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Yes, Even a Novice Can Leave a Critic Review on “IMDb”

Hey everyone, it’s Kernook here. I’m back with a particularly quick post and a few little tips. This is just a write-and-toss, but I promise it’ll be of help to you.

So, you need eyes on your reviews, right? If you write reviews for the media that is already listed on IMDb, you’ve got to post it up in the critics section. I’ll show you how to do it.

First, let’s talk about why you should.

The Value of Trusted Databases

If you don’t know, IMDb stands for Internet Movie Database. A database means links and searchers. These are two critical things any blogger wants. You will find all kinds of shows, movies, and streaming media there. You can leave a linked review that takes a reader directly to your review.

The best part is, the approval process doesn’t take too long and the barrier to entry is particularly low. The big pros use IMDb to leave critic reviews, but you can too. This is important, you want to have your name up there with the bigger names. You want to be noticed and taken seriously.

When you share your links over on IMDb you give yourself a tiny edge in the analytics game too. People will search for things on Google and IMDb. Even if you can’t top the google charts just yet, this gives you another way to get your name out there.

Beyond that, you can use the database to find other bloggers like yourself. You can try to form friendships and network with them. Go read a few other critic reviews, leave a constructive comment on their post. Put yourself out there, get known.

All in all, IMDb does two things for even the most novice blogger…

Firstly: You to find people who’ve written content directly in your own niche. If you’ve both reviewed the same piece of content, you don’t get more direct than that. It hands you fellow reviewers on a silver platter, this makes it easier to find people working with similar genres.

Secondly: More links help you. IMDb is a trusted website by the masses.

With a little bit of research, we can see that IMDb has a global ranking of #58 at the time of this post. That means it is a very highly used website, and that makes it perfect for all of us. Pros and novices alike should be leaving our reviews in the critics section.

After you’ve written your review and shared it around, post it up there.

How To Do It:

This is super easy, anyone can do it. For this guide, I’ll be doing it with an anime. You can do it with all kinds of shows. If the media is on the site, you can leave a review.

Step 1: Go to IMDb. Make sure the media you’ve reviewed is on the website to begin with.

Step 2: Scroll all the way down until you see “edit page” button, and then click on it.

Step Three: It may ask you to make a “contributor account”. Go ahead and do that. It doesn’t cost you anything, totally free. I’ve already got a one, so I’m good to go.

Step 4: If you’ve got a contributor account, you’ll see a page like the one below with a lot of categories. Go all the way down to “Links to Other Sites”. There you’ll see “External Reviews”. Click on the drop down in that section. You’ll want to switch it from “no change” to “add 1 item”.

Then confirm the changes.

Step 4: Then you’ll be taken to the that you can leave your review. Put the link in the URL spot. For the description use your pen name, or the name of your website. Then click “Check these updates”.

It will take you to another screen asking you to confirm the updates you’ve made. If you’re good to go, then submit them. On their end, there will be a quick overview process. I don’t know what that is exactly, but as long as you’re not being completely disingenuous, you’re in the clear.

It should put your review through fairly quickly. On average it never takes me more than an hour to see my review posted up.

After it’s been posted, you’ll see your critic review added in that section along with all the others. Sometimes, you might review a series that doesn’t have any critic reviews at all. You can be the first one, just like I am here in this image.

See? It really is that easy.

Hip Shot: Don’t know what to write about? Here’s a prompt for you. Find a series with no citric reviews. Watch that series and then write your own. Share it on IMDb like I did with my review of A Little Snow Fairy SugarYes, I know that was a completely shameless plug. No, I don’t care. My point still stands.

Following Trends: If you click on the search menu for IMDb, you can find “Most popular movies” and “Most popular TV shows”. You can also see the top 250 movies and top 250 television shows. If you’ve suffered writers block, you’ve probably seen at least one of these. Find a short series or a movie, watch it and write your review on it.

Many of you can benefit from writing reviews. Even if they aren’t your main form of content, don’t overlook them. A review can provide a tangentially tied experience for your readers.

More importantly, a review can bank upon your larger backlog of content and bring in new readers. Reviews provide entry level content and simple accessibility, we need to remember that.

A few key demographics can really benefit from this.

Gamers:

Plenty of games are actually tied loosely to anime or live action movies. Sometimes you can get both. You can diversify your content by writing reviews about those series. This is particularly true for horror and the RPG/MMORPG/ARPG genres. Brawlers, you guys are in the clear too.

RWBY, Halo, World of Warcraft, Resident Evil, Walking Dead, Final Fantasy, Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, Naruto and even Mortal Combat has a movie.

Take advantage of these titles. There’s even more too, like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. It released just this year. I promise you there’s plenty more where that came from.

Use them…

Newbies in Celebrities/Politics/Sports/Hobbies:

When we love a hobby, we are likely to watch content based around that hobby. This is a no brainier. There are movies, shows and documentaries based around these things. Use them to gain early attention. If you’re new and unknown, grasp onto this kind of media with a vengeance.

This is a key aspect of diversifying your content. When you’re new this can be difficult.

Nero-divergent/Otherwise Able:

If you are a lifestyle blogger with a disability, see if there might be media based on that. You can review that series and provide a personal perspective as well. There’s something to be said about providing insight to these important topics.

Final Thoughts:

At first, blogging can be hard. Getting your name out there requires thinking outside of the box. Many people don’t realize how easy it is to get onto websites such as IMDb. They see the word “critic” and quickly become intimidated. It’s okay though, you don’t have to be.

Use all of your tools to get your name out there. Use every advantage. This is a free one, and it’s easy to do. Go ahead, give it a try and let passive views slowly flow in over time. In the meantime, keep putting your best foot forward. Work to get better and continue your endeavors as a content creator. In time, you will succeed.

That’s it for today. Was I of any help to you? If so, drop me a follow. You’ll be getting more tips and tricks for bloggers soon enough.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time!

Kern’s Collections: Haibane Renmei

Hello everyone, it’s Kernook here. Welcome to “Kern’s Collections” a series dedicated to brief glimpses of media and why you might enjoy them.

Primarily this series will focus on anime related content. These aren’t full reviews. I’d rather offer a brief glimpse into a piece of media. I’ll offer a few thoughts, and perhaps a bit of introspection.

Video Production

This is the finished video regarding this blog post, if you’d like to watch a video instead of reading. It is written, and read aloud by me.

I’m Kernook, or “Kern” for short. I’m part of “The Demented Ferrets”. You can watch the video on YouTube as well. I hope you enjoy the content.


Today I’d like to talk about Haibane Renmei, a rather short and sweet anime that’s only thirteen episodes long. It is an anime that is gentle in its implied cruelty. Due to the nature of the characters and their struggles, there’s a depth in this series that you may find hard to locate elsewhere.

These lost souls, with wings and halos are known as charcoal feathers. You’ll notice they don’t actually have white feathers, but grey or charcoal colored ones. This world they inhabit is almost a purgatory. Living alongside humanity they cannot have the finest of things, and the names given to them hold special significance. One that they most hold aloft over all else. It’s their one key to eternal peace.

They are born into the world from cocoons, knowing little of where they came from and a foggy dream to light their way in this newfound life, if you could really call it that. Bound by a strict set of rules that they must abide, they await the day they’re called to skies, to what might be the heavens.

Haibane Renmei is just as much about grief as it is about joy. Sorrow and regret live alongside happiness and catharsis. These charcoal feathers have but one real goal. They must come to terms with themselves, their circumstances, and what they must ultimately leave behind.

There are certainly slight biblical representations in the series. You’ll find small nods to the concept of god, faith and scripture. The idea of an afterlife, and a place waiting for these charcoal feathers high in heavens. Although these themes are left vague, it is no question that these undertones exist. There is such a thing as being “sin-bound” in the series, and the Haibane that become “sin-bound” often suffer great personal struggles because of it.

I find myself at odd with the series more often than not, when I’m watching it. I often wonder at the conclusions the series comes to. I can only wonder if these ideologies can truly stand in the world upon which the main story is built. As poetic as those narrative decisions are, as gritty as they can sometimes be, they are at least acceptable.

This, I believe that this is the entire ethos of the series. It is what drives the plot forward, even thought it has very little in the way of action. There are so few moments that feel directly urgent to the characters, and I feel that is the point. This is about overcoming something larger than any foe.

It’s about acceptance in a situation where such a thing is very hard to come by.

Haibane Renmei is not a series for everyone. It might seem soft and angelic, but the first time those same angelic wings spring out in a bloody mess, you’ll learn otherwise.

I can only praise this series for everything that it is, and forgive it for the many things it is not. I wish that I could say that you must watch it, but frankly I can’t say that. I hesitate to do so, because this is not an anime for the average viewer.

You won’t have amazing fights. It’s hardly in the genera of cute girls doing cute things, and really it isn’t a slice of life. It isn’t horror by nature and it’s not a healing anime either. It does not fall into any of the common tropes as anime fans understand them today. To classify it at all, diminishes it. At least, that’s what I believe.

What I will tell you is this.

Haibane Renmei sits proudly on my shelf. I regard the series very highly. I think that it is probably one of the most poetic anime I have ever seen.

I have watched many series that deal with the general themes presented here, but never in a way quite like this. The ending didn’t leave me overjoyed, but it didn’t spiral me into sadness either. It was, in a word, fitting.

If you want to watch Haibane Renmei, it can be found on the Funimation website.

For the right sort of viewer, it would likely be seen as a master piece. However, I’d bet that the sort of viewer I’m talking about is few and far between. You’re not to get all of the answers in a series like this. Even the mere question of… “What really is, a Haibane?” Will be left vague and without a solid answer.

Sure there are things you can extrapolate, given their appearances. Still, that answer is not at all set in stone. So, that’s where I’ll leave it. If you choose to watch the series or not, it’s up to you.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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Written Content Going Forward

Hey everyone, here’s a cat photo. That’s Sabin, Kernook’s cat. Got your kitty fix? Good!

It’s time to discuss content you’re going to see on this blog.

I have a lot of information to go over so let’s just jump right into it, shall we?


The Future of the Blog

In truth, in order of priority our Twitch and YouTube channels will be taking center stage. That isn’t to say you won’t find a wealth of content here, because I assure you, you certainly will. There will be blog posts 3 days a week, every week so long as it is feasible to do so.

The blog will update every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with written content.

Now, some of you may know that we had a free blog with the “.wordpress.com” before this blog came into fruition. That blog was messy and ill-planned, but we needed something. Now, before that blog was repurposed for the sake of ” The Demented Ferrets“, it belonged to me. It was my personal blog for anime and gaming content.

Kreshenne and I needed to change that.

That’s why this blog sits here now. My content needed a fundamental overhaul. This is just an overall better layout, and much more carefully thought out. As you can see, that nasty little mess of a web address has been replaced with a far more fitting one.

Therefore, here we go a nice new clean slate. Content across our platforms will be broken up into several different categories. What you can expect to find in each one will be a little different. You can find out more here.


Regarding Old Content

Old content will be slowly cleaned up and brought over from the other blog. When it is an old post refreshed and fixed up, you’re going to see this disclaimer at the top of the post:

“Note: This was an old post on the original “The Demented Ferrets” site, and prior to that it belonged to my personal blog. It is being placed here because this is now where it belongs.”

This is for the sake of transparency, so that you know what posts were originally written back in 2019 and 2020. If new content has been added, I’ll be sure to also clarify that in the note.

Final Thoughts

I think that’s about all I have to say for now. Hopefully with all of the links provided you’ll find content to your liking. In tomorrow’s post I’m going to detail the types of written content you’re going to see on this blog going forward. I hope to see you there.

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Remember, you can help us by sharing this post with your friends and family too. If you know someone who likes anime and gaming content, be sure to share this with them. Thanks, and with that I’ll leave it off here.

This has been Kernook of The Demented Ferrets, where stupidity is at its finest and level grinds are par for the course. I’ll see you next time.

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With your contributions, you make our efforts possible. Thank you for supporting our content. Patreon supporters receive access into our official Discord server, and a few other perks depending on the tier. If you don’t care for Patreon, and don’t care about perks, you can always support us through PayPal too… links below.

Those who join via Patreon get special perks, such as extra content, quicker updates, and more.

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To Our Supporters

Thank you for helping us to enrich our content.

Patreon Supporters:
($3) Little Ferrets: None
($5) Demented Minions: Francis Murphy and Andrew Wheal.
($7) Fandom Ferret: None
($14) True Blue Ferret: None.
($25) Premium Ferret: None.
($50) Round Table Ferret/Fluffy Ferret: Josh Sayer