Random Curiosity

Introduction – “Another suspect…?”

Intro suspects

As you all know, since Omni’s retirement six months ago, Divine has been covering the past two seasons of anime nearly single handedly, taking on 11-16 shows a season and still managing to get posts out in a relatively timely and consistent manner. However, despite Divine’s seemingly unworldly level of dedication and conviction when it comes to blogging, he is still only one man and can only cover so much at one time. Due to time constraints and other issues, Kiiragi and Prooof are also only able to cover two shows a season, with the indefinitely running shounen series One Piece and Bleach being among them. So, after hearing about how Divine was looking for someone with a diverse taste in anime to cover a more broad array of shows for the site, I decided to offer my help in this endeavor. In doing so, I hope to please the readership of this blog by providing a more broad coverage of anime seasons and satiate my own desire to voice my opinions of the latest anime on a medium other than forum discussion threads.

In terms of my anime history, I’m sure it started out similarly to what many of you reading this post experienced. My “anime fascination”, as I like to call it, began with Toonami (rest its soul), watching great action anime series such as Dragon Ball Z, Tenchi Muyo!, and Sailor Moon. While I was a bit too young to completely understand the plot of the shows and what was really happening, I was still fascinated by the artistic expression and emotion in the shows. I didn’t fully comprehend what I was watching, but I knew that it was certainly different from the cartoons I had become accustomed to on Nickelodeon. Eventually, after years of watching the same reruns of anime classics on Toonami and Adult Swim, I wanted to experience more recent anime and discuss them among other fans somehow, as anime wasn’t exactly a widely discussed phenomenon where I lived. After hours of Google searching and Wikipedia browsing, I discovered anime such as Full Metal Panic! and Shakugan no Shana that weren’t aired on mainstream American television. This of course led to even more searching and browsing, and it wasn’t long before I stumbled across the very vibrant online anime community through various forums. I then began a mad dash to watch as many series as I possibly could within my time constraints, watching well over a month’s worth of anime instead of doing more productive things with my time, such as socializing in real life.

That leads me to my history on this site. About two years ago, during the aforementioned anime sprint, I learned of the concept of anime seasons. While trying to find out more about the “season” that was airing at the time as well as past seasons, I stumbled across my first anime blog, Random Curiosity, around the time Divine had just joined to help out Omni. Since then, I’ve followed this place very closely, reading Omni and Divine’s impressions of anime after watching an episode of a series as a sort of ritual. As such, it’s a bit surreal for me to be typing this post introducing myself on this very same blog right now. I can only hope that my thoughts and impressions can influence someone the way that Omni and Divine have influenced me.

As for my specific tastes in anime, you can get a good idea of my past exploits from viewing My Anime List, but as I alluded to earlier I have a very diverse taste and am willing to watch nearly anything short of primary school shows. I don’t mind watching an anime that most people would write off immediately just going off of synopsis or promo images, as I am a firm believer in tasting things fully before declaring they suck. Whether it be action, slice-of-life, drama, romance, comedy, psychological, or even your KyoAni moe shows such as K-ON and Haruhi, I’m up for watching anything.

garintro kamina

Concerning a blogging schedule, I plan on covering anything that Divine isn’t. I’m not 100% sure on what his anime list for fall season is but judging from how similar our lists for summer are, I’m imagining we’ll end up watching much of the same shows. As of right now, the only shows that I’m definitely blogging are Index II and Panty & Stocking. Ideally, I would like to cover around 6-7 shows this season but that will have to be left for after Divine makes his final decisions and the rest of the writers divide the remaining shows. That said, the fall season is still a couple weeks off and in the mean time I’m going to bring RC up-to-date on a few OVA series, so watch out for that.

Whoo, that’s quite the wall of text, sorry about that. Thankfully though, the only thing left is the obligatory Japanese. “Kono Suzuku wa mada amai no de yasashiku shite kudasai~” 「このスズクはまだ甘いので優しくしてください~」

 

*Note: Even though I’m currently studying Japanese, my vocabulary is still not up to snuff to watch most anime without flipping through a dictionary, so I’ll be using subs for now.

September 17, 2010 at 12:00 pm
162 comments »
  • September 18, 2010 at 1:24 amLectro Volpi

    Let’s get along.

  • September 18, 2010 at 1:28 amFlappy

    I look forward to your contributions!

  • September 18, 2010 at 2:05 amHagiri

    Welcome Welcome Welcome !!!

  • September 18, 2010 at 2:37 amVanillaDango

    Oh and just me being curious are you studying Japanese by yourself? Or do you attend classes in your neighborhood? Its alright if you don’t reply :D

    • September 18, 2010 at 5:02 amSuzuku

      I’m studying it myself for now. I plan to take classes when I get the opportunity, although I’ll probably breeze through my first year and maybe even half way through the second at this point.

      • September 18, 2010 at 4:25 pmShirt

        I also wish to self-study. I have a friend who speaks the language and makes for a good teacher but I don’t see him often. If you don’t mind me asking, what materials and resources are you using to learn?

      • September 18, 2010 at 5:48 pmSuzuku

        I use a book called Japanese Kana & Kanji for studying Kanji and I learned grammar from various places, as well as picking up the little nuiances in Japanese media (not just anime). Divine recommended me a book called Remembering the Kanji the other day but I haven’t checked it out myself yet.

      • September 18, 2010 at 11:45 pmVanillaDango

        I’m really interested to study Japanese too. If i may ask, how long has it been since you started studying Japanese?

      • September 19, 2010 at 12:39 amSuzuku

        Not counting the lapse in time where I got lazy, about a year and a half.

  • September 18, 2010 at 5:03 amkaineng

    welcome! another blogger to keep RC going…

    well suzuku-san, hope anything you like to blog would also involve what shows I watch, like… Ore no Imo next season? haha yoroshiku~

  • September 18, 2010 at 5:32 amMenace

    Looking forward to your posts! ^^

  • September 18, 2010 at 5:55 amNightflame

    welcome :D

  • September 18, 2010 at 8:06 amWindaerie

    Welcome welcome welcome! I’m so happy RC is still drawing in new bloggers! Divine has been doing such a superb job, but I’m sure that he could use some help, so a big THANK YOU to you, Suzuku!

  • September 18, 2010 at 9:02 amHugo

    Welcome :)

  • September 18, 2010 at 10:06 amMiharuEndoh

    =D cool!!
    Welcome :D

  • September 18, 2010 at 4:22 pmSupreme_Hero

    Nice to see that there are going to be more people blogging on RC. That means that will get to see more blogs about other anime’s

  • September 18, 2010 at 5:59 pmGekokujou

    Pleased to have you on board.

  • September 18, 2010 at 6:27 pmSora no Kaze

    Very nice to meet you!

  • September 18, 2010 at 7:20 pmNyan ko

    Left to right
    #2 Dark Matter Kakine Teitoku
    Xochitl
    “Professor”
    #4 Melt Downer Mugino Shizuri
    #1 Accelerator

  • September 18, 2010 at 8:04 pmaiueo123

    Another Index lover XD. Nice to meet you and can’t wait to read your review about Index ^^

  • September 18, 2010 at 8:55 pmwormy

    Yeah!! A new blogger!!! Looking forward to your posts!! :)

    Divine, please don’t overwork yourself!

  • September 19, 2010 at 4:08 amvladrin

    welcome on board ;)

  • September 19, 2010 at 4:23 amMorridin

    Coming a bite late to the party here, but; Welcome aboard with RC!
    I look forward to your blogs on here :)

  • September 19, 2010 at 2:41 pmSilver

    Whee! Welcome and nice to meet you!

  • September 20, 2010 at 1:04 amellymate

    WOW, u guys are doing an amazing job already! Go Suzuku, just wait to read ur post!
    I would have joined as well…but i have almost no free time >.>

    Anyway, do ur best!

  • September 20, 2010 at 5:05 amKyokai

    Gambatte~! I would look forward to your posts. ^^

  • September 20, 2010 at 6:16 pmTaichi EX

    Welcome and expect a friend request from me on MAL.

  • September 21, 2010 at 10:33 amAzure

    Welcome. I look forward to see what you may bring and contribute to this site.

  • October 27, 2010 at 4:40 amRenton7

    Hi welcome/ Friend’ed on MAL o/

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