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Anime Expo 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

June 24, 2014 at 9:35 am Comments (52)

Calling All Prospective Bloggers!

We need one more to complete the set

Have you ever wanted to write for Random Curiosity? Here’s your chance.

Update 7/4: The application phase is now closed. Thank you for everyone who submitted an application. Our decision will be released in a few days.

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June 21, 2014 at 12:51 pm Comments (198)

Fanime 2014

After an intense weekend at Fanime, we bring back to you our opinions and a ton of pictures. c
Because it turned into a gigantic wall of text, I decided to put each of our impressions inside spoiler tags. Make sure to open them to see the entire post!

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May 30, 2014 at 12:23 pm Comments (52)

Fanime 2014 is Right Around the Corner!

Good evening everyone! Takaii here once again to shamelessly promote another convention that some writers here at RandomC are heading to!

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May 20, 2014 at 12:57 am Comments (29)

Nobunaga the Fool & Golden Time

This is a post meant to address the problems arising with coverage of Golden Time, Nobunaga the Fool, and the general issues of why I dropped them. Here I admit what mistakes I made, the lessons I’ve learned, and moving forward.

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April 13, 2014 at 11:57 pm Comments (110)

Anime Los Angeles 2014

After being spoiled with Anime-Expo for the past four years, I thought it would be cool to go check out some of the other conventions that were somewhat close to where I live. So after a spur of events that introduced Anime Los Angeles or ALA to me, I applied to get a press badge — and I actually got it. Review of the Con and tons more pictures after the break!

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January 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm Comments (42)

The Best of Anime 2013

Now that 2013 is officially over, it’s time for our yearly foray into annoying everyone with our crappy opinions, the Best of Anime 2013 post! As with last year this post is a collaboration between the writers who watched the most series this year (and who didn’t say “Not it!” quickly enough), Zephyr and Stilts (that’s me!). We each watched upwards to…I don’t know, a lot of anime this past year, so while I can’t promise you we’ll be totally objective (such a thing is impossible), at least we’ll be well-informed about whatever we’re wrong about.

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Disclaimer: As always, disclaimers abound. Please keep in mind that “best” is subjective. What’s best for us isn’t necessarily best for you, and that’s okay. This list shouldn’t be taken as some kind of inviolable truth, but rather the opinions of two guys who watched a lot of anime and then argued about it for about eight hours until a list appeared. Naturally our choices will be influenced by our own tastes, experiences, and personal impressions. Before you go bashing one of our choices, please make sure you’ve at least seen it and know where we’re coming from. Finally, all we ask is that you respect our opinions, just like we respect yours. Thank you.

Disclaimer #2: The choices in this post are not necessarily reflective of the opinions of all Random Curiosity writers. They are solely the opinions of myself (Stilts) and Zephyr, save for where otherwise noted. Thank you for your understanding.

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January 4, 2014 at 12:25 am Comments (317)

Reader’s Choice – Best Anime 2013 Poll

The end of the year is here and it’s time for the Eighth Annual Reader’s Choice poll! Do you have a favorite series you’d like to see win? Are you just curious to see what everyone else enjoyed this year? Either way, the microphone’s in your hands now. Make your vote count.

As per the usual, there will be two polls for you to vote on this year – one for regularly broadcast TV series, and another for OVA/movies. We’re asking you for your top 5 picks in each poll, which should stop the results from being heavily skewed towards the mega-popular shows. This year we have an astounding 160~ TV series (shorts are included this year) and 120~ OVA/movies/specials for you to choose from, so make sure you look over the entire list before deciding. Keep in mind that like all entertainment, anime is subjective. There is no one size fits all here. Please respect the opinions of others, even if you may disagree vehemently with them.

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Note: The polls will close at midnight PST on Thursday, January 2nd. This means the morning of the 3rd, or 8:00 AM GMT on the 3rd. Results will be posted in the Best of Anime 2013 post, which will be written by myself and Stilts (the two active writers who have watched the most anime this year).

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December 29, 2013 at 10:23 am Comments (371)

Regarding Coppelion Coverage

It’s not everyday I do this, but…

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October 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm Comments (120)

New York Comic Con – 2013

Four days sure pass by quickly! See within for some pics and some brief commentary.

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October 13, 2013 at 6:07 pm Comments (43)

Anime Expo 2013

This year’s convention could be summed up with two words — Shingeki and Kirito.

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July 13, 2013 at 12:24 am Comments (78)

Anime Expo 2013 is Right Around the Corner!

Maybe we can finally all meet up in real life D: — Continue Reading for More!

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June 29, 2013 at 2:48 am Comments (74)

Introduction – “I Prefer the Term ‘Enthusiast’”

KairiI never so much as imagined that a casual remark could lead to the fulfillment of a dream, but here I am, still pinching myself every few minutes to make sure I’m not making it up.

My experience with anime has been a deeply personal one. I was a sheltered child whose television programming was carefully controlled in order to weed out “bad influences”, so my first true encounter with anime came one day in the eighth grade, when one of my teachers decided that it would be fun to watch the original Fullmetal Alchemist in class. Never before had I been exposed to something that mature and thought-provoking outside of books, and Hylia-be-damned, I wanted more. It wasn’t long after that I discovered the internet and its proliferation of anime.

In 2006, a year that marked a very difficult time in my life, I stumbled upon Eureka Seven. I found myself in the characters and themes in a way I never had with any other work, and suddenly the crushing depression that had driven me to some very dark places began to dissipate. The experience was so powerful that some six years later, I’m still watching E7 at every opportunity, despite having seen it over thirty times.

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April 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm Comments (385)

Conclusion – “I’d rather be a comma than a full stop”

Sometimes life kicks you in the teeth. This isn’t really one of those times. Sometimes things just change for the better and as a result, certain others begin to suffer. It’s no exaggeration to say that RC has changed our lives – that it has meant a lot to us during our year here and will continue to do so after we’ve left. Without RC, neither of us would have met, lives would have remained unchanging, and who knows where we’d be today. Writing for RC exceeded our expectations in ways we never would have seen coming. There were fun times and there were hard times. Being a writer for a site as large as Random Curiosity isn’t always sunshine and roses, but at the end of the day, we’re both thankful to the site for giving us an opporunity to write and bringing us together. But RC is a well oiled machine – it’s not about the individual writers, but the site as a whole, so things will always continue as normal.

For a while now it’s been hard to find enough motivation to blog. Blogging has become something that needs to be done quickly to get it out of the way so that we can spend more time together. Having that kind of attitude towards blogging won’t do the shows we cover any justice. It’s better to go all out for something than doing a sloppy job. With our new priorities, perhaps it’s time to set aside blogging for those who remain motivated to give series the love and attention they deserve.

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April 7, 2013 at 8:09 am Comments (158)

Introduction – “Denpa Revolutionary, Seishun Extraordinaire!”

Seishun - Intro

For more than a year, I’ve had the crazy idea to embark on this venture that could throw my peaceful life into disarray. Writing for Random Curiosity, to put it mildly, is no easy task and the great team of writers has certainly set a precedent that would be hard to follow. I won’t deny that such a notion has not been met with resistance, but beyond my usual claptrap, there’s nothing too obscure about the appeal of writing for one of the most popular anime blogs in existence. There’s certainly no other platform quite like Random Curiosity and the large readership that it enjoys allows me to share both my passion and viewpoint with anime fans all around the globe. Just as important as figuring out what to do will be actually making it happen, and here I am today as your newest writer in Random Curiosity.

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March 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm Comments (226)

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