Hi I'm Christopher I'm a high-school English teacher and I watch anime in my spare time. I find the genre to be imaginative and inspired, and it combines my passions for art, writing, music, storytelling and people. I haven't seen an awful lot, but I feel as though I have a pretty solid grasp on the genres and culture from what I have seen. If you have any recommendations though feel free to send them to me though be warned it may take me a while to get to them. My plan to watch is a wild beast that refuses to be tamed.
I'm also getting into manga more and more, and I can't seem to find any good manga list so I EAT UP manga recommendations. Please send those my way!
I'm planning on trying to start some sort of YouTube channel once I get the tech set up, so be on the lookout for that!
When I review a show I pretty much just analyze it and explain my thoughts on it. My intention is to strike up conversations with similar interest to mine, not really to be helpful. Whoops.
Here's my list scale:
1 - I irrationally hate it.
2 - Either spectacularly dull or I irrationally hate it.
3 - Probably outsourced.
4 - American Cheese. I eat it when no one's looking but I've never felt good about it.
5 - Parmesan Cheese. Delicious in the right moment, but needs something to go with it,
6 - Mozzarella Cheese. Worth going out of your way to add it to your cheese platter.
7 - Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese. Honestly why are you not eating it already?
8 - I have probably just like one actual gripe with it, and it's usually the fact that it's not literally cheese.
9 - A Dominoes Deep-Dish Eight-Cheese Pizza with Triple Cheese and Cheese Sauce Instead of Tomato Sauce.
10 - The only thing better than cheese.
My list is a pretty positive thing because hey, I just don't like watching bad stuff. If I'm pretty certain that a show is not going to change my mind about it or not really be a useful experience, I'll just drop it, and I don't really seek out stuff that I don't think I'll like.
How I Feel About Stuff
Q. Dub vs. Sub?
A. Subs honestly sound more natural to me at this point, so I usually prefer them in most situations. The only time I'll actively seek out a dub is with a comedy, because subs kinda ruin comedic timing. This implies that there are good anime comedies though, which there aren't, so yeah it's pretty much all subs. I don't really judge anyone for how they watch their shows though, it usually translates to more or less the same thing,.
Q. Your list scores don't perfectly reflect the scores in your reviews?
A. I just change numbers around a lot as I expand my list and put things into perspective. Don't stress the numbers, I wrote notes for pretty much everything and those are much more helpful for determining how I feel about stuff.
A. You know, I think I'm starting to become numb to it. It's much more so the way it's used that irks me at this point. If there's some unnecessary booty shot I just groan and forget about it, but if you have stuff that legitimately degrades and dehumanizes the (almost always female) characters, the show usually loses a point right there. Generally though, just get that shit out of my face. Doujins and hentai exist for a reason, if I wanna jack off I'll google that shit.
Don't shove your shitty stand-in for a plot hook into my fiction.
Q. What are your preferred genres?
A. I like fantasy. Not the weird shit with medieval high-schools and mechas and magic that works like math. Legit fantasy. High fantasy. People shit in a bucket and have a 40-year life expectancy fantasy. Spice & Wolf kinda stories. Mm yeah. That's my jam.
I also like romances. I can dig a good rom-com, but I especially love when romances become a major part of the plot in a show that is otherwise not a romance. And, if we're going to christmasland, I will buy the DVDs on the spot if the romance is both poignant and incidental and not milked for drama. So again, kinda... Spice & Wolf. Is Spice & Wolf actually my favorite show and I just don't know it yet? Maybe.
I don't like mechas. If I see a big robot in an opening I'll probably just turn it off. I legit can't stand them, they bore me to death.
I don't like cute girls doing cute things shows. I can appreciate their existence and I totally respect anyone who eats that up. The idea is great. But I can't do it. I get nothing from them.
I don't like shows where small cute things with half a personality die just to get you to cry. That, to me, is a quick and easy warning bell that I'm watching something dumb. Most people hate Shou Tucker for being a not-so-nice dude, I hate him for being the harbinger that signaled I was about to waste 30 hours of my life watching a bad show.
Most of all though I hate imbeciles who categorize their interests based on genre as though there weren't exceptions to every rule and execution was quintessential. Those people are narrow-minded human garbage.
That's about all, sorry for all the wordy pretentious text combined with the non-existent attempt at formatting, and thanks for stopping by!
Feel free to leave a comment about anything! I don't always respond in a timely fashion, but I assure you I will eventually. That's why I'm on here after all, to talk about these things that I like. Oh, and I do keep a blog on MAL and write anything from essays (like that HxH one geez that thing is frightening to look at) to blurbs with relative frequency, so feel free to check that out too! I always appreciate feedback on that stuff. It should be right below.