AniSpring: The Thrill of the Challenge

The AniSpring challenge is in full swing, and I’m midway through what I’ve been calling “phase two.” The challenge has been brutal. I’ve been watching a show that makes me groan outwardly, preparing a review that I didn’t intend to write for a few months, and I’m genuinely nervous about what the next title will bring in terms of quality.

Still, I’m loving every second of this.

In the past few years, I’ve come to miss working against a clock. I’ve grown lazy, and admittedly a bit spoiled by the ability to cherry-pick the titles I want to watch from an ever-growing backlog. The “less desirable” titles can simply get thrown to the bottom, after a while. Unfortunately, with no risk, and no real limits, the thrill of finding “that special surprise” diminishes greatly. Frankly, reviewing shows became, well… boring.

AniSpring is bringing back everything about anime reviewing that I loved when I started writing. The race against the clock, the uncertainty that my next show would even have any redeeming features, it’s all coming back. The old mojo, the inspiration is finally starting to come to the surface, and a desire to simply write and review has returned.

As this event continues, and the show selections get more outlandish, I look forward to the pressure, and the craziness. I hope that the participants experience a similar rush from the event, since there really is nothing quite like it.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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