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Branching Out, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love: Emotions

A manly man with manly emotions…and he dies. Coincidence?

As a hot-blooded American male, I have historically had a contentious relationship with emotions. Yet, at the risk of getting pummeled by all my male brethren, let’s talk about exactly that.

Potential spoilers on Clannad, Kanon, Angel Beats!, Moshidora, and Kokoro Connect. I try to keep them pretty vague though, so you’re probably safe. More after the jump.

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August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm Comments (84)

Tropin’ About – Thoughts on Honest Idiots

A wild Idiot King has appeared!

And we’re back with the next edition of Stilts Out Loud! *the crowd cheers as fireworks burst overhead* On this week’s agenda is the second installment of my Emerging Trends, where we’ll talk about a character type that we’re all familiar with – the Honest Idiot. Why, I think I see one creeping up to us now…

More after the jump.

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July 26, 2012 at 12:47 am Comments (57)

My Way or the Anime – The Best Stories Are the Ones That Leave You Wondering

I wonder, I wonder, I wonder what could have been…

Imagination is a powerful thing. Any good horror writer knows that the scariest monsters are not the ones described on the page or shown on the screen, but the ones the audience conjures in their own minds. But what about when storytellers aim our imaginations not towards horrors unseen, but at wonderful events that are never to be?

Post may include spoilers for: Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Kanon (2006), Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Angel Beats!, Aquarion EVOL, and some random Star Wars novels. Yeah, we’re going deep into the weeds this week. Trust me, it’s worth it. More after the jump.

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June 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm Comments (60)

Branching Out, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love: Slice-of-Life

Yes, I’m sticking with the absurdly long titles for these posts. To make up for this, here’s a cute picture. Nyaaan~

And we’re back with another edition of Branching Out. This week, we’re going to be talking about the genre that is responsible for the creation of this series, Slice-of-Life! Get excited people. I know I am.

More after the jump.

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May 25, 2012 at 1:07 pm Comments (64)

My Way or the Anime – Does This Need to Exist?

Objection! Does this post need to exist? o.O

Generally, I’m a pretty happy, optimistic guy, at least when it comes to anime. Sure, not every show is a masterpiece, but what’s the point of getting worked up about at TV show? It’s far better to just enjoy it for what it is and get worked up about important things, like why the couple who lives next door always comes back and blares music at 2 o’clock in the morning when I have work the next day and IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO PUT YOUR TRASH OUT IN THE NUDE!?!?

Ahem. Anyway…

More after the jump.

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May 17, 2012 at 2:01 am Comments (77)

FetishFrame – An Ode to Twintails

You wanted fetishes? Here we go. I’m starting with one of the best.

What is it about twintails? I come here today to find out. I know much about them, from my (worryingly) long career in this community of ours. They are:

More after the juuuuump!

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May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am Comments (100)

My Way or the Anime – Creativity in Anime, Manga, & Light Novels

You can do this my way, or the wrong way. Mio-sama doesn’t like it when you do it the wrong way.

Another week, another new type of post in the Stilts Out Loud arsenal! Seems like I’m saying that every week, eh? I swear, I’ll start reusing them eventually. And probably soon, because this one is perhaps my favorite of them all.

More after the jump!

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May 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm Comments (66)

Emerging Trends – The Absurdly Competent Loli

This time we have hotdogs for you. Wait…that doesn’t sound right.

Another week, another new type of post added to the Stilts Out Loud arsenal! Last week was the first in the Branching Out series, where we’ll explore various genres in attempt to convince those of you who don’t like them to give them a shot. This week the first in the Emerging Trends series, where we’ll tackle various topics, tropes, and trends with an eye towards exploration rather than advocacy. Let’s get started, shall we?

So, I noticed something this last season. I was sitting there watching a few of my favorite shows…

Possible spoilers in this post: Rinne no Lagrange. More after the jump…

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April 24, 2012 at 8:07 pm Comments (105)

Branching Out, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love…

Don’t try this at home.

Before I begin in earnest, all of you should stop and click on the picture to the left. See that glorious, full-sized image there? That was drawn by our very own Stereoman as a special treat for this post. Why? Well, because I’m a massive nerd who thought a Dr. Strangelove reference would be hilarious, provided the boisterous Texan was replaced by a cute anime girl. The unfortunate implications of her riding on a missile-shaped bomb only became obvious later on. So, an added bonus!

Now, I’m sure you all have a few genres you really love, right? I know I do. My absolute favorite is definitely fantasy, as I’ll watch or read almost anything that involves swords, magic, quests, and maybe a good old war or two. Sci-fi is also really high up there, especially when it’s detailed and thought-provoking, as are romantic comedies for the funny things they do to my insides (because of the laughter, you perverts). And speaking of funny things, yes, I do enjoy a good ecchi show…but I’m not the ecchi writer, I swear! *tsun tsun*

So, does this mean that I only watch shows that fit into those genres?

The surprising answer after the jump…

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April 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm Comments (104)

Stilts Out Loud – Ruminations From a Randomc Writer

You should read this post. We have ice cream!

Welcome, one and all! Thank you for joining me on this illustrious completely random and otherwise unimportant Tuesday evening. Today, I would like to announce the launch of something a little new here at Random Curiosity. And by new, I mean we’ve done it before, just not in a few years.

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April 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm Comments (120)

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