Category: Random thoughts on various things.

HOW I GOT OBSESSED WITH ANIME (OR HOW I LOST MY SOCIAL LIFE TO CARTOONS)

DISCLAIMER: This is actually school work, but as I haven’t had time to write anything much recently, I thought that I’d put this up there as it seems pretty relevant to this blog. Enjoy the hyperbole!

Not too long ago, I was a fairly regular person. I played video games, I watched Marvel Movies, and I found primary school boring. I wanted to have something new to talk about. Something different I had never seen the likes of before. Something new.

I decided to check out this ‘anime’ thing that people kept talking about. Apparently they were cartoons from Japan, but they were not for 5 year olds. THEY WERE FOR GROWNUPS. They had violence and death, demons and serial killers. This was interesting to my ‘TAKE ME SERIOUSLY I’M ELEVEN NOW’ self. I did some research on the web and found about one of these ‘anime’, a show called Sword Art Online. It had video games, death, pretty girls, and lots of things that I thought were “COOL”. I watched it. “Hmmmmmm”, I thought. “These anime shows seem pretty cool!” 

I did more research. I decided to watch a show called Death Note. It was even edgier then before! There was murder, psychological mind games, and a despicable protagonist. I watched it over the course of 3 months. I loved it. I started to invest myself in anime culture. I spent lots of time on the internet looking at reviews and news. I was in deep, but not yet lost.
Then I watched this show called Code Geass….
This was the tipping point. This is how I got where I am today. This show ran for 50 episodes. I watched it in two weeks. Any attempts to save me at this point were useless. I was gone. I ate this show up like it was potato chips at a really boring party. I ADORED Code Geass. It was my LIFE. Soon enough, I was trying my hand at writing my own reviews on my god awful blog. I created a MyAnimeList account to catalogue the various things I was watching and had watched. I couldn’t stop talking about anime. It drove my family crazy.
That was nearly a year ago. Things have gotten both better and worse. I don’t talk about anime to my uninterested friends and family nearly as much. I don’t plough through stuff at quite such an alarming rate anymore. I’ve improved my critical thinking skills due to how much I watch.
On the other hand I have lost over 13 days of my life to 53 different shows and movies, many of which have questionable artistic merit. I have become a pretentious overly critical hypocrite who hates some things for the same reason he loves other things. I’ve spent more money on DVDs then I care to remember.
So please.
Don’t make the same mistakes I did.
Don’t sit through terrible shows just to make fun of them on your blog.
Don’t legitimately consider buying 200 dollar statues of fictional characters.
Be safe.
Enjoy this great hobby casually.
And for the love of Haruhi.

Don’t watch Sword Art Online.

It sucks.

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First thoughts on Myriad Colours Phantom World

 

 Well. I guess Kyoto Animation have now made two shit shows.

So, I watched the first episode of Kyoto Animation’s new show Myriad Colours Phantom World, and well……

IT WAS REALLY FUCKING BAD.

Okay, think of every shitty light novel adaptation you’ve ever seen.

Add even more obnoxious fanservice.

Triple the production values.

And then a hefty layer of dissapointment.

I’m a big fan of Kyoto Animation’s work. One of their more popular series, the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise, sitting in the (subject to change) Holy Trinity of of my favourite shows, along with Neon Genesis Evangelion and Cowboy Bebop. They have pretty much always delivered consistently good to great work, with their only major misfire being the second season of Chuninbyo. Well. That was until this came out, and trust me when I say this is bad. Now you may say “BUT IT’S ONLY THE FIRST EPISODE. HOW CAN YOU JUDGE A SERIES BEFORE IT’S EVEN FINISHED?” and you may be right. Maybe I shouldn’t judge a series by its premiere alone. But I’m quite confident that this won’t be getting any better. And if it does people who read this and care enough can come back and get the satisfaction of telling me I was wrong and I shouldn’t be such a judgemental idiot.

If it were any other production studio handling this I would not be nearly as dissapointed as I am. I would just brush it off as yet another piece of churned out cash grab bullshit that seems to fill in the gaps of every passing season, disappearing from the viewer’s mind as quickly as it appears. But this is Kyoto Animation…. I expect better from them. 

Anyway, if there is one good thing about this show, it’s the way it looks. Kyoto Animation never fail to deliver gorgeous art.   Every thing in this show pops out at you, from the colours to the obnoxious fanservice. It all looks great. 

Barely anything to go on plot wise: mostly bad jokes, character introductions and, of course,  boobies. The only thing I could decipher  from what little the audience is told is that this appears to be basically Beyond the Boundary without any of the charm and all the seriousness sucked into a small safe where it may or may not get used for more worthwhile projects. Characters are bland at best and obnoxious at worst. I don’t remember anything about the music other than the totally okay OP, so I assume it was probably pretty mediocre.

Overall this show appears to be a steaming pile of horseshit that is only worth watching if you like pretty art and don’t want to watch hentai to see big anime breasts. I’ll keep watching it, partially to see if it miraculously gets any better, and partially to rip it apart in a review when it completes its run.

Also, Happy New Year!

Praise Haruhi.

MyAnimeList :  http://myanimelist.net/profile/itstune

I don’t wanna fly

Hello there, I know that my last blog was about fear, but I’m terrified and seek solace through gurgling those scared thoughts directly onto to your face. So, basically, I’m going on plane in a few short days. It’s an overseas trip with my family, and to get there, we have to take a plane (SURPRISE). Unfortunately, I am currently in a state of extreme fear of having to get on plane for a long period of time. I’m paranoid as all fuck that something’s going to happen and I am getting really sick of this stupid fear. I’ve always had a fear of plane travel, though in recent years I thought I had gotten over that. However, all of the previous flights I had been on had been domestic, this is my first overseas trip. I’m never scared during the day, only at night, when my imagination runs away with itself. I’m aware that plane travel is statistically quite safe, but the irrational part of my brain has got quite the hold on this particular subject. I dunno, I’m just sick of being scared. If there is more then my real life friends reading this, advice would be much appreciated. 

Anyway, I just thought I should get that off my chest. I promise there will be a Gurren Lagann review up soon. On that subject, if I have enough people actually reading this blog to have a say, are you sick of anime reviews, or should I just keep at them? I’m not really sure. Anyway, if I actually get overseas without being scared shitless, I might put up some things about what I’m doing, basically a journal. 

Until next post.

NOPITY NOPE NOPE NOPE or a Story of Cowardice

Message from future Tune. This ramble is now outdated. I’ve seen AOT. FNAF is played out in my opinion. I’m watching Evangelion. I’m still a wuss though.

Finally, I hear you scream, one of my few viewers, a post that’s not a God forsaken anime review! Christmas has come early! World peace is restored! Finally, there shall be no more of that God forsaken BS. Well, I’m afraid you’ve been thrown for a loop, because, even though this is not technically an anime review, it has got a lot to do with one of my current obsessions. So, buckle up dear viewer, as today you’re going to hear about how much of a wuss I really am.

But first, for context:

Yesterday I started to watch the rather famous Neon Genesis Evangelion, other wise known as the super fucked up deconstruction of mecha anime that seems to be either the best thing ever or the worst, depending on who you ask. Anyway, I watched the first two episodes and was going along reasonably well, not mind blown or anything but certainly entertained until I got to the end of episode two and the main character Shinji has one of his many psychological breakdowns. Now, while this was pretty depressing to watch, I wasn’t feeling super disturbed or anything. So, I elected to go to bed after finishing that episode. Then, I noticed a creeping feeling of uneasiness and fear. Then I realised that NGE had gotten to me a lot more then thought I had. This made me have one of many NOPE NOPE NOPE moments. Which brings us to today’s ramble.

Basically, when I get disturbed enough by something, I will just freak the fuck out, run away from it and never touch it again. Other occasions on which it’s happened in the past six months include:

When my friend was playing Five Nights at Freddy’s and I left the room squealing with fear.

Trying to watch the first episode of Attack on Titan with that same friend and seeing the Titan that eats Eren’s mum and jumping back from the screen while hearing crunchy sounds and my friend laughing at me.

And various others that I can’t recall off the top of my head.

So, basically, I’m a massive scaredy cat and wish I wasn’t. Not my most substantial blog or thought provoking either (not that any really have been), more of a ramble/rant then anything, but I just like to have a little ramble sometimes. Anyway, for those who care, there will be a Gurren Lagann review up sooner rather then later hopefully, probably some time later this week. And no, for those who read the previous ramble blog, it’s not a perfect ten, that was the high of coming off the fantastic ending. If I had more then two regular viewers, I would say leave your scaredy cat stories down there, but I don’t, so I won’t.

Until next time, good luck in the big old blue world.

Quick thoughts on Gurren Lagann

So, I just finished Gurren Lagann, and I just so you know my thoughts on the matter….
HOLY SHIT THAT WAS AMAZING.

LIKE THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SERIES THAT HAS BEEN SO INCREDIBLY STUPID YET SO INCREDIBLY GENUINE.

FUCK, I’M CRYING.

10/10.

Full, more rational, detailed, and less high sounding review coming at a later date

On the nature of hype

Hello there. Today I’d like to have a little talk to you on hype, and being jaded as a young teenager, and other stuff.

So, E3 2015 has come and gone, (I think) all the announcements have been made, everyone has declared their game of the show, and I’m feeling a bit sad. 

You see, last year’s e3 was the last year that I could still get hyped about stuff without feeling like I have PTSD. Because last year’s E3 was the one that got me hyped about a little game called Assassin’s Creed Unity.

Now, if you read one of my previous blog posts (shameless plug), you know I love AC, but after the awful disappointment that was AC Unity, I’m worried to get hyped about anything anymore. Especially Just Cause 3.

Just Cause 3 was my favourite game of the show. I mean, look at it! It looks INSANE. At first I just felt hype, hype, hype, but now, I just feel worried and cynical. Because this exactly is the exact same feeling I had about Unity. And look how that little mess turned out. 

And granted, AC is a yearly franchise, JC3 has been in development for quite some time, but apparently, (though it didn’t feel like it), so was Unity. 

Now this isn’t such a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but the thing that really depresses me is that I’m not even in high school yet. And I’m already jaded on this sort of thing. At this point hype is only slightly less scary then girls. And, as a straight male going through puberty, I’m terrified of girls.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that it really sucks that someone who hasn’t even started high school can get jaded, and maybe that the game industry might need to make some changes soon.
Or maybe Just Cause 3 will be the second coming of Jesus Christ, I don’t know.

P.S I couldn’t give a flying fuck about the new AC, so good job Ubisoft. Another former fan alienated.

LELOUCH, WHHHHHHHY ( Or why fandoms hate the obvious)

I want to believe So, recently I just finished watching one paticular anime called CODE GEASS: LELOUCH OF THE REBELLION ( it must be written in all caps because the show is so incredibly DRAMATIC ) . If you have more then a passing interest in anime, you will have most likely heard of this show and if you’re a fan of the show, chances you’ve probably debated, or at the very least thought about the ending. And from now on I am going to be talking about SPOILERS so beware of that. I’m not going to give you a plot summary and I am now writing on the knowledge that you have seen the series, as I can’t be bothered to write out the whole godforsaken plot as it’s currently late at night and I’m tired.  So, Lelouch appears to have died, killed by his best friend, on his own orders, to save the people he loves, by making them hate. Very poetic, emotionally traumatising, very good ending. BUT WAIT, DID YOU EVER STOP TO CONSIDER THAT CC TALKS TO HIM IN THE CLOSING SCENE AND YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

Look, I really like the idea that Lelouch and CC live happily ever after, and a part of me does believe that, but to be honest, I believe that this is just a great example of the fact that fandoms hate their favourite character dying, or leaving, or whatever. Especially with shows such as Code Geass, where the ending destroys an incredibly bueatiful romance ( at least I thought it was ). So I guess what I’m trying to get across in this shitty little blog post is that let the heartbreak come, it’s part of the experience of having you’re heart destroyed by fictional events. Or don’t, because fan fiction can’t be written by the broken-hearted. P.S part of me really believes that he lived, but I still think it’s a bit silly. Keep on believing though if you want. ALL HAIL LELOUCH VI BRITTANIA