Ohayo gozaimomo~! The name’s Choya, inspired by one of the many drinks that goes well with anime (that includes tea, coffee, and the Champagne of Otaku, Ramune). It’s an honor to be selected as one of the newest writers for Random Curiosity. I’ve been following RC since I first got into watching seasonal anime, so it’s a privilege to be a part of the team and enter the world of
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My anime history begins with the standard exposure to Pokemon and Sailor Moon in the 90’s, but was dormant until I caught Tech TV’s Anime Unleashed block. Cromartie High School and Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi were the shows that drew me back in, with Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, and FLCL on Adult Swim help seal the deal. That’s when I headed toward the dark side of the fandom, and got too many ill-advised ideas about what cheap cosplay would impress veteran voice actors, which moe shows should I encourage the high-school anime club to play after the gory horror thriller (answer: it was K-ON!), and what would be the best way to let people know I liked Bleach. Soon, however, I started digging for shows outside the box by streaming current releases. This opened up the floodgates, and since then, I’ve always been on the lookout for the newest and spiciest options.
My favorite shows tend to be on the comedy side of the spectrum, with Azumanga Daioh and Cromartie leading the pack. I’d also throw Arakawa Under the Bridge, Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita, and Sayonara Zetsubou-sensei into the mix. I also enjoy strange or philosophical headscratchers like the Kara no Kyoukai movies and Ghost in the Shell. A really crappy anime is nice too sometimes if it’s unintentionally hilarious like B-movie levels of badness. I’m also a sucker for recent shows like Demi-chan wa Kataritai that have a cute cast. I’m a very simple man, you see; when I see moe, I watch. Though in general, anything with the stylish, ambitious, and creative aesthetic that anime does so well is my kind of series.
Outside of anime, I just got an MA in Communications, which was an awesome, draining experience. The fun part is trying to find out what I can do with it. I enjoy writing, so a lot of my hobbies involve that (see: blogging). I’m a big movie buff, and enjoy films such as Strange Days, Blue Velvet, and Nightcrawler. I also enjoy a lot of video games, whether it’s pouring hours into the SMT, FFVI – X, Metal Gear, and Suda51 games, or playing Tekken and Street Fighter offline to avoid being beaten on a regular basis. Listening to music is another pastime of mine, and I get creative with a billion Indie and Rap playlists if given the option and free time.
That’s everything I can think of for now. I’m looking forward to giving it my all at Random Curiosity. Feel free to leave a comment on my posts, as feedback is always appreciated. I can tell it’s going to be fun diving into each season together, and I hope that both my choices and my posts offer up many laughs and feels along the way. See you there!