Good to have my name back. :D
Canadian anime fan/greenhorn critic. I follow any anime that interests me regardless of how anyone else sees it and base my judgments solely on my own experience. Genre and demographic are pretty much inconsequential so long as the story is good. I'm always looking to learn more about critiquing or having discussions about anime and games I enjoy. While it may sound pompous from my mouth, (or in this case, texts) I'm a sincere guy with strong opinions and love a stimulating debate/discussion on anime, so feel free to add me up or have a chat.
First legitimate anime I had ever seen was Inuyasha when I was 8 if you don't count Ghibli movies which wouldn't totally lend themselves to being as distinctly foreign as a kid, otherwise, it would be Kiki's Delivery Service (used to rent it all the time when I was 5 but never got around to owning it, and now I don't remember a lick of it). Watching Inuyasha weekday nights at around 8 P.M. on the Canadian channel YTV (Youth Tele-Vision) after learning about it from an old friend. The first episode I saw was the one where Shippo was introduced and he was being pestered by the thunder gods and whatnot, and I was immediately hooked. Going under the assumption that most "cartoons" and stuff on TV in general have books of sorts surrounding them, I looked around on a whim at my local Chapters one day and found the "Manga" section of the store and started delving into the world of anime and manga. Watching the Bionix anime program block (a.k.a the COOL version of Toonami/Adult Swim) on YTV Friday nights as a stepping stone, doing some research online, browsing anime and manga sections of stores, etc. Here I am 10 years later still going strong!
Things I look for in an anime/things I like:
-self-contained and meaningful episodic stuff
-allegory/theming/imagery with substance
-well choreographed action (if it is action-oriented)
-reasonable drama with sufficient justification
-characters grounded in reality
-ensembles where everyone serves a purpose/is fleshed out fairly well
-characters I can personally relate to (optional)
-endings with compromise
-stuff that is self-aware if it isn't revolutionary
Things that I give demerits for/things I hate:
-shallow trope/pandering humour
-aggressive yaoi molestation/rape or just rape in general without a big purpose
-dull formulaic stuff
-plot holes, logic errors, cop-outs, too many conveniences, etc
-ludicrous power ups that don't feel natural
-grimdark too fargone
-superfluous story elements
-really corny dialogue
-sluggish pacing that isn't well supported
-too much melodrama
-crappy action scenes
-stuff that sucks and is unironic or psuedo-deep
How my ratings work:
10-A work of brilliance; any flaws are few and minor. Reserved for the best of the best.
9-Short of greatness; a little nitpick or 2 that detracts a bit from the overall enjoyment, but still totally recommended.
8-Exceptionally good; there are some great hooks that make it worth while and excel in some area but are still held back.
7-Very good; there's enjoyment to be had here and it's worth a complete watch or more, but there are things that hinder it.
6-Above average; worth about one complete run possibly as a time consuming romp, but somewhat unremarkable.
5-Mediocrity; there's some value in watching it, but still leaves much to be desired.
4-Below average; maybe some minor noteworthy things worth a look, but a potential waste of your time or something you can't finish.
3-Trash; very little to be enjoyed here, some peripheral or minor factors are saving it from being a complete waste.
2-Crap; There's maybe one element that saves the show from being a 100% disaster through and through.
1-Torture; reserved for abuse, whether one is masochistic or wants to mess with other people.
My manga favourites for now are comprised of stuff I just generally enjoy since I haven't finished many series at all so any ranks for them are essentially pointless if existent at all. Anime favourites will be stuff that is exemplary in certain regards among my rankings, (which is not to say they are my top 5 ;P) so I gave them extra standings. Mad Bull 34 is the cream of the crop of "so bad it's good" stuff. Normally something ironically funny would only get a little chuckle out of me before I start to groan at everything else, but Mad Bull on the other hand, was genuinely hysterical, and for all intents and purposes, the plot wasn't half bad; sure it is absurd and cliched in areas, but it is still functional. It's loud, it's offensive, it's stupid, it's funny, and most of all it is self-aware (or at least, it's so dumb that you can't take the offensive stuff seriously); avoid episode 4 though, it is flat out bad. Mazinkaiser SKL is the perfect prototype story and general 'popcorn flick'; the pacing is relentless and never takes any breaks, wallows in melodrama or any of that crap, similar to The Raid: Redemption; that being said, it only hints at larger characterization, backstory and whatnot, but if those were there they might make it lose its great momentum, so giving you a teaser about it still works, even the ending(s) open(s) up new possibilities which is awesome. As a bonus, it surprisingly doesn't seem very sexist to my understanding. Angel's Egg is my favourite movie from Mamoru Oshii because it is so NOT Oshii; the plot doesn't simply serve as a canvas for the themes/messages (usually told through exposition anyways), the characters not simply allowing it progress as such, and nothing being too concrete/bound to certain representations while allowing a natural ambiguity to form as opposed to Sky Crawlers which seems to have characters represent certain things at certain times, getting a tad messy. It is very cryptic and minimalist and subsequently unique and thought-provoking to great extents; it tends to be referred to as an "animated painting" which encapsulates it perfectly. Kure-nai the anime is a quite liberal adaptation of its source material which improves on it innumerably and is a shonen anime that transcends the trappings and limitations oft seen in the demographic itself, evolving to seinen levels within its shonen demographic and becoming a very passionate, adult tale. R.O.D the TV is probably not the most universally acclaimed series out there, but that can be attributed to part of why I love it so; I find that despite a little nitpick here and there, it was probably the most moving anime I had ever seen and is a step above my #2 which is my most loved series out of the more acclaimed ones out there. Not only that, but it is a big homage to Western and Eastern storytelling and subsequently epitomizes the medium's ins and outs - both wacky and serious plots interspersed with some down to earth, heartwarming stuff (long story short).
Current Anime Rankings (Top 50):
Honourable Mention awarded to: Mad Bull 34 (first 3 episodes) ...for being transcendental ironic humour that is wholly entertaining in a genuine way (ignore episode 4 though, it doesn't exist) 10/10.
Nurarihyon no Mago 7/10 + Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou 9/10
Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor 7/10 + Kaiji: Maverick Arc 9/10
Yu Yu Hakusho 8/10
Honey and Clover I + II and Specials 8/10
Tsumiki no Ie 8/10
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003) 8/10; FMA>FMAB (and manga). Would be easy 9 material if not for the crap ending and/or Shamballa and a bit too many flashbacks and filler.
Now and Then, Here and There 8/10
Baccano + Continuation 8/10
Lupin III: Tale of Fujiko Mine 8/10
Hanbun no Tsuki ga Noboru Sora 8/10
Dragon Ball Z Special 1: Bardock, the Father of Goku 8/10
Patlabor Movie 2 8/10
Rose of Versailles 8/10
Ping Pong 8/10
Haibane Renmei 8/10
Eureka Seven 8/10
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann 8/10
House of Five Leaves 8/10
Cowboy Bebop 8/10
Neon Genesis Evangelion 8/10
Mazinkaiser SKL 9/10
A Letter to Momo 9/10
Spirited Away 9/10
Only Yesterday 9/10
Princess Mononoke 9/10
The Kawai Complex 9/10
Serial Experiments Lain 9/10
Hunter X Hunter (1999) ...coupled with Yorknew Continuation OVA ...and episode 59 and onwards of Hunter X Hunter (2011) for the optimal experience. 9/10
The Tatami Galaxy 9/10
Bunny Drop 9/10
Fist of the North Star 1 9/10 (don't watch FotNS 2 though)
Wolf's Rain with Wolf's Rain OVA 9/10
Grave of the Fireflies 9/10
Kino's Journey 9/10
Samurai Champloo 10/10
Casshern Sins 10/10
Angel's Egg 10/10
Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal 10/10
R.O.D the TV 10/10
Top 5 Favourite Story Arcs:
5. Nurarihyon no Mago: Haguromo Gitsune Resurrection
4. Fist of the North Star: Jagi/Amiba
3. Gin Tama: Red Spider
2. Hunter X Hunter: Yorknew City
1. Samurai Champloo: Evanescent Encounters
Banes of my Existence (in descending order with part of my hatred of the first 3 selections stemming from their popularity when weighed with their quality and total lack thereof):
Sword Art Online
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Dragon Ball Z Movie 11: Bio-Broly
Cosette no Shouzou
Le Chevalier D'eon
Denpa teki na Kanojo
Witch Hunter Robin
Aside from anime, video games are my main schtick I guess ;P. My favourite genres are fighters and RPGs; here's a list of my all time favourites (in no particular order):
Demon's Souls (#1 all time)
Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage
Ape Escape 1, 2 and Pumped & Primed
Kingdom of Paradise
Final Fantasy IV and Crisis Core
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Klonoa: Door to Phantomile
Donkey Kong 64
Crash Bandicoot 2 & 3
Dragon Quest VIII
Sly Cooper and the Thievious Racconus
King of Fighters XI & XIII
Nurarihyon no Mago-Sennen Makyou: Hyakki Ryouran Taisen (what a mouthful)
Dragonball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Ratchet and Clank 1-3
Kingdom Hearts 1 & BBS
Resonance of Fate
Dead or Alive 5
NiGHTS into Dreams
Ys: Oath in Felghana
Dream Harem of 24 Waifu (lol):
Ashita no Joe
Blast of Tempest
Fist of the North Star
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet
Ginga Nagareboshi Gin
Grave of the Fireflies
Hajime no Ippo
Honey and Clover
House of Five Leaves
Hunter X Hunter
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
Nabari no Oh
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Nurarihyon no Mago
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Tiger and Bunny
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
Yu Yu Hakusho
Zatch (Gash) Bell
The only true moe people:
-Ben the Great Dane
Other cool ladies:
Characters that I want to throw off a cliff:
-Everyone from Aku no Hana
-Everyone from Cossette no Shouzou
-Everyone from Denpa teki na Kanojo
-Everyone from Le Chevalier D'eon
-Everyone from Honey Drops
-Everyone from Witch Hunter Robin
-Everyone from Naruto except the people already mentioned
-Everyone from Zetsuen no Tempest except Hanamura
-Every villain from Death Note
-Everyone from Deadman Wonderland, but particularly...
...and also this guy for being a total idiot.
Plus the following individuals in no designated order:
Can you please grow up and stop being an egotistical psycho?
Quit whiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiing. Your brother is a grade-A jackass, move on with your life.
Please burn as slowly and painfully as possible...
y u have to be mad?
Go back and finish your homework.
You cocky little plebe, do something useful for once so you can ACTUALLY have something to brag about.
Catalyst for ruining the series she is from.
No, you do not have a tragic past...shut up.
Grow some nuts you Shinji wannabe.
"Stop fighting!" *blows up 1000s of piloted mobile suits*
She's evil...don't be deceived. Not kidding.
Self-centered homophobic prick.
Wendy...what has time done to you... Clumsy sweetheart -> cold-hearted servant.
Spoiled manipulative pop idol.
"HEY KEITH! I GOT A BETTER SCORE THAN YOU, YOU SUCK AT LIFE!" *doesn't beat one of Keith's scores* "HEY KEITH! YOU ONLY SCORED BETTER BECAUSE YOU ARE AN ANDROID!" This kid has repulsive double standards...
HUE HUE am i hrdcur guiz?
"My dad is Japanese and not a Britannian, therefore, I must kill him."
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