Random Curiosity

About This Site

 

Welcome to Random Curiosity v5.0!
This site is built with WordPress using a modified version of the Water theme created by Pura.

 

History
This blog was originally started by Omni in late 2004 on Blogger in hopes of having a place to write about what he watched. Unfortunately, a lack of interest and time basically put a temporary stop to that. He eventually revived this blog with the intent of keeping up with the latest series around early May 2005. After he got fed up with the set of features that Blogger had, Maestro offered to host the blog as part of the AnimeBlogger Community, where it remained for five years. Over that period of time, it has grown tremendously and has featured many different writers.

In late March 2010, Omni announced his retirement from blogging, sending waves across the anime blogsphere. As the only other regular contributor at the time with roughly two years of history on the site, the decision fell on me as to whether I wanted to keep it running and the large community of readers together. Using an updated version of WordPress and a revamped theme we were hoping to switch to at some point, I created a copy of the site here under its own domain, randomc.net. This copy was originally meant to serve as an archive for the blog’s five year history, but given the tremendous outpouring of support from our readers, I started updating it regularly with new content, leading us to where we are now.

While Omni is technically retired, he currently serves as both an administrator of sorts for the site as a whole. Much like before, we still communicate regularly as fans of anime, so he sometimes influences what comes out of this site.

-Divine

 

Current Writers
Divine  |  Takaii  |  Guardian Enzo  |  Stilts
Zanibas  |  Cherrie  |  Zephyr  |  Passerby  |  Samu


 

Divine

Joined: April 16, 2008

I don’t really care to talk about my personal life, but my introduction post should serve as an indication of what my anime background is. Anime has always been a rather big pastime of mine and I enjoy conveying my thoughts about it via blogging, but there is actually very little in the ways of it influencing my daily lifestyle. None of my friends are really into anime, so this blog provides me with an outlet for talking about it with other fans. When I originally started blogging here, I was heavily detailed-oriented and provided in-depth summaries along with impressions, but I’ve since moved away from the former and concentrate solely on the latter in an attempt to make each of my posts a more enjoyable and (hopefully) worthwhile read. I watch my anime primarily raw nowadays (i.e. without subtitles), and if you wish to contact me, please see this page. For a list of anime I’ve watched and am currently watching, please refer to MyAnimeList.

Takaii

Joined: September 18, 2010

Hi everyone, my name is Takaii and I’m part of the crazy cast of writers here at RandomC. I’ve been here for quite some time now (more than 2 years) and I tend to cover the slice-of-life and fuwafuwa types of shows. In terms of anime, I’m open to just about anything and watch nearly everything from cutesy shoujo shows to the “over the top” action shows. But if you were to ask me about my favorite type of show, I personally love the ones that are driven by an emotional story that’s powerful enough to bring me to tears (even more so when I don’t see it coming!). Things like directors and staff don’t matter much to me but find me a show with my favorite seiyuus and I’ll hop on it immediately.

When I’m not stuck at work, studying, or blogging for RandomC I tend to spend most of my time either with League of Legends, chatting it up on IRC, or catching up on sleep. (Sleep<3)

Want to get to know me better? Hop onto #randomc on Rizon and come chat with me and the entire community that make up this awesome site.

Guardian Enzo

Joined: June 28, 2011

Greetings all. This is Guardian Enzo, and I’m one of the writers here at Random Curiosity. I got my start blogging anime at www.lostinanime.com, the blog I started in June of 2010. Divine was kind enough to ask me to join RC, and I’ve been here ever since. I can’t really summarize my taste in anime – it’s been called ‘eclectic’, ‘hipster’, you name it – but I like anything as long as it’s good, regardless of genre. I try and make every post a personal reaction rather than a recap, and I’ve been watching an average of 20-25 shows per season for the last couple of years.

I was born and raised in Chicago, but spent most of my adult life in California. Late in 2012 I realized a dream by moving to Japan, and I currently reside in Tokyo where in addition to blogging about anime and life in Japan I’m working on a screenplay or two, studying Japanese, tutoring in English and trying to find a way to stay here permanently. Thanks for all your contributions and comments on my RC posts, and I look forward to many more spirited discussions about the medium we all love!

Stilts

Joined: January 1, 2012

I’ve been watching anime for over a decade now, and while I’ll watch just about anything, I have a soft spot for pulpy adventures, sappy romances, ridiculous comedies, shameless fanservice, and fantasy of any kind. My blogging philosophy boils down to this: I’m an entertainer more than a critic, and I post quickly so you can extend the magic of a great episode after it ends.

When I’m not blogging anime, I’m a mild-mannered fantasy author by the name of Stephen W. Gee. (You can still call me Stilts, though—at 6’7″ / 200 cm tall, I’ve earned it.) I write sword & sorcery adventures with a modern twist, and anime is a major influences. You can find links to my books on my website, stephenwgee.com, or at Amazon and other retailers. When I’m not writing in one fashion or another, I like to read, drink good beer, play games with friends, and travel.

Zanibas

Joined: March 13, 2012

Hello, Zanibas here! Watching anime while walking on an imaginary beach is my soft spot, and what I look for in a person is transparent honesty and a ser–wait…what do you mean this isn’t supposed to be a personal ad? Stop tricking the hopeless romantic you guys and girls!

Anyways, I’m Zanibas, whose Gravatar description has turned ironic. l joined the site in March of 2012, where I began wrapping up Amagami SS Plus. Since then, I’ve found myself mainly associating my posts with romantic comedies and niche shows. I’ve always had a soft spot for the dynamics that go into intimate relationships, whether its the emotions that they draw out or the discussion that they spark. My serious anime habits first began around 2005, where I found Love Hina. Although I can’t afford to balance as many shows as I’d like, 5-10 shows a season is my usual watch quota. in my writing, I try to focus on articulating successes of creating relatability in the show, all wrapped up in a conversational tone.

As for my personal life, I attend UC Berkeley to work on Computer and Cognitive Science, while crying that my classes always interfere with anime club’s time slot. I’m always open to talk on IRC, the time it takes for me to recount my entire love life is four hours, and I wish my Hatoful Boyfriend post will be [conditionally] released eventually. If you want a more in-depth description of myself, check out my introductory post, my MAL, or my personal profile here.

Cherrie

Joined: March 13, 2012

A long time reader and officially a writer as of early 2012, I’m the resident foodie here at RC that basically does all the administrative stuff that no one else likes to do. Yay! I blog 2-3 shows on a regular season and my tastes vary across all genres; from action to romantic comedies to psychological thrillers. My history of anime can be read in my introduction, but my interest in writing stemmed from a young age. I do not claim to be a connoisseur of anime, nor a writer by any means – I rarely even take notice of directors, writers and seiyuus – but I do love doing what I do and that is, talking about anime.

On a personal level, obviously I love to eat, but I also work in the Foodservice industry full-time. I’m one of the few people that can say they love their jobs and if you do too, consider yourself lucky. When I’m not stuffing my face, you can find me at the bookstore a lot; visiting the theater; at Sephora or at home baking and playing (board & video) games. If you ever want to chat, feel free to connect with me on twitter, Instagram or email me.

Zephyr

Joined: March 16, 2012

Hi there. Zephyr here. Having joined back in March of 2012 as part of the hippie movement new group of writers, I’ve become the self-proclaimed science fiction writer here at RandomC. In May of 2012, I started the Blast From The Past column for series not previously covered on the site. Born and raised in New York City, my foray into anime started off like many others in the states — with Saturday morning cartoons in the mid 90’s followed up by Cartoon Network’s Toonami. These days I watch about 10-20+ series a season of a variety of genres. I do still have a slight preference for science fiction and action series however. Notably, anime eventually led me to RandomC, which I have been following for over two years.

As for myself personally, I am in college studying Biomolecular Science. I have a tendency to do things on a whim and I am what one would call a stereotypical Gemini—-a sociable extrovert who’s constantly multi-tasking. I’ve accumulated quite a list of hobbies as a result, which include building model kits, collecting figures and stamps, reading, travelling, photography, games, and baseball. These days though, with graduation fast approaching, most of my effort goes into trying to decide what to do in the future. Regardless, I hope to continue writing here for years to come.

Passerby

Joined: July 16, 2014

Passerby here, a nerd in a room who writes. I’m also Australian, and since we’re on the internet it may as well be my sole defining characteristic (one that is shared, curiously enough, with people in Australia). Incidentally, I watch anime, which is a convenient habit to have here at Random Curiosity. Anime has been my foreign audiovisual distraction of choice for some time and these days I just watch whatever people recommend. That’s partially because I believe good anime can emerge from anywhere, but mostly because I’m a slob. Whatever I watch, though, I can usually find something to talk about (don’t take me with you to the cinema). Commentary oscillates between serious analysis and outright satire, because I am incapable of taking myself very seriously for extended periods of time. It’s pathological.

Other than anime, I waste my free time with manga, visual novels and video games. I sometimes get the urge to talk about those too. You can find a ragtag repository of that nonsense at the Stranger’s Room. Give it a look if you simply can’t get enough of Passerby every week. Nobody can blame you.

Samu

Joined: September 21, 2014

Samu speaking. I’m a Scottish guy who has watched far too much anime, and can’t quite stop. I love writing, reading, absorbing fictional worlds, and falling in love with characters that resonate with me. You’ll find me watching many different kinds of anime, whether they have large battles and larger casts, a focus on the human mind and how people deal with serious issues, explosions of artistry and imagination, ever-expanding sci-fi epics, sports series filled with good vibes and intense matches, and maybe some good old fashion death, drama, and despair to top it off. Though maybe not all of that at once.

I studied animation for three years, which gave me a taste of how difficult it is. Doing so has only increased my respect for the medium, as well as for those who are dedicated and ambitious enough to put so much effort into their work. I know I’ve watched a good amount of anime over the years, but not nearly enough to quench my thirst. There are still so many shows that I want to experience, so here I am on this wonderful site to do just that, by sharing my words, thoughts, and feelings with you.

Xumbra

Since: January 2012
Tech Guy

Xumbra is Random Curiosity’s resident tech guy. He’s the one responsible for a number of the site’s enhancements, including the rotating banner and some backend improvements. He’s also the one who records and edits the podcasts. When he’s not being pestered for some slick new tool or spending all his time camped in IRC, he watches anime, though not as much as those crazy writers.


 

Past Writers
Prooof
Kairi
Asobi
Seishun
BakaMochi
Stereoman
Moomba
Verdant
Unlisted
Kiiragi
Suzuku
Omni
Patrik
Jaalin
Arcade
Trillian
Sixthdawn
Natrone
mewmew
Sanada Kikyo
Judge
Kenn1911
Kyouya
Naakay
wh0sj0hngalt
 

Miscellaneous
Please do not link directly to the images posted. If you would like to use any of the images, please contact me first and ask for permission.

I encourage you to leave a message if you like what you see (or if you don’t). I’m not always perfect, so if you see something wrong, please mention it either in the comments or in an email to me. I try to read everything that’s commented and to respond to any suggestions, etc.

However, we don’t take blogging or link exchange requests, so please don’t email me about either of those. Thank you for your understanding.

-Divine

Last updated: February 25, 2015
 
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