Currently playing: World of Final Fantasy, the usual Smash Ultimate, and the usual dancing games.
Katana Zero was pretty cool. I'm looking forward to the sequel - it's inevitable.
Undertale’s True Pacifist Ending was amazing and the Genocide run is a blast too - I may return to take on the final boss again in good time.
Inside was a solid game too, though I personally enjoyed Limbo more.
Playing through Danganronpa v3 too when I can. Hopefully I can get through it while I’m trying to practice piano pieces for recording.
I love anime. I've loved it ever since I was a little kid, but I think what truly drove me to start watching anime as a source of great inspiration and passion was seeing Princess Mononoke in theaters at the age of 13. Even before that though...it was playing Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (a SNES RPG) starting from the age of 10, which had such an incredibly beautiful storyline and soundtrack that it truly taught me that video games and Japanese fictional works could have some of the most incredible stories out there...stories that could truly move and inspire me for life. These are the works that even inspired my piano playing, and helped transform me from a tinkerer into someone who loved the works of Chopin, Beethoven, and Debussy.
Having said that, I really love to call myself a passionate viewer, gamer, and musician. I love it when anime and video games have epic stories that move people to no end - many of my favorites are often the ones where I could tell the story or talk about them to friends and family who can't tolerate watching anime or playing games, and they still say by the end, "wow...that's really awesome."
So I love it when anime doesn't conform to norms, breaks boundaries, and just wows me with its insight and passion...but now and then I also enjoy anime as just a silly piece of entertainment too.
Favorite anime movies: Princess Mononoke, Wolf Children, Castle in the Sky, Perfect Blue Favorite anime series: Clannad (& After Story), Angel Beats, Shinsekai Yori, Gunslinger Girl, Baccano, Shirobako, Katanagatari, Gurren Lagann, Cowboy Bebop, Stein's Gate, Death Note, March Comes In Like a Lion (particularly Season 2) Favorite Japanese/anime inspired video games: Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, Super Mario RPG, Final Fantasy VII, Tales of Symphonia (and Abyss, and Graces), Persona 4 and 5, Ace Attorney series, 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, Soul Calibur IV and V, Danganronpa (1 and 2), Fire Emblem Awakening and Fates (Conquest), Harvest Moon (64, Friends of Mineral Town), Sakura Wars V: So Long My Love, rhythm games (Pop'n Music, Taiko no Tatsujin, Hatsune Miku Project Diva games, Rhythm Heaven games, etc.)
To help explain my ratings:
- I myself choose to watch almost all the anime I've seen. I naturally admire and appreciate anime as a very respectable form of art - even comparable to literature when it's at its best - so I almost always choose anime I really want to see. That's part of the reason why I tend to leave high scores...if it looks to you like I seem to shower high scores often, well, it just means that I love and appreciate lots of anime, and I've had many experiences with anime that I'm truly grateful for.
- I don't generally have a baseline for an "average" score, because no two animes are the same and so many animes can be so great in so many ways. I also don't rate by starting at the top and docking points - I tend to rate for the experience itself, and how it truly left me feeling by the end. Besides, how can you love an anime for all its worth if you're constantly looking for ways to criticize it?
- Most animes that I generally like I rate as a 7. An 8 or 9 means something especially impressed me about it. Starting from a 6 and going down, usually that tends to mean that something specifically bugged me about it. As I've said, though, I consider anime to be something I am proud to truly love and appreciate in many forms.
- I tend to go for movies and short series, mainly because I like to say I've seen a lot, and because I tend not to like it when a series doesn't seem to have a lot of direction. Also, if I have to watch something subpar (and hey, I will sometimes...I see it as helping me appreciate true art more when I do see it), I'd prefer for it to be short.
- All my ratings are of shows I've finished, and I don't see myself changing that even for a really long series where I saw lots of episodes as a kid or something. I've also spent time as a movie critic, and I generally feel that I can't really say I've seen a movie or an anime unless I've seen the whole thing (or at least a good portion plus the ending). On that note, I don't like to drop shows. I've had to drop a couple really long ones that I watched on TV when I was younger, but I'm only listing them to account for what I've seen. To me, there's no way to rate a show or a movie properly unless I've actually finished it - until it's done, I feel no review of an anime can be finalized. I'll use my feelings throughout an anime as "first impressions" or as ways to summarize my review and score and experience at the end, but I'll never form a defined judgment on an anime unless I've seen it all.
This also means that nowadays I will not start an anime series unless I am sure I am going to watch it through to the end.
- A "10" doesn't necessarily mean an anime is perfect, but it does mean I love it so much and I'm so incredibly happy for having come across it, that it has literally changed my life and has helped inspire me on a day-to-day basis. Or, it is such a masterful piece of work and has so many lovely details everywhere, that it literally gets better every time I see it. I don't give 10s often, but I only save it for the ones that I truly love the most.
- As for a "1"...I'm never one to hate anime. I don't WANT to hate any anime, and I don't believe I've ever seen an anime that's a total zero. However, for me to rate an anime a "1", I'd have to actually HATE it to the point that I'm angry it even exists at all, or I'd have to be utterly baffled as to how or why it could.
What else can I say about myself?
- I graduated from Cornell with a linguistics degree, but now I'm an accountant with a masters from Indiana University.
- I love all sorts of music, and I love rhythm and music games (as mentioned above, but my favorite is Pump it Up). I once performed Chopin's Ballade no. 1 in G Minor on the piano, which plays a pretty strong role in a very popular anime series :)
- I've created over 60 original characters in Soul Calibur V for the PS3 - they all have their own ethnic names and they represent over 20 countries. Dasha Anastasia Krylova (from Russia), Biancaneve Beatrice Cacciamatti (from Italy), and Alouette Genevieve Devereux (from France) are just a few. They all have stories too (some more developed than others), and their timeline covers two generations.
- A few of my favorite movies that aren't anime-related include City of God, The Matrix, American Beauty, The Pianist, October Sky, Goodfellas, 12 Monkeys, Inside Out, Toy Story 3, The Iron Giant, and Whiplash.
- The cat in my profile picture is Polo - my feline brother for over 14 years. He passed away in 2011, and his brother Marco passed away in 2016 just before turning 19 years old.
50th full-length (~1 cours) anime series completed: Puella Magi Madoka Magica 75th full-length anime series completed: Love Live! School Idol Project (Season 1) 100th full-length anime series completed: Tsuki ga Kirei
50th full-length (40+ minutes) anime movie completed: Goku: Midnight Eye (if I'd been counting real-time I'd have made sure it was a better one lol) 100th full-length anime movie completed: ???
Thanks for reading - I know I'm not that interesting a person! I'm always happy to be surrounded by such passionate anime fans.