I'd like to make a colourful and organized profile, but it requires too much effort- so I'm just going to write plain text. So hello, I'm a random Italian guy, I started watching anime some years ago, my first being Attack on Titan. Through the years, my taste has changed a lot. I don't like being categorised, so I'm not "pretentious" or anything, I just have my own taste. As for MAL, I mainly use it to update my list to feel complete. As for now, there are no scores in my list- it's mainly because when you see plenty of series, it becomes really hard to rank them with the same scores. There are way too many influences when rating, so it's really difficult, at least for me. I also use MAL to talk with people sometimes, even though I'm not too talkative recently. I'm not really active on the MAL forum because I just don't feel like doing so, I'm not interested, I just answer random questions that pop up on my home page. Sometimes I write reviews, there are not many because I only write when I'm actually inspired. Moreover, I don't watch seasonal anime regularly since I don't want to force myself and I don't have the strength to fully watch bad anime anymore, I can't be a pretentious elitist master anymore :(
Also, the review system sucks. It doesn't make sense that you can write reviews from the very first moment the series ends. That makes MAL users, including me, feel like they have to hurry up and post their review as soon as possible to win the race. It would be better if they put something like a couple hours to give everyone time to watch the last episode before giving the review possibility. And it's not like you can wait to post the review- no! If you're not fast enough and you're not a known "reviewer" your review will be on the bottom and forgotten. I'm writing this because they removed my cool and fair Nagatoro-san review because I posted it some minutes before the actual "end"- the funny thing is that they removed it one whole day after I released it, huh. Whatever... If you want to read it here it is:
(I don't read the manga so I don't care about comparisons)
I started watching "Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san" out of pure boredom and curiosity. I was randomly browsing on the internet, saw this was being released and I said to myself "why not?" and I gave it a shot. And to be honest, the outcome isn't bad.
"Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san" talks about Naoto, a typical shy and isolated schooler that's bullied and made fun of constantly. But one day- he meets a fancy girl, called Nagatoro... and seeing that he's being made fun of by her friends too... she feels pity and decides to--- make fun of him.
Naoto is initially really annoyed by her, but as days go by he starts to realise that these are teasings of a different kind, they aren't straight out disrespectful. And since this isn't a trivial relationship, both will become more mature and learn more about themselves.
The humour this anime offers consists of:
- "hahaha wee woo senpai you virgin haahaha woo woo"
- "hahaaaa you pervvv you weirdoooo what a creep haahaaaaaa"
- *something awkward happens* - "oh darnnnnn senpai you ABSOLUTE creep"
It sounds pretty trite- and it kind of is, but "Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san" still proves to be an enjoyable watch through its awkwardness. It's that type of embarassment that makes you say "Oh God, this is so embarassing I have to stop this episode for some seconds, I don't even want to continue it". For example, when I used to watch Doraemon on TV when I was a kid and the unavoidable Shizuka bath scene would appear. I would feel exactly like that: "it's so dumb and awkward, give me a break, but it's funny".
Of course, this heavily depends on what you personally think it's funny. As for me, I appreciate it because it's straight-forward, it doesn't overwhelm the viewer with overthought jokes and gags, it just does its thing and manages to do it well.
Also, another thing I appreciate is the fact that this anime doesn't have the "too serious moments" some other comedy series have. It's just comedic, and while doing that, it's still able to make the viewer grow fond of the characters.
The art style is pretty good. It's nothing revolutionary, but it works and that's all that's necessary in my opinion. As for the sound, this is a comedy anime, so it doesn't have an emotional and memorable OST, but it doesn't need to.
All in all, I don't quite regret watching Nagatoro-san, it's not the masterpiece that will change your life, but not every anime needs to be impactful and resonate with feelings. "Ijiranaide, Nagatoro-san" succeeds in what it's trying to do and that's why I think it's worthwhile.
I'm not going to bother reuploading it, it just isn't worth it anymore, it would be forgotten in the depths of the MAL page.
Another thing I don't understand about reviews on MAL is the fact that negative troll reviews are INSTANTLY removed, but positive troll reviews are completely okay. For example... the Hametsu no Mars page is FULL of troll 10/10s... whereas I had an epic troll account called "animegod666" and there my funny 1/10 Berserk, Mushishi, Cowboy Bebop... reviews would be removed in some hours. I don't really understand why. Are mods worried about hardcore fans crying for a bad score? I don't know. Writing moonshine takes effort too.
Now let's complain about AniList. Some people prefer its style and because they can put 97/100 instead of 10/10 on Kaguya-sama, however I still prefer the MAL design because it looks more clean and organised, plus I think that ten scores are good enough. What I want to talk about, though, is their review system. On AniList, you can dislike a review - and I wouldn't be against it - but the way people do that isn't the way it is supposed to be. A dislike button would be necessary when you feel that the review is badly written or things like that. But most people just press dislike when they see a rating that's different from what they think. My review for Kaguya-sama season 2 on there has like 250 dislikes, funny, isn't it? Also, my Nagatoro-san review there has already 50% dislikes... uh. At least you could let me know what isn't right about it! Also, why the hell do you have to write at least a certain number of letters? If a show is simple, there is no point in stretching and writing more than needed.
Anyways, enough ranting, time to talk about other things I like... I really like music and listen to very different kinds... I can switch from Joy Division to BLACKPINK in no time. My favourite genre is probably shoegaze (not MBV, they are overrated), I enjoy discovering new music, especially random Japanese bands. I also write stuff on Genius.com, the best site for lyrics. I like to be productive. last.fm profile if you want to know more about my epic music taste. I also have a RYM account but my scores are random and just 5/5 and 0.5/5. What's sad about music, as well as other art genres, is when an artist is forgotten or ignored. Putting a lot of effort into something just to have no actual recognition must be the worst feeling ever.
I also love languages and translations. I'm currently in an IT school I don't care about, so I'm not having special lessons. So I currently just know my main language (Italian) and English. I'm also learning Japanese. It's a really neat and interesting language, I hope I can manage to become good at it... What might stop me wouldn't be the actual difficulty, but the lack of will to carry on. I've been translating some things from one language to another... it's pretty funny and productive. I hope I will go to Japan someday.
I don't care about discussions of any kind anymore. They're pointless and take too much time just to reach nowhere. If both sides want to be proven right, why are they even arguing? One side wants to keep their opinion and the other side too. No worthwhile progress, just wasted time into meaningless words that won't be heard. Pathetic, isn't it? Also if you're wondering, I'm writing this whole essay in the about me section because I'm bored and I'm sad that they deleted my epic and fair review.
Back to ranting, the English language I see a lot of times online kind of worries me. No, it's not slang, it's just wrong and you're showing a wrong example to people. And what I don't understand the most is the need to simplify English, the simplest language in the world, mainly because you see it everywhere and its grammar is so easy. I know I seem very old-fashioned, but seeing badly conjugated verbs and stuff like that has always irritated me, heh. I'm seriously worried that people might take that awfully thought way of speaking as the actual language. I also hate the word "y'all", it's so unnecessary, but I see it everywhere.
- update: no really I'm not joking, why do so many people use y'all? The worst thing is that people see other people using it and thus they think it's cool-- just use you... or other words........ am I complaining too much? Perhaps.
The future is uncertain and the end is always near.
I've just seen this message and I burst into laughter hahaha, I don't even remember what kind of picture it was, but "reason: this character was denied" was hilarious to read.
Despite the fact that I may seem like a very boring and unfriendly person- I'm actually really humble and nice to people, thus feel free to talk to me!