Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ahhh... Memories

It's weird. 

I haven't really been watching anime for that long of a time (compared to other oldfags). It's only been about two years since I was introduced to it by a friend (my history with anime will be explained in a future post). Although it's only been two years, I find that I feel a lot of nostalgia when rewatching any anime. This is partly because I have specific memories regarding the anime I have watched. These memories usually associate with:
-how long I watched said show (marathon or weekly)
-where I was 
-what I was eating (if anything)
-who I was watching it with (if anyone) .... (forever alone ;__;)

So without further ado, here are all the weird things I associate with anime I've watched:

I marathoned this series straight through a snowy weekend in January of last year, and I inhaled a huge bag of chocolate covered potato chips. I can remember sitting hunched over my computer at 1 AM, bright desk lamp burning all too brightly, the opened bag of potato chips taunting me, their chocolate-ness beckoning me.

It was delicious. :3 

Death Note
It was during spring break last year when I went on vacation that I watched the whole Death Note series on DVD. I was staying on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille (Pen-o-ray; at least I'm pretty sure that's how you say it) in Northern Idaho. You may wonder why I was in Northern Idaho. I was wondering that too. We were actually going skiing there at Schweitzer Mountain which is a 30 min drive from the lake... Plus, the lake is fucking beautiful. Anyway, since Idaho is a good 3 hours behind EST, my family always woke up really early in the morning. We didn't have much else to do so we watched movies. I joined my family for some of the movies watched, but most of the time I would watch Death Note in my bedroom (we were staying in a condo). I can still remember that room. It had a huge mirror on the opposite wall of the bed which covered the closet. It kind of bothered me. Sometimes when my family wasn't watching movies, I would kick back in the SUPAR comfy arm chair which also swiveled around and watch some Death Note. It was the best. ;___; 

Last Exile
I finished Death Note fairly quickly because it's FUCKING AWESOME, but I was prepared with another anime DVD to watch. Last Exile. At the end of my spring break, we had driven up into Canada. I was so excited to get my passport stamped (I'd never been out of the country... I was like HELL YEA, GIVE ME THAT STAMP. I NEED TO SHOW OFF MY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS). They didn't stamp it, though. It was pretty disappointing. After crossing the border, we went to a hot springs which was PACKED, then we drove back down to Spokane to spend the night near the airport, and catch a flight back in the morning. On our way back, we stopped at this dam. Or maybe it was on the way to Canada. I don't remember exactly, but it was on that route. I was on the very last few episodes of Last Exile, just about to finish it when my family decided we were going to go sightseeing at this dam. So then we made our way down this abandoned road and to this abandoned lookout point. JUST as my family was getting out of the car to look at this dam, I finished Last Exile. I'm not even kidding. JUST as we arrived, I finished the series. I thought that was pretty cool. I'm not even all too sure if the dam in the pic is the dam we visited, but I figure all dams pretty much look the same anyway, so whatever. 

D. Gray Man
My house has an alarm system that will freak out (I'm talking super loud, crazy beeping) if you step downstairs. Downstairs is where the food is, so midnight snacks are impossible unless you a) turn off the alarm which may seem like the most logical of answers, but turning off the alarm itself is SO DAMN LOUD or b) take said food or whatever you need from downstairs upstairs before you go to bed. Usually, if I'm hungry, I just rough it out until the morning unless I have something else upstairs. I usually don't. Instead, I'm an avid gum-chewer. I especially like the minty gums because they last longer. Sugary gum is shit. Anyway, two summers ago when I was watching D. Gray Man, my dad made me take my computer downstairs as it was heating up too much in my room. I usually stayed up until 1 or 2 in the morning each night. As the evening began, I would usually play Sims 3 (my obsession at the time) from roughly 7-10 PM. If it was a Friday, I would watch Ghost Adventures in the family room (WHICH IS WAY BETTER THAN GHOST HUNTERS IN EVERY WAY AND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH IT B/C THIS SHIT IS LEGIT). After all of that, I would watch a ton of DGM. As I was watching DGM, I would go grab some tasty Poppy Seed bread and nibble at it. I have an uncanny obsession with poppyseed bread. Those slices are heavenly~

Every anime I've ever watched has a sort of memory attached to it, but none of those memories are really all that interesting except to myself...

Are there any anime watching memories that you have of which you always associate with a certain show? 

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WTF Japan Seriously?!

If you haven't heard of this blog, you NEED to check it out NOW. 

It is so incredibly hilarious. 

The blog is a collection of incredibly fucked up videos created in good ol' crazy Japan. Here's one of their extremely funny videos titled Mr. Ando of the Woods (quite mysterious if you ask me):
"Thannnk youuu Mr. Ando. I loooove youuu." 

I lol'd.

This one is also very funny:
I believe the anime it's from is Kemonozume.

I should watch that. xD

Posts: 3/365 Days: 2/365 wooo getting ahead. 

How a non-pokemon fan was converted

Before we went on vacation, I went to Best Buy with my brother in search of something that would keep me entertained on the lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng plane ride (I'm talking 6 hours plus layovers).

I really wanted to buy Ace Attorney because my friends are always talking about it. 
One will shout: OBJECTION!! (of course, while making a grand pointing gesture)
and the other will reply: NOT SO FAST!! 
and here I am sitting in the middle like a HURR a DURR "who in the hell is Miles Edgeworth and why does he have rufflies?"

ALAS, I did not find the game in the DS aisle (not so much of an aisle as it is a shelf :/). Quick side note: The DS games at Best Buy are barely in any alphabetical order. I'm over in the B's when suddenly I find Pony Parade or some shit. Pisses me off. 

The anime section is always the worst. 

I called Best Buy literally right before my brother and I left. This is how the conversation went:
Me: Could you read off some of the anime titles you have, please?
Best Buy bitch #1: There's over 150 titles... Is there anything you want in particular?
Me: *names a few things... she says all of them are unavailable* Well, you could please just read off some of the stuff you DO have. 
Best Buy Bitch #1: *tells me she put a game of Pokemon black & white on hold b/c my bro wanted it then promptly hangs up* 

So I call again. This time I got a different bitch.
Me: How many anime shelves do you have? How big is the selection?
Best Buy bitch #2: We have about 12 shelves.
Me: Wow! Really? You mean columns right? Up and down? Vertical shelves?
Best Buy bitch #2: Yes. It's a large selection. 
Me: *thanks her and hangs up*

Get to Best Buy:
-the Pokemon games that bitch numero uno said were "almost out" are actually very abundant. There was TONS of games.
-some of the things bitch #1 said weren't available were on the shelves. I was pleasantly surprised, but it doesn't change the fact that she has NO FUCKING IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON IN HER STORE. 

Anyway, allow me to get to the point of this post. 

My bro ended up convincing me to buy Pokemon black. I really don't know how he did it. Maybe, in the end, I just wanted to please him. Regardless, I did buy it, and I can say after many hours of nonstop obsessional use, it's a very fun game. I used to think Pokemon was really lame, but it's not. It's actually really awesome. :)

The last bit of convincing I needed went out like this:
Me: Bro, why should I buy Pokemon? I'm not much of a gamer...
Bro: Sis, it's not JUST a game. It's a fucking adventure.

Well, how can I resist that? 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

There are no funerals in Bleach

In some anime *cough cough BLEACH cough cough* you'll find that NO ONE DIES. 

This may not seem like a problem to the happy-go-lucky optimistic anime fan, but for the realistic anime fan such as myself, there's a problem if no one kicks the bucket.

But wait, please allow me to backtrack a bit as I correct myself. There are many wonderful anime in which no funerals have to be held, although I've found that none of my absolute favorites are like this. Every single anime in my top five have had some sort of death occur among the episodes, and in my opinion, these anime deaths are necessary to create a truly compelling story. 

This is necessary because:
  • If the anime is action and has a lot of fighting, it reminds the viewer just how dangerous this world can be. It reminds you that no one is completely safe, and that this anime isn't all fun and games; it can be serious too.
  • Dying is sad. Therefore, when a character dies, the viewer will most likely feel emotionally towards it. If you are emotionally tied to the show, then you care about it. Boredom is the producer's worst enemy, and if the producer can make you care, then he has succeeded in some way.
  • It's realistic. People die in real life, so to make a character die in an anime (esp. in fantasy anime where the setting is far from this world) sets it a little bit closer to reality and can make a viewer connect with the show. I don't think there's a single human being who hasn't heard of death or hasn't known someone who has passed on.
This brings me to my point: Anime like Bleach where the main characters come close to death several times, but are saved somehow are very unrealistic and can sometimes be hard to watch because of it. Although Bleach is an awesome show and I do enjoy watching it, I can't feel emotionally attached to it because I'm always sure that the characters will be a-okay. 

It really bothers me that whenever a Bleach character runs into a fight, I am completely positive that the good guys will win. Sure, the character may lose at first. Kubo tries to mix it up with that. 

It just doesn't work. 

Either someone else comes swooping in to save the day, or the character trains, gets stronger, and returns in a few days/weeks (probably days, though...come on y'all; this is Bleach we're talking about the series where Ichigo gains bankai in five minutes!). 

Just thought I'd mention this also: Ichigo has almost died like three times. (Don't hold me to it, though. I don't read the manga, and I'm 435230580958645604 episodes behind on the anime)

(Actually I'm only about 20 eps case you were wondering)

WOW... this post didn't really have much of a point. Not like I care or anything. At this point, no one is reading this blog, so I figure I'll write whatever the hell I want and not give a single flying fuck. For later reference on my part I suppose, I'll just say that this post was a bit too much on the ranty side. I'll try to contain the bitchfit part of me as I write future posts. ALSO, come on! Where the hell are pictures? I mean do you expect people to even care about what you're writing without any fucking pictures?!! You have no standards. 

Anywho, don't mind the little number at the bottom of my posts. It's just the number of posts I've written out of 365 and how many days I have done this. I'm trying to form a habit of writing on here often and maybe I'll gain some followers on my honorable quest. Who knows? 

1/365 <--posts 1/365 <-- days


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Episodical Reviews and why they're boring

1. They're hard as hell to write. 
Finding something interesting to say about every single episode of an anime is very difficult, and episode reviews will reflect that. Responding to a particular episode should only be done when there's something in particular they want to rave or rage about.

I think this may be the main reason why I hate them so much. Unless the blogger or writer is a hilarious comedian, chances are the episode review will go something like this:
"Megumi went to the store and saw Sora there. They talked a bit and discovered their love for each other. This episode was good. I like when the animation is good. The animation here was nice." 

3. If you don't keep up with the current season, you have no earthly idea as to what everyone is talking about.
This really only applies to lazy people such as myself. I read episode reviews simply out of dedication  to a particular blog, and I have no idea what they're talking about. :(

It can be really annoying to look at a lot of different blogs and see the same exact episode reviewed on each. Most of them spend the majority of the review summarizing the episode anyway...

I'm practically watching the episode by just looking at all the screenshots on the blog.  It ruins the experience and spoils many of the currently airing shows that I was planning to watch. AND HOLY CRAP, ALL THAT SCROLLING.


Okay, so now you know what to expect out of my blog. Enjoy~