Random Curiosity

Introduction – A New Writer? Shocking Surprise!

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A new writer out of the blue? Is this real life? Well boys and girls it certainly is. Stilts and crew were gracious enough to offer me a spot here at RandomC and I simply could not refuse. So who just signed onto Kyuubey’s onerous contract? Some probably know me already from the occasional comment, but for the uninitiated I am Pancakes, the tasty breakfast delight. Canadian by birth and home, I am currently working on a chemical engineering degree, because money is a necessity and nothing screams money quite like oil and pharmaceuticals. I did have dreams to be a doctor, but some dreams are not meant to be.

My anime experience is like many others. I started out in elementary school with the trifecta of Sailor Moon, Pokemon, and Digimon before quickly ascending into the magic of Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z and Yu-Gi-Oh. By the time grade eight rolled around, however, social standing took precedence and my anime watching ended. What got me back into anime (and incidentally made me an anime addict) was this little show called Code Geass. I was bored one day during my first degree (biology) so plugged it in. I never became hooked on something faster. Binged the entire series over a week, went searching for more, and never looked back. By time of graduation in 2013 I was a convert to watching anime as it aired.

To this day my anime tastes can be mostly summarized as anything involving politics, history, fantasy, and science fiction. I especially adore those shows featuring solid world building and strong, tragic characters. Sure Lelouche was my gateway drug, but it’s the gritty, honourable bastards like Admirals Bucock and Reuenthal that keep me addicted. No surprise from those names that Legend of the Galactic Heroes is probably my all round favourite anime. It’s the only fictional series which (in my opinion) truly provides a story that would make Herodotus and Thucydides proud. A few of my other favourites include Shinsekai Yori, Psycho-Pass, Ergo Proxy, and Gurren Lagann for similar reasons. While I generally dislike romance on principle, that view has been tested of late (Lovely Complex I’m looking at you), and I have always been a sucker for good comedies and slice of lifes. Needless to say I enjoy a damn lot, which if you are curious you can peruse my haphazardly updated MAL profile.

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In real life I build models (1/35 tanks are my fetish) and voraciously read anything and everything from history to political science/philosophy. In particular my true literary love is for war history, both real and fictional. While the other kids went to parties, I read national histories in encyclopedias and nerded out drawing maps of fictional wars in made up lands (which I might still do >_>). Military strategy speaks to my heart like little else, everything from grand strategy to tactical manoeuvres and war machines utterly fascinates me and is guaranteed to get me going—likely lost a few dates because of that! I especially enjoy alternate history, particularly the works of Harry Turtledove and S.M. Stirling. Stirling’s Draka series specifically remains one of my biggest guilty pleasures to this day.

When not reading and salivating over my awesome modelling skills, however, I somehow find time to be a committed gamer on the side. Strategy games (Europa Universalis IV mostly) and multiplayer stuff like World of Tanks/Warships and War Thunder are my main interests, although the occasional (J)RPG may wiggle its way in. Don’t even ask me how I manage to find the time for everything, I’m scared of discovering the answer.

Without a doubt I’m looking forward to writing about the shows we all have an unhealthy passion for. You can expect to see my ramblings on any series stealing my attention, whether that be tragic war thriller or fluffy moe slice of life. Should you have comments, criticism, or feedback for me, don’t hesitate to speak up, I’m always open to improvement. Thank you all for having me, I’ll see you on the other side, and as is customary:

よろしくおねがいします。
Yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

September 26, 2016 at 1:01 pm
71 comments »
  • September 26, 2016 at 1:03 pmWorldwidedepp

    Welcome to the Jump into the Hot fray!! :)

    Welcome

  • September 26, 2016 at 1:22 pmBlubbly

    Congratulations/welcome!

    I got around to finally watch Legend of the Galactic Heroes this year and it really blew my expectations away. Reuenthal was definitely one of my favorite characters in the series. Yang wen li’s still the best though

    I feel like we have very similar interest in regards to history/pol sci/philosophy. Definitely appreciate the nerdy enthusiasm .

    All the best and looking forward to your insights/posts!

    • September 26, 2016 at 9:06 pmPancakes

      Thanks for the welcome :D

      For me my favourite character is Bucock all the way. I always thought he was a criminally underrated character, especially in the latter half during his final encounter with Reinhard. Holy those episodes made me shed manly tears.

  • September 26, 2016 at 1:23 pmJeffers

    Quite a timely help… because fall season have heeps of titles airing. And Im pretty sure stilts and the gang cant cover all of the good shows. Anyway good luck!

  • September 26, 2016 at 1:36 pmThe Big Guy

    Wow, a Kami-sama Dolls picture! Never thought I would see anything related to that show again. Good luck with your writing!

    • September 26, 2016 at 2:35 pmAex

      I’m still waiting for Season 2… I know, but a man can dream, damnit!!

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:07 pmpaulrenzo

    Looking at your hobbies, I’m hoping that we get more scifi/fictional military anime covered in RandomC. That genre’s sorely under-represented here IMO.

    • September 26, 2016 at 9:01 pmPancakes

      In my experience here it depends on the season. Plenty of seasons have received decent sci-fi/military coverage, especially for the popular series. I think only GATE was the big one passed over recently IIRC.

      As long as the series piques my interests there’s a good bet I’ll make a claim for covering it.

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:08 pmPharaoman

    A fellow chemist!

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:26 pmKyubey

    Pancakes made a contract to become a magical writer. /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:46 pmLord Nayrael

    Europa Universalis IV you say? You’re now my friend, even if you’ll probably never know me XP

  • September 26, 2016 at 2:53 pmGuardian Enzo

    Yes, hale and hearty kudos for giving some love to the criminally underrated KamiDolls.

  • September 26, 2016 at 3:12 pmSamu

    Welcome, Pancakes! You had me at Shinsekai Yori and Ergo Proxy.

  • September 26, 2016 at 3:28 pmTonameki

    Welcome and good luck

  • September 26, 2016 at 3:43 pmCherrie

    WELCOME PANCAKES =)
    Don’t worry, you’re in good hands. We’re a nice bunch… most of us anyway ^^”

    • September 26, 2016 at 4:09 pmCroos

      く(^_・)ゝ
      Cherrie, somehow I heard this name before in the chatroom…. I can’t remember.

      • September 27, 2016 at 12:55 amCherrie

        I miss you too Croos =P I haven’t been in IRC for a while lol

  • September 26, 2016 at 3:46 pmraxar

    Congratulations and welcome, you seem like the one to cover Alderamin if you join at the start of this season.

  • September 26, 2016 at 4:02 pmjimmywolf

    no mater what happens, i already like you from the name alone. Pancakes good choice, looking forward to your posts.

  • September 26, 2016 at 5:14 pmMaiku

    YOROKONDE !!!

  • September 26, 2016 at 5:29 pmyoloalchemist

    Nice to have you on board, Pancakes-San :D

  • September 26, 2016 at 6:21 pmNishizawa Mihashi

    WHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????? BUT HOW!!!!!!?????

    I’m thoroughly flabbergasted…

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, I didn’t expect this to even happen but woah… Just woah… Pancakes YOU became a writer all of a sudden? Sorry, I just need time to process all this, I’m just completely shocked cuz it really was just all of a sudden y’know? Don’t sweat it man, and yeah congrats bruh. Back then when Stilts called out for applications, I was actually hoping that you’d be selected.

    And now that you’ve been selected, please, please, PLEASE make an end season review of Alderamin On The Sky, I’m beggin ya sahn. It’s a real shame nobody picked it up for weekly coverage, and there’s just so many interesting things to talk about in that show bro. Let not best girl’s efforts be in vain!!! I miss ya //BLEEP//!!! ( ; _ ; ) Come back!!!

    • September 26, 2016 at 8:51 pmPancakes

      What can I say, strange things happen sometimes. I was surprised at being offered the job out of the blue, but hey, I’ll take it :P

      I hope there is an end post on Alderamin too, but it all depends on time. After all next season is coming up fast.

    • September 26, 2016 at 11:48 pmNishizawa Mihashi

      Yeah totally, I sure hope so. BTW, has autumn arrived in the Northern Hemisphere? I’m curious as all I get down here are nothing but rain, thunderstorms, sunlight and the occasional hail. The effects are even worse now that the AC unit ran outta gas. Oh the heavens…

      • September 27, 2016 at 3:13 pmPancakes

        Oh it has lol, at least where I live. Got the threat of frost and snow next week, which is about a month early. Living in Canada can be an experience sometimes.

  • September 26, 2016 at 6:25 pmscampjot

    Welcome :)

  • September 26, 2016 at 6:51 pmOne Pinch Man

    Welcome, Pancakes! I think I’ve seen you several times on the comments.
    Anyway, I’m waiting for your episodic review! :D

  • September 26, 2016 at 7:18 pmPasserby

    Yes! More kouhai for Passerby! Feeeeed me, Seymour.

    Also, welcome.

  • September 26, 2016 at 7:57 pmWraith

    cool more writers! I do remember seeing Pancakes comments from time to time

  • September 26, 2016 at 8:14 pmVelvet Scarlantina

    Fellow modeller, WoT and WoWs,interest in history and military history YEAY!

    Wait… Are you my match made in heaven or doppelganger?

    Anyway, I do those things as well albeit I do 1/35 and 1/48 tanks, 1/700 ships and original creation in all the aforementioned scales.

    Welcome to RC and as a long time RC fan and reader, it’s nice to see new writers joining in as well. I assume you’d be watching Izetta as well? Where Germany attacks a small European nation for the occult artifacts?

    Anyway Pancakes, you’re on which WoWs server? I’m on Asia plus may I also salivate over your awesome model skills.

    • September 26, 2016 at 8:42 pmPancakes

      Oh yes I’ll be watching Izetta. It had me at WW2.

      I’m on the NA server for WoWs (after all, I’m in Canada) and of course I’m always open to more salivating fans. Still need to actually take pictures of my work though :P

      • September 26, 2016 at 10:20 pmVelvet Scarlantina

        You on FB and Track Link?

      • September 27, 2016 at 3:10 pmPancakes

        On the former and never got around to the latter. Always keep finding something else to do lol

      • September 28, 2016 at 4:10 amVelvet Scarlantina

        Can I add you on FB pancakes-sama

      • September 29, 2016 at 9:24 amPancakes

        Sure pop me an email at pancakes@randomc.net and I’ll get around to it if I can remember to.

  • September 26, 2016 at 9:25 pmDorian S.

    Damn Pancakes, congrats my fellow Canadian! Can’t wait for you to write up your stuff. :D

  • September 26, 2016 at 9:45 pmDr. Hochmeister

    Congrats Pancakes! Here’s to hoping you get to conver the Legend of the Galactic Heroes remake someday! Jeez,reading your bio we’ve got scarily similar tastes, sci-fi and political anime, WW2, history, grand strategy games, Turtledove… are you on alternatehistory.com too?!

    • September 27, 2016 at 3:09 pmPancakes

      I am actually, although I use my account to mostly lurk the map threads and member sections :P

      • September 28, 2016 at 11:28 amDr. Hochmeister

        Small, small world. I mainly lurk there too, haven’t got the time, patience, or expertise to write a timeline there myself. Awesome site though!

  • September 26, 2016 at 10:43 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    Bout DAMN TIME you joined!!!! i only seen your comments for like 576 years!! have at it dude!!

    • September 26, 2016 at 10:45 pmBROOKLYN otaku

      btw- sorry, but WAFFLES are boss……nothing to do with you….i blame my childhood..

      GOOD LUCK!

  • September 27, 2016 at 12:27 amWanderer

    Whoa, Pancakes became a writer? You’ve been enough of a feature around here that sometimes I forgot that you weren’t a writer already. Congrats, and looking forward to your reviews. :)

  • September 27, 2016 at 1:14 amKoroshiyaKi

    Well I’m making waffles.

  • September 27, 2016 at 3:10 amUrahara

    Ma man Pancakes got a spot !!! hell yeah

  • September 27, 2016 at 4:10 amMaverick

    Hey man Welcome!

    Oh btw your life story about watching anime is exactly like mine! LOL talk about coincidence. Especially around the anime’s that got me hooked back during my university days (Code Geass, Shinsekai Yori, Psycho-Pass, Sword Art Online, Gurren Lagann, Etc. Hey man you’re never too old for anime and manga so all the best. I’ll be watching over your accomplishments with high hopes! PS Digimon is till alive and kicking! :p

    • September 27, 2016 at 3:17 pmPancakes

      Hah you’re right on the never too old part, my mom is going on 58 and she still loves some of series I show her. Got her hooked on Suisei no Gargantia and Sidonia no Kishi pretty damn easily :P

  • September 27, 2016 at 4:51 amHenrietta

    I like your taste.

  • September 27, 2016 at 5:02 amMi-chan

    Welcome :)

    • September 27, 2016 at 5:08 amRobbie

      Ur still alive? I haven’t seen you post in forever..

    • September 27, 2016 at 5:40 amMi-Chan

      still alive, just a reader though :P I’m on twitter if u want, dm me, @ColonelMiiM, Cheers!

  • September 27, 2016 at 5:13 amgoukaryuu

    I knew I recognized the name. Congratulations!

    Also, tank models? Panzer Vor!

  • September 27, 2016 at 5:33 amdrunkenveggie

    Welcome to the thunderdome, Pancakes : D

  • September 27, 2016 at 9:12 amluancaqu

    Welcome aboard, Pancake, and congratulations!

  • September 27, 2016 at 2:41 pmJuan

    Congrats on your promotion :)

  • September 27, 2016 at 6:13 pmRedRocket

    Wonderful any fellow elitist anime snob also know as a fan of Legend of the Galactic Heroes is very welcome to me;) As a former US Army Infantry Reserve Officer and wargamer from 1976 it’ great to have another military and political fan who is also into fantasy and science fiction.

    I discovered Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and thought it tragic that Random Curiosity back then missed that wonderful remake of the classic space opera. Hopefully with you on board fewer great sci fi and harder fantasy get missed. Yamato 2199 gives me hope they might make the remake of LOGH the same as a loving remake of the fans in the industry of the original work in a way you can actually think it better while staying true to the original. Warning I told Stilts to kill to cover the LOGH remake ;), but as your a fan I would look forward to you doing it too, although if they stay true to LOGH I think there is no way that Stilts would be able to resist writing tomes in the comments;)

    I have to sit on my military knowledge so hard so much in Anime and regular media I have developed a massive suspension of disbelief that allows me to love stuff like Code Geass even though non shielded armored suits like that would be torn apart by modern infantry, artillery and armor.

  • September 27, 2016 at 9:01 pmFlower

    Welcome to the lists of the anime bloggers pancakes.

    Gambate! ^^

  • September 27, 2016 at 10:40 pmLonghaul

    Good luck.

  • September 28, 2016 at 8:05 pmMM

    Welcome aboard Pancakes, I salute and Congrats to your presents.

  • September 28, 2016 at 8:33 pmjltrm

    Good luck with blogging and you degree.

    The job market in petrochemicals isn’t looking great in the near future due to slumping crude prices though? Here in the UK, 120,000 (~30%) of petro-chemical jobs have been lost since 2014.. hope it’s better in Canada!

    • September 29, 2016 at 9:22 amPancakes

      The benefit of chemical engineering is I can do pretty much everything, it’s the one reason I took this degree. Oil stays low? Well I can say hello to pharmaceuticals or agriculture, hell even mining :P

      • September 30, 2016 at 12:06 pmjltrm

        Yes of course other fields are also open, but I mentioned it since petrochem is by far the most lucrative lol..

    • September 29, 2016 at 9:39 ambrajt

      Less petro means cleaner environment so I wouldn’t call it a bad thing. Glad that people can find another job and pharmaceutical/agricultural business sounds way cooler.

  • September 29, 2016 at 7:12 ambrajt

    Welcome onboard. I’m happy for you and wish you good luck as a blogger.

    That said, I’m still sad everytime RC gets a new writer without love for romance shows. They either get no coverage (like White Album 2) or they get the weakest writer in the pack (like Shirayukihime).

    Anyways, waiting for your first posts. :)

    • September 29, 2016 at 7:13 ambrajt

      On the other hand, no, the worst blogging piece lately was coverage of Your Lie in April.

  • September 29, 2016 at 7:42 amShrubbery

    Pancakes successfully improved relations with the emperor of RandomC, and joined Omni’s Empire. Now be sure to add your regions to RandomC territory and soon we’ll unite again under the Emperor Divine.

  • September 29, 2016 at 8:37 amButa Neko

    What got me back into anime (and incidentally made me an anime addict) was this little show called Code Geass.

    Code Geass is seriously the greatest masterpiece in the world of anime series. Up until now, I still cannot find another anime that leaves an impression as deep as Code Geass did.

    Welcome, Pancakes!

    • September 29, 2016 at 9:36 ambrajt

      Wixoss was similar but stronger imho, and had cuter girls.

  • September 29, 2016 at 12:38 pmStyx

    Shinsekai yori ans Ergo proxy!!? those are some of my favourites too. Awesome to have a writer with similar taste to me :) Good luck and can’t write to read your next post!

  • September 29, 2016 at 4:30 pmlebleu

    im in med school atm – can tell you it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be…

  • September 29, 2016 at 9:23 pmImperialX

    I like the MAGA hat on your MAL profile.

  • September 30, 2016 at 7:34 pmVad Deasduade

    Greetings and welcome! I look forward to reading your reviews :-)