shows for Alpha to watch. Mekaku City Actors is a Shaft production, and No Game No Life is Madhouse, so despite the fact that I don’t think I could stand to sit through the subject matter, they might be interesting shows visually. Insufficient Direction is a late add; I just think the premise (living with Hideako Anno) is a funny one.

Shows listed as being covered by me (Joojoobees) will actually be covered by both of us.

I probably will post sporadically, and Alpha’s reviews will begin later in the season, since she is still under development, but is intended to provide context, not episodic impressions. That being said, I’ll probably post something as soon as I have it, as part of my process of bringing her perception and analytic faculties online.

Happy anime viewing everybody!

** Update April 6: moved Insufficient Direction to April 10, which seems to be the Tokyo premiere; I think the earlier date was a premiere station that has early access to certain shows.

female robot snoozing

Alpha, the Ani-blogging Robot needs to open her eyes so she can watch anime.

This is the second article in a series in which Alpha, the ani-blogging robot is brought into being. Here we consider how we can convince Alpha to watch Anime. For background please read the first article in the series.

Contents:

  • Perception (theory)
  • Programming Frameworks (practice)
  • Next Steps

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Alpha from Yokohama Shopping Trip

Alpha from Yokohama Shopping Trip

As I enter another year of anime blogging here at the Abandoned Factory, I’m sure y’all are starting to wonder why I don’t have my very own robot to blog anime reviews for me. We have a lot to go over.

Contents:

  • Motivation: can adjacency be removed from anime blogging without replacing it with Subjectivism?
  • Alpha
  • An Initial Plan for the Work Ahead
  • Conclusion

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5Leaves-8 eye

Hello everybody, and thanks for visiting. This is my official 500th post here at the Abandoned Factory, so I hope you don’t begrudge me having a bit of fun.

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Have a great 2014 everybody!

Blogging powers ... ACTIVATE!

Blogging powers … ACTIVATE!

Yes, it is official. The Abandoned Factory Anime Review began publishing in the distant past of February 28, 2010. Through the years I have met some great people online, and watched countless hours of anime, both good and bad. Now a new year begins and I look forward to more of the same.

Best wishes in the New Year, everyone!

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Each season I pick a few titles as being worth keeping an eye on, and predict one title that will rule over all. Unfortunately this season I just don’t see that one show that stands out above the rest, and it isn’t because everything is so utterly amazing that I can’t quite choose. This time I will break from my established convention and discuss three almost Predictions (Picks), and three almost Picks (Encouragement Prize).

For those looking for comprehensive previews, here are some links to good ones:

  • Star Crossed Anime Blog – short analyses of each title, running from bad to better in terms of how much potential Psgels sees in them.
  • Metanorn – previews of every title with perspectives from multiple members of the team.
  • Avvesione’s Anime Blog – another individual perspective.

On to the shows…

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