When Divine asked me if I wanted to join Random Curiosity as a contributing writer, I was, in sequential order, shocked, thrilled and honored.
RC was really the first anime blog I ever visited regularly – and it was the inspiration for me to start my own blog, Lost in America. I’ve spent the last year building the site up – posting frequently, networking, tweaking. And I’m proud of it. But if you start a community newspaper and manage to build a small readership, when the New York Times calls and asks if you’d like to write some articles for them, your only question is “When can I start?”
Divine has been very kind about allowing me to split my time, so Lost in America will go on, – I’ll blog several additional series there, plus the other stuff I like to cover – TV series like “Game of Thrones”, manga, my occasional Japan trips… I really hope you’ll check it out from time to time and leave me your feedback, as I put a lot into it. And, as hard as it is for me to believe, I’ll be blogging anime at Random Curiosity. I’m incredibly excited for that opportunity and I intend to do my best to make a real contribution to what I consider the best anime blog there is. My only disappointment is not getting the chance to work with Kiiragi, but I’ll do my best to keep up with the rest of the team.
What do you need to know about me as a blogger? Well, I consider myself in anime – as in life – a generalist and not a specialist. I tend not to look at genre so much in deciding what to watch – I’m more interested in the writer, the director, even the studio. If it’s good, I’ll watch it – I don’t care if it’s shounen, shoujo, mecha, slice-of-life, romance… If anything, character-driven stories are what interest me the most. Some of my favorite shows of the last couple of years have been Cross Game, Sarai-ya Goyou, Hourou Musuko, and AnoHana (yes, there’s a lot of NoitaminA in there). But I also think it’s been a golden age for comedy – Shinryaku Ika Musume, Mitsudomoe, Baka-Test, Seitokai no Ichizon… All huge winners in my book.
The first anime I ever watched was Star Blazers (Space Battleship Yamato), old even when I was watching it at 6:30 AM on WGN Chicago before elementary school. I always loved animation, but anime was never a big part of my consciousness again until after college. I was a huge ReBoot fan (thus the handle) and I watched the older Ghibli catalogue, and when anime like Tenchi started showing up on Cartoon Network’s Toonami block I realized I was really intrigued by it. DVD’s followed, I started watching subs instead of dubs, and the rest is history.
The first anime that really blew my mind was (as it was for many, I’m sure) Evangelion. That was the one that completely changed the way I looked at animation forever. I was also a huge fan of Outlaw Star, Rurouni Kenshin, FLCL, Last Exile, Fruits Basket (though I wish it hadn’t ended right in the middle of the manga), Infinite Ryvius… And over the years, some of my absolute favorites have been Seirei no Moribito, Ghost Hound, Mushishi, and Kanon – as well as movies like 5 CM per Second and Colorful.
What do I plan to blog for RC? Well, I expect to cover a few of the new Summer series, depending on what the other writers settle on. It looks like an above-average Summer in terms of series that interest me, so I think there will be plenty of good shows to choose from. I may pick up one or two continuing Spring shows (you might be able to guess which!) for RC as well. To start with, I’ll be using the “mini” post format, using 15 images or so in the main post, while I get acclimated to posting on RC. Also, I do blog from subs as my Japanese is nowhere near good enough to cover raws yet.
I look forward to hearing from all of you, both here and at LiA – or ping me on Twitter (@GuardianEnzo). I’m really honored to be working with Divine and a great team of writers at a truly legendary place like Random Curiosity. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!