Random Curiosity

Introduction – “What the heck did I just get myself into?”


As most of you are probably already aware, Omni’s been losing a lot of bloggers on his site lately for various reasons. In fact, with the most recent departure of Patrik, the only blogger left on Random Curiosity is Omni himself. After speaking with Omni for a bit and hearing about how he’d like to expand the types of shows the blog covers, I gave it some thought. I was a bit apprehensive at first since I wasn’t sure if I could make the commitment or not, but I eventually decided to give it a go. The appeal for me was that by doing so, I would get a chance to voice my thoughts/impressions of shows I’m watching, hear other fans’ impressions, and provide readers with a broader coverage of anime here at Random Curiosity.

My anime “background” if you will, stemmed from the early 1990s when I first watched Akira and Dragon Ball (the original, not Z) from some VHS tapes that I happened to get my hands on. This was during the pre-high-speed Internet era, so needless to say, anime was pretty sparse at the time. Anyway, my interest grew and I watched more anime over the years, most of which were on fan-subbed VHS tapes (can you imagine how much of a pain these must have been to make?) that my brother rented from a local anime shop.

Fast-forward to the present now. Anime-wise, I’ve literally watched hundreds of shows and thousands of episodes, which can be seen on my anime lists at ANN and MyAnimeList (the latter of which is much easier to view). Given my “credentials” (can these even be called credentials? o_O), hopefully the personal opinions I eventually end up blogging will seem to have some “weight” behind them.

In terms of shows I enjoy watching, I would say I have a pretty diverse taste in anime, meaning I’ll pretty much consider watching anything short of yaoi. (So for all you Junjou Romantica fans out there, I’m sorry to inform you that you’ll have to look elsewhere…)

This includes your:
- Action-packed shounen shows like Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Bleach
- Mecha shows like Macross and Gundam (heh, like the iterations I linked?)
- Romance comedies / dramas like School Rumble, ef – a tale of memories., and true tears
- Pure comedy / slice-of-life shows like ARIA, Azumanga Daioh, Hayate no Gotoku!, Ichigo Mashimaro, Minami-ke
- Yuri shows like Strawberry Panic!
- Shoujo shows like Honey and Clover and Ouran High School Host Club
- Ecchi fan-service shows like Golden Boy, Girls Bravo and *cough* To Love-Ru
- Psychological horror shows like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
- Somewhat generic shows like AYAKASHI and Night Wizard
- and even relatively unpopular shows like Hatenkou Yuugi and Suteki Tantei Labyrinth (has anyone else even heard of these?)

So in short, I’m pretty open-minded to what I watch and enjoy all different types of genres for what they are. My favorite genre is probably romance comedy, but I always enjoy a nice mesh of shows every season.

Now as for a blogging schedule, I plan to cover some shows on a weekly basis. As for what shows I can cover, I’m basically watching everything that Omni is already covering, plus a whole slew more, so I have some options. Since the disappearance of Jaalin, coverage of comedic shows has been lacking, so that’s definitely one genre I’ll delve into. As for blogging style, I don’t plan to focus on a detailed summary as much as Omni does, but instead plan to focus more on thoughts and impressions. Over the past year, I’ve inadvertently become somewhat of a seiyuu-otaku (often deciding to watch a series simply because it stars seiyuus that I like), so you may hear me bring up seiyuus and voice acting as part of the impressions. Summary-wise, I only plan to give a quick rundown of the key things that happened in the episode, because I assume readers will eventually watch the episode themselves (either raw or subbed) to get the most out of it. By using this blogging approach, I hope to reduce the amount of time needed to write each post, which in turn, should translate to more shows being covered (and more discussion of different shows).

Wow, that was a long intro! I guess there’s nothing left to say but, “Kochira divine desu. Yoroshiku ne~” 「こちらディバインです。 よろしくね~」

 

Addendum:
I should mention that I mainly watch anime unsubbed now, much like Omni does. My Japanese is sufficient enough for most shows, so while I can’t make any guarantees due to real-life constraints, you can probably expect to see posts on the same day a show airs or only shortly afterwards.

April 16, 2008 at 10:56 pm
104 comments »
  • April 16, 2008 at 11:00 pmateos

    welcome

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:06 pmWhatchamini

    i look forward to hearing your reviews…you have infact inspired me to (sort of )have the desire to get a blog site and review animes…^~^

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:08 pmKaito

    hiho divine, welcome to Random Curiosity. It’s always good to know that Omni’s got some helping hands.
    I’ll be looking forward to your entries in the future =)

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:08 pmMiNuN

    HOORAY! =D

    Omni needs all the help he can get on, GO OMNI GO

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:10 pmyomax

    Welcome Divine. So u like any anime that is not yaoi? Cool. Meh 2. BTW lol for the Rozen Maiden pic xD I like it.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:11 pmmeromero

    I’m glad someone else that watched Hatenkou Yuugi xD. I’m looking forward to your reviews! =)

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:11 pmkirinfang

    Nice to meet you Divine; I look forward to reading your thoughts/impressions on the shows you decided to cover.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:14 pmKibou

    Wow, such diverse tastes! I can’t wait to read your posts. Welcome, and good luck with blogging..!

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:17 pmHei

    I’m looking forward to your future posts.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:17 pmleefan

    yay, another MAL user… join our irc chat channel! (although i see you’re linking to ann…)
    i look forward to reading your blogs!

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:17 pmHei

    roflamo I like how you didn’t score any of the anime you watched on myanimelist xD

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:20 pmAishiteru

    I always visit RC to check the upcoming episodes. Looking forward for your blogs :)

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:20 pmTo Love-Ru

    So are these animes shows goi8ng to be on the site?? This includes your:
    - Action-packed shounen shows like Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Bleach
    - Mecha shows like Macross and Gundam (heh, like the Macross and Gundam shows I linked?)
    - Romance comedies / dramas like School Rumble, ef – a tale of memories., and true tears
    - Pure comedy / slice-of-life shows like ARIA, Azumanga Daioh, Hayate no Gotoku!, Ichigo Mashimaro, Minami-ke
    - Yuri shows like Strawberry Panic!
    - Shoujo shows like Honey and Clover and Ouran High School Host Club
    - Ecchi fan-service shows like Golden Boy, Girls Bravo and *cough* To Love-Ru
    - Psychological horror shows like Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    - Somewhat generic shows like AYAKASHI and Night Wizard
    - and even relatively unpopular shows like Hatenkou Yuugi and Suteki Tantei Labyrinth (has anyone else even heard of these?)

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:31 pmdivine

    @To Love-Ru:
    Most of the shows I listed there have already finished airing, so I don’t think those shows in particular will be covered. The list was more to give a sense of what type of shows you can expect. i.e. a wide range of shows.

    @Everyone else:
    Thanks for the immediate warm welcome! I look forward to your thoughts on the shows I’m watching/covering as well.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:35 pmXellos-_^

    Would Omni let review h-anime and games on his site :D

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:36 pmSamurai Pumpkin

    Welcome! The more the merrier I say!

    Subbed VHS? Ugh, thinking about it that is probably why those were so fugly.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:37 pmkindaichi

    Welcome! If you ever read any negative comment but not a constructive criticism,please ignore them.It’s not easy to blog,i know

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:40 pmTimerswing

    Welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The help will always be of use…
    Hope to read your opinion on the shows

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:42 pmGod~knows~

    I hope you’re more objective and rational in your reviews than Patrik.He does get a little carried away once in a while but otherwise he does good work.A shame he’s gone.

    P.S.
    Umm just pointing a a slight grammar mistake..the “kochira” I believe is used by the person who is introducing you, translating to “This person is”, unless Omni is the one saything that.So I think atashi/watashi is more proper.

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:44 pmPutty

    woohooo~! Awesome welcome!

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:47 pmKaruroso

    Welcome ! =D I can’t wait to read your posts

  • April 16, 2008 at 11:57 pmThe_Worlds_Best_Anime_Fan_Freak

    Hey Onmi,

    I’m new here your doing a pretty great job on this website. I can’t wait for my number one anime show “Kure-nai” i like the characters and the design, my other favorite anime shows is “Allison and Lillia” i like how is based in the world of 1930s-era. Another anime show that i like is “Wagaya no Oinara-sama” i like the fox designs there pretty great, Another is “Neo Angelique Abyss” i been waiting for the show for a few weeks now i hope it comes soon. I think you should add a anime show called “Chi’s Sweet Home” i read the comic it’s pretty funny also you should add is “Kyou Kara Maoh! Season 3″ it’s awsome, well Onmi i have to go put i hope we can talk more and be friends!

    From: The_Worlds_Best_Anime_Fan_Freak

    To: Onmi

    Hey divine,

    you seem to be a cool guy, hope we can talk more. But i really have to go see you later dude! *peace*

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:02 amJesterman

    Good luck! Blogging on any subject is a challenge, especially episodic style coverage!
    -Jesterman

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:04 amdivine

    @God~knows~:
    Actually, it can be used to refer to yourself too. It’s commonly used over radio communication for example.

    I’m glad you brought this up though, since I guess I should mention that I mainly watch anime unsubbed now, much like Omni does. My Japanese is sufficient enough for most shows, so while I can’t make any guarantees due to real-life constraints, you can probably expect to see posts on the same day a show airs or only shortly afterwards.

    @leefan:
    I only recently signed up for MAL due to the nicer anime list. I find its layout much better for sharing with other people and plan to keep my profile updated now. The main reason I link to ANN though is because it’s been my main (English) source of info for some time now. Lately, I’ve also become somewhat of an avid ANN contributor for seiyuu info too, so you’ll often find me adding cast info (on a regular per episode basis) for every show I’m watching.

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:04 ammangaka-chan

    Welcome! It’s great that we’re getting another blogger here on this blog (I know that sounds really redundant ^^;;) so we can get a more better, more diverse survey of anime each season. :D I look forward to seeing which shows you will write about!

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:10 amCage

    Welcome, I look forward to your reviews and a wider range of shows being covered here. What happened to Jaalin anyway?

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:12 amdivine

    @Cage:
    Jaalin disappeared without saying anything. :\

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:17 amSeedFreedom

    Hope to see a lot of good stuff in the near future.

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:18 amDreamer

    Welcome Welcome~
    A bit sad about the not blogging Junjou Romantica cause I’m a big yaoi fan, but oh whatever. At least, I hope that banner of Rokujo means you’re blogging Nabari no Ou? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. =]

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:19 amKabitzin

    Another one tricked by Omni =D.

    Welcome, and don’t listen to the haters!

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:21 amHei

    You know what’d be nice? If you would just rant once in a while like a random musings since the random musings aren’t well random anymore so I thought it’d be nice if someone brought it back ;)

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:24 amAuthor

    Something is strange about your ANN list. Firstly, why one category? Also, where are comments and ratings? I don’t quite understand the purpose of keeping the list and not actually making it useful for anything.

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:29 amstenzor

    yahoo! i love this place

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:31 amTerry

    cool, you’re going to be blogging some anime genres i’ll be intereasted in ^^
    hey do you know hayate no gotoku will have a second season, would u be able to blog that when that comes out? thanks divine

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:37 amFinal

    First off, Welcome! Hope you enjoy….blogging…..0_o And thanks, in advance, for that blogging.

    Second, I’m curious if you’re going to blog Nabari no Ou cause it seems after the first episode it was abandoned or something. So, I just wanted to ask that…..and greet you too, of course. So yeah…..

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:40 amkagarazaki

    I look forward to your reviews!

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:43 amRmX

    A diverse watcher. I like that. It’s something everyone should strive for.

    I’ll be watching you with great interest. As everyone’s already said, welcome to the wild world of anime blogging.

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:43 amwhatever

    haha! I watched more anime than you! Yay:P May be I shud have participate in bloggin at least one anime here too, but oh well, giving comments is more relaxing:P. anyway, good luck man. The reasons I keep coming back to this blog are spoilers and impressions. If you are anime seiyuu otaku, u get my full support. I do that too. Eg. code geass, I wouldn’t has started watching it if there is noone I know. ~~

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:44 amJane

    awesome! nice to have you hear. lookin forward to it. ^___^

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:45 amdivine

    @Author:
    Unless I’m mistaken, you can’t provide all the categories for ANN users via a single URL (hence why I set up a MAL list). If you want to see my other categories, you can search for “divine” in the public lists.

    As for the ratings, I just purposely choose not to rate shows. I use ANN as more of a directory to track what I’ve watched and to quickly look up info (cast, production, etc.).

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:47 amPYROtechnic

    Hey welcome!
    Here’s hoping you ontribute greatly to this site xD!
    And your anime list is so long lol…

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:56 amcyro

    what the heck happened to jaalin?

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:03 amzoozoc

    i think focusing more on thoughts and impressions is a good thing. In fact, thats all I read, I don’t care about what happens in most shows, just what you think of them. If they are good, then i’ll end up watching them, if not why would I want to read a summary? In fact its fun to read impressions on shows even if I don’t watch them.

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:04 amAc

    welcome to the world of random curiosity…
    hope you’ll give us lots of interesting story…

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:22 amunknownman14

    Welcome!!!!! Now here’s a welcome virtual cookie that I just made 5 seconds ago *gives cookie*

    Enjoy and hope to hear your reviews and thoughts ^_^

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:23 amhagges01

    more ppl, more fun, hopefully waiting for ur job >

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:27 amdivine

    I just posted a full write-up for Special A episode 1, which Omni never really got around to. If you get a chance to look at it, please let me know what you think about the show, the post itself, or anything else in particular. I look forward to your comments! :)

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:31 amRaiji

    I’ll probably miss the old folk. But still, as long as you do a good job…

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:31 amBROOKLYN otaku

    dont stretch yourself too thin guys. i worried for yall

  • April 17, 2008 at 2:09 amVoid

    yay! someone’s blogging Nabari no Ou now :)
    Welcome and thank you!

  • April 17, 2008 at 2:12 ambj0rN

    we’ll see about it. =)

  • April 17, 2008 at 2:44 amShippoyasha

    Glad to see someone who is as diverse in their tastes of watching anime as I am. Seems pretty rare from my experience.

  • April 17, 2008 at 2:56 amdivine

    @Terry:
    I skimmed over your comment inadvertently, but yes, I’m aware of the sequel to Hayate no Gotoku. (I guess we can’t really call it a second season because the original was four seasons.) As for whether or not I’m going to cover it, that’s too far in the future to even know. :|

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:27 amtonbo

    ロジャー ディバイン. こちらこそ, 今日から夜路死区~ [Roger Divine. kotirakoso, kyou kara yorosiku~]

    just finished watching MACROSS on Youtube 3 days ago(with espanol subs)… many of our favorite seiyuu are already on Macross F [incl. Hirano Aya and Tanaka Rie plus Sugita Tomokazu], then there’s Negima – ALA ALBA out in August with manga vol.23-25 (orders begin today – April 17, 2008)

    当に核, 頑張ー!

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:31 ambuh

    It sucks that theres a lack of bloggers these days, Omni does such a service to the anime community by running this site. I wish people would actually appreciate the help that he gets instead of running them out. I hope you will stay for a while and know that there are people who support the work that you guys put into even if were not as vocal as the haters. Good luck divine!

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:37 amSora no Kaze

    Good luck! Thanks for giving us your service. Its a start to a new set of bloggers I hope :P

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:10 amLithium17

    Welcome….

    What else u gonna be blogging? I recommend Kure-Nai.

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:22 amHikarii

    Welcome!!! I look forward to more anime being covered!

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:26 amdivine

    At the moment, I’m only blogging Special A and Nabari no Ou. Omni suggested that I don’t try to take on too much too early (and burn out quickly), but kurenai is actually a show I’d like to cover as well.

    Ideally, I’d like to blog every show I’m watching that Omni isn’t covering (which is ~12 shows), but I’ll have to see how quickly I can get through the current shows first. As I said in the intro post, I’m hoping a more thoughts/impression-oriented blogging approach will be sufficient for everyone, which would allow me to blog faster (and in turn more shows).

    Any thoughts/comments regarding this are appreciated.

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:39 amJay

    did we find otu what happened to jaalin?

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:43 amdivine

    As I mentioned above to Cage, Jaalin disappeared without a word.

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:51 amTyper

    EYYYYYY, thoughts and impression = good. That’s what i am here for ;)
    It helps me decide what is worth watching and what is not xD

  • April 17, 2008 at 5:10 amOwaranai Destiny

    That’s great! I’ve been thinking that though Omni and Patrik were great bloggers in their own right, it isn’t possible for them to blog about every new show since they have their own likes and dislikes. Being open to almost every genre is a good thing.

    I do hope the blogging can be such that the synopsis takes precedence over personal opinion, but you have your own style, and in any case, I am glad to see a new blogger around.

  • April 17, 2008 at 6:47 aminsane

    Yay~, but does this mean naruto will finally be covered on RC?

  • April 17, 2008 at 7:11 amsuckoja

    This is the best! Way to go Random Curiosity! Welcome!!

  • April 17, 2008 at 7:25 amA Person

    Welcome! I’ve already read your posts on SA and Nabari. =D I know you’ll do great~

  • April 17, 2008 at 8:07 amjns

    welcome ^^ And I’ve heard of Hatenkou yugi.. I loved it!!

  • April 17, 2008 at 8:19 amAG

    Good to see another Suteki Tantei Labyrinth watcher ;)

    Welcome aboard!

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:46 ammiden

    shame alot of the bloggers are gone well. welcome! ill be looking foward to ur posts @ RC! XD . seems like its gonna be fun :D

  • April 17, 2008 at 10:54 amUltraNeos

    Well welcome to this reputable blog

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:00 pmterry

    Just added your RSS to my reader… loved your blogs!

  • April 17, 2008 at 12:25 pmyanipheonu

    I wonder…

    …how does one become a blogger on this site?

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:17 pmShin

    Hello and thanks for getting yourself involved in the blogging.

  • April 17, 2008 at 1:49 pmMike

    More coverage, hurray ;D Welcome divine:) You’re totally appreciated here;D

  • April 17, 2008 at 2:59 pmRebecca

    Thanks for your future contributions! I do love reading the reviews to this site. Another addition sounds splendid.

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:15 pmLevy

    Welcome!

  • April 17, 2008 at 3:46 pmpietro

    man, i don’t care for what you do, but i want you to know that this blog is freat, and thanks to this i have met many other animes that i wouldn’t never watch if it weren’t for this, so if you want to keep this, i can just say thank you

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:15 pmWindaerie

    Thanks for taking the initiative! I’m sure you and Omni will both do/continue excellent work in the future. I look forward to seeing your reviews!

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:21 pmBlogBoss

    YO WELCOME, When i read what u write u are 1000 times more sympathic then this faggot patrik to me
    :)

  • April 17, 2008 at 4:31 pmnapen

    same here, I watched all of them. LOL your taste equals to mine.

  • April 17, 2008 at 5:14 pmHotaru

    Hazzah! Welcome!

  • April 17, 2008 at 6:00 pmFrostDMC

    よろしくも! Yoroshiku mo! Nice to meet ya, too. Can’t wait for your posts^^

  • April 17, 2008 at 8:02 pmHaneul Han

    I look forward to reading your posts.

  • April 18, 2008 at 12:25 amDando008

    Nice to hear from ya. I’ll be looking forward to your reviews and good luck!

  • April 18, 2008 at 2:14 ammin

    Welcome! Hope to see more stuff from you.

  • April 18, 2008 at 2:49 amKiltMaster

    hmm welcome hope you have a successful run on RC

  • April 18, 2008 at 3:11 amYukiruchan

    Tee of the Hee… a new blogger!
    Nice to meet you!

  • April 18, 2008 at 3:38 am41nano

    Welcome

  • April 18, 2008 at 7:02 amRica

    You seem cool :) We share about the same preferences when it comes to animes.

  • April 18, 2008 at 6:27 pmcbhl

    Hello~!

    I’m more of a passer-by reader type; and I don’t comment much, but I thought I’d say good luck! Considering how hard it is for me to find time to watch anime on a given week, I can only wonder about the commitment you’ve made.

    And, for what it’s worth, I’ve also heard of Hatenkou Yuugi — and if I ever find time I’ll go watch the rest of it. :)

  • April 18, 2008 at 10:32 pmCyrilix

    @divine:

    I don’t really know why the situation has become that Omni is losing bloggers, but from reading a few of Patrik’s posts, I always felt that he was of the “elitist” type (unfortunately). Just like many others, I look forward to your posts, and hope (I hope that’s not hoping for too much) to see some nice, objective episode summaries and plot discussion / speculation.

  • April 18, 2008 at 11:03 pmkey05

    Divine,
    I saw your anime list on ann and that’s quite impressive. Just hope you stay in RC for a while, looking forward your summaries, and since I have crazy shifts in a hospital, a small summary works just fine for me. Well, buena suerte(good luck)!!!!

  • April 19, 2008 at 12:06 amAugi

    XD Well, I know Hatenkou Yuugi from the last part. XD I’ve read the manga but it was called “Dazzle” when I read it. I guess that was the “American name” given to the series.

    :o I didn’t know there was an anime for it.

  • April 19, 2008 at 12:07 amAugi

    Oh and, I look forward to seeing blogs from you. XD

  • April 19, 2008 at 2:26 amfangthe7th

    I’ve heard of Hatenkou Yugi and I’ve actually watched the first few episodes. I haven’t gotten around to watching the last half of it yet though since the story hasn’t interested me much yet. I’m excited that you’re interested in comedies and I’m looking forward to reading your impressions on new comedy series. I’m also a big fan of your plans to write about seiyuu impressions and I was wondering if you could also add other notable anime roles the seiyuu has voiced before.

    (Your blogging approach is pretty much what I look for in anime blogs, reading impressions is what gets me to watch a series. Looking forward to your reviews.)

  • April 19, 2008 at 4:37 amcapture

    shocks… I’m a bit late but hey it’s the thought that counts so welcome……. ^_^

  • April 19, 2008 at 12:44 pmDuran

    Hope you cover stuff like Kanokon and such… but I do look foward to the other stuff coming up

  • April 19, 2008 at 1:39 pmHolicuser4u

    i wish you good luck and am looking forward to your blogs ^^

  • April 19, 2008 at 6:43 pmpaulie

    i can’t stop thinking that Suiseiseki here isn’t used as a reference to the Rozen Maiden series, but more like a chan reference ;)

    having said that i wish to say “hajimemashite!” and “gambatte kudasai, divine-kun”

  • April 19, 2008 at 9:30 pmdivine

    @paulie:
    Actually, I only recently got around to watching Rozen Maiden, so the Suiseiseki picture was added to refer to the series. The other reason thought was simply because I thought it was cute… :X

    Thanks for the welcome! 頑張ります! (Ganbarimasu!)

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