Just an incredibly lazy and unmotivated unversity student often buried under mountains of work as I am studying engineering. Anime is my passion at present, hence why this blog exists.
I started this anime-centric blog in November of 2009 when I had a rant on Lucky Star rolling around in head that I needed to display somehwere on the Intertubes. Since then, I've tried to maintain a weekly update schedule.
A quick run-down about my tastes and the like:
My passion for anime is definitely still in its embryonic days. I started with the requisite shows such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon when they aired on Cartoon Network. Caught plenty of Tenchi Muyo as well, although I obviously had no clue about the degree of debauchery that was going on.
The Vision of Escaflowne was the first anime I watched knowing full-well it was anime. Following that was a pretty large gap of next-to-nothingness. For several years, I only kept up with a handful of series'. Mostly the big name ones such as Cowboy Bebop, Shakugan no Shana, and Fullmetal Alchemist. In late 2008, I decided to pick up Death Note, followed by Code Geass in early 2009, which was when the ball really got rolling. Since then, I've been hooked and don't regret a minute of it.
My tastes are pretty indiscrimate although I tend to shy away from anything either bland or action-y. I'm a fan of slice-of-life and comedy series' but I have to be in the right mindset to really enjoy 'em. Else, I'm usually found toying with something accessible, and/or original because I place inordinately heavy emphasis on being innovative and groundbreaking.
My Top 10:
1. Gintama: A wonderful, eclectic cast of kooky characters mixed with fantastic comedic timing and some of the most emtionally-charged action sequences known to shounen-action. It both pays homage to and mercilessly spoofs shounen-action at every turn and the result is pure win.
2. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Overwhelmingly original premise, eminently genre-busting, amazing lead characters, and just a lot of fun in general.
3. Clannad + Clannad ~After Story~: An incredibly emotional teen drama. Moe, but at the same time very realistic and meaningful. I've never cried so much in my entire life than when watching this masterpiece.
4. The Tatami Galaxy: As a university student, never before has a series been more frightfully relevant. Impeccably intellectual and thought-provoking, while also managing to conjure and maintain an emotional maelstrom from start to finish.
5. Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal: Boldly artistic and bursting at the seams with deep, dark melancholy. Violence has never been more breathtakingly beautiful and the tale of romance and tragedy and soul-rendingly pronounced and poignant.
6. Cowboy Bebop: A universal masterpiece. The incorporation of wildly diverse (and wonderfully composed) music is pulled off seamlessly as it feels as if every single tune is matched perfectly with whatever is onscreen. The way the soundtrack is masterfully integrated into the series as a sentient force as if it were the very essence of the story itself makes Bebop the slick, stylish, and smart sensation that it is.
7. Ouran High School Host Club: Like Gintama, but with shoujo. That is, it pokes fun of a reverse-harem series at every possible opportunity while also managing to deliver some geniune romantic substance that eclipses most other shoujo series' to date. Truly the best of both worlds.
8. Aria: Sweet, simple, serene, Aria is as relaxing as it is mesmerizing. Appropriately, Aria might as well be the perfect metaphor for itself, being a series centered around the humble wonder of gondola rides. It definitely invites you to sit back, take in the sights, and enjoy the ride.
9. Monster: Dark, gripping, brutally suspenseful, and psychologically mature. A captivating tale of one man's redemption for unwittingly committing one of the greatest sins.
10. FLCL: Quirky, high-octane insanity concentrated to drive the story of a young boy's coming-of-age. It's nostalgiariffic and unforgettably zany with amazing music and an incomparable, scatterbrained cast.
Other series I love to death include Fullmetal Alchemist, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Kara no Kyoukai, Great Teacher Onizuka, Kino's Journey, Baccano!, Gurren Lagann, and Death Note. Oh and I'm totally tsundere for Code Geass.
In short, sit back and prepare to be underwhelmed.