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~」


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
  • April 22, 2008 at 4:16 amno-chan~

    Goodluck Divine ^____^

  • May 12, 2008 at 7:01 amnyan-nyan

    Good luck! We’re all expecting great blogging from you!

  • October 17, 2008 at 11:21 pmSandra

    divine, come back someday when you are free!

  • October 18, 2008 at 7:12 amMoomoo

    I’ve always love reading your comments. Hope you will do well with your future plans. Come back soon.

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