Random Curiosity

Introduction – “Arriving at Random Curiosity Station.”

Communication bouys down….rerouting power to emergency comms system. Establishing link with remote server…link established. Cleaning up external noise. Boosting signal strength to acceptable levels…

Asobi Intro1

Asobi here. Apologies for the late update. My sad attempt at an excuse for being the last of the new guys to go is that the Reaper invasion has been relentless and all my resources (ie. my computer) were devoted to gathering support. Ahem. Progressing with status report.

It’s a funny feeling, writing this introductory post. If you had asked me anytime before this last week, I never could’ve imagined myself contributing as an anime blogger, much less on a site with as much recognition in the community as Random Curiosity. So it is with trepidation that I step off at this stop, filling shoes that I’m unsure I can step into. I’ve been an on/off lurker on RC for some time now, checking in after episodes of the shows I was following to read up on the posts and comments, but this marks my first real involvement with the people on the site. As they would say in Japan, よろしくおねがいします。(Yoroshiku Onegaishimasu; I’m in your care.)

I can hardly believe it’s only been a short while ago that I saw Divine’s request for new writers. Since I have a particular soft spot for writing and anime, I convinced myself to try my hand at something I wouldn’t normally go at. Guided by feelings of wanting to challenge myself with the experience of writing for RC, I composed an application and was pacing around the house, pondering if I should send it in or not. Even after I finally sent it in, I concluded that I should not expect a positive reply, considering that I was everything Divine wasn’t looking for. (Let me offer my humblest apologies for this -.-;) It was to my great surprise, when I woke up on Monday morning, that an email from him was sitting in my mailbox, asking if I wanted to come aboard the team.

So I’d like to thank Divine for giving me the opportunity to write for the blog. It isn’t in my apathetic character to tie myself to responsibilities, especially in the case of RC, where writers are expected to contribute timely and regular updates. Even with this made clear to him, he still decided to take a (IMO poor) gamble with me. So with these expectations placed upon me, I can hardly let the people trusting in me down, can I?

I’m not going to bore you readers with the origins of my anime-watching hobby; Or rather, I think I’m afraid of the backlash when I admit that I entered the scene way past whatever golden age it was in. (Still a young’un.) Watching anime is a pretty normal hobby for teens and college students in my home country (and the community has quite the presence indeed), with many of my friends and peers having watched a couple of series in their time. And while some grew out of it or lost interest, I continue to regularly follow the latest season of shows till this day. In fact, I used to prefer reading manga over watching anime, but have since struck a nice balance between them. Along the way, I’ve also started following certain light novels translations. (Any of you follow SAO?)

Like most in the community, I do enjoy anime over a diverse range of genres1, with most of my absolute favorites being stories that grapple with realistic themes such as growth and change (Makoto Shinkai’s and Studio Ghibli’s outstanding works). I like to see shows that tackle themes not often explored (Eve no Jikan) as well as shows with a premise or setting that oozes creativity (Baccano!, Spice and Wolf). I also can’t help but give shows a break if it incorporates good humor (FMP:Fumoffu!, Nichijou). But it’s hard to classify my favourites into particular categories; what’s most important to me is that the show is fun to watch, even if the plot was stupid, the jokes flat, or the productions values subpar. I’m sure this holds true for everyone else in the community.

That said, I do have a bias towards science fiction, with my love for the genre stretching back into my childhood. The fantasy of the stars and the magic of technology always had a strange appeal to me, and you’ll find it reflected in the shows I enjoy. I’m also a movie buff, so I love seeing great cinematography and directing in my shows.

I’m pretty tame in the amount I actually watch; in a particular season, the average number of shows I follow is about 6. (Which was my main reason for coming to RC in the past, all dem screencaps of shows I wasn’t following.) Anime is one of the many hobbies that I enjoy, and I like to keep an equal balance between all of them. Some of these hobbies include gaming, weekly workouts, picking up the guitar, and reading. (Speaking of which, I really should go and finish my {A Song of Ice and Fire} collection that I’ve left hanging for a year already.)

Asobi Intro2

I suppose that I should also talk a little about myself beyond my hobbies: I’m currently studying abroad doing a degree in Marketing and Management (I know, I know >.>) after serving some mandatory time in National Service. And…that’s it.

What? I did say it was a little. My life is really, really boring, you know?

But honestly, I’m excited to finally be a part of the community, and to share in the fun of watching anime with everyone else here on RC. The current plan for me is to start off blogging 1 or 2 shows from the spring season, so I hope you readers will find my future posts to be an entertaining read. I’d like to do for you guys what RC has done for me this past few years; to provide an enjoyable insight, a place for discussions, and of course, awesome screencaps.

Most of the new writers already mentioned it, but I would also like to take the chance to emphasize again that criticism is good! So hey, if you find any problems with how I write or with my opinions, give a shoutout and I’ll do my best to answer you. It’s just too bad that I’m an easily persuaded guy, so any discussion with me would probably end up with your opinions overriding mine. (Um, wait, on seconds thoughts, I shouldn’t be admitting that, should I? PLEASE FORGET THAT LAST LINE.)

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1As per RC traditions, here’s a MAL for your viewing pleasure (barring some stuff I can feel is missing). [Back]

March 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm
98 comments »
  • March 18, 2012 at 12:56 pmSkallyWag

    Welcome to RandomC! Looking forward to reading your shows / reviews – and you play Mass Effect. Win-win.

  • March 18, 2012 at 12:56 pmPerlaNemesis

    Welcome to RC!

  • March 18, 2012 at 12:59 pmadlondo

    Welcome asobi! look forward to reading your posts!

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:00 pmKit-A-Ron-Ron-Kat

    Pictures from Shinkai Makoto works ? I’m sold already !

    Welcome Aboard RC !

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:02 pmmac65

    It’s clear to me why Divine chose you. Welcome.

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:02 pmMrBrownSound

    Welcome aboard Asobi. I can relate to your interests in anime. I’ll be looking forward to reading your future posts.

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:03 pmGibby

    Mandatory Service?? Are you Korean? Singaporean??

    Just out of curiousity because I don’t know many countries with mandatory service…

    • March 18, 2012 at 4:19 pmAsobi

      Yep, you guessed it, guilty as charged. Singaporean here. :D

      • March 18, 2012 at 6:16 pmDal

        Very cool to have a fellow Singaporean in this Community.

      • March 18, 2012 at 8:29 pmRinhz

        Glad to see fellow Singaporean here =D

      • March 18, 2012 at 11:18 pmPrimus Lune

        So Cool!!! I’m a Singaporean too. And here I am looking to enter university soon, I might end up in the same as yours and i might not even know it! XD

      • March 19, 2012 at 3:44 amDal

        Haha… Is it weird that I’m about to enter Uni too, and am probably gonna be doing something along the lines to Business/Mgmt. Except, I’m doing it overseas.

        Anyway, forgot to actually say(type) it, Nice to have you on the team of RandomC writers! I lack the time and ability to help contribute, so it’s nice to see more people (especially now)!

    • March 18, 2012 at 6:29 pmZen

      Figured as much. I don’t know of any other country besides Singapore which has both mandatory national service and a population that’s fluent in English…

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pmStilts

    Welcome to the team Twelfth! >:)

    • March 18, 2012 at 11:36 pmverdant

      Quick everyone, stop upvoting Stilts – it’s at the perfect number! Oh yeah, welcome to the team too!

      • March 19, 2012 at 1:02 amDa5id

        Actually, even without Divine, the seven new bloggers plus you guys is 13.

        So two of you will have to be 7th.

      • March 19, 2012 at 1:09 amThe Moondoggie

        This feels like a poorly planned reference to Mirai Nikki. I could hear #2 crying already…

      • March 19, 2012 at 1:38 amKarofact

        GOTEI 13!

      • March 19, 2012 at 2:46 amCybersteel

        It’s obvious that Verdant and Unlisted would be 7th cause they had posted a combined post for Persona 4.

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:04 pmPuffyPrincess

    Welcome to RC :D

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:05 pmKusabi

    Welcome to RandomC, Asobi.
    One quick question, why did you drop Air? That’s a good show. I remembered one of the fansub even make notes to prepare tissues before watching certain episode.

    • March 18, 2012 at 4:23 pmAsobi

      Air really was one of the first few shows I ever picked up…and my experience at the time was mostly limited to the shounen genre, so the extreme difference in genre didn’t engage me at all. Since then, I’ve always thought to go back and revisit the series, but laziness always gets in the way.

      • March 18, 2012 at 4:59 pmKusabi

        That’s weird knowing you managed to watch Clannad. Oh well, fellow Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei fan is always welcomed.

      • March 20, 2012 at 8:50 pmChloesong

        From reading these comments, it sounds like we share similar experience. Air was one of my earlier series, yet I somehow didn’t finish it. I have to confess that I didn’t watch all of Clannad’s first season, but After Story is an utterly amazing tear-jerker. You must watch it!! :)

      • March 20, 2012 at 8:57 pmKusabi

        If you are too lazy to watch Air, Air Movie summarized the story in TV series pretty well in my opinion. Just prepare popcorn and sit through 1.5 hour or so.

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:06 pmAex

    Mass Effect is an acceptable reason for being late… this time :P

    I share your feeling of never being able to fault good humor. Even if a show should’ve been horrible, humor makes it all good XD Welcome to RC!!

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:12 pmKmainichi

    あそびましょう!

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:16 pmshamaticgrl

    Welcome aboard and is that a screenshot from 5 cm per sec! *o* You have won my favor!

    • March 19, 2012 at 11:18 amEnd3rr

      He has won mine as well. Congratulations on your new position!

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:21 pmShey

    You appear to be someone who likes to play (and live) safe and thus doesn’t like to take any risks. Although I’m sure you secretly want to do crazy things, but somehow don’t have the confidence to do so. Feel free to prove me wrong :P
    I think you sending an application, and Divine giving you this opportunity, is a good step in the right direction!

    Welcome! And I’m looking forward to reading your posts :)

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:26 pmjrj

    welcome ASOBI!
    wish you best of luck as a writer at RC and continue enjoy the community!
    and hope you to see you pop into the channel once in a while :3

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:29 pmMoomba

    I hope you showed those Reapers what for!

    The cast is now assembled. Let the show begin!

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:37 pmZanibas

    RANDOMC ASSEMBBBLLLEED!

    I saw that your post was full of 5cm pictures, so I decided to read your post to this music. Sets the mood doesn’t it?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khRlVPap8Lg

    Anyways, I thoroughly look forward to writing alongside you. You sound a little hesitant in your writing, but don’t mind! Make some mistakes and write with passion! ^_^. Here’s to an awesome year!
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    • March 18, 2012 at 4:40 pmThe Moondoggie

      @Zanibas… How did you post that pic? Can we do the same? (we meaning in our replies…)

      • March 18, 2012 at 5:31 pmXumbra

        Test image post, with the following text (also testing if I can quote code):

      • March 18, 2012 at 10:37 pmZanibas

        I believe some of the HTML is disabled for normal commenters, including image placement :(. Xumbra demonstrates this above.

    • March 18, 2012 at 4:43 pmAsobi

      Glad to be part of the team!

      And I intended to come off as self-deprecating tho…guess I failed huh? Doohoho…
      Don’t mind me, I’ll just go into the dark corner of the room and sulk to myself now…

      • March 20, 2012 at 9:01 pmChloesong

        Ah don’t worry! If you do that, I can’t help but visulize the newest RC writer sulking in a dark corner (possibly growing mushrooms)…..
        The humor at your expense and ironic mentions were appreciated. ;)

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:44 pmDusk

    So I take it you’ll be jumping for the chance to cover the Sword Art Online anime in summer? I’ll be watching it, since the title has been in my backlog of light novels for a while now. It will be good to have the person covering the anime adaptation to already be familiar with the original novels, and inform us on the differences between the two. And that person would probably be you now. =)

    • March 20, 2012 at 12:11 amdeafvader

      Give SAO a read. Although a warning that as the volume number increases so does the entertainment level. I recently bought Phantom Bullet. (January in Japan). And it is less interesting. Fortunately, the anime won’t get into that arc. The anime should end at Vol. 4

  • March 18, 2012 at 1:50 pmlaaa

    And so the last knight from 7 joins
    Wish you all luck in your quest

  • March 18, 2012 at 2:01 pmUnajuuphile

    With all the newly assembled RC cast, I am so excited about the coming 2012 spring season. I’m sure you guys can make divine proud.

  • March 18, 2012 at 2:04 pmXumbra

    You make RC sound like a futuristic train station. I can already imagine you writing blog posts as TV news segments.

    I hope you’ll find your stay at RC a pleasant one.

  • March 18, 2012 at 2:24 pmxRichard

    Welcome aboard! :D

    Q: Aside from F/Z II, what Spring 2012 shows are you expecting to be the most fun for you?
    Q: What kind of vydia do you play most?

    Enjoy your blogging ^_^

    • March 18, 2012 at 5:15 pmAsobi

      Q1: Let’s see…..Thomas the Tank Engine.

      Alright, alright, honestly? I think it’ll be Accel World, Hyouka and E7:AO. Uchuu Kyoudai and Jormungand also piques my interest.

      Q2: I don’t really have a favorite genre, much like anime I enjoy anything and everything. I guess the stuff I play the most would be FPSes and RPGs? If we’re talking right now, I’m playing devil survivor 2.

      • March 18, 2012 at 6:14 pmThe Moondoggie

        Devil Survivor 2 huh? May I ask for your team lineup?

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:06 pmSeishun Otoko

    Congratulations Asobi!
    Nice to see a Ghibli fan on board. Any plans to blog Kokuriko zaka Kara (From up on Poppy’s Hill) when it’s available? I saw it a few weeks ago and love it to bits!
    What’s your favorite Ghibli work? ;)

    • March 18, 2012 at 5:33 pmAsobi

      I can’t tell if there are any plans to blog the upcoming movie.

      As for my favourite Ghibli film, I’d have to go with Spirited Away. As a kid it was one of the most surreal and memorable shows I ever watched, and it continued to astound me with new perspectives to the story as I revisited it over the years. It was also the main reason I went to check out all the other films by the studio, so it really holds a special place in my heart.

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:23 pmDa5id

    Welcome, Lucky #13!

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:44 pmn0216332

    BA(Hons) Business Marketing & Management Graduate here >:) Capitalism Ho!… I’m still mad Marketing is BA “Bachelor Art” not BSc “Bachelor Science”, it just looks better ¬_¬. Maybe is different where you do it. In any case, have fun writing for RC

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:49 pmMrRei

    Welcome and good luck 7th! This also means that I was right about your problem the other day.. Sorry I couldn’t help. ;p

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:53 pmnutsy

    hi asobi..did you finish ME3?

    or rather, mad about the ending yet? :D

    • March 18, 2012 at 4:47 pmAsobi

      Not RAGING MAD, but hell, you should’ve seen my face at that last scene.

      • March 18, 2012 at 6:56 pmZen

        Bl**dy recolors…but anyways, I’d like to hear your take on the morality of the 3 endings; it seems like there’s a fair amount of controversy brewing around whether they condone, among other things xeno/genocide, dictatorship and/or governmental information/press control…

      • March 19, 2012 at 7:43 amSmoe

        I’m hoping there maybe some truth to the Show Spoiler ▼

      • March 20, 2012 at 12:17 amDa5id

        So either:
        Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:57 pmTonameki

    Welcome to Random Curiosity Asobi! I hope you’ll have fun writing for RC and for us readers. I will check out your posts for your future shows. I am already looking forward to it.

  • March 18, 2012 at 3:58 pmBakaMochi

    Welcome! Looking forward to working with you! =D

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:13 pmsuff

    よろしく!

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:19 pmCherrie

    Welcome to the family! =) I was also super surprised when I saw my “acceptance” email… except I was out for dinner and I couldn’t exactly jump up with excitement lol hope to catch you online sometime!

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:24 pmLonelyRurouni

    Welcome to Random! I look forward to reading your posts.

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:41 pmThe Moondoggie

    A fellow Makoto Shinkai fan huh? Welcome.

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:50 pmDerek

    Can you say what’s your TOP 5 anime/animovies? (Shinkai, shinkai, shinkai!)

  • March 18, 2012 at 4:52 pmAvalanche

    Welcome! I already like your writing, and I look forward to your posts.

  • March 18, 2012 at 5:06 pmJiCi

    Nice to meet you ! I’m eager to read your opinions on RC !

  • March 18, 2012 at 5:22 pmGeoff

    Haha, Mass effect, awesome game :D At least until… >.>
    Do like already though!

  • March 18, 2012 at 5:25 pmA

    I don’t know if it’s appropriate to say this… but your introduction is definitely my favorite of the new writers! I look forward to reading your posts!

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:08 pmPhantomPhreek

    I like you the most out of the new guys haha, looking forward to your posts.

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:14 pmZen

    “…he still decided to take a (IMO poor) gamble with me.”

    Have some confidence in yourself! If this intro post is any indication of your writing capabilities, then I’m sure you’ll do fine. :)

    “My life is really, really boring, you know?”

    Then you made the right decision to start blogging; I’m sure it’ll spice things up a little! Nice to have you with us, and and wish you all the best!

    • March 18, 2012 at 8:08 pmJD

      I agree – very good writing! I’m sure you can overcome this “challenge” you have put yourself into.

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:20 pmVivace

    I am also a big fan of Shinkai Makoto, nice too meet you! Looking forward to your post.

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:21 pmKusabi

    Err, I know I have no right to say this, but… no gravatar, Asobi?

    • March 19, 2012 at 3:32 pmAsobi

      Hang on a sec, lemme just check again…

      Yup, no dice. Gravatar just seems to hate me and won’t let me create my account. Sigh.

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:21 pmSkins Thunderbomb

    Yo, welcome to the club :3

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:23 pmJusta_Dream

    Welcome Asobi! And yes, stopping the Reaper invasion is a completely valid excuse because, well, if the Reapers completely eradicate everyone in the galaxy then we would no longer have animes now would we lol

  • March 18, 2012 at 6:56 pmmaddoki

    Welcome !! Have you heard of Makoto Shinkai’s last work, Hoshi ou wo kodomo? It was really beautiful artwork. Anyhow, I see that you also like GoT, we’re meant to get along aha :)

    I’ll be looking forward your post ~

  • March 18, 2012 at 8:42 pmPeepQ

    Welcome! And I do have to say, Air was a really awesome show. So sad, and kinda depressing, but good!

  • March 18, 2012 at 8:43 pmLightnDark

    As a fellow Singaporean who applied and did not make it you must have something I don’t orz.

    Jokes aside, I’m absolutely ecstatic that someone on the eastern side of the globe actually made it! Without a doubt you sir are the top favourite coming from me and you definitely have big shoes to fill.

    Totally know how it feels, except for that different ending. I guess I’ll save the rest when we get to know each other better.

    Congrats, and welcome aboard! insert obligatory ORD LO!

    ps: Get an avatar :P How can a writer not have one!

  • March 18, 2012 at 9:13 pmCroos

    I already seen why Divine choose you. I can’t explain it in words though

  • March 18, 2012 at 9:34 pmDamrod

    Welcome on board mate, which class are you taking for the upcoming war to blog season two of fate/zero?
    Assasin is already taken for as far as i’ve confirmed, so which one will you take?

    • March 19, 2012 at 3:34 pmAsobi

      Wait what? Damn it! Who’s left? Lancer? Oh crap.

      • March 20, 2012 at 12:00 amdeafvader

        Well it depends whether you like the color blue. And have a red pointy thing.
        It is a lancer prerequisite.

      • March 20, 2012 at 8:29 amDamrod

        Assasin, caster, berserker and rider where already taken, not sure if someone already took saber so you have the choice between archer, lancer and saber if nobody took her yet.

  • March 18, 2012 at 9:52 pmOpSig

    Nice to see another Mass Effect Fan at RandomC

  • March 18, 2012 at 11:14 pmdeafvader

    Lol. Read SAO till novel 4.

  • March 18, 2012 at 11:15 pmByakusei

    Considering RandomC is not just an anime blog, do you think the new sequel to avatar could be considered for blogging

    • March 20, 2012 at 9:12 pmChloesong

      Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! I can’t believe this flew under my radar. I sincerely hope and assume you are talking about the Last Airbender Tv Series, not James Cameron’s movie. It would be so so awesome to have The Last Airbender blogged on RC. Thanks for the fittingly random comment. I would have never known that the sequel to the TV show is coming out this April!

      As to your comment, I would venture a guess that Divine makes the decision whether to blog non-Japanese animation on RC.

  • March 19, 2012 at 2:52 amCybersteel

    Welcome to the site visit IRC if you’re free is your mandatory national service gonna be soon cause you know time for anime blogging would be an issue.

  • March 19, 2012 at 5:28 amKaz

    Congratulations! Welcome, new blogger. I’ll be looking forward to your posts. =)

  • March 19, 2012 at 6:05 amDaniell

    Welcome! so I’m just curious you said your studying abroad which country are you studying at?

    • March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pmAsobi

      Jolly old England :D

  • March 19, 2012 at 10:38 amtoodles

    I think it’s quite apparent why you were chosen, and you’ll bring something new that other bloggers haven’t.

  • March 19, 2012 at 11:19 amDCLXVI

    Oi oi, another interesting one takes the stage.

    This is the first I’ve seen an RC blogger mention by name a specific piece of Western media (A Song of Ice and Fire). For doing that, and also for liking the series, you get +20 Respect right off the bat…not that it matters any.

  • March 19, 2012 at 12:03 pmInfinitas

    Welcome.

  • March 19, 2012 at 9:51 pmAzure Divinity

    Welcome aboard!

  • March 20, 2012 at 8:40 pmChloesong

    SAO?!? Thank you for that shout out. I’m really happy that one of the new writers is a fan. I’m looking forward to the animation that’s coming out later this year. It’s my one of my favorite LN series.

    Welcome aboard and congratulations. I will definitely be following your shows. :)

    • March 20, 2012 at 9:33 pmChloesong

      Edit: After taking a peek at your MAL, it’s almost idential to my viewing experience (minus some sugary shojo shows). It leads me to two questions: what shows do you consider part of the anime golden age? Secondly, why did you drop Brotherhood??

      It’s also interesting that you mentioned your former habit of reading more rather than watching. I’m personally transitioning to more reading, less watching. Do you have any LN recommendations?

      Overall, a very excellent intro. I felt like it was really insightful in showing your preferences and sense of humor, while being personable. I think it’s, ahem, cute when the intro post includes the semi-traditional RC phrase, so kudos for slipping that in. :p

      Consider me a +1 follower. :]