AniSpring: Improving One’s Craft

AniSpring is now well underway, and the results have been piling in from both myself, and the other participants. Most recently, I finished the second phase with a review of The Sacred Blacksmith. I’ve made it no secret that this is far from my favorite piece. After all, it’s rough – the flow is off, the pacing is strange, and some of my criticisms seem incomplete. However, it’s still a piece of mine, and one that I will stand behind for the foreseeable future.

I began AniSpring with a few personal goals in mind. In particular, I wanted to achieve the following:

  1. Clear the growing backlog of DVDs before it consumes me
  2. Improve turnaround time for reviews
  3. Find a clearer, more distinct voice

The ideal end result would be a general improvement in my skills as a reviewer. In the past few years, my output has slowed, and the overall quality has suffered as a result. I felt that I needed a kick-start to get back to form. As with any type of recovery there are bound to be a few hiccups along the way.

So, I would like to thank you, dear reader, for putting up with the lows, and for enjoying the highs that come from this challenge. I know that not every piece will be a winner, nor am I sure of how great of an improvement I’ll see in six weeks. Still, I hope that you enjoy what comes of this inaugural edition of AniSpring.

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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