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Tomikohara

  • Canada
  • Joined Dec 23, 2007
  • 28 / F

I've been watching anime since many years; I started with shows like Dragonball Z (the show that got me hooked to anime), Pokemon and Digimon on YTV channel. Little did I know then that so much more (and better) anime existed out there!

I enjoy all kinds of genres, but I tend to lean towards person-in-a-strange-world, post-apocalyptic, adventure, martial arts, survival, fantasy, medieval, melancholy, slice of life, romance and shoujo... I'm less fond of shows like Air, Kanon etc with super stereotypical girls and cliche storylines with atleast one girl who's really stupid silly and makes strange sounds all the time or the shows where a guy suddenly has a girl make herself at home at his place and 1/2 the show consists of your usually accidental nudity-ness and face-inbetween-legs... I'm not too fond of mecha/pilot shows either unless they're decently realistic and followed by an engaging plot. Comedy's always good, unless it's the repetivite guy-falls-onto-girl-accidental-groping stuff. But really, anything that has a great, unique, thought-out storyline. Let me know if you come across a very realistic show with little plot holes and cliches, with a thought out and thought provoking storyline that I haven't seen.

I prefer Subs over Dubs any day, and I never rate anything lower than 2 or higher than 4.5; That's just the way I am... I also become quite the critic in face of a show that has a weak story and many plot holes, especially when it's a more serious series.

I have a deep love for anime music. Some anime OST's that I really enjoy: Hirasawa Susumu, .Hack, Death Note, Tsubasa Chronicles, Code Geass, Fate/Stay Night, Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni & Kai, Full Moon Wo Sagashite, Shakugan no Shana & Second,Basilisk, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, Uverworld,  TM Revolution, Clannad, Kiyoharu, D. Grayman, Rocky Chack, L'arc En Ciel, Ghost in the Shell, Eureka Seven, Maaya Sakamoto, The Pillows, and I really enjoy Minoru Shiraishi's performances (and his troubling relationship with Akira in LS ^.^)

It's hard for me to choose a Top 5 list, but lets just say Death Note, Mushishi, Nana, The Twelve Kingdoms, and Samurai Champloo. Other shows that I really enjoyed that didn't make my Top 5 list, in alphabetic order: Basilisk, Boogiepop Phantom, Claymore, Fullmetal Alchemist, Haibane Renmei, Higurashi No Naku Koro Ni & Kai, Kino's Journey, Kurau Phantom Memory, My-Hime, Ouran High School Host Club, Paranoia Agent, (Peacemaker Kurogane), Towards the Terra, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge. I've yet to make a proper, thought-out top 5 list.

Just in case you're wondering, the girl in my avatar and signature is the awesome Sunako from Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge!

When I'm not watching anime, I'm baking healthy vegan recipes for my blog http://nocrapdiet.wordpress.com, making one-of-a-kind jewelry on Livejournal (gemstone_jar), listening to AnimeNfo Radio, and planning crazy adventures and roadtrips across Canada. If you're looking for any cosplay jewelry or clay character keychains, ask me and I'll see what I can do! =) I'm interested in cosplay and I've made a costume for someone before, but I have yet to cosplay myself. I'm waiting to find a character that I look very similar to.

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Kilplow says...

So how was your trip to Anime North and the convention scene?

May 31, 2008
Kilplow says...

I tagged along with him to the one in Toronto (a rather small one) back in December and one in Columbus in Jan, but it doesn't look like I will this time around.  Apparently, he booked his hotel last August and with all the logistics of other people Freewind wants to haul around, I'd basically have to drive myself...oh and I have an awful sense of direction.  I had talked a bit to another friend about driving up to it together, and though he was interested he's decided to decline.  To make a long story short, I don't think I will barring a friend changing his mind or my own resolve not to get lost really strengthening.

May 12, 2008
SatoshiJiro says...

No.. :(  I'm kinda lacking the funds to do much right now - though I may be able to make the Atlanta Con in September.. Maybe.

Btw.  Thanks for rubbing it in.  T_T

May 12, 2008
Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono Spoilers

Aruruu's death and the way it was handled was effective in invoking emotions from me, but I already explained that previously. Maybe it was the track record of killing characters off to force change in the remaining characters. I think that might be the variable...when a character passes away, the ones left alive should be noticeably changed by the passing. I can‘t think of anyone I know that wouldn‘t impact my life if they were removed. And anime often doesn't want to deal with consequences. Or even try. And that's where Utawarerumono succeeds very clearly. I think I can forgive clichés plots and poor villains because the fact it is amazingly effective with its character driven story, realistic despite the fantasy setting, and the force of the philosophy behind the scenes.

That's completely why I loved the new growth scene in the city. For most anime, it would have been boring and a waste of screen time, but it was one of the pinnacle moments. Hakuoro rejects the idea of re-inhabiting the city because of the city's tainted past. It is a parallel to his own character--he cannot fathom who he is and is plagued by his own past. It is Eruruu that shows him that with work and determination he can push his way out of the dirt and sprout new life, like the plants. And us, the viewers, realize, it isn't just Hakuoro that can to this, we too can do the same. Powerful, uplifting, and inspiring.

May 4, 2008
Kilplow says...

Utawarerumono/FMA Spoilers

The literary phrase you are looking for is "Deus Ex Machina". It basically means a plot twist that is contrived to change the outcome. Often it is outside intervention by a powerful force and it used when writers get themselves into a corner.

Death in Utawarerumono was done very well overall in my opinion. The villains were all predictable enough. Tusukuru was surprising because of the swiftness of the event but it was acceptable because she was the trigger for the plot. Because of her death, I thought Oboro might die when he attacked the fortifications by himself. Especially after Teoro died later in the show, I felt that any character could die on any mission. I didn't even realize he was dying in his final scene until his village was shown razed.

The consequences of death are something rarely seen in anime, especially in a realistic way. I actually really liked the scene with Aruruu and Eruruu being put the sleep after the death. It was touching in a way because it was so very sad. I think it let Hakuoro's character grow...the scene with him watching over Eruruu as she sleeps and tucking her in and holding her hand...is very touching.

Contrast this to Full Metal Alchemist. Hughes especially seemed like he was set up from day one to be the likeable meddler who is killed off. This is actually ok on some levels. But how his death is handled is awful. The scene with his family at the grave doesn't change anything for anyone...not even Mustang that's there. And the main characters don't find out about it until much, much later in the show, and they don't really go through grieving periods, just anger. The rest of the deaths are even more ineffective.

May 4, 2008