Mou daijoubu, nazete? Watashi ga kita! For those of you who don’t know me yet, you can call me Stars. After following RandomC’s posts for years and years, I’m joining the RC crew as a shiny new writer. Since I’m going to be taking my position here very seriously, it’s important to know that I am fluent in Vine, anime, and movie references. Please feel free to converse with me in my native language at any time. It’s an honor to be here among such a talented group of people and I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of what makes RandomC so amazing.
My exposure to anime started in the 90’s with Sailor Moon, but really hit its stride with Inuyasha, Dragonball Z, and Naruto in middle school. At first I was pretty adverse to watching them, but a friend of mine had a Sesshomaru plushie in her room that stole my heart, as well as copies of Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time and Inuyasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler, which combined were more than enough to set me on my current path. Later on, thanks in no small part to RC’s recommendations, I expanded from the shonen genre and magical girls to include science fiction and mysteries like Steins;Gate, or the works of Gen Urobuchi, namely Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Psycho-Pass.
College was my action/comedy days. I still remember binging Gintama and Kyou Kara Ore Wa!! while pouring over hundreds of pages of Renaissance literature. And since we’re on that topic, Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat in a Tub of Goldfishes is a very funny poem by Thomas Gray, among other mock-heroic poems, such as The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope. I suppose one of my favorite writers of all time has to be William Shakespeare. Hamlet was one of the first plays I truly related to, since the main character always seems so young, regardless of the adaptation. The main conflict of the play, whether it is right to avenge a sin with another sin, is a struggle that audiences can understand, and no matter how questionable his choices might be sometimes, I’ll always be rooting for my angsty prince.
Even if he chooses to live with a warthog and a meerkat and eat bugs for the rest of his life.
Moving on, I’ve been interested in Japanese history and culture since I was thirteen. I studied Japanese for two years in college, went on to teach English in China, and then when I’d finally saved up enough to travel to Japan, I went straight to Mt. Fuji. Okay, so it was more like I booked a hotel four hours away from the mountain, took a train to Fujinomiya, booked another hotel, then jumped on a bus to Mt. Fuji in the morning, but you get the idea. While I was climbing down the mountain, I kept falling on my rear and sliding down the trail. After a while, I slid so far I nearly tumbled off the trail, and when I looked up I saw an elderly Japanese man who ominously told me in perfect English, “You don’t belong on this mountain.” Later when I met him again, he spoke only Japanese. So, was what I heard a hallucination due to altitude sickness? Or a very frustrated youkai? You decide.
As for hobbies, I enjoy buying books I don’t read, writing fanfiction, and tearing my hair out while attempting to make sense of the canon Star Trek, Marvel, and Overwatch timelines. I also like to fold origami cranes for my senbazuru. Someday, I’ll get that wish granted, and when I do, you’ll never notice any changes to your reality.
I honestly cannot wait to write posts for these exciting, silly, scary, romantic shows, and to share my thoughts with you all. If you have any comments, criticism or feedback, I’d love to hear it, since this is a great opportunity for me to not only share my interests but to improve my skills as a writer. To tell you the truth, that’s one of the best things about writing in general – there’s no cap on your abilities. Your capacity to grow and change and learn is boundless. With all that in mind, thank you everyone for this incredible opportunity. It’s a dream come true.
And now, since all the cool kids are doing it: