Introduction – “Stilts Has Joined Your Party!”
Hello everyone! My name is Stilts1, and I’m the
latest chump new writer that you might have heard about. Are you excited? Because I sure am! I’m really looking forward to writing for you all, and bringing you the most insightful analysis I can dredge up from the far corners of my dark, twisted and eldritch horror-infested mind. That’s a promise ; )
Okay, so a little about myself. It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly when I got into anime, because I have a crappy memory. I remember rushing back from school as a little’un to catch the latest episode of Dragon Ball Z, and I know I first watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop and a few others on Toonami sometime after that, but those weren’t really the start. They just primed the pump. Probably the start was watching Naruto and Bleach during my freshman year of college. I distinctly remember marathoning ~50 episodes of Bleach over the course of a day or two. That’s when it really started to take off.
Since then I’ve watched quite a number of series, the list of which can be found over at my MAL (though I just created it, so I’m still adding everything). If I had to name a few shows that were my favorites…well, I would refuse, because naming only a few would be impossible. But put a gun to my head, and I’d probably have to say series like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Toradora, The World God Only Knows…and then remember there are 25 other letters in the alphabet, swiftly plummet into despair (“zetsubou shita!“) and get shot. Worth it!
As far as genres go, my tastes are quite
insane diverse. I love epic adventures, romantic comedies, heartfelt dramas, shounen slugfests and anything where the ridiculousness is dialed up to 14 before the knob breaks off and you can only sit back and watch in unfettered glee as it either turns into the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen, or the biggest train wreck the anime blogosphere has seen in years2. And if you give me a show with any three of those things – Fullmetal Alchemist, Infinite Stratos, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon, Sora no Otoshimono, Baka to Test, etc. – you’ll probably have to tie me down and bludgeon me with a broken pool cue to get me to shut up about it. You’ve been warned!
Outside of my massive anime fandom, I’m a writer. My job involves writing boring business crap that doesn’t bear mentioning further, but in my free time I write exciting fantasy novels full of adventure, love, comedy, epic fight scenes and copious amounts of explosions…so, you know, all the stuff I love about anime! I haven’t published anything yet, but I’m working on that now. By the way, would you all do me a favor? I’m always trying to improve my writing, so if I ever write a real stinker here3, will you please call me out on it in the comments? Constructive criticism is always appreciated. Thank you very much!
Anyway, I’ve been rambling for too long now, so I’d better wrap this up. I look forward to bringing you my thoughts of some of the craziest, most ridiculous and off-the-wall awesome shows that Dai Nippon has to offer. I’ll be starting the insanity off with High School DxD and Zero no Tsukaima F, so look forward to it, ne?
Now I’ll end this in what I believe is the traditional Random Curiosity way:
Stilts desu. Douzo yoroshiku!
P.S. I love footnotes, in case you couldn’t tell. You can blame Terry Pratchett for that. Oh, and I also love semicolons; I’m not sure who is to blame for that one, but when I figure it out I’ll be sure to let you all know, so that appropriate retribution can be meted out.
P.P.S. I’m also on twitter. I’ll be commenting on all the shows I watch over there, so if you’re in need of a Stilts fix, that’s the place to get it!
1 My name isn’t actually Stilts, of course, but I do respond to it IRL. When you’re 6’7” and as skinny as a scarecrow, you get fun nicknames like that.
2 Which, to be fair, can be pretty awesome as well.
3 Or anything really good, but let’s face it, that’s not real likely…ouch, I just hurt my feelings.