Enter Sunagan, 24 years old, passionate about anime, tv series, movies, books, cooking, travelling, classical music, languages, culture, philosophy and last but not least psychology. I have recently obtained a cum laude Master's degree in Clinical Health Psychology and the next year of my life will be all about getting some much needed rest from studying, before I'll plunge myself into the working life. My boyfriend Omurqi (sweet, intelligent, easy-going, funny and also active on anime-planet) is doing an IT Internship in France for the second semester and since I have nothing to do anyway, I decided to join him on this adventure of living in France for 5 months (we usually live in Amsterdam, Holland). My week now consists of watching as much anime and tv series as I can and of studying Japanese vigorously. My goal is to obtain a 8500 word vocabulary and a 2000 kanji vocabulary. Also, I will work myself through several grammar textbooks and books on japanese culture, sociology, history, politics, religion, mythology and food. Why, you ask? Because I love Japan and Japanese and because I can be really obsessive when I like something... I used to be a fairly hopeless anime addict in the first half of university, but the times of watching 15 eps a day are now over, unfortunately :-). Nowadays I watch between 100 and 300 eps a month. What can I say, life's gotten busier and although it's filled with less anime than before, I'm still enjoying it to the fullest ;-). What else about me, huh? I'm openminded, interested in a lot of different things and I like to talk about philosophical issues, although I'm also pretty capable of embarrassing myself laughing my ass off xD. I'm someone who likes observing and analyzing, I'm passive, essentially a dreamer. Also, I've had my fair share of trouble in life in the past, but right now I'm happy and in love, not taking life too seriously :P.
I've had an anime blog for some time (http://sunaganspaas.blogspot.com/), but it's currently dead, unfortunately. I'm intending to pick it up again once I've got more time for anime and writing.
I currently earn my money by coaching high school students in various subjects. Some of them have got disorders or learning disabilities like disharmonic intelligence profiles, dyslexia, ODD, autism, NLD or AD(H)D. My other side job is writing intake reports for an independent health psychologist. The work is really interesting and fun to do. It also pays a lot better than the average side job, so hurray for my work xD. When I get back to Holland, I intend to start working as a psychologist in the mental health care sector, but as everyone knows the economy is being a bitch and there are too many psychologists for the jobs available. It sucks, but I'll find my way around it eventually. For now I neither have to work nor to find work, so I can focus on Japanese :-) !!!
Moving on to my love for anime. I guess my liking of anime could be predicted in a certain way. I'm someone who needs to have addictions in order to enjoy life; in my case these addictions are storytelling, -reading and watching, shortly, the media that provide me with them; books, tv, music and since about five years anime too :). Some series are primarily good because of the plot or the humor, others because of the character chemistry, passing on certain ideas or creating a particular atmosphere. Some series give me the satisfaction of emotional or intellectual challenges, but they are not necessairy to enjoy a show.
Loved and Hated genres
As I'm a complete sucker for badassness and epic storylines, I'm in love with the shounen genre while at the same time I don't like moe, random plotless romantic stories and magical girl all that much. For all the people who can't be bothered to read other people's profiles properly: yes, I love shounen, I generally dislike shoujo and I'm a girl, a GIRL damnit, so don't go adressing me with 'dude' T_T. Shounen series I like are One Piece, Naruto Shippuuden, Bleach, Hajime no Ippo and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, although I do equally love sinking my teeth into something meatier (in terms of meaningfullness and symbolism) as well, like Mushishi, Kino no tabi and Haibane Renmei. Josei has recently appeared on my radar in the form of Nodame Cantabile, Honey and Clover, Paradise Kiss and Nana and I'm starting to love it more and more. I also like comedy (Ouran High School Host Club, Nyan Koi) and atmospheric stuff (Bartender, Antique Bakery), some drama/romance and tragedy (Clannad, Clannad After Story, Tokyo Magnitude 8.0), oh and I also like Junjou Romantica & friends ^_^.
As I said, anime I generally don't like feature excessive fluff (seeing words like 'magical girl' and 'sparkly transformation sequence' actually send some nasty shivers down my spine). Random, over-the-top comedy like Azumanga Daioh and Arakawa Under the Bridge or parodies like Excel Saga, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei are tricky to rate. Most likely I enjoyed and hated it, the exact balance determines wheter these shows scored 2½ or 3 stars in my book. They're not really favourites, though. Furthermore, I have ecchi listed as one of my least favourite genres but don't get me wrong, I'm just as much of a perv as anyone else here xD. I just figured if nothing is gonna happen but accidental groping and panty shots I might as well watch yaoi or hentai for some good action. If I want to see a mature approach to relationships I can turn to josei. As for the other genres, there is also a fine line with slice of life, episodic and slow paced anime. Normally I don't really like them, but when they are coupled with an exceptionally good and meaningful story, they tend to end up in my top 5. Anyway, as you've seen I like most genres, so if you have something good in mind don't hesitate to tell me!
Things I really enjoy in anime are:
About the way i rate anime:
Concerning the rating of series, I won't rate any series lower than 1½. This is because I don't see the point in making distinctions between anything that falls into the category 'so bad that slitting my wrists seems like a merciful alternative', which is the meaning of 1½ stars in my rating system.
Current Top 3 of Most Loved Anime Characters
Current Top 3 of Most Hated Anime Characters
Top 3 Latest Recommendations
Crazy anime/manga statistics that the signature won't show you
That´s all for now about the anime, I hope to have some good conversations with some of you about the best series. For the brave souls who have the feeling they still don't know enough about me, I present to you a small dessert. It's my other big passion in life:
My music obsession
I've been playing the clarinet now for thirteen years. I have been in a youth harmony orchestra for 3 years and after that I was in a youth symphony orchestra for 7 years. I have been singing in a classical choir for 1 year now and I intend to continue singing :-) . My friends are either conservatory students or passionate amateurs like myself, so I feel quite at home in the world of music! I really like classical music and film music, although I like to consider myself open-minded to exciting new music and even pop, if it's well-made. Some componists I really like are Stravinsky, Messiaen, Debussy, Poulenc, Moessorgski, Ravel, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov, John Adams and Martinu.
Everyone thanks for reading so far!