Naturally, as you, over time, watch more and more shows, the whole anime experience starts to gradually become less thrilling. It becomes increasingly difficult to find stellar shows to watch, and growing familiar to the trends in regards to new releases often breeds contempt for the medium which seems to, the large majority of the time, opt for playing it safe instead of exploring different avenues of shows. Therefore, stumbling across a ‘baby anime fan’, one who has yet to become as grizzled as we old timers, is wonderfully refreshing! To them everything is so new, and shiny, and exciting, every single show dripping in promise…
So it should go without saying just how hyped I was to find out the guy I’d just befriended in the anime society I joined at the beginning of my first term at university had only seen ONE anime!
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun is the greatest comedy ever made, not intentionally, however. What I find funny is not the story, or its characters, but that some are bound to be fawning over the relationship between main characters, Haru and Shizuku, in the most sickening fashion. “D’aw, it’s the greatest love story ever told!” the ignorant masses will cry, when, in actuality, they should be concerned that male-on-female violence and emotional manipulation are being passed off as forgivable. Below are some examples:
This autumn I was a bit naughty with my anime watching. Rather than endeavouring to keep up to date with all of the shows that I had started that season, I often opted to play video games, my secondary hobby. It is a little known fact that I am a gamer as well as an anime fan, maybe because I am of the fairer *scoff* sex people don’t expect it of me…? But anyway, a friend of mine introduced me to a game called The Binding of Isaac, a little known indie game which I find myself horribly addicted to. Since September I’ve clocked over 100 hours on the game, something which fills me with a huge amount of guilt- hence my having kept that fact from the large majority of my family and friends, so it will probably come as no surprise to you that this has resulted in me accruing a sizable backlog of anime to watch!
Now, anyone who knows my anime watching habits, and I mean really knows them, knows that I often pick up shows simply because they start with a letter of the alphabet I haven’t seen many shows start with- ‘a’, for example, or ‘z’. It’s an odd quirk that doesn’t really make much sense, even to me, the only way I can explain it being that I want my anime list to look as full with a wide variety of shows as possible…
Anyway, this has been the way for many years now. Revolutionary Girl Utena, Un-Go, Usagi Drop, Xam’d and XXXHOLiC were all shows I watched on the basis they started with letters I hadn’t seen many shows start with- terrible, given that they all have so much more worth outside of that, I know… Then one day this year, I noticed that MAL had changed many of the shows on its database’s titles, translating them back into Japanese.