Introduction – “I know it’s not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?”
Hey everybody! c:
I’m honored to be the newest addition to RandomC’s staff of writers! The profile says Jig, but you can call me The Jig Man…or Jig Meister, Jiggy, McJiggerton, Andre Jiguodala, Jiggy Azalea—you get the idea.
Or Sweet Jesus. You can call me Sweet Jesus if you want to.
First and foremost, I stumbled into anime from a very early age. Having parents that worked as artists in the animation industry since before I was even born, I grew up around the medium in all of its forms—from Western to Japanese. I have thus grown to cherish animation as one of my most beloved modes of storytelling. Some of my favorite shows growing up ranged from programs I watched on the tube like Batman: TAS and Dexter’s Laboratory, to old tapes of stuff like Astro Boy, Mazinger, and Brave Command Dagwon that I would rent from the Asian video store.
My great love of anime stems from the Japanese’s very sincere regard for the storytelling possibilities and creative potential of the animated medium. Aside from a couple of rare exceptions (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Transformers: Prime, Pixar films, and the like) it’s really difficult to find many American animated productions which take the art form seriously (given the more Western consensus that animation should be reserved for kids’ cartoons or lo-fi mature comedy shows ala South Park and Family Guy. Not that I’m discounting these programs—they’re great for their own reasons). Anime, though, doesn’t play it safe—it dives headfirst into the absolutely insane levels of creative freedom and narrative possibilities which can be realized with animation, and it is so goddamn sweet.
I think it’s beyond my capability to pinpoint and delineate my specific tastes and preferences in anime. Like a lot of people (I presume), I’m unable to definitively predict if I’ll enjoy a show or not. Sure I could list some criteria for types of series I think I’d either absolutely eat up or spurn immediately, but my expectations have proven erroneous time and time again. Generally speaking, though, I consider my palette modestly expansive—some of my fave stuffz ranges from high-adrenaline, balls-to-the-wall action shows like Gurren Lagann and Kuroko No Basket (Basuke?), to the subdued complexity and allegorical intricacies of productions such as Garden of Words and Anohana (no Name wo Bokutouchywamajfdal;nlkla). I’m still fleshing out my MAL, but feel free to check it out if it tickles your fancy.
On a more personal note, I study both English Literature and Philosophy (and hopefully a film minor, if everything pans out accordingly) at UCLA in preparation for law school. I harbor a deep and intense appreciation for the art of storytelling, and consume it in all forms, from novels, to movies, to comic books, to video games, and so on. My exploits in creative writing turn out much the same as they do for many other “aspiring” writers—a half-finished screenplay there, a barely started novel over here. Right now, though, I’d like to complete an entire screenplay, as long and drawn out as the process might take (here’s hopin’!).
If I ain’t doin’ any of that though, you can catch me playin’ some tasty jams. Aside from gluing my headphones to my earholes, I’ve been playing the violin, guitar, bass guitar, and my vocal folds for many years, and am currently in the process of fluidizing myself with the ukulele and the piano. Now, I’m not the best at any of those, but I still have a blast playin’ ‘em. :) I also love me some hoops! I avidly follow the NBA and its day-to-day happenings and occurrences, and though I’m often far from being the best guy on the court, I try to find every opportunity I can to play.
Overall, I’m super stoked and honored that I’ll get to write for all you lovely pickles! Though I have a long ways to go and lots to learn, I’m hoping you’ll all be patient with me and help me grow along the way. All feedback, criticisms, and comments are immensely welcome and wanted. Let’s talk lots! Don’t be afraid to hit me up on Twitter, my amigos.
And with that, I bid you all adieu! And because all the cool kids are doing it: