Serdar Yegulalp

is creating new insights into Japanese popular culture




per creation


I founded in 2013 to bring a different kind of voice to anime and manga criticism.

I've since expanded it to become a voice for the analysis of Japanese visual and verbal culture -- anime and manga, but also its live-action cinema, its literature, and many other things.

Your funding can help us unearth difficult-to-find material, reach broader audiences, and do things we'd never be able to do on our own.

"Our aim," I wrote about at the site's launch, "is to talk about anime critically — not in the sense of finding fault with it, but of looking at why it is the way it is, and to celebrate that in all its incarnations."

We've since expanded the scope of what we cover, but we haven't changed the basic approach. Ganriki has been about quality, not quantity. We publish one to two long-form articles a week about anime, each diving deep and coming back up to the surface with striking insights on new releases (A-JIN, The Boy and the Beast), old favorites (Ghost in the Shell), anime- and manga-related projects (No Longer Human, Edge of Tomorrow / All You Need Is Kill), underappreciated gems from recent years (Fuśe: Memoirs of a Huntress, [C]: Control, The King of Pigs) and long-unknown treasures (Botchan, Angel's Egg).

Now, I'm turning to Patreon to ramp up the site to the next level.

With your support, even if only at the level of $1 per sponsored creation, I'll bring my brand of insight to an even broader range of titles than I do now. Plus, I'll be able to devote more resources to titles from way outside the mainstream that might otherwise never go discovered or discussed.

Here are two of the big reasons why Patreon support will be important:

1. To keep the site running without advertising.

I don't run advertising on the site. Ideally, I never will. Third-party advertising always introduces a degree of bias; it's hard not to write critically about something whose makers are helping fund your ability to do it in the first place.

To that end, having patrons come on board — even if only for a buck at a time — seems like a better way to keep the wheels turning. If I'm going to take money from anyone, I'd rather it be from the people who sincerely care about what I'm doing, rather than the people whose product I might be examining.

2. To find a sustainable stream of income to fund future titles for review.

(As the saying goes: "Anime: Drugs would be cheaper.")

Some of what I want to look at most — mainly titles only available from Japan — is out of print, hard to find, or just plain costly as all get-out. Patronage would help get those things into my hands all the faster. Other titles I already have access to, but providing reviews for them as funding goals is meant to help drive further interest to the site. Patreon support also allows me to subscribe to services like Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Funimation to gain more convenient access to titles.

So what will you be able to support?

My original question here was "what will you get in return for your support?", but I decided to reword it slightly. 

Originally, we had a goal system that "unlocked" certain projects at certain levels of funding. I recently changed the Patreon funding system to charge per creation, so the plan is to provide some notice about fundable projects in the pipe -- no more than 2-3 at a time, to keep from over-promising. This will give you an idea of what your support will eventually be able to unlock.
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