Random Curiosity

Introduction – “Entering the Big Leagues”

Ken

When Divine asked me if I wanted to join Random Curiosity as a contributing writer, I was, in sequential order, shocked, thrilled and honored.

RC was really the first anime blog I ever visited regularly – and it was the inspiration for me to start my own blog, Lost in America. I’ve spent the last year building the site up – posting frequently, networking, tweaking. And I’m proud of it. But if you start a community newspaper and manage to build a small readership, when the New York Times calls and asks if you’d like to write some articles for them, your only question is “When can I start?”

Divine has been very kind about allowing me to split my time, so Lost in America will go on, – I’ll blog several additional series there, plus the other stuff I like to cover – TV series like “Game of Thrones”, manga, my occasional Japan trips… I really hope you’ll check it out from time to time and leave me your feedback, as I put a lot into it. And, as hard as it is for me to believe, I’ll be blogging anime at Random Curiosity. I’m incredibly excited for that opportunity and I intend to do my best to make a real contribution to what I consider the best anime blog there is. My only disappointment is not getting the chance to work with Kiiragi, but I’ll do my best to keep up with the rest of the team.

What do you need to know about me as a blogger? Well, I consider myself in anime – as in life – a generalist and not a specialist. I tend not to look at genre so much in deciding what to watch – I’m more interested in the writer, the director, even the studio. If it’s good, I’ll watch it – I don’t care if it’s shounen, shoujo, mecha, slice-of-life, romance… If anything, character-driven stories are what interest me the most. Some of my favorite shows of the last couple of years have been Cross Game, Sarai-ya Goyou, Hourou Musuko, and AnoHana (yes, there’s a lot of NoitaminA in there). But I also think it’s been a golden age for comedy – Shinryaku Ika Musume, Mitsudomoe, Baka-Test, Seitokai no Ichizon… All huge winners in my book.

The first anime I ever watched was Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato), old even when I was watching it at 6:30 AM on WGN Chicago before elementary school. I always loved animation, but anime was never a big part of my consciousness again until after college. I was a huge ReBoot fan (thus the handle) and I watched the older Ghibli catalogue, and when anime like Tenchi started showing up on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block I realized I was really intrigued by it. DVD’s followed, I started watching subs instead of dubs, and the rest is history.

The first anime that really blew my mind was (as it was for many, I’m sure) Evangelion. That was the one that completely changed the way I looked at animation forever. I was also a huge fan of Outlaw Star, Rurouni Kenshin, FLCL, Last Exile, Fruits Basket (though I wish it hadn’t ended right in the middle of the manga), Infinite Ryvius… And over the years, some of my absolute favorites have been Seirei no Moribito, Ghost Hound, Mushishi, and Kanon – as well as movies like 5 CM per Second and Colorful.

What do I plan to blog for RC? Well, I expect to cover a few of the new Summer series, depending on what the other writers settle on. It looks like an above-average Summer in terms of series that interest me, so I think there will be plenty of good shows to choose from. I may pick up one or two continuing Spring shows (you might be able to guess which!) for RC as well. To start with, I’ll be using the “mini” post format, using 15 images or so in the main post, while I get acclimated to posting on RC. Also, I do blog from subs as my Japanese is nowhere near good enough to cover raws yet.

I look forward to hearing from all of you, both here and at LiA – or ping me on Twitter (@GuardianEnzo). I’m really honored to be working with Divine and a great team of writers at a truly legendary place like Random Curiosity. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

June 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm
188 comments »
  • June 29, 2011 at 9:54 amMrRei

    what an interesting turn of events.. Divine is really turning out to be a good HR

    • June 29, 2011 at 9:58 amMrRei

      Oh yeah.. is it true Oprah’s quitting her show to write on RC? >_> lol

      • June 29, 2011 at 10:44 amGuardian Enzo

        I’d love to have 1/1000 of her money…

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:09 amoutcast

    sounds like a keeper. Welcome.

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:20 amAdeptZero

    Welcome to RC! Glad to have another new writer! From your introductory post and blog, I’m already liking your writing! I look forward to your posts =)

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:05 amMrRei

    I just read some post on your blog.. Kiiragi’s right, you’re like an addict on crack!

    You have good readable content.. really engaging to read.. BUT, no offense, the site looks plain. A large part of what attracts readers is the eye candy (RC has a front page full of pictures). Your blog is like a girl with a great personality but not so attractive face. If you have the time I would suggest a little makeover.. A good working design can take you miles!
    And on a technical note, widen the width boarder a little more (I think blogger has an easy way to do that). Remember, modern monitors are wide screens (even smart phones compensates for wide views). Don’t make the sides look like a waste of space.. ^^

    Oh yeah.. I’m looking forward to what you have to write here. Good luck!

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:06 pmGuardian Enzo

      Mr. Rei:

      Appreciate the feedback. Yes, Blogger does let you adjust widths easily – so I gave that a try. I’m almost at their max with this template – love to hear your thoughts.

      Any other suggestions for eye candy? I’m a writer, not a visual artist – so any and all input is great. Believe it or not I have made over the site quite a bit already.

      • June 29, 2011 at 7:04 pmMrRei

        I see that the max boarder width has been widen. However, the contents inside that boarder are still the same size. How should I put this.. you have a bucket with things inside, then you widen that bucket and now the contents are a bit loose. Now you should also change the width of the things inside the boarder to maximize the space. Things like the boarder that displays your posts (I forgot what it’s called). Widen them just enough so it doesn’t look too loose or too cramp. Sorry if you can’t get my meaning here. It’s kinda hard to explain design w/o a paper and pen.

        As for the actual theme.. I don’t hate it. The colors work. And I would agree that finding a theme that “WOWS” can take trials and errors. What’s probably lacking are pictures on your post. Most successful blogs I’ve seen revolves around how much pictures there are and how they are arrange/divided in a post. This is something that I think you’re gonna learn here on RC. I don’t know how Divine and the others take 40+ or so screen caps per post (practice I think), but learning that will help. You don’t have to arrange pics it like RC does.. How you post them is up to you. Just make them seem enjoyable and not drown 1st time visitors w/ words. Hate it or not, most people are shallow.. There’s likely many people who goes to RC just to see screen caps.

    • June 29, 2011 at 8:05 pmGuardian Enzo

      Mr Rei,

      I’ve debated on the image question long and hard. I’ve had other suggestions along the lines of “pics are useless – all the readers will have seen the episode anyway. They’re only good for breaking up text”. It’s a work in progress – by no means am I done tweaking that part of the site.

      • June 29, 2011 at 9:59 pmMrRei

        I can understand what you mean.. it’s really debatable depending on your audience. Pics or no pics and where to place them. You even made a poll about that. And I think that was a good idea. good luck on that..

        Opinion wise, here’s what I can give you.. I’ve seen great sites that host images like wallpapers and they have templates that are plane in color. It probably works because of the massive amounts of pics you see (like the RC frontpage). I rarely see good sites that are text based, but when I do.. the background has playful color and design that works with the overall template of the site. So I guess if you post more pics a plain design could work. But if not, have a more playful and eye catching background and make the colors work. Finding a great design is hard. But if you find one you can keep it for a long long time.

      • June 30, 2011 at 1:58 pmSpoilerMaker

        Pictures may carry much more information than the text of the same area. It would be better for you probably to select some emotional snapshots so that you could share that snapshot with the readers, as the written words may be interpreted in too many ways, or just skipped, but the picture may be seen as a whole, undivided entity which is common both for you and the readers, and it is perceived at once, instead of sequential text reading. Because of that the pictures are important. Just place the right ones ;-)

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:42 ambankai000

    Welcome to RC brother, you seem good at these stuff, blogging no koto.

  • June 29, 2011 at 12:45 pmmikelink

    welcome !!!
    im looking forward to your posts =D

  • June 29, 2011 at 1:18 pmSpoilerMaker

    Do you like, by a chance, Star Driver anime and are you, by a chance, Britney Spears fan ? >;-)

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:32 pmGuardian Enzo

      Regrettably, both of those are a bit too fabulous for my tastes…

      • June 29, 2011 at 1:38 pmSpoilerMaker

        Hehe, nice reply. I was asking because i hate (despise) both (that anime and Britney Spears fans) :-)

    • June 29, 2011 at 1:41 pmGuardian Enzo

      Heh, I don’t hate SD, just not my thing. As for BS, well – to each his own on that one!

      • June 29, 2011 at 1:59 pmSpoilerMaker

        Consumption habits (including the consumption of services, in particular show viewing habits) give quite a bit of information about the personalities of the consumers (watchers). In this case it is fun to uncover their internal misery. You can read my comments about Star Driver – it also works with Britney Spears fans – they share much the same defects of their personalities. Combining both gives even greater chance of the presence of the already described misery and personality defects, which constitute a good object for mocking – the justification of such actions is based on the fact that such defects of personality are mostly a direct result of their stupid and despicable actions – it gives a kind of a good excuse to make fun of them (to relieve your own personal stress, for example).

  • June 29, 2011 at 1:53 pmnightwizard

    Welcome to RC,
    I look forward to read your posts:)

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:01 pmyuna_fanel

    Welcome to RC !

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:01 pmXiShi

    welcome Guardian Enzo, glad that Divine found another great writer after kiragii left, best of luck, i hope to read great blogging article from you. And btw Adachi Mitsuru is my favorite mangaka and Cross game is top of the list in my opinion, that being said… I like your taste in anime :)

  • June 29, 2011 at 2:57 pmshamaticgrl

    Welcome to RC!

    And did I see Seirei no Moribito as your top fav?! I think I just found a new best friend :D

  • June 29, 2011 at 3:30 pmGuardian Enzo

    Yup, Moribito is probably #1 all-time for me – as tough a call as that is.

  • June 29, 2011 at 3:54 pmChunkylord

    Good luck, you have a pair of very big boots to fill. I look forward to your future posts :D

  • June 29, 2011 at 5:29 pmMonkeyZerg

    Welcome to RC! Looking forward to reading your works. I’ve now bookmarked your site and read your AnoHana final episode and season review blogposts: good stuff, will be following you on both sites :)

  • June 29, 2011 at 6:24 pmKelfistan

    Glad to have you in Random Curiosity. Can’t wait to see your posts on anime.

  • June 29, 2011 at 6:51 pmBaKaYaRou

    Oh it’s Enzo from the suggestion department of AS!!! (and lol still wearing a Kou avatar)

    Good Luck on being a blogger in here, hope you don’t induce too much coffee when writing some blog post overnight lol…

  • June 29, 2011 at 7:44 pmDJd

    WELCOME ABOARD!

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:00 pmAllie

    Welcome to RC!
    PS Reboot was my favourite show ever when i was a wee child so you already have +100 coolpoints in my book :). I also creeped your comments earlier and saw that Kanon is your favourite Key show! Yaaay! It’s one of my favourite shows ever and I was convinced that I WAS Makoto in like eighth grade, super cool I know right?
    verreh important/random questions:
    1) Do you like Glee?
    2) What’s your favourite manga?

    • June 29, 2011 at 8:02 pmGuardian Enzo

      Hallo, Allie. Alphanumeric to be here. To respond to your questions:

      1. I forgot the question, sorry.
      2. Wow. Well – Rurouni Kenshin, Sand Chronicles and Negima come to mind. But I’m loving the Hell out of Otoyomegatari at the moment.

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:00 pmGuardian Enzo

    @Chiaki ;) Yup, one and the same. Maybe I should bring by Makoto avatar out of deep hibernation?

  • June 29, 2011 at 8:54 pmTsuki

    well, well. This post sure surprised me lol.

    Congrats, and good luck with your newfound author status at RC. I hear it’s a tough job :P

  • June 29, 2011 at 9:20 pmEternith

    Mushishi, Kanon, 5cm/second. Mmm good choices, I have a good opinion of you already. :D

  • June 29, 2011 at 9:48 pmcyo

    Good luck and don’t burn out too quickly if you are juggling two sites

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:05 pmMrRei

    Do you poop?

    I see people asking random questions.. I got tempted >_>

  • June 29, 2011 at 10:31 pmbluth

    You have good taste in anime. Seems that you have an appreciation for stuff that doesn’t get as much attention as they should get. I hope you give these types of shows more lip service then the more mainstream stuff.

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:00 pmBakanekokun

    Banzai!! And welcome to RC. OMG…to hear someone mention Space Battleship Yamato and then Reboot…I am considered a youngin’ but to hear that from someone else is making feeling nostalgic. What’s next ROV or glass mask ;) heh?

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:17 pmGuardian Enzo

    C’mon, ReBoot isn’t that old – S4 aired in the 2000s, dammit! And SBY was already ancient by the time I was watching it…

    @Bluth: I do tend to like shows that underperform sometimes, it’s true. But then, AnoHana was (much to my surprise) arguably the most successful show of the season and I absolutely loved it. I really liked Madoka as well, even if I didn’t join the Church. I try not to worry too much about that one way or the other, though it’s always nice to stand up for a show that doesn’t get much attention. Now – go watch Dororon Enma-kun!

    • June 30, 2011 at 4:49 pmArabesque

      2000? Feels more like 1990 …

      How do you feel about the planned reboot of … um, ReBoot?

      • June 30, 2011 at 8:49 pmGuardian Enzo

        Do you know something I don’t? I know when Rainmaker bought out MFE they talked about bringing back ReBoot, but last I heard that whole thing was pretty dead…

  • June 29, 2011 at 11:19 pmJX

    May I ask what it takes to be selected as a blogger @ RC?

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:26 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    YOU like Tenchi Muyo????? say no more, FRIEND.

  • June 30, 2011 at 1:44 pmGuardian Enzo

    It would be interesting to see what Tenchi would do for me now, since it was literally the first or second anime I ever watched as an adult. I did enjoy Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari pretty well, for what it’s worth.

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:09 pmMaichain

    Hi !!
    Welcome to RC !
    I’m looking forward to your blogging ! :)

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:51 pmengage

    WOW, A-MA-ZING! RC/LiA Crossover! w000t! You joined the NYT of anime blogging! Like a dream come true :).
    I guess this remedies your posts having gotten way less comments than they deserved sofar :). Welcome to RC, I guess :D. (Well, I started reading RC and LiA basically at the same time, so I think I can say that ^^)
    I wish you all the best and lots of fun with this your now greater audience! Haters gonna hate and stay true to yourself :).

  • June 30, 2011 at 5:59 pmNhelraios

    Hey there! Welcome to RC, looking forward to your posts! :D

    I visit your blog sometimes reading your Denpa posts.

    Maekawa FTW!!

  • June 30, 2011 at 6:40 pmGuardian Enzo

    Maekawa 4evah, Baby!

  • June 30, 2011 at 10:54 pmUnknownMan14

    WooT!!! welcome to RC :D

  • June 30, 2011 at 10:58 pmX

    @Guardian Enzo: LOVE THE KEN SUGISAKI PIC! Truly THE BEST HAREM LEAD OF ALL TIME! Of all harem animes and mangas I have watched and read, it was only Ken whom admits he wants the harem and wants all the girls to love him. He’s a very unique harem lead and a very honest one at that! I still wish that they will have a second season despite them telling us t(the viewers) that they wont be having one lol. Such a tease!

    Great that you love Ichizon too, welcome to RC and I hope you enjoy writing in RC. Kiiragi will be missed, I love his occasional drop in comments like in AnoHana lol which created quite a ruckus when he commented about Anaru.

  • June 30, 2011 at 11:53 pmGuardian Enzo

    Thanks, X. FYI, a second season of Ichizon has been confirmed. I’m hoping for Fall, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.

    • July 1, 2011 at 3:02 pmX

      Really?! You just made my day! I’m liking you already! Thanks a lot!!! Yes I do hope it will come out this year, but do you know if the novels are complete? I think that it should be down to its final volume so that would wrap up the story, is that true? Thanks again Guardian Enzo! You Rock!

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:07 pmLemona

    Thank you for coming to Randomc, your LiA blog also seems very interesting and I have bookmarked it!.
    I hope to read much of your insight in your posts soon!!!

  • July 2, 2011 at 7:47 pmGuardian Enzo

    Arigato gozimasu, Lemona.

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  • September 10, 2011 at 8:57 amTashie Jackson

    To long

  • September 14, 2011 at 12:41 amMaisy James

    If you want to get the episodes for free check around torrent sites like: thepiratebay.org,ISOhunt or torrentpond. If you want to pay for them check Itunes or Zune Marketplace.

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