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 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 watching this season (unranked):
Subete ga F
Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
Owari no Seraph S2
Here are the most recent non-ongoing series I've watched:
Berserk (stretching it on 'recent' lol)
Ga-Rei Zero (currently stalled)
Spice and Wolf
Moving on to my ratings, those I do keep pretty strong tabs on. Considering I haven't written reviews in forever, my star ratings are really what actually matter. 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. I'm also constantly reassessing my star ratings to maintain 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. I decided fairly recently to make an exception with the 22 ep noitaminA series, which I will list under both seasons over which it aired. Of course, for the premiering season, the ranking accounts only for the events of the first half of the series. In case you were wondering this was because of Guilty Crown lol. And just like my ratings, Lists are to be considered fluid. I'm a firm believer in judging longevity almost as much as the immediate impression upon completion.
And great news everybody, you can actually write up little reasonings on your Lists now! :D I'm in the process of updating ^_^
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!!!
Oh and I even made a list for my fav anime studio, P.A. Works :D
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 both google+ and 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 dont' change them -_-
ava = Kaori & Kousei f/ Your Lie in April (perfect couple <3)
header = Super Peace Busters f/ AnoHana (1000 x 300 everyone for the header photos)