Introduction – “If you’re ever looking for another writer…”
Just according to keikaku1.
Well, here I am. It appears that luck was on my side and the stars have aligned in my favour, resulting in me being given this fantastic opportunity to blog for RandomC. So let’s get started with the introductions: I’m Samu, from bonnie2 Scotland, and I’ll be the latest addition to the weird and wonderful cast of RandomC!
Like many others, I watched anime throughout my childhood without even realising what it was. But Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Digimon, and Beyblade aside – as well as far too much money spent on merchandise and trading cards over my childhood – my real introduction into anime came in the glorious year of 2011. Since then I’ve been watching series by the season with help from the previews, schedules, and episode reviews available on RandomC. Before that, though, was my first ever ongoing anime/manga experience: Bleach, which is still my top manga to date. We all had our gateway series, I suppose!
To give you an idea of what grabs my attention, my favourite anime would easily be Ano Hana, for being packed with incredible character drama, development, and having me sobbing for the entirety of the final episode. My second place would go to Shin Sekai Yori – a series that took the dystopian genre to greater heights whilst balancing a tightly written plot with ambitious ideas (at the cost of being commercially unsuccessful, I suppose). Haikyuu!! is another love of mine. I’ve been reading the manga since it started, and the anime adaptation is so perfect that every episode is like watching a giddy, loveable dream unfold. I would recommend it to absolutely everyone; there is a reason Divine returned to blog this show in particular! And to give two more of my favourites, I’d have to say Kuuchu Buranko and Kyousougiga, both of which are equally as enjoyable to the eye as they are to the mind.
Overall I’d say my taste is pretty expansive, spanning across a plethora of genres and themes, such as long-running battle shonen, imaginative anime with artistic flair, realistic series that deal with serious themes, comedies with heart and humour, and a good slice of life to sit back and enjoy every now and then. Then there is also my latest new-found love: sports anime. I could list more, but feel free to visit my MAL profile for the whole list.
As for a little bit about me… I’m a bartender at the moment, Tsukishima (from Haikyuu!!) is essentially me in anime form – though I would like to think I’m more positive than my anime counterpart – and as mentioned earlier, I hail from Scotland, so the global diversity of RandomC increases yet again! I’m a big A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones fan, and as a result my all-time favourite fictional character would unquestionably be Sansa Stark, who I will defend to death! There has never been a character I’ve found so easy to empathise with and root for… but sadly I know she’s not a popular choice among fans – you might find a trend in me liking unpopular characters every now and then, by the way! Also, due to my love for animation, I went on to study it at university and found that whilst it wasn’t the profession for me, it is certainly one that deserves respect; animation is damn hard. Doing it for three years makes that clear and it certainly has shaped how I view anime these days.
So that’s my introduction! I look forward to getting started this coming fall season, and to reading all your comments. If you have any feedback then I’ll be more than willing to read and write back. Also, feel free to add me on MyAnimeList, or follow me on Twitter
And with that, I’ll be seeing you all soon. Anime awaits.