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I am one who "blatantly" loves Anime.
To me, Anime is never just a hobby, nor a pastime. Honestly speaking, it is a part of my life. Anime to me is an investment, an experience, a life's journey - one which never bores. Crudely speaking, I love anime to the EXTREME!!! (no offence to Ryohei...) Well, have to admit, I barely have time to watch Anime at times because of education, that is why my days are still progressing that slowly. Holidays are the best. Like who disagrees with me? (Update for WY 2017-2019: Thanks to mandatory military conscription, the time I really do have to watch anime is greatly shortened, to my chagrin. Coupled with the decreasing standards of anime on average, I am taking a slow pace to this medium unlike before.)
Each and every Anime titles have their own particular charm. With unprecedented mind-breaking and flawless plot executions, perpetual dialogue and conversations, enthralling moods and settings, soothing and-at-times stimulating music, not forgetting (inserts breather here) BRILLIANT character development. (Well, not all of them but at least they tried making the effort, as compared to
shows and franchises from other countries that keeps spamming sequels and sequels with an absence of originality and 'freshness'. Nothing still compares to the music industry today though...capitalism is destroying all of us slowly. Please wake up, anyone!
^watch at your own risk, no offence. They are still good movies out there too.)
Oh yes, besides Anime, I love spending time on video games and on my Saxophone. I don't play many English titles often (referring to vid games here), I'm an avid fan of Final Fantasy (every main series titles besides X, and some side-games such as Crisis Core) and Persona, also touched on Disgaea and Valkyria, and a long-time 'Pokemon Trainer'. I also play some computer games such as Stepmania (still stuck between KB and Pad...currently can only manage to get an 'A' for Kannazuki no Miko Opening Expert Level in OD Mix 1 Pad...UPDATE 24/12/2014 Finally did a AA.), but I generally avoid MMOs. Not interested in them, especially after knowing that Koreans and Chinese play those for hours non-stop until death awaits.
The fields of study I am currently interested in are neurology, psychoanalysis, immunology and philosophy. ↓Conspiracy theory below
Have you ever considered the idea of a fourth-dimensional world controlling each and every of our actions, just like how we write novels and draw manga, controlling the two-dimensional world? How about the subjectivity of all things seemingly real? We do experiments to prove the existence of let's say, gravitation. However, calculations are but fabrications of something generally accepted by humans. Aren't we the ones who invented mathematics? Subjectivity. There is no way to prove the world, we rely on only personal experience and the inevitability, those which lead us to develop different ideologies. Karl Popper attempted to use empirical falsification as a means to prove phenomena as they are, via human observations. Even with falsification, we cannot prove that 'Last Thursdayism' is totally incorrect, right? What is 'free will' in the first place? An amalgam of experience and the 'super-ego'.
Okay...let's clear the awkwardness and shift in topic :P
Any favourite series? There's D.Gray Man which is somewhat of my trademark, being the first (okay it is actually Doraemon but whatever) anime I have ever come across and the one which made me realise that there are many out there, yet to be seen. I am proven right, thanks to Allen Walker (okay this sounds rather gay). I am a strong believer that all anime out there are good, and the five which I have placed up there are obviously the recognisable ones. However, the five titles there aren't necessarily the five which I give the best ratings for. All five of them (maybe with the exception of Monster) have their inherent flaws, yet their flaws seem to make me even more resolute to give them the credit they deserve, to be in my top five favourites of all time. (I sound somewhat...shameless.) I seriously doubt they can be changed that easily, as long as they remain there. However, in no way am I saying that the rest of anime is undeserving of praise. Anime BANZAI.
Like again, fiction exists solely to express, before being appreciated and enjoyed, just like the never-ending supply of Anime titles. (Hopefully so...) Nietzsche once mentioned, “There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” What is that madness?
REST IN PEACE, MALGRAPH.
Why underrate an Anime title? Worse still, why OVERRATE? Like a historian, we should always consider a title by accepting different aspects and perspectives, not just on how much you enjoy it. There's also a 1-10 rating in MAL, am I wrong? Viewers should also not shun shows by their covers or appearances. We should just discard that ideology, and watch all kinds of titles, good or not as good. And for those who endlessly criticise on every opportunity given: Please, for mind's sake. Nobody loves criticism. To counter those destructive comments, how about attempting to make this world a BETTER place by giving constructive feedback as to how the directors/scriptwriters/authors can "better up" the story? There is always room for improvement. Constructive feedback is highly appreciated.
I do not have much of a bias nor preference towards particular genres, as I tend to watch any title that sounds, at least, great to me. In terms of my current seasonal "repertoire", I go for at least:
2 Mystery/Horror/Suspense/Psychological title,
1 Slice-of-Life RomCom,
1 Action RomCom,
1 Ecchi/Harem (applicable to RomCom),
1 Hybrid Slice-of-Life (Usually with supernatural/fantasy/philosophical elements to it, don't really go for pure comedy/slice-of-life),
and if applicable, 1 external genre such as Hentai Historical or Shounen-ai.
(Do note that this can get rather inconsistent at times, as there can be more than one anime completed per day, which ends up making me confused, and many-a-times certain OVAs and Specials which are supposedly completed ended up having a continuation episode or so, screwing up the entire order once again.)
(EDIT 28/7/2015: After a tough decision made between my comrades and I, we have come to a consensus that these milestones should only include TV series with some standalone movie exceptions [i.e. Ghost in the Shell movies, Kaze Tachinu, P3 movie] As a result, the inconsistencies will be removed, resulting in my milestones to depreciate from a near-500 to 300-odd.)
1st ANIME COMPLETED:
(Those times when I chased the entire season on TV...in dubs!)
25th ANIME COMPLETED:
(I'd say definitively that Clannad brought the RomCom repertoire into my anime preferences since 2011. Fuko's arc, surprisingly, was the only part that got me teared up in the entire of the first season...)
50th ANIME COMPLETED:
(This was one of the first few shows I had the opportunity to download into phone and watch on the bus trip to Malaysia with no access to convenient 3G. Quite...a meh anime, thinking back.))
300th ANIME COMPLETED:
(While I get thoroughly emotional with the removal of Seikai no Senki II, Kanon is nonetheless a truly prestigious title to be placed here. Hands down to Key's original: Kanon. Surprisingly, the 2002 title had a place to compete against this as well, contrary to what most reviewers say. Hell, there were even some better aspects!)
350th ANIME COMPLETED:
(A good revival on the Gundam franchise, at least since 00. Not a spectacular anime, but definitely does stand out in various aspects such as the characters. Anticipating the sequel!)
375th ANIME COMPLETED:
(While the first half of this sequel had a narrative power as fluent in dictum as one of my top favourites in recent times: Rakugo Shinjuu, the second half falls short to its constant out-of-focus and cliched tropes, disappointingly.)
With all the due love I have for Japan, there are still the three things I will NEVER tolerate about Japan. No, it's not about WWII or Japanese chikans, contrary to popular belief. Click the button at your own risk.
Nippon ichi anyways.
As much as I do sound like a hypocrite (maybe I do), I have never been to Japan. Overseas? Only to three other countries... (update from 1/12/2014: add Taiwan to the list. Sure had many Japanese wannabes over there. To the extent that it is nauseating. Excellent country otherwise. MUCH good food.)
Oh yes, my anime list is to the accuracy of 10^-69. Okay that's an exaggeration. Authentic, not fabricated.
Recently addicted to building gunpla. Lel.
I have a proper youtube account, although most vids are not of my own work. Don't try to copyright claim them...
GRAYREBORNNHY, signing off. More trivia coming soon...