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Hello anime world! My name is Shawn :D

Over these last 5+ yrs of watching anime, I've seen the industry grow and change. And while fads come and go, one thing that doesn't change is my great appreciation for this industry. With all these experiences and memories under my belt, I really enjoy sharing my views on anime whenever I get the chance, especially with the newbies ;). I guess I'm an intellectual of sorts, so I just love discussing this kinda stuff in detail when I can. And while I may be the resident Ivy Leaguer here, trust me I'm not as uptight as you think ^_^. In addition to watching anime, I'm also a huge football fan and <was> an avid 360 gamer (until I didn't hav the 100 hrs to dump into my fav rpgs anymore). Actually that's a lie, cause I just got an XOne because Fallout (and just reached level 60 lol). I also regularly listen to Japanese (and some Korean) music. I try to regularly keep track of the weekly Oricon charts when I can, and keep an ear to some of the catchier anime tracks :)

Anyway, long story short, feel free to gimme a shout out some time! Leave a profile comment, don't be shy I love talking to new people on the site :). And I'm always willing to discuss the latest series...

Here's what I'm following this season (no particular order):

Izetta: The Last Witch


Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans 2

Girlish Number

3-gatsu no Lion

Ajin 2nd


My ongoing ranked list can be found here :)

Moving on to my ratings, those I do keep pretty strong tabs on. Considering I haven't written reviews in forever, and am too lazy to fix those ratings, my star ratings are really the only things that actually matter anymore. I use pretty much a tiered system for my ratings, each tier representing what I feel to be series of similar quality. Of course, the 4.5 and 5 star tier represent shows I really loved (the elite series) and the 4 star tier would be the best of the rest (and that's no slight). And this is an admittedly hard system, so don't shy away f/ something just cause I happen to hav it under 4 stars. And on the flip side, don't necessarily feel the need to gravitiate to something just because I hav it rated high, I've definitely added some heavy bias when it comes to certain personal favorite type shows. Perhaps I'll construct a proper list of them someday. Anywho, I'm also constantly reassessing my star ratings to maintain some measure of consistency.

I also have an established history of recording what I'm watching ( /have watched) with Lists. Note that these Lists are ranked, and my ongoing list I try to update about weekly (as I see fit). Do keep in mind, I only include series which I've watched ( /am watching), so if it's not there, I didn't watch it, so don't complain about it <please -_->. Note that I classify series by when they finish, not when they start. Ergo, for example, you'll notice I've labeled Steins;Gate as a Summer anime although it did in fact premier in the Spring. The exception is if the series airs over Fall to Winter (i.e. spans mulitple yrs) which I list under both seasons. There's another small exception with the 22 ep noitaminA series, which will also be listed under both seasons over which it aired. While I would like to do this for all 2-cour series, I'm still hesistant as in my experience not all 2-cour anime hav an established midpoint. However, the noitaminA series hav historically been pretty well consistent on this. Of course in any case, for the premiering season the ranking accounts only for the events of the first half of the series. In case you were wondering, kind of the impetus for the noitaminA exception was basically Guilty Crown lol. And just like my ratings, Lists are to be considered very fluid. I'm a firm believer in judging longevity almost as much as the immediate impression upon completion.

NEW FOR 2016 -- After careful consideration, I will be adding 2 important new restrictions for my Lists. Historically, I hav included everything I watched in a given season (taking into account the rules listed above) regardless of where it ranks. That will no longer be the case. From now on, in attempt to streamline my lists (and frankly give them a little more meaning than just a ranking sheet), for seasonal lists I will only be including those shows which rank at 3 stars or above. I may institute a 3 show minimum if it becomes necessary. In addition, for my annual lists I will only be including those shows which rank at 3.5 stars or above. "Best Of" is supposed to mean something, and especially for a full year's worth of anime average is not the best. Oh and too that effect, the annual lists will no longer be "Top 10s" but "Best Ofs" which may include more or less than 10 shows. Come to think of it, I may start merging some of these lists moving forward as I just don't hav to time to watch the volume of ongoing series that I used to. C'est la vie...

Here's my full slate of Lists f/ 2015:

Best Of Year 2015

Best Of Fall 2015

Best Of Summer 2015

Best Of Spring 2015

Best Of Winter 2015

And great news everybody, you can actually write up little reasonings on your Lists now! :D I'm in the process of updating ^_^. I think I'm thru everything except for 2015 and the Winter seasons (because the alphabet lol)

I finally made a top 10 anime list! I just haven't posted it on the site yet... And it's been a while so who knows if it's still accurate.. Yeah, not much of an announcement -_-

Guess what... I posted it now ;)

It seems that Lists don't show on your main page anymore so please click on the tab at the top of the page and take a look. You can get a good feel for the kinda stuff I like. Now there's even character lists! And I just updated, hooray!!!

I do welcome recommendations, but in all honesty unless it's something ongoing or in a coming season, I probably won't get the chance to watch it right away (or anytime soon lol).

Lastly, I keep an open door policy, I'm not one for forums and such but I am regularly available on fb or skype if you wanna IM ^_^

~ ~ Peace ~ ~

Never my fanart by the way, I have no artistic ability.

But if anyone wants to show off their art or just something they found,
I'd be more than happy to take a look :), music too for that matter ^_^

You may have noticed in the past my avas and sigs always came from ongoing series, but now I'm lazy so I really don't change them -_-

ava = Kaori & Kousei f/ Your Lie in April (perfect couple <3)
header = Marnie f/ When Marnie Was There (Yes I changed it, Yes I know ur freaking out lol)

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Aerythrin says...

Nyanpasu! (^O^☆♪

Now it's my turn to ignore you! Bwahaha! Actually, you just got me at a bad time. :P I didn't have time to reply to your message before we left for my Gran's, and she has no internet so we were playing tech support. And failed, so she will have to get an engineer to look at her phone line anyway. D:

Ah, I'm glad. Sleep is important, but it's kind of annoying that you need more sleep when you're busy or stressed, but being stressy makes it so hard to sleep...xD Ah, I'm glad you didn't have any bad storms. What's the weather been like for you recently? All over the place here, doesn't know what it wants to do.

Well, not yet. I'd like to be driving by the end of summer, but it's kind of difficult at the moment.

Yeah, indeed. I can't disagree with you about AnoHana, it was quite slow indeed, but it worked with it well, it finished the story nicely and they didn't even need the extra 1-2 episodes that normal single-cour shows have to tell their story. It kind of makes you wonder where shows that have 13 episodes and end without resolution go wrong, unless there's already a sequel planned, in that case it's usually forgivable. Haha, before the last couple of years I'd watched comparitively few two-cour shows because I always felt like there was a lot of fluff (yet I sat through Fairy Tail plus fillers without complaint...strange huh?) and I felt like I could get more watched by sticking mainly to one-cour shows. I heavily regret that mindset now because I've experienced so many great two-cour shows this year alone like Code Geass (two lots of two-cour, but still) and Steins;Gate: you just need to know how to choose them I guess. I agree with you on that front as well, the pacing was exceptional, admittedly (not sure if I've said this to you before, sorry if I am repeating myself) for the first episodes of Steins;Gate before the plot twist comes into play I was a bit like, 'what's all the fuss about?', but in the end all of the events and world-building was important. It's not like I didn't enjoy the first, slower parts, but I was just a bit lost as to why everyone loves it so much until the big twist happened. ^_^

Personally, in terms of how a show is built, I'm relatively easy. My favourite is probably the same as you, with the more laidback buildup and the faster paced second half/concluding arc/whatever it might be. For shorter shows, though, I find that if they don't get into the story in the first couple of episodes it can lose my interest. It depends on the genre and stuff as well, though. If a show has the 'action' tag and there's no excitement in the first 5 episodes of a 12-ep show, for example, I will be really disappointed, but if I was watching a 12-episode romcom and not that much actual progression happens in the first 5 episodes I wouldn't be too surprised. :P

Haha. I'm personally always up for discussing stuff like that, but only with rational individuals. I don't want to get lynched because I say I like something. :P Personally I don't really care much for a show's budget. It's nice to see shows like K Project and UBW which have a Holy Budget, Batman, but if every show had such a high budget let's be real, Japan wouldn't produce half of the anime it does, and budget doesn't necessaily = quality. But equally I won't bash a show with a high budget if I don't think it's the next anime equivalent of the Mona ruddy Lisa. x3 Yeah, I think AoT is a fairly good example to be honest, though any show which is so hyped has its haters and the people that would defend it literally to the death with a rusty fork or something. xD I agree with you about Eren and the pacing of the first half. I tried to watch it twice and lost interest before the plot twist but eventually got through the first half and enjoyed the second half in the end. I love the soundtrack for AoT too, they obviously thought quite hard about the tracks. Sometimes it can feel like tracks get repeated too much or the producers/directors just find a song they like and slap it in. :P Personally I don't think I would compare anime like that anyway, like they're all different in some way or another. You do get parallels in certain genres, and certain genres are reknowned for cut and paste characters, tropes, situations, whatever, but in some cases it's definitely a case of what ain't broke don't need fixing. If you want a good example of a sports anime cliche, it's the "new guy on the team who isn't as good as the rest but grows strong throughout x number of episodes". Even if the characters are really different that trope is evident in all of the sports anime I have personally watched so far, but why change the formula? It works to follow some guy's road to strength with their team.

Sorry, I feel like I had a super long rant there. I hope it isn't too hard to read. xD

Haha, well, as a rule, I don't share much but I can usually tell who I would get along with from a few conversations. ^_^ *huggle*

Yeah, I guess I never thought about it in that much detail but the general concept is certainly obvious. It's like, is it more useful/impressive to know loads of stuff, or is it more useful to know in depth about one or two things? Both are correct, because someone who only knows in-depth about one topic will be great at his one thing, but say if he lost his job or something else happened, then he's back to square one with nothing. But similarly if you only know a little bit about loads of stuff, you're gonna be one of those "jack of all trades, master of none" xD I can agree with you to be honest, I think kids are pumped with fact after fact and ask me how many of the things I learnt at school I would use in a job? About 3, which would be like basic language, basic maths (working a till, getting change, budgets, etc) and whatever the subject matter of the job is. So in my case psychology, which is STILL geared towards teaching kids about multiple topics. I feel like at a higher education level (so, 16-18, or even 15-18) still being filled with loads of random facts that some sweaty government official has deemed "necessary" to pass exams which test no practical skills related to the subject at all is just counter-productive. Ask me why, in my THIRD AND FINAL YEAR of uni is the only chance I've had in oooh...6-7 years of studying psychology to choose what I actually want to study within the general subject. And ask me how much of the other stuff will be useful in the career path I want to go down? Almost zilch. I'd say the general skills of study are important, and a few of the theories, but realistically most psychology students won't go down the research route, so that makes 75% at least of what I currently know about psychology pretty useless. :P

Sorry again to use a personal example, but it's hard to explain without including some form of personal experience I guess. I think that's the way I'm most comfortable describing stuff. I always worry that it looks like I love talking about myself but I just find it very difficult to explain stuff without some sort of personal connection.

And again, don't apologise! ^_^ *feeds you a cookie...or a pizza....or whatever you feel like really*

Aug 12, 2016
SophiaDiggins says...

It's alright! xD

I'm so sorry for MY late response! :c

I've been doing so-so, how about you? :3

Have a great day!~

Aug 12, 2016
imnothere says...

I hope I'm having fun there too. 

To be completely honest, I'm quite nervous. I'm going to be surrounded by people I have met only once or twice before and some of them I haven't met at all.  

I actually know only two people in that group. :P  The bride-to-be  and my best friend. :P   

Aug 12, 2016
FullmetalDragon says...

Haha, very true! And this is why I love living in a cold country ^^ 

Aug 12, 2016
imnothere says...

Yup!  I'm gonna go on a bachelorette party tommorow. :)  

So if I'm not responding tomorrow or  on Sunday then you know why. :D  

You?  Do you have any plans? 

Aug 12, 2016