Ever wanted to know about Ani-TAY and what it is? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In response to preliminary feedback on the survey, here is your destination for learning the specifics of the Reader-Run community Ani-TAY and how you can get involved in the community.

I’ll cover a few topics in this article, which will all be sectioned accordingly. You can skip past sections if you don’t think they’ll apply to you.

Welcome to Ani-TAY, What is It?

Glad you asked. The blog you’re currently on is the Ani-TAY Blog, which is a spin-off of the Kotaku community Talk Amongst Yourselves (TAY). The Ani-TAY blog is entirely reader-run. No one is paid to write here.

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The blog itself an extension of the Ani-TAY tag, which was used on TAY well before the Ani-TAY blog entered operation.

Ani-TAY, as a community, primarily concerns itself with anime, manga, visual novels, and merchandise from Japan, but we’ll also do other things like video games in general. Things are always kept loose and, barring anything completely off-topic, everything can go.

Brief History

Just a bit of history to give you some context. Ani-TAY was established as a Kinja tag (a way for Kinja posts to be categorized) on TAY in early 2013. By early 2014, Ani-TAY had become a significant (if not overwhelming) portion of TAY articles.

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Eventually this resulted in the creation of the Ani-TAY blog, which managed to find its footing over the next few months. The Ani-TAY blog was envisioned and guided as a sort of curated blog that could push for standards in writing and still keep the community engagement that brought most of the current frequent writers on board.

Since mid-2014, Ani-TAY has increased in popularity with new faces, more views, and more comments than ever before, and we’re not stopping yet.

Who are the admins?

There are three admins on the Ani-TAY blog. First is Ani-TAY’s mysterious Marsh Naylor, whom owns the blog and participates at a high level. Second is Dexomega, or me. I tend to run day-to-day operations in conjunction with Morie. Morie, the princess of Ani-TAY, is the third admin. Concerns can be brought to any one of us.

Sounds Cool, How Can I Get Involved?

First off, you should get acquainted with some of our rules. There aren’t many, but we stand by them.

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Ani-TAY has always prided itself on community engagement, because the majority of the people you’ll see writing articles were once new as well. Most of the fun in being a writer on Ani-TAY isn’t getting posted to Kotaku or something arbitrary, it’s from the people that talk to us in the comments.

As such, there’s a lot of ways to get involved in Ani-TAY that various authors have set up over the last year. To name a few:

  • The Ani-TAY Review was built initially as a way for people to use professional-looking art assets in their articles, but since then it’s become a sort of official flagship articles series for the Ani-TAY blog. These days there’s a formal process about how you should handle signing up for an official Ani-TAY review. You can read more about reviews on Ani-TAY in this blimp.
  • The Sunday Cafes are your stop for random anime chatter and talking with other Ani-TAY regulars. They were designed as a way to get some of the aspects of a forum into Ani-TAY, although like all things it has mixed results. Either way, feel free to talk to others, request feedback on your next big article, whatever you want there.
  • Want to get in even faster? Every anime season there’s an Anime To Watch collaboration that I run that you can join in on.

Finishing Up

That’s about everything I can think of for now. I may expand this article as time goes on with more content or to alter existing pieces. I’ll be bumping this article every month and it will probably be included in Sunday Cafes from here on out.

If you have any more questions, you can ask them below.

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P.S. We aren’t owned by Univision, which should have been the most obvious thing ever. I mean honestly, what kind of accusation is that? It’s like the person making the connection has no journalistic integrity.

Last Updated October 15th, 2016.