A Wild Blogger Appears!
*dodges a hurl of attacks* Okay… Maybe not the best way to make an introduction. Lets try a do over shall we?
Hey everyone! I’m Setsuken. Sekijutsu’s newest writer and a sort of veteran who has been at this here anime blogging thing for a good 5 years now. Anime’s not only my passion, but in some ways, its an extreme addiction that I’m dependent on. Its the one thing that gets me through some of the toughest days, and then brightens up the best ones. I’ve been watching Anime since I was 11, and while I haven’t seen all of them, I like to believe that I’ve seen my fair chunk of great Anime series.
A little about myself? I’m 23 years old, so probably one of the older writers here. I’m a senior college student (close to graduation) who’s double majoring in video game design & multimedia design. And yes, beyond anime, I’m a huge gamer, an aspiring artist and a graphic designer. In terms of video games, I’m currently trying to blast my way through Persona 4: The Arena. I’m generally more of a fan of Japanese video games than stuff from the west, although I do find that the occasional Witcher 2 or Bioshock Infinite grabs my attention. I have shifted more towards Anime from an entertainment standpoint in recent years, as the games industry in Japan is in a sort of decline. The anime industry though, seems to be growing and changing at a more rapid rate.
The great thing about the anime industry, something that I think trumps probably all forms of entertainment in general is the sheer diversity of stuff you can find. Yes, there is a lot of moe and fanservice stuff around (and for good reason! XD) but there’s also stuff like sports shows, cooking shows, ninja shows, romance shows, ninja cooking romance shows… You get the idea. On top of all of that, all these shows are so endearing and highly entertaining that its just mind blowing!
We have shows like Yakitate Japan, a series that makes baking look like the most awesome thing ever. BAKING! I’m a fan of cooking, but never have I been as excited and interested in baking as I have while watching an episode of Yakitate Japan! XD And that is just one great example of the wealth of awesome that Anime offers. There is always something new waiting to be found and enjoyed.
Recently, I finally decided to look into sports anime, something I’d long been avoiding since I’m not a huge fan of watching sports all that much. Sports Anime? Totally different story though. With stuff like One Outs, Giant Killing and Slam Dunk and more recent titles like Kuroko’s Basketball and Knight in the Area, lets just say I’ve been missing out on a very important and highly awesome genre. Oh! And who can forget Hajime no Ippo! A truly epic amalgamation of shounen and sports, and a personal favorite of mine.
Speaking of which, personal favorites! Or rather, current favorites, because… Lets be honest, if your favorites stay the same for too long, then you’re really not branching out enough. Generally speaking, I’ll be watching most shows that are airing these days, with a few exceptions every now. This is either due to time constraints. or lack of interest (the former more so than the later usually).
My personal favorites have to be Code Geass, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Card Captor Sakura, Hajime no Ippo, Great Teacher Onizuka, Full Metal Alchemist, Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai, Ano Natsu de Matteru, Durarara!! and To Aru Majutsu no Index, just to name a few. I could talk at length about why any of these series are amazing, but I’m pretty sure that you’ve probably heard of them, if not seen them yourself.
As far as studios go, I’m a former Kyo-Ani fan. It will probably stay that way until, of course, they decide to give us another Full Metal Panic season. Either that or we actually get a continuation Haruhi beyond that horrible Endless Eight stuff. These days my favorite studios have to be J.C Staff, Sunrise and Mad House. Production I.G can never really atone for what it did to the Blood franchise with Blood C, and I’m still getting over the fact that Clamp actually penned the story for that.
So… at this point you’re probably thinking: “MAN! this guy just goes on forever…”. Firstly, too true. Secondly, I sincerely apologize in advance. Unless mostly nothing interesting happens in an episode (*cough* Fairy Tail fillers these days *cough*) I will generally put forth a very detailed (and potentially analytical?) review of the episode. My goal isn’t to really summarize, but to discuss, speculate and highlight some of the intricacies that people without my brand of OCD and long term exposure to Anime tend to miss. I don’t claim to be an expert, and anyone that does is just kidding themselves. I’m generally never always right about things either, and the one thing I love about Anime blogging, is how powerful the interaction between the writer and the people who comment on posts actually is.
Many times, I’ve learned more from people who post comments, than people may have learned for me. Thus, in some ways, the end goal of my posts is really to generate discussion. Unless I’m swamped with work or offline issues, I generally try to respond to every comment I get, and I hope to continue this tradition here at Sekijutsu.
Long story short, I’m a new writer here, expect detailed 1000+ word posts on anime from me, and pleased to make your acquaintance!