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Anime Stats
Days: 106.5
Mean Score: 6.42
  • Total Entries588
  • Rewatched8
  • Episodes6,257
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One Punch Man
One Punch Man
Oct 15, 3:19 PM
Completed 12/12 · Scored 7
Violet Evergarden
Violet Evergarden
Sep 29, 2:41 AM
Completed 13/13 · Scored 7
Koe no Katachi
Koe no Katachi
Sep 13, 12:45 PM
Completed 1/1 · Scored 8
Manga Stats
Days: 1.2
Mean Score: 9.00
  • Total Entries1
  • Reread0
  • Chapters197
  • Volumes23
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Hikaru no Go
Hikaru no Go
Mar 17, 2011 12:53 PM
Completed 197/198 · Scored 9

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Dionkeykong Oct 8, 8:49 AM
Thank you so much it really means a lot to me that people seem to like my style of reviewing. And yeah you're right,i guess old habits die hard unlike the endless void that lives within us until the day we die and inevitably all our ex's will come to see if we really bought the farm and spit on us..You know,positive thinking.
Utagai- Sep 26, 7:26 PM
You are right about the way we are compensated in the US. I won't share any precise figures, but I will put it this way: this is my first job straight out of university/graduation, meaning I have little experience besides internships during school. I am already making 100k+ a year, which is not including things like sign-on bonuses or perks. I am not exactly sure why we are compensated so nicely in the states, but that's how the market is. Granted, I think the development work that I do is quite challenging, so I definitely don't feel bad about the extra money. At some companies here, it is even more money. Honestly, sometimes I think it is kind of surreal! Regardless though, I'm pretty 'cheap' and I don't ask much from life. I think I'd be comfortable with a significantly lower pay too, so it never concerns me much.

I agree with the sentiment about freedom and disposable income. I very much prefer adult life, but of course, my circumstances are pretty fortunate. I don't have to worry about paying bills I barely afford or living paycheck-to-paycheck, I don't have children and I'm young. In either case, I have done something similar with regards to picking up hobbies/interests/etc. For me, it has been cooking. It is much easier for me to learn more about cooking when I can be alone and at peace in my own kitchen.

I am okay with you giving it an 8. Generally, speaking I tend to think scores within +/- 1 of my own score are things I can get behind and understand pretty easily. I do think however that when a movie does not 'have time to tell its story in full' then that is a fault in the writing of the movie. There are movies out there with even shorter runtimes that have told deep and purposeful stories. That's effectively a reason to dock points in my eyes.

That is some good news to hear about Violet Evergarden. I am stoked to watch it, but haven't made much progress. Whenever I do watch things I tend to watch them in the background when I do things like dishes, which means shows like Violet Evergarden which has shown promise to me isn't a good candidate (since I can't pay attention to the details if I watch it in the background). Instead, I've been watching some pretty low quality shows and anime, heh.

About your recent marriage: what's the story? This is a random question of course, but I suppose I'm a bit of a sucker for hearing people's stories. How did you two meet, what made you decide to get married? etc, etc.
Utagai- Sep 22, 1:53 PM
That's precisely the proper motivation for continuing writing. I think that value is personal, but it is valuable nonetheless and worth doing.

I do work in the US. I'm a software engineer based in NYC now. I actually recently graduated from university, so this is my first time being an 'adult' with a place and an income, bills and taxes and whatnot.

I've watched A Silent Voice. I think it is definitely a graduation from what KyoAni may be known for. It is a step in the more mature direction. I think it was a good movie overall, but I felt that a lot of its 'substance' came from unneeded/unjustified melodrama. I think animes that have a lot of that tend to get score-inflation on this site and elsewhere, because the ramped up emotions probably hamper our ability to think clearly about the meaning and purpose of those emotions that the writing attempts to invoke. I say this because I think this movie is on the list of anime that had me put a high rating upon finishing the movie, and then upon revisiting and reflecting on that rating later on when I've 'calmed down', I changed the score to a lower one (currently I have it sitting at a 7/10). :)

I actually watched episode 1 of Violet Evergarden on Netflix. It is absolutely stunning and gorgeous. It just makes me feel as if KyoAni has never shown weakness in the visual department. It also feels much more mature than what they are probably known for, so you may just be right about KyoAni growing up. If they keep up with this pattern of putting out more mature and meaningful works, I would definitely not be complaining whatsoever!

Regardless, Violet Evergarden seems promising to say the least. I can't wait to continue watching it, I'm excited to see where they take it. Hopefully they keep up the quality I noticed in the first episode or two.
vivafruit Sep 11, 6:19 AM
That's me. Amazing someone remembers me from those days.
BurntFlower Sep 9, 2:28 PM
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Utagai- Sep 8, 5:57 PM
Holy crap! Congrats on tying the knot! A laid back job sounds amazing for the free time. I think you should continue to pursue your interests in writing and see where it takes you. I think writing is a great and deep thing to explore and engage in, with lots of fruits to bear if you are persistent and have discipline.

My new job is pretty great. We moved to a nice new office. I'm still getting the hang of things since I'm new, but I'm hoping things will get a lot easier as time goes on and I become more familiarize with my work environment and such. It'll have a bit of a ramp-up period, as it usually does, at least in my field (software), but I think it'll be alright as long as I keep at it.

Haha, what is it that you are watching? I am not sure if I've watched any KyoAni for a long time now, I wonder if they are still rolling with that moe-blob aesthetic.
Pantha Sep 7, 6:36 PM
I remember a Kaj. I could be misremembering, but I think you wrote a review for Elfen Lied that I enjoyed. I remember a line about the torn apart limbs reminding you of Barbie dolls. At least I think that was you. If someone else wrote a review for a series and I share the same opinion (and the review is well written), I won't feel the need to post my own. There's also an issue with quality. It's embarrassing to post a review that isn't very good. At least to me it is.

I still have copies of my old animenfo reviews. I don't think I have ALL of them, but I have most of them. I've been tweaking them over the years. Or, in a least two cases, completely re-writing them.
BurntFlower Sep 6, 12:02 PM
I was there years ago!
Pantha Sep 6, 1:32 AM
Sure. Go ahead. I still write reviews once in a while; I just don't post them. I don't remember anyone with your screen name (sorry), but it's been more than 10 years. Anyways, thanks for the kind words!
Pantha Sep 5, 2:58 PM
Yup.
Utagai- Sep 3, 7:00 PM
Hey man! I remember our conversations! Nice to see that you are still alive! My anime watching frequency dips and swells over time, but I don't think I ever stopped completely. Currently I'm in a bit of a lull and haven't watched much because I've moved and started a job, but now that I'm settled I think I'm probably going to start watching stuff again.

Hopefully things are working out on your end! Let me know. :)
Karhu Aug 31, 9:04 AM
That's very true. I admit, I do it with some reviews since I write with rather many styles. Sometimes it feels the most natural to split series in different sections and follow the more formulaic style. Everyone loves variety, right. MAL also doesn't appreciate avant-garde journalism which is somewhat limiting as there is always the thought that "will this be removed" present. The moderators here seem much more fair than in the past, though. Haven't gotten many of my reviews removed during this year. Quite a few were edited by mods as well, which is nice as in the past they would have just removed them.

In many cases, I just write what comes to my mind and spend around 10-15 minutes doing so, not more. It becomes what it becomes. In the past, I could spend 4 hours writing something. Nowadays I purely follow the "wise man speaks because he has something to say, fool speaks because he has to say something" principle. I never force myself into trying to find some extra things to say, everything I type is the natural, uncensored me. Naturally, it means that the outcome is rather inconsistent as my time spent on writing is greatly up to the work's influence on me.

Still, I do think that is is an anime, not a combination of different factors that follow some mathematical formula where (art + sound + story + characters + enjoyment) divided by 5 is the anime itself.
Karhu Aug 30, 11:31 AM
>I think MAL is a far less interesting place without him.

That's a good point. The community doesn't really give me much anything at all. I only follow some "friends" whose taste interest me and whose ratings I use as a reference. Occasionally read those reviews.

My role here is basically purely sharing my own opinions. The actual friends and the friend group I made here has moved to Steam so I haven't needed MAL for chatting in years anymore either. List updates, news, info, reviewing. All the other sides of this website have become quite meaningless to me. Maybe things would be differently if some of the old reviewers were still here so I could spend more time lurking and spying others, but no one is that interesting here. Maybe I should spy myself since I am clearly the most interesting person on this website currently. ヽ(´ー`)┌

>I do recognise Scamp! He's an old-timer anime blogger.
>I hear he's a staff writer for MAL now.

Now that you mentioned, I recall reading some article from him. Went to check if there is anything interesting in that section here. First one that sounded interesting was written by some dude who had seen 30 days of anime and was under 20 years old, so yeah, there goes the credibility..
Karhu Aug 27, 1:49 AM
There was a time when MAL got hacked once a week by that one German hacker, remember him? There were so many rollbacks and maintenance back then. Xinil was super busy just trying to get his own account back from his hands. Fun times.

>I think to a certain extent, we all think that the kids these days aren't as good as the writers we remember when we initially got started!

That's a good point, and I have been thinking if this is really the case. I am sure it is true to some extent, but also when reading reviews from the nu-gen self-proclaimed critics and elitists, all they do is say the same thing as their friend, only in mildly different ways. So many of them feel simply fake, like they are trying to be someone else. So often all they write is the same self-explanatory and copy-pasted critique you start developing when starting to change from average consumer to a slightly more aware connoisseur of the medium.

You said you appreciated rori the most and I agree. He was always himself. Maybe an asshole to some extent, pushing shit onto others as well -- whatever, he can be criticized for many things like everyone else -- but still, I never saw him try to censor himself and please anyone. The opposite of what so many I see currently doing.

I can't comment the time before my MAL account for the reason that I didn't follow any review platforms back then. I am sure you are right about the general quality of reviews that come from random people who don't typically even write reviews. Tbh, I find most of them so irrelevant that I didn't even mean to include that side of reviewing to my original comment.

>My opinion was that Tehno was a good writer, but not much of a critical thinker

Pretty much. Her reviews had charm. Archaeon was infromative and always acted maybe overly business-like, but at least his reviews show some personality, unlike the current nro 2, Stark, whose reviews look like they were written by a robot or Mark Zuckerberg -- which is, according to memes, pretty much the same thing.

> (Lindle, Beatnik, Ryhzuo, Nyron etc)

Oh yeah, I know 3 of these guys. They consisntely had something to say, I can give them that. I liked dudes like 5camp, Polyphemus and Nicholaevich (was also banned like rori, the dude using the name now is not the same).
Karhu Aug 25, 3:04 AM
The site was much smaller back then, you wouldn't be relevant today. :^) You didn't have an army of fans upboating you, but you were still consistently delivering, indeed.

Yes, I remember MAL's very own big 3 of reviewers. Tehno had more upboats than all the reviewers in MAL top 50 list have currently combined. Archaeon pretty much stopped reviewing when rori started being constantly banned. I doubt Arc will deliver another review to this site.

In generally, most of the good reviewers stopped soon after or even before the unhelpful vote button was removed. Some, like Tehno, removed all their reviews. Now most active writers here are kids who have much less to say than the last gen writers.

My focus has been on seasonal anime, mainly in forms of preliminary reviews. Let's face it, most current anime becomes irrelevant the second it ends.

10 years is an achievement. Ever read your old reviews and be like "what the fuck was I thinking when I wrote this?" Or something similar, opinions changing, different perspective/way of thinking than before?