April is the cruelest month1. March comes out like a lamb and the advent of my Easter holidays herald the oncoming exam season. Not unlike those fateful encounters typically seen in anime, Stilts’ recruitment post caught my eyes. Although at first I didn’t intend on applying, these encouraging words convinced me to try out:
“If you’re interested in writing for Random Curiosity, I encourage you to apply, even if you’re not 100% the ideal person I described above. Passion counts for a lot, and in the end our decision will come down to both who we think will do a good job, and who we want to work with.”
I always assumed that all this talk about signing a contract was some kind of elaborate prank. Then I signed my soul over to Stilts, which I suspect is only where my suffering begins. ／人◕‿‿◕人＼ Show Spoiler ▼
But really, the pleasure is all mine. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would end up becoming your newest writer. Yet here we are dear readers. The stage is set and the curtain rises. You will be stuck with me, for better or worse.
I believe I have yet to properly introduce myself. Perhaps you may know me as that washed up commenter whose best days are behind them? Yeah, I thought not.
Moshi moshi, Zaiden desu! Despite having lived in London for almost my entire life, there are very few British stereotypes that are applicable to me, though I can vouch that there’s almost no one around these parts who does not love a good cuppa. Interests include anime and manga, reading poetry and prose, and a lesser commitment to gaming after starting university. Speaking of university, my studies entail a pursuit of Law. This is so that I may uphold a veritable “OBJECTION!” to your questionable taste, in contrast with my objectively SUPERIOR TASTE2!
Let me tell you more about my superior taste in anime. I cannot deny having an affection for romance, isekai (Mushoku Tensei!!!) and steampunk, as well as having a bizarre allergy towards samurai3. But there is a quintessential aspect I’ve found to be commonplace across all my favourite anime: they are profoundly character driven and seek to extensively explore the human experience. This probably means that my favourite genre is Bildungsroman – stories about coming of age. Seeing a character growing up by learning from their mistakes and working hard to overcome their limitations is a truly rewarding experience. For instance, my favourite shows from the most recent season were 3-gatsu no Lion and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu S2, while going beyond recent times, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Shin Sekai Yori and Eureka Seven are masterpieces in their own respect that rank among my favourite anime of all time.
However, it is without a shadow of a doubt that Clannad: After Story is my favourite anime. Ever. Because of Clannad, I became utterly convinced that anime was the ultimate medium of entertainment, in its capacity to bring about life-changing epiphanies. My views of the world around me were changed forever as I came to appreciate and realise how family and friends matter so much. I also dared to hope and dream again – of finding happiness in simple ways. Life is too short, so you might as well make it worth your while.
For now, I will settle on making it clear that I am open to all sorts of comments, particularly constructive criticism and feedback. Every little bit helps and there is no need to sugar-coat words – I highly doubt it will match the savagery of Stilts.
Never forget, a believing heart is your magic.