Introduction – “Another suspect…?”
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.
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.