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My interest in anime stems from my love for japanese animated art. As a child, I used to to draw characters from the original Dragonball manga; and growing up, I was always interested in this simplistic and unqiue art form. Of course, I would probably shoot myself before taking a career in art. The first anime movie I saw was the classic "My Neighbor Totoro" by Hayao Miyzaki (excellent director) and the first show I saw all the way through was "Neon Genesis Evangelion".

I am very selective when it comes to the anime I watch and am naturally attracted to some more than others. I enjoy shonen anime with, whenever possible, elements of japanese history, high quality art, ***realistic story (realistic in the sense that the characters are "human"), and excellent directorship. Here are some great anime movies: any Miyazaki film (the art and music are beautiful), Tenchi the Movie - Tenchi Muyo! in Love (watch for Kain...), Only Yesterday, Barefoot Gen, and Voices of a Distant Star. Some excellent anime shows include: Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop (everyone loves this show), Escaflowne, Full Metal Alchemist - Brotherhood, and Ghost in the Shell - Stand Alone Complex.

Because I read reviews, usually multiple, most of the anime I watch is interesting and enjoyable. This is the reason why my average ratings are high. By the way, this site has excellent reviews, so much so that I come here before I go anywhere else. I highly recommend reading reviews from Vivisqueen and Vivafruit. Some reviews sites that I have gone to in the past include: theanimereview.com, loveofanime.com, amr.nextstudio.net (anime meta review), themanime.org, and animeworld.com (AAW).

Since I'm very selective, theres a lot of genres I don't watch. Please leave me a comment, if you know of shows that I may be interested in.

*If you want to see the best in anime art, watch an animated movie, and please watch a high quality version.

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Sunagan says...


to tell you the truth, i thought really hard about what rating to give to Grave of the Fireflies. On the one hand, it was a sad, athmospheric war drama with heartwarming intimate moments that really moved me, on the other hand, i only got really emotionally involved on ¾ of the movie... That's how it got the 4/5 rating ^_^... I thought it was a really good movie, but I guess my ultimate enjoyment is still more in the direction of shounen, no matter how shallow it may sound ;). Anyway, i will probably give your recommendation a go in some time! Ciao!

Nov 27, 2009
vivafruit says...

Hey! I'm glad you're enjoying my reviews. For tips, this is something I wrote a while back. I hope it helps!

My thoughts on good review-writing:

* Try to have a paragraph at the beginning that introduces your main thoughts and grabs the reader's attention at the same time (for instance, "Black Lagoon looks and smells like a mindless action series, but it is not a mindless action series.").

* The final paragraph should wrap up your thoughts on the show by summarizing everything you've said so far.

* Detail is important! There are many easy ways to get quick opinions on an anime (chatrooms, messageboards, average scores, etc.), but reviews are one of the only ways you can actually get a detailed overview of a show.

* A review doesn't have to be split up by categories if you know what you're doing - on the contrary, writing one long essay can make the review much easier to read. That said, the extremely long reviews (1000+ words), where you're basically writing mini-essays about each category, almost have to be organized somehow to remain coherent.

* If you feel like you need to put plot summaries or character descriptions in a review, keep them short because NO ONE will read them.

* There is no such thing as an "objective" review. Reviews are meant to be a person's OPINION on a show, and I've never heard of an objective opinion. Don't be afraid to voice your opinion, and NEVER try to mask your opinion under the guise of objectivity.

* Everyone may have an opinion, but not all opinions are created equal. Your opinion is only as strong as your justification for it. If you think Naruto deserves all 10's because "its awsome," you have a pretty awful opinion.

* Never tell me the who or what; tell me the how and why. I don't care that Hikaru no Go is about a board game; I care that it's addictive.

* Spoilers are rarely necessary because they always involve the "what," which nobody cares about anyway. Remember that when you add spoilers to a review, you are cutting the people who can actually read it in half.

* Don't feel obligated to write an equal amount for each category. The story and characters are almost always more important than the animation or sound.

* Don't become too fixated on scores; your thoughts are more important. In the end, no one is really going to care whether you give Full Metal Alchemist's animation an 8 or a 9.

* For the love of God, spellcheck!

Nov 23, 2009
soultorndrummer says...

On my blog reply you said that you wouldn't watch DBZ because you grew up reading the manga and enjoy the manga. Well have you heard of Dragon Ball Kai? It's a remake of Dragon Ball Z from beginning to end, but with a catch! They've enterly redone the series. They've taken out filler etc and the series is not made to follow the manga rather than the older version of the anime.

Better quality and redone to follow the manga? Sounds like a winner to me. I personally haven't seen it, but one of my friends is watching it and he likes it.

Nov 21, 2009
VivisQueen says...

Hi dannyc, thanks for your compliments. I'm really glad you enjoyed my writing. Unfortunately, as of today, I'll no longer be active on anime-planet. Tomorrow I'm going abroad for a year to volunteer. I'm trying to focus more on my career and since internet access will be irregular, I figured it'd be a good time to take a break.

Now, as for my thoughts on Only Yesterday, an outstanding drama that touches on rare themes and subject matters in a uniquely mature way. I loved it. 8.5/10 easily. As for Whisper of the Heart, the reason I haven't yet watched it is because I haven't yet bought it. Basically, any anime movies that are available in the UK, I will buy (Only Yesterday wasn't, so I had to watch it online). But that usually means it depends on my financial circumstances. While I'm volunteering, I'll be on £10 a week - hardly the right time to buy DVDs! Lol.

Now, if you really, really want a review for Only Yesterday, I'd DEFINITELY hit valondar or vivafruit up for a review. Valondar loves it as much as I do and you cite vivafruit as another favourite reviewer. They might be happy to oblige - especially if you tell them VivisQueen threatens unparallel vengeance if they don't. ^_^

Anyway, thanks very much for following my reviews. I really enjoyed writing them. Who knows, I might come back since I loved it so much, but that really depends on circumstances. Hope things are well with you too.

Best wishes


Nov 17, 2009
sothis says...

Hi dannyc, just wanted to give a heads up that I've removed a Geass R2 review comment you wrote cause it talks about a major spoiler (keep in mind many people reading reviews haven't seen the anime, so please leave those out of comments too ^_^;;)

Nov 3, 2009