12 Days of Meditations #4: How I delude myself into not dropping shows (feat. Kyoukai no Kanata)

Dropping anime is usually unpleasant. There’s always an element of sacrifice involved: be it bandwidth or money or a favor from a friend who lent you the discs. And of course, the constant one is time. Accept it or not, you’ve spent time with a show–it could be a minute, or ten episodes’ worth–and then you decide not to watch it anymore.

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12 Days of Meditations #3: Why bother with trying to know creators and studios?

When I was starting to get into anime seriously, I encountered people who would discuss creators and studios. This was a big quantum leap for me, having framed anime in terms of “good” or “not good” only. Why are they talking about who made what? Why bother? I thought.

Maybe some of you are asking the same question. Why does it matter? What do we gain from doing so?

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12 Days of Meditations #2: Why Can’t Most People Stand Old Anime?

One of the most challenging things I must handle as an anime fan is when people ask me to recommend them anime. I take recommendations seriously, because I want others to enjoy what they watch–if they get a dud and hate it, I would hold myself liable. My knowledge as an anime fan isn’t just for myself; it’s also for the service of other anime fans. It’s challenging because anime is so vast and wide that one can’t just hope to throw out a couple of shows and expect them to be well-received.

So what I do is ask the person to narrow down their preferences. They give out a genre or two, or mention a specific show they like and would like to watch more of.

“Would you like to watch a classic?” I ask, giving a baseline, like “older than 2000″.

“Umm… I guess not. Something newer, maybe?” they answer.

This is where my heart breaks a little. But I give them what they want, and hope for the best.

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12 Days of Meditations #1: Character vs Plot

Merry Christmas! For this year, I’d like to talk about anime, and not just specific shows that I watched this year. I’d still mention some of them, don’t worry! It’s just that enough people are doing that already, so I’d like to bring something new to the table.

This year, I started writing harder. Not hard enough as I would like to, but it’s a start, and one of the steps I took was educating myself by reading writing books.

One book I read was 20 Master Plots. I know, boring title, but I seriously learned a lot, and if you’re even remotely interested in writing or understanding fiction, you should give the book a read. It’s going to point out things that seem like stupid cliches to you and explain why writers do them, and suddenly they make sense and you wonder if you stories suck solely because you’ve been trying to avoid them all the time.

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Secret Santa 2013: Howl’s Moving Castle and Midori Days

This post is part of the Reverse Thieves’ Secret Santa Project.

I was given three shows by my Secret Santa: Howl’s Moving Castle, Midori Days, and the first season of Slayers. I was able to complete the first two, which I’ll talk about here.

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Moving Out, Moving In With Hidamari Sketch


I had just finished watching the Hidamari Sketch: Sae and Hiro Graduation OVA. As a slice-of-life show, Hidamari Sketch is unique in that it takes into account the passage of time: in the first two seasons, protagonist Yuno is a first year, and in the third they move up a year, heralding the arrival of new first years Nazuna and Nori. The OVA depicts the logical progression that the third season set up: at the end of the school year, Sae and Hiro must graduate high school, and move on to college.

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I read comics!

A confession: Before I seriously got into anime, I was a comic book fan. We had this serialized magazine back in the day called Funny Komiks, and I liked the action/sci-fi ones like Istarkid, Jonax, and Combatron, which had awesomely-named characters like Death Metal, Megadeath, and Armorgeddon.

At some point, a local company licensed Spider-Man during the days of the Clone Saga and sold them in cheaper glossy paper. I gobbled the issues up, growing up with Ben Reilly Spider-Man despite not knowing that he was the clone, which broke my heart later on. (He died, and hasn’t come back since.)

There’s a big overlap between comic books and anime/manga–both are niche franchises, despite the best efforts of their proponents, and both are so diverse that general fans of said media are few and far between. But the biggest common denominator for me is that both can inspire the best and worst conversations between passionate fans. There’s so much to, well, sperg about. Last week, I enumerated to my friends the different characters who are named Captain Marvel. There’s a whole lot of them and it’s very confusing.)

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