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Raux

  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Joined Sep 1, 2011
  • 25 / M

Hello! and welcome to my profile!

I am Raux, for about a year before joining, I had stumbled across this website while trying to find some recommendations of good Anime to see. I found this site to be the most informative I could find, and shortly after joining i began to write my own reviews. Although i do not pop them out like rabbits, every review that i write is given hours of consideration and many rough drafts. I am not fast at these. I don't quite enjoy writing reviews about Anime's that i do not like. Yet even though i don't like it, I realize it's benefit, it shows you what you like and what you do not like. I give this website credit for giving me a way to increase my writing skills, and for developing my judgement in art. The friends I have made here I hope to have for a long while.

I love stories, Anime has some great ones. I was prejudice against Anime for a while because, like the cursed twilight saga, it obtains some wierd followers that make your skin itch just being around them. As I've grown, I've realized, there are people who I make itchy, and it's a poor reason to judge. There is beauty, as well as deformation in this artform. But in the end it comes down to this. I loves me a good story!

Here is my rating system, for those of you that are interested. first and foremost. My review rating system and my star rating system are totally different.

With my reviews, I am logically analysing everything I see, the progression of story, the feel of the score, the appeal of the animation. Although I will express my personal feelings of it, I try not to let personal preference completely hinder my judgement.

Review ratings:

10 - Hasn't happened, just like perfection, it is a goal that i always shoot for, but will fall short of. It's a method of motivation 

9.5 - Best of Best I've ever seen. if someone argues with me about a 9.5 in person, I will very likely start raising voice as if defending a family member. These are stories I feel have changed me and affected me for the better, down to my core.

9 - Amazing, if it were a person, I'd have it raise my own child in my stead if I were dead.

8 - a great watch, a few problems, but overall it affected me very emotionally and was a very well-built artistic machine

7 - Give it a watch, it'll be awesome

6 - You bored? this will entertain you

5 - Good stuff, but only needed in small doses

4 - not really good

3- pretty bad

2 - Terrible

1 - .......why did anybody spend money on this? people really thought this was good enough to make?

0 -  Just ignore it, like that annoying guy in class who seriously ate paper during class to see if anyone would talk to him about it. 

As for my star rating, the method is quite simple. 

5 stars - I freaked out hard core while watching it

4 stars - I freaked out a lot

3 stars - pretty good, definitely needed to eat something while I was watching it.

2 stars - not going to lie, I could have fallen asleep while watching this

1 stars - haha, I definetely fell asleep, my dreams were more entertaining

0 stars - hated it. hate hate hate

Favorite Anime - ok, I have something called my pedestal, only three are allowed on the top at one time. and they all share first place.

Note: the positions are going to change as more Animes are viewed, and as my preferences and tastes develop.

       Steins;gate, Anohana, and Clannad (imagine it on a throne of gold, these shows deserve it)

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Usagi Drop, Blue Exorcist, Lovely Complex, Bakuman, Dragon Ball Z (not GT), Naruto/Naruto Shippuden, Silver Spoon, Golden Time, Toradora, Skip Beat, Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama, Gosick, Spice and Wolf 1&2, Darker than Black, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile, Elfen Lied, "Phantom; Requiem for Phantom", FMA, FMA B-hood, Angel Beats, Sakurasou No Pet Na Kanojo,  Highschool of the Dead, Trigun, Angel Beats, Kokoro Connect, Durarara, Monogatari Series, Chihayafuru, Log Horizon, Sword Art Online

                   /                                                                                  \

Last exile, My Little Monster, Ano Natsu De Matteru, Ghost In a Shell, Sekerei, Amagami SS, Birdy The Mighty, Gurren Lagaan Cowboy Bebop Ouran Highschool Host Club, SHUFFLE!

Favorite Female Characters:

1.Nagisa (Clannad)

2.Meiko (Anohana)

3.Kirisu (Steins;gate)

4.Holo (Spice and Wolf)

5.Taiga (Toradora)

6.Megumi (Nodame Cantabile)

7.Saeko (Highschool of the Dead)

8.Tenshi (Angle Beats)  

9. Celty Sturluson (Durarara!!!!)

10. Amber (Darker than Black)

11. Ayumi (honey and Clover)

Favorite Male Characters

1.Takashi (Highschool of the Dead) 

2.Tomoya (Clannad)

3.Hei (Darker than Black)

4.Ryuuji (Toradora)

5.Shinichi (Nodame Cantabile)

6.Takumi (Honey and Clover)

7.Shu (Guilty Crown)

Honerable mentions:

Ichigo (Bleach) - Yeah, I dropped the show for a bit, but i REALLY like him!

Goku (Dragon Ball Z) - He is my superman of Anime....Superman is my favorite.... 

If you want to hit me up some more, become my friend on facebook. Tell me who you are, and I'd be glad to converse some more! www.facebook.com/mattyboy56 If you are my friend here on Animeplanet, you better me my friend there!

There we go, much better than my last Bio               

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Squatso says...

Wow, you're quick! Glad you liked Toradora, though! It's definitely in my top 3, such a satisfying and enjoyable romance. Their kiss is easily the best romantic scene I've seen in any anime, and probably anything other visual media too...just so good, so real. And yeah, the whole ending is absolutely incredible, I wasn't a huge fan of Taiga's little departure, but it was still very good.

YESSSS every Brotherhood theme was amazing, the second opening and fourth ending were my favorites. Hawkeye's one of my favorite anime girls, by the way, what a great character. And oh yes, I adore the Angel Beats opening, something about the way Kanade's just playing along on the piano the whole time makes it even more awesome...God, I love her...sighhhh.

On that note, that venting is entirely warranted, that kind of thinking pisses me off to no end. It's not about how "unique" something is, it's about how well it's put together, and at a most basic level, how it affects the viewer. Angel Beats made me laugh, cry, bite my nails in anticipation, and who knows what else. It had a fantastic cast, a very "unique" setting, fantastic music (seriously, don't get me started on how much I love GlDeMo...no shame), and a certain charm that I have yet to find in any other anime. To hell with the haters on this one.

One last thing. In the last ending of Angel Beats, I hope you noticed when they all disappeared one by one instead of appearing. Ohhhh, MAN. I was already crying from that ending, but holy hell, I lost it there...haha. "So...beautiful...*SOB*"

Jan 23, 2012
Squatso says...

Nope, not done yet. God, I'm the worst.

I was going through your ratings, and I have to say that I was very happy to see you rate Angel Beats 5 stars. I absolutely adore that series, and was *this* close to putting it in that Top 5 I sent to you. So many reviewers hate on it, but it was one of the most enjoyable series I've seen. Genuinely touching, too! I'm not ashamed to admit that the song that plays when Yui disappears can still bring a tear or 3 to my eyes. Oh, and same goes to HOTD (the fact that I loved it, not the crying part...hahah).

And, one more thing about Spice and Wolf - they have a serious talent for opening themes. I dunno if you care about OPs/EDs, but Spice 1's intro song struck me as remarkably beautiful and unforgettable (I actually just made a blog about this, feel free to check it out and laugh at my horrible writing, hahah...). Then I started season 2, and that intro song was just as good, if not better. Damn, people! You should be in charge of every anime intro from now on! The world would be a better place!

Okay, I'm really done this time.

Jan 23, 2012
Squatso says...

Oh, don't ever worry about rambling with me, I am the rambler to end all ramblers. Few of my friends are into anime, and none are as much as I am, so I get very few opportunities to talk about it. So, I can go on indefinitely haha. And I'm glad you approve of my choices so far, hah, I try to find what's good, but there's always more that I haven't found yet.

I think I agree about Holo. She really is a phenomenal character. And about the spelling, hahah, I watched the first season on DVD (where Holo is written in the subs), but now I'm watching season 2 online, and the damn fansubs call her Horo and it still bothers me! Hahah, so nitpicky, I know, but the Holo spelling just looks so much more...i dunno, elegant?

So, the dub/sub situation is always interesting to talk about. This is just my personal experience, and it may be just preference, but I find that the Japanese seiyuu convey so much more emotion through their characters. It's not that the American voice actors do a bad job by any means, I just don't quite get as much out of the dubs. However, I'll give you credit, the FMP dub has its moments (especially in Fumoffu). On another note, I wouldn't be surprised if over half the anime I've seen had Luci Christian doing the dub...girl clearly has talent, haha. Chris Patton also did a good job, I felt, but there's something about the original actor's deadpan delivery that's just music to my ears. Last thing I'll say (for now) on this topic is that in every case, I've watched the sub before the dub, so when I do hear it, there's an unavoidable reaction of "WHAT'S THIS DIFFERENT VOICE?!?" (with that much bold, italicized emphasis...). The best(worst?) case of that was with Brotherhood, where compared to the original seiyuu, Ed sounds like a grown man and Envy a decrepit old woman (and from what I've heard, that's one of the better dubs - it must be, because Greed's VA is voicing the main character in BioShock Infinite!! Oh, my bad, I let my videogame fanatic out of it's cage). So, I do respect your opinion, just my preference.

I could go on, but I'll spare you for now, haha.

Jan 23, 2012
Squatso says...

Hahah, yes, well I'm a recent convert to anime, if you can't tell (Spring 2011). But holy shit, yes, TSR is fantastic. Mr. Gates, the villain, was so great...absolutely merciless and crazy, though I think that made me actually kinda like him, where I freakin' hated Gauron. Not that I thought he was a bad character, mind you, he was just the perfect hateable villain. Sousuke emptying a clip into his body was one of my favorite moments, ever. Oh, and this is the romantic scene I was talking about (Kaname Chidori and Sousuke Sagara, haha, I'm good with names): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pv4RDaR0YA

I shall watch Anohana, and yeah god damn that's a long name! Ranked 10 on the site, though, wow...I'll get on that!

Brotherhood doesn't have a very strong romance, which is actually what initially turned me off of it. I know that I personally loved part 2, but regardless, I can still say that the last 10 episodes are the most entertaining pieces of visual media I have ever seen...period. That's my opinion, but wow did they do a good job with the ending (and by "ending" I mean part 5). Something I should mention is that while it doesn't focus on romance (though some does develop), it is very emotional. At the beginning, I was afraid it would turn into soulless, testosterone-fuelled action, but it was so much more than that. I actually shed quite a few tears during Part 5, mainly due to the tension being built up so expertly and characters you truly hated showing some redemptive qualities towards the end. While not my personal favorite, I can say that FMA: B is the best show I have ever seen. On another note, I watched the last 4 episodes of Cowboy Bebop and the last 8 of Brotherhood in the same day. I don't recommend that. I was so drained of emotion by the end of it that I could barely function.

Yes, I loved Gankutsuou...*almost* gave it 5 stars. Being ignorant to the plot (and incredibly stupid when it comes to making predictions), the scene where it cuts from the duel between "Albert" and the Count to Albert slowly waking up was amazing. One of those examples of silent revelation that works better than a climactic reveal ever could. I actually gasped, put my hand to my mouth, and started saying "oh no" over and over again, since the security I felt of "there's no way they can kill off the main character" was suddenly taken away. I cried for Franz. I hope you know what I'm talking about, haha, or I'm going to look a little bit crazy. Anyway, fantastic series, amazing animation. Haidee was one of the best character designs I think I've ever seen. Just beautiful.

About the mother and the Count...I don't know, I didn't think of it that way. Keep in mind it's been ages since I've seen the movie and I don't remember it, but in Gankutsuou, I thought she very much still loved Edmond, and tried to reach out to him through Gankutsuou's influence many times. He was just too far gone in his vengeance. Regardless, loved that one.

Toradora is great, it gets incredibly good as you watch, so I hope you like it!

Jan 23, 2012
Squatso says...

Thanks for the post! I always love finding other Clannad fans, it was my first anime and will always be one of my favorites. My top 5 are Clannad/After Story (obviously, but I'll pretend that one isn't there) FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Toradora!, Welcome to the NHK, The Full Metal Panic series (best one is The Second Raid, but you have to watch the first to appreciate it). Last spot is a tie between Gurren Lagann and Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo.

FMA: B needs to words to describe it. Toradora is a fantastic romance comedy that reminded me of Clannad with less tragedy (but definitely some drama) and in terms of the romance, more of a focus on the romance itself than the deeper themes of family that Clannad delves into. Very, very good, I highly recommend it if you like romance and comedy (like many of those series, it starts off romantic comedy, then turns into a romantic drama).

NHK I watched recently, it's hard to describe, but one of the most unique series I've seen. It has comedy, drama, psychological craziness, romance, and societal analysis, all presented in a very unique and mature package (though the maturity may not be immediately apparent). Also very good, gets incredibly depressing in the second half though. 

Full Metal Panic is a lot more simple. Season 1 is a disjointed but highly enjoyable and addictive mix of highschool comedy and intense, mecha war drama (yes, indeed). The second season, Fumoffu, is pretty much all filler, and focuses entirely on the comedy aspect, but don't let that be a turn off. If you've seen the first season, it is hilarious. Stupid, but hilarious. Season 3, The Second Raid, goes the other way, turning up the drama even higher and almost eliminating the comedy entirely. It works. TSR is a little short, but is incredibly dramatic and intense, keeping you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Also, while all 3 have romantic aspects to them, TSR has one of my favorite romantic scenes in any anime. It's fantastic, and makes the events that occur after even harder to watch. Highly recommended if you like romance, comedy, and aren't completely turned off by mecha (it's not over-the-top mecha like Gurren Lagann, though).

Gankutsuou is a reimagining of the story of The Count of Monte Cristo. If you were like me and had very little familiarity with that story, Gankutsuou is a must-watch. Classy, artistic, and incredibly engaging, it will draw you in like nothing else at around the 8 episode mark. However, I'd think twice if you are deeply familiar with the story, because if you knew what was going to happen, it would be hardly worth watching. Gurren Lagann is the pinnacle of over-the-top anime in that it's so absurdly epic and ridiculous that those aspects of the show become pros rather than cons. As long as you can fully suspend your disbelief, Gurren Lagann is a very addictive, fast-paced, and surprisingly emotional thrill ride (you will know the meaning of a "Gainax Ending" before it is over). The shift in scale from the first episode to the last is so astounding that I'm 100% sure it hasn't been outdone in any piece of entertainment, ever. It's an acquired taste, but I'll be damned if I didn't love every minute of it.

Lastly, I want to add Spice and Wolf to this list. I am halfway through the second season right now, but it is a phenomenal romance with some very intense, thriller-like story arcs. Definitely check that out.

Anyway, long post!! Wow! Hope you haven't seen some of these and you check 'em out. I'm always looking for new recommendations, so I will definitely watch Steins;Gate and...the one beginning with A soon!! (Sorry, haha, I'm about to head to class and I can't remember the name). Cheers!

-Squatso

Jan 23, 2012