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SadisticTendencies

  • Sweden
  • Joined Jan 16, 2011
  • 19 / M

Once again I find myself re-writing this introduction. Each time it happens I find myself even further up on the Otaku-ladder with my preferences changed. This time I seem to prefer darker shoujo, even if I fear I've already seen the very best in Revolutionary Girl Utena, Rose of Versailles and Oniisama E. Other than that I'm always up for something artsy or mindfuck-ish but use lighthearted fluff in-between to create something I can fall back on.

I'm a 17 year old boy from Sweden who loves his anime but also movies, music, books, spending time with friends, traveling and studying Japanese (Still a beginner but making progress). I guess the anime part is the only relevant thing over here though. Basically I feel like nothing I'll ever see will be able to top my favourite show (Revolutionary Girl Utena) but I still spend lots of time searching for anything that might; if you have any recommendations feel free to bring them on! I sometimes watch things just because they're obscure as hell and hard to find... that's it for me I guess. I love discussing anime though, as well as talking to random people so write a comment if you feel like it!

Random anime that mean something to me and why:

Revolutionary Girl Utena:

This one doesn't have any significance to me other than "It's everything I could ever want from an anime". The symbolism makes for great re-watch value; the characterization is subtle and absolutely mindblowing; the music is amazing, animation beautiful and the entire thing is just bizarre enough to completely sweep me off my feet.

Wandering Son:

I don't identify as transgendered, but nonetheless, it makes me happy just thinking about this show. It tackles the topic head-on whilst using the situation of the main character not for humour nor as an insignificant plot device but simply to tell an amazing story. A lof of transgendered characters in fiction (as well as LBGT in general) tend to be more or less offensive, or at least unappealing in one way or another. This is not the case here and I love it.

Spirited Away:

Nostalgia. I watched this with my friends when I was 7 and re-discovered it at age 15. Without Spirited Away I wouldn't be an anime fan today. I kind of feel like I'm giving it too much credit but I just can't find any reason not to love it!

Princess Mononoke:

Environmental movies... those words combined send chills down my spine. Why? Because they're generally made by people with a "nature is awesome humanity sucks" mentality who refuse to be openminded for even a second. Princess Mononoke though remains completely unbiased and emphasizes virtues and flaws of humanity and nature alike. That alone is praiseworthy in my eyes. But it's also beautifully animated and magnificently told. If an attempt was made to objecitvely decide which Ghibli movie is the best (which of course is impossible) I still feel like this one would win.

 

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ShionSonozaki says...

Well, when I left that comment, we were left on a cliffhanger and we didn't know what was going to happen but now that we've had the next episode, I can tell you that it wasn't massively dark but it did have some dark themes in it. Though, when I say dark, I mean dark for this show. Up until now, it's pretty unbelieveable how happy and light-hearted it's been.

SPOILER WARNING FOR EP 5 AND 6

So, epsiode 5 was a normal episode for the most part. The boys along with their female manager and homeroom teacher sponser decided to go to a group of small islands to start up a training camp. All's well till we find out one of the characters has a fear of the ocean that he's trying to hide do to something in his childhood. And they don't tell us more till episode 6. So the rest of the episode goes on as normal till the last 3 minutes when one of the characters goes out to swim in the ocean late at night despite the fact that he's a bad swimmer. Then a huge storm hits and he starts drowning and the character with the fear of the ocean runs into save him and it fades to black and the cliffhanger hits (trust me, the fanbase was FREAKING OUT.).

Epsiode 6 picks up where we left off as we see that the character (his name is Makoto, I'm sick of referring to him as 'the character' xD) who has a fear of the ocean jumps into save the other character (Rei is his name). We see that the two other boys (Haruka and Nagisa) have noticed they're missing and jump into the ocean to help the two because Makoto's past memories assault him and he freezes and slips under and begins drowning himself. Haruka manages to save Makoto and Nagisa manages to save Rei. The four manage to find each other and find out they'll have to stay on this island till morning when someone can rescue them. So they all sit down and talk about different things and then we come to Makoto's fear of the ocean.

Apparantly, when Makoto was a child, there was an old fisherman who he was good friends who gave him his old pet goldfish. However, the day after he got his goldfish, he found out that the old fisherman's boat had sank and all of the crew had died. Because of this, he desperately tried to keep his goldfish alive and was horrified when they died as well. Since then, he's been terrified of the ocean because he's terrified of dying and the people he loves dying. And the rest of the episode is just them making it back to shore and falling asleep on the beach.

END SPOILERS

It may not be hugely dark but for a show that's been nothing but light-hearted giggles all the way through, that's pretty damn heavy. And on a side note, I totally understand your friend xD My boyfriends' the same way. He says it's the worst anime ever made despite never watching an episode and high school of the dead being one of his favourite animes. I point out the hypocrisy of this statement as often as I can xD

Aug 19, 2013
ShionSonozaki says...

Hey, remember when I said how awesome it would be if iwatobi swim club took a sudden dark turn?

I THINK IT'S HAPPENING. O_O

Aug 11, 2013
ShionSonozaki says...

I doubt any girl could achieve those muscles xD But I get what you mean. I've seen it done really well in manga and fanfiction but yaoi is something that is not normally done well in anime. Trust me, I've had to sit through fujimi orchestra once and I have no desire to relive that nightmare again O_O. But I think the most we might get here is mild shounen-ai and the fanservice isn't even that bad. It's just cute guys with their shirts off all the time (and it is an anime about swimming, to be fair. I mean, it's not like they can swim in their uniform). But it would be awesome if it did go dark. The opening kinda hints at it so I'll let you know if it happens ^^ And I know what you mean about style. I remember when I'd first got into anime and someone told me to watch code geass and I eventually did but not for a while because I just couldn't get used to the clamp style. I'm fine with it now but I remember finding it really off-putting. And yes, I have WAY too many cosplay ideas ^^; Some harder than others. There was a great design I saw for a human version of one of the witches from madoka magica (I think it was the one in episode 2, I think Gertrude was the name) and I REALLY want to bring it to life. But that involves a LOT of paper roses xD

Aug 5, 2013
ShionSonozaki says...

Well, I've finished my kyoko cosplay so I just have about another eight or so left to finish xD Too many ideas, so little time...

As far as attack on titan goes, I would say it lives up to the hype for the most part. There are a few moments when the plot drags a little and I do think there are too many characters, resulting in some being interesting and needing more screen time and others that get a little too much focus who I find quite boring but when it delivers, it REALLY delivers. The best thing is just the scale and sheer size of it. Plus, the soundtrack rocks so definately check it out. 

It's pretty much the only airing anime I'm keeping up with (since aku no hana is finished) along with free!iwatobi swin club. Yes, I am guilty of enjoying the incredible amount of manservice ^^ . It's bit of a guilty pleasure. Think of it this way: It's pretty much K-on! but with boys and swimming instead of girls and music (plus with more fanservice for the ladies). So far, anyway. Random thought but I have a strange feeling that it may do a madoka magica on us for some reason and go really dark halfway in. Let me tell you, it would be one of the best things ever if that happened. ^^

Aug 4, 2013
eleniyo1992 says...

That is ok!Have you watched Mai-Hime btw?After several years of denying watching it I decided to check and now I finished it.Any thoughts/comments about it? 

Jul 28, 2013