First off, I recently collaborated on a post with my friend iblessall about the official English translations of the Concrete Revolutio anime. Please check it out on Mage in a Barrel!
Speaking of Concrete Revolutio, lately I’ve been translating some of the interviews and commentary posted on the official website. I’ve been doing it on and off in my spare time, so it’s gonna take a while before I finish translating everything, but I’m super stoked about this anime and I hope it lives on as a cult classic. A few weeks ago, I translated some commentary by the director and scriptwriter, which I hope you find interesting!
I’m also hoping to write some articles in the future about the cultural history of kaiju movies, tokusatsu, magical girls and some of the other motifs used in Concrete Revolutio. I hope this will be of interest even to people who haven’t watched or didn’t enjoy the anime. That said, this will require lots of independent research and some rewatching of Concrete Revolutio, so I plan to take my time with this little project.
In other news, I’m hiring a social media coordinator! I’m also giving away a free 20% discount voucher for Madman’s online shop. Details below the cut! Applications are now closed. Thanks very much to everyone who applied!
Getting connected on Tumblr and Facebook
You may or may not have noticed that I started up a Facebook page recently. I’d love for people to like the page and share my posts, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to maintain an active presence on so many different social media outlets. I’d originally planned to use my Tumblr to write essays about books, but as it turns out, Tumblr isn’t really an ideal medium for that. Plus, I already have my hands full with my WordPress blog and Twitter.
That’s why I’m willing to hire someone to take care of my Tumblr and Facebook pages. The work is incredibly easy. All you need to do is make sure there’s regular content on both accounts. That means you need to post and/or reblog something at least once a day.
With the Tumblr account, you don’t need to post original content. Reblogging stuff from other accounts is fine. Just keep it light and otaku-related. You can follow anyone you like and customise the layout of my page to suit your fancy.
With the Facebook account, I recommend you post some funny memes and/or cool fanart you find. Make sure you credit the artists and all that jazz. Again, keep it light.
Some basic house-keeping rules:
- No R-18+ or offensive material. Avoid posting any images that sexualise preteen characters. For older characters, light ecchi is fine, but if you’re ever uncertain whether something is appropriate, please ask me first. In general, try to err on the side of prudence.
- As sympathetic as I am towards various social justice causes, please don’t post anything overtly political without my permission.
- Please tell me what you plan to write first if you’re planning to post a text-only message.
- I reserve the right to edit and/or delete any posts you make.
Basically, I’m asking you to run these accounts as you would run a personal anime-related social media account. Instead of posting under your own name, you’d be posting as a stand-in for me. As of the time of this writing, my Tumblr account has 117 followers and my Facebook page has 8 likes, so you’ll already have an audience for your material. Your job is to help grow that audience by providing regular Quality Content (c).
I will pay you 30 US dollars a month to handle my social media accounts. This is a temporary three-month contract, but if this experiment turns out to be a success, I’ll be happy to renew your contract. I know it’s not much, but a) I’m a poor university student, and b) you’re probably posting dank memes on social media in your free time anyway.
To apply, just leave a comment on this post. Please write a short paragraph telling me why I should trust you with my money. What kind of Quality Content (c) do you have in mind? How do you plan to expand the audience of Fantastic Memes? No formal qualifications are necessary, but I am looking for enthusiasm and commitment.
I look forward to hearing from you!
If you live in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea, you can shop at Madman, the leading anime and manga retailer in this region. I have a 20% off voucher for Madman’s online shop which I am giving away for free! Just leave a comment on this post telling me you want the voucher and I’ll email you the code. Enter the code during checkout and you’ll get 20% off the recommended retail price of everything in your cart. I only have one voucher to give away, so make sure you respond to this post quick if you’re interested.
That’s all from me for now. Have a good day, everybody!