Nothing much to say about me now. It's 2015, times are changing, as well as my tastes in art. Nothing wrong with that. People are different, one reason being, well, we have different experiences in life. No two people are exactly alike. Different forms of nurture, but also different roots of nature. Nothing like an amalgamation of a potluck of personality. In an odd sense, we are like living works of art, constantly changing ourselves. Nothing says it better than a quote from a sculptor/architect:
We are a landscape of all we have seen. -Isamu Naguchi, sculptor and architect (1904-1988)
(P.S. If this was tl;dr material for you, technology must have destroyed your attention span. Nothing to worry about. I think.)
Reading through my anime/manga list notes again, it seemed I had a lot more energy back then...
Thought: Would you rather listen to a story as told by the author, or would you rather hear the story as it is interpreted by somebody else? The answer relates towards adaptations and original material...of course, it depends...
[4/19/17] Samurai Jack S1 (2001) [13/13] (Completed) [04/24/17]
[4/25/17] Samurai Jack S2 (2002) [13/13] (Completed) [05/04/17]
[05/05/17] Samurai Jack S3 (2002) [13/13] (Completed) [05/22/17]
[05/24/17] Samurai Jack S4 (2003) [13/13] (Completed) [06/06/17]
[06/13/17] Samurai Jack S5 (2017) [10/10] (Completed) [06/18/17] - 1:22 AM
2018 is here already?
"An uninteresting person is uninteresting. As mocha will always be mocha."
Just a thought: good is not bad.
Another thought: no such thing as bad characters. Only bad writers.
If you are only going to spend your time on something so you can deliberately hate it, perhaps because you just want to hate anything enjoyed by the masses, then perhaps you should not spend your time at all. Perhaps you need to learn what enjoyment really means to you.
(Entry 1) 7/29/13
I'm not really sure what exactly (makes)(motivates)(urges)(somehow becomes decided) for me to read or to watch something. I don't know why things happen as they do.
Before, perhaps a decade ago, I would have considered it very hard to read manga (or even comic books), especially since manga was mostly in black and white, and I was sure that good literature can only be found in novels and the like. Anime, (or any form of animation for that matter), would be what I usually watch because of the possibility that good literature can coexist with amazing art.
Now, it seems, the situation is reversed.
I tend to only read manga (or read anything in general) and I haven't watched as much as I used to. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because I can take my time with reading as opposed to watching what someone else (the director) wants you to. Maybe it's because most of the manga I read are Jump manga, and I always try to look at original material first before adaptations (which is usually manga for Jump anyway). Or maybe it's something else.
Hmm. I'm not sure why I decided to write this (or is it type this?) all out. Sometimes I don't know what's happening. Or why. Sometimes I just don't know.
(Brief 1) 1/7/14
- I know I haven't read much manga, but just a rather random thought hit me.
= that, Shingeki no Kyojin, or Attack on Titan, is perhaps the first manga where I happen to like every single character in it (if mainly the main and supporting cast; but even some extras too.) Of course, I still have a favorite, if only by a tad bit more....
(Brief 2) 1/23/14
- When I choose to watch anime, I find that I tend to watch original anime, meaning, anime that started off as anime first, as opposed to say, an adaptation.
- When I choose to read manga, I find that I tend to read manga that were originally manga; moreover, most of them were serialized in Shonen Jump.
= Well, I guess it's just that I try to honor the original material, if possible. (Though it is tougher for me to read light novels or visual novels and such, if only because they are harder to find...)
= Also, I'm not sure why I decided to write (type?) this all down. Sometimes, I really don't know why I think the way I do. Hmm. Fascinating.....
(Entry 2) 3/8/14
The scores that I put for each anime and manga that I enjoy are relative to me. Something may be liked a lot by many people, but it may not necessarily connect with me initially. I may like it over time. I may always hate it. I feel the works that you enjoy are a window to your Self. They reveal the kind of person you are. Sometimes you happen to like everything "equally". Perhaps this means you do not know who you are. Or maybe you are open-minded.
Same goes with the ones you favorite, with the people you like and with the characters you adore. They have something that you connect with...or want to connect with.
The scores could also resemble a "logical" way of what's good. Aestheticism is perhaps relative to different people; but, I do believe there is a universal standard that designates a good story. Whatever that would be.
Anyway, personally, my scores should be treated as a window to my Self. To my soul. My enjoyment of each, not at the time, but over time. I may dislike a work after seeing something "better". The ones I truly like withstand the test of time. People change. Personalities change. How long will I be this Self? Is all this enjoyment a relative sham? Should I reconsider how open or closed my mind should be? Maybe it does not matter.
A window to the Self. Perhaps I should at least clean it every once in a while.
(Random Stats) 7/7/14 (Updated: 12/25/16)
Anime (Highlights) Completed Timeline
1st - Unknown [Full Metal Alchemist] Note: not necessarily first seen. Complete DVDs.
25th - Unknown [Inuyasha] Next known to have fully completed. 3 times. [adult swim]
??? - [Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann] The big instigator to me being a full-fledged anime watcher.
50th - Unknown [Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei] Around time I was fully into anime.
75th - Neon Genesis Evangelion [7/16/14]
[80th - End of Evangelion]
[85th - Assassination Classroom] [7/10/15]
[88th - Mononoke] [8/28/15]
90th - >> Gintama (first Season)
95th - Texhnolyze, Mawaru Penguindrum, Planetes, respectively
--- I was a major manga reader by this time, and watched anime a lot less, if at all (Shounen Jump; original material mainly)
[98th - Boku no Hero Academia] - Watching the adaptation of a favorite manga of mine, is perhaps the 2nd revitalization of my interest in anime once more, almost at the turn of the year, 2017. [12/31/2016]
[99th - Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage] (1/23/17) - (4/20/17) @12:34am
100th - Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail (05/03/17) - (07/08/17) @ 5:00pm
125th - >> ? <<
150th - >> Limit<< [Break it]
"There are way too many things to enjoy for well-off people to ever mutter the words "boredom". Too few hours in a day. Too few years in the average human life span. Not even a millennium can save our lack of time in this age of technology, this age of networking, this age of leisure.....your depression is such a waste. Such. A waste. Of time."