Decades of sci-fi robot anime has given us a good idea of how to become the pilot of a high-tech giant robot, commonly known as mecha. Admittedly, not everyone who wants to become a pilot will, but there are some things that you can do to increase your chances.
A couple of weeks ago, Yumeka put together the Ultimate Anime Questionnaire. She did not elaborate on what made it ultimate, but it’s rather comprehensive and I thought it would be fun to answer all of the questions. You can see her original post here and if you’re a big anime fan, you should try answering the questionnaire too.
With summer coming to a close, blogging projects and carnivals seem to be in full swing. Today I’ll be contributing to a blog carnival that Foxy Lady started called Reflections on Animanga Blogs. Participants write a post answering some questions asking for their opinions on anime and manga blogs. At the end of the carnival, all of the posts will be summed up by Foxy Lady. If you would like to join in or learn more about it, please see her post.
As I get older, it seems that time is slowly slipping away and I have less of it to spend on things I enjoy. In all likelihood, there will come a time when it will no longer be feasible for me to continue watching anime every day. I may start my own company, raise a family, or just end up struggling through life trying to make ends meet. Whatever happens in the future is anyone’s guess, but if I do abandon anime for some reason, there are a few things that I hope I would’ve done by then.
@fkeroge from AOIA has started an Anime Bucket List and here is my contribution:
Most of you probably already know what a tsundere is, they’re found in half of the anime out there, but today I’d like to discuss another character type that often appears in anime and manga, the yandere. The term yandere comes from the Japanese words ‘yanderu’, meaning to be sick or mentally ill, and ‘deredere’, meaning to love or show affection. Like a tsundere, a yandere does not show affection in a manner that is considered normal. Yandere are almost always bishoujo, but the more attractive they are, the more they lack in sanity.
Since I’m planning on going to the bookstore to purchase some practice GMAT questions tomorrow morning, I still have tonight to do stuff. After reading Kai and Tsurugiarashix’s reply to Ace Railgun’s 50 questions, I decided to join in as well before I hit the books.
1. Who is your favorite male anime character?
Ken Sugisaki from Seitokai no Ichizon, he’s smart, talented, hard-working, funny, and he has a harem.
Now that I have your attention, I have a question for you: what do you think is the best anime of all time?
While I could look at the numbers at any anime list site, I want to hear directly from you. Back in the late 90′s practically everyone would tell me “Evangelion”, but times have changed and people change. Please leave a comment with your answer and reason, or if you’d like, write a blog post explaining your answer and link to it in the comments. Ask your friends what they think too.
For the record, here’s my answer.
Whenever you talk about anime, and in particular, the anime fandom, the term “otaku” almost always comes up. Those new to the anime scene have probably been bewildered by the conflicting uses of the term, so I will try to clear up some of the confusion here.
The reason why it is difficult to grasp the meaning of “otaku” is because there seems to be two main definitions that contradict each other. In Japanese, the word evolved into slang to describe people obsessed with a certain hobby, not necessarily related to anime (ie: military, idols, games). Calling someone an otaku in Japan was similar to calling someone a geek in the 80′s, before it became cool for everyone to call themselves a geek as they do now. It’s mainly used as an insult and conjures up images of smelly, fat, pedophilic men that may or may not be child killers (a famous string of crimes from 1989 is to blame for that).
I’m sure you’ve seen a few of these posts around by now, but if you haven’t, du5k from One Minute of Dusk has come up with a blogging carnival with the topic of “What Makes a 10/10 Anime?”
A 10/10 rating can mean a lot of things to a lot of people, but here’s a rundown of how I use the 10 point rating system:
Score of 10: perfect
Score of 9: could’ve improved in at least 1 area
Score of 8: overall great
Score of 7: enjoyable
Score of 6: average
Score of 5: meh
Score of 4: bad
Score of 3: waste of time
Score of 2: caused me to rage
Score of 1: should not exist
What we’re focusing on today is what exactly is “perfect”? I’ve thought about this for a while, and I’ve come up with this short list of what the perfect anime needs:
- decent production values
- likeable characters
- constant attention
Sounds simple, but lets consider each item separately.