NOTE: Mage in a Barrel currently does not post regularly. That said, you’re certainly welcome to read the archives and leave comments. I do periodically check the comments, so if you leave one there’s a good chance I’ll respond.
About the Blogger
Hello! I’m iblessall, the founder of Mage in a Barrel—this is my blog, and all the writing you’ll find on the site is by me.
I started writing about anime first out of curiosity, then out of boredom, then out of a desire to channel (what was at the time) a new hobby into productive creativity, then out of wanting to continue to make new work for a loyal community, and finally out of inertia until, in August 2017, I stopped posting regular content on the blog. As the archives can attest, I was most active for a period of a little over 2 years, from early 2014 until about the end of 2016. And while I’m not done blogging, other priorities have slowly overtaken this project.
If this is your first time here, the best way to get a good idea of what this blog is all about is to check out my top shows list and to read through some of the posts in the “Review and Reflections” category. While my interests as a writer are varied, I like to thing that those things which are of highest priority to me are fairly obvious. These days, I prioritize creating blogs posts that stand on their own as creative works as much as they speak articulately about the anime being discussed—something I think has become even more unique as the star of anime blogging has diminished.
As a blogger, I’m definitely more of a postive type—a lover of happy endings, heartwarming stories, bright colors, beautiful landscapes, and moegirls. But I’ve also developed a taste over the years for stories that create beauty out of suffering and sadness. Call it optimism of another form, call it realism—in the end, I’m just looking for shows that are beautiful and valuable experiences. That’s what I’m looking for in the anime I watch, and those are the anime I most often like to write about.
I hope you enjoy your time here. Although I’m no longer as active as I once was, I’m still pretty proud of all the work I’ve done here on Mage in a Barrel and it’s still immensely gratifying that people continue to read my work.
About Mage in a Barrel
The core mission of this blog is to promote anime and elements of particular anime that I find to be beautiful.
You’ll find a variety of different posts on the site, some about themes, others about cinematography, others about my personal experience with a show, others just about the technical aspects of the writing. As I see it all these ways of analyzing a show are methods to unlocking deeper, more fulfilling, and more valuable artistic experiences.
A lot of what I write on this blog is to help myself achieve those experiences or just to process what I’m watching, but I no longer consider this solely a personal blog like I once did. Mage in a Barrel exists in the public sphere, and I consider myself to be writing for you, the reader, just as much as I’m writing for myself. My hope is that, through my work, you might discover new things to love about the anime I write about. If I’ve achieved that for even one person, it’s enough.
(If you’re wondering about the name of the blog, I wrote a post on it.)
Contact & Links
- Facebook: Mage in a Barrel Anime Blog
- Twitter: @iblessall (Usually locked, follow requests OK)
- My Anime List: Library
- Email: mageinabarrel [at] gmail [dot] com
If you like my writing, I also wrote a weekly column on Crunchyroll for nearly two years.
I only link to blogs I personally read, or whose authors I personally know. At this time, I am not exchanging links. Sorry!