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Sianeka

  • Southern California
  • Joined May 3, 2013
  • ? / F

みなさん、こんにちは  Minna-san, Konnichi wa.  Hi, everyone!

I live in Southern California and love to watch anime!  I've participated in several area anime groups and am already happy I've found this site.  I also love to read, and am again happy that there is a manga section to the site.  (I'm getting quite a collection of manga and anime; LOL - have had to rent a storage shed to keep it all!)

I'm trying to learn Japanese on my own at home.  Am now fascinated with Japanese culture and hope to travel to Japan sometime!  My passport is ready and waiting! *smile*

Cool factoid about me:  My birthday is the fourth of July!!!!!

I put time and careful consideration into my ratings and reviews - you can see how I rate things by reading my forum post on ratings!


ONGOING: I formed the A-P Welcoming Committee (WECO for short). SUPPORTERS NEEDED!

The A-P Welcoming Committee sends out greetings to new members who join the site. If you agree this is a good idea, please join me by becoming a Club Supporter. There is NO WORK and there are NO OBLIGATIONS involved in becoming a Supporter; by becoming a Supporter, you are saying you agree it is a good idea that the club welcomes new members when they sign up. (Supporters do not have to actually greet any new members themselves!)

I'd love to get some more Supporters for my club! Please sign up now - contact me by leaving a comment about joining below!

Note: If you want to participate even more by actually helping to greet new members, feel free to let me know that as well.


(Click on either WECO banner for more info about the club!)


I recently joined Pinterest website and have created an anime bulletin board there:  http://pinterest.com/sianeka/anime-bishi/ if you want to check it out.

Please feel free to contact me!

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WonderBoom says...

Wait did I not respond? haha I thought I did. I'm pretty sure I've heard it before but never paid attention to it haha. Korean might have one:P 

PS: I won't stop hearing it now probably haha.

Oct 18, 2014
kargarus says...

Yeh, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace (what an awkwardly long title) is actually not too bad so far. I skipped over it initially and then read it was being animated by Studio Trigger and so it peaked my interest. It's actually slightly bonkers and funny at times as well, so I'll stick with it! I was going to ask if you were watching it as well so I checked your list only to discover that you're currently watching an insane amount of shows! How do you manage that?! Haha.

Oct 18, 2014
dantesmonsters says...

Anyways about your comments on my WtW list:

5 Centimeters per Second: Your comment actually made it look more interesting to me. Kudos!

Blood+: All the horror animes I have watched so far have been rather disappoiting. I hope Blood+ will break the curse.

Ergo Proxy: I'll need to check it out. I actually love ambiguous stuff, which leave space to my own interpretation.

FLCL: I only added this cause it looked funny, to be honest LOL. Definetely don't have big expectations about it.

Grave of the Fireflies: Yeah, I heard many people cried to it. By the way, for it to 'spoil' that information right away and still keep you on edge must mean that its a good movie. But what do you exactly mean with "emotional manipulation"? Is it related with the fact that it tries to add up a lot of sad circumstances to make you cry?

Welcome to the NHK: Damn, I have got expectations on this. I would hate if watching it would result in a waste of time.

By the way - your suggestions were actually interesting, thanks! I don't see how they could have "messed me up" (perhaps I didn't get the true meaning behind this sentence?). And yeah, I'm not a fan of the yaoi, so I think I won't watch Love Stage.

Oct 18, 2014
dantesmonsters says...

From my experience, Serial Experiments Lain is not too much about philosophy. It IS present, but not as much as NGE, imo. Besides, I found that aspect to be much more "concrete" here than in Evangelion, whose philosophy I found to be too "abstract". But I guess that's subjective.Lain does have a story, a complex/ambiguous one, but that doesn't really matter in the end. Its not one of those anime you see for the story: thinking about it that way would be reductive.

SEL aired during 1998; therefore it was clearly influenced by the huge boom of computers and the birth of the Internet. At that time, the opinions of people in the 90's were split into two categories: the ones who praised that kind of 'technology', thinking it was useful, and the ones who actually feared it, thinking it could have replaced the "real world".

Both of these thoughts make up for the two main arguments of SEL: The wired (ie the internet) who links people together; who makes what is distant, near. And the negative side of it, which leads to the other core argument: "is the information in the Wired safe? is it real, or is it manipulated?".

I also loved the presence of other varied arguments: religious (Does God exist only if he has followers?), about our ego (we have got multiple "masks" on internet: do they represent us better than our actual real "faces"?), and all of the privacy issues that the net brought us.

Not to count the HUGE amount of references to other shows (many of which i didn't get at first, because I have yet to see them, but I know for sure that there are citations to Ghost in the Shell, for example), to Freud's view of ego, to Philip K. Dick's books and many others. Heck, even the sentence "Close the world, open the nExt" found in the description on a-p is a reference to the NeXT Computer Inc., Steve Jobs' computer company!

All in all, Serial Experiments Lain is a challenge, if not most of the times a bet with yourself. You need to be very open minded, and most of the story is up to your interpretation. Its not an anime you can marathon in one go and get the results: chances are you'll need multiple rewatches to get the most out of it. I hate that sentence ("It's not for everyone") but I think there is no anime who befits it better than SEL. I surely wouldn't suggest it to someone who simply wants to sit and enjoy an anime. For me, it was a unique, somewhat terrifying yet sublime experience. An inspiring experience that I'm going to retry atleast once every year, to try and fit all the pieces together: I think that's half of the fun! Again sorry in case I wasn't very clear with my english; I tried my best to explain.

Oct 18, 2014
keko998 says...

my brother  go to japonya 

Oct 18, 2014