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mariprosa

  • US, North Carolina
  • Joined Nov 15, 2007
  • 30 / F

Introductions are always the most difficult task I face with any community that I become a part of, hehe :)

My name is mariprosa-a combination of the Spanish terms "mariposa" (butterfly) and "rosa" (rose)-so you could say it means "rosy butterfly". I'm soon to be 25 years old and a college student-always busy. I've watched anime for more than 10 years (give or take, because way back when I didn't even know Sailor Moon was anime-that was pretty much my gateway series aside from Cowboy Bebop). Since then, I've seen a lot of series-that being a gross understatement, but I think of anime as one of my active hobbies.

I love reading, creative writing, volunteering, playing sports (favorites are soccer, swimming and basketball), hanging out with friends and family, and I'm a bit of a calm, free-spirited person. I love meeting new people as well :) I'm from the United States, speak a few languages (Japanese is something I'm trying to learn on my own-and it's going okay, but not as much since I don't have a lot of time-but I get practice from watching anime too-so it's a plus)-Spanish, French, very little Portugese, and I know Latin and Greek to some extent. So you can say I'm very open-minded with everything I approach.

With anime-I'm a combination of being constructively critical and also consider it as something to freely enjoy. There are some series I have biases against (harem series, usually), while I have biases for others I really, really enjoy (slice of life), but I set those aside and will pretty much watch most things you put on my plate-just as long as its not too OTT.

Well, that's me in a nutshell.  I'm glad to be a part of A-P, even if I don't find myself on here as much as I would like. ^_^

General note for my reviews: anything above an 8 I'd classify to be a favorite and a definite recommendation to watch. Anything between 7-8 are definitely good series, but probably had one or two kinks to it. Series in the 6 range are decent watches, definitely worth watching once, but might be more oriented towards specific audiences. Series that are in the 5 range, I personally don't care for them, and had points to pick, but I wouldn't rule them out in the recommendation range because there were points that they may, or may not have done well. Some of the series in my 5 range I actually enjoyed on a base level, but not enough to really hit home with me, or I found it too trite/cliched.

Below 5...and I probably will review a few series that reached this point... little to no value for me, unfortunately. I hate saying that, because I don't really like to give too many series the boot, but some of the series I've watched, in the 10+ years I've watched anime, go beyond the series in this range.

Updated 7/12/2009

Pending reviews:

Banner of the Stars, Master Keaton

Reviews I want to do in the future:

Umineko no Naku Koro Ni

Life on anime

  • 51 Minutes
  • 9 Hours
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Weeks
  • 4 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

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424 total

Manga ratings

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VivisQueen says...

NOTE:

For some reason, your review reads fantastically when accompanied by Backstreet Boys' "I'll Be The One". Yes, I just admitted I listen to Backstreet Boys. I find them pretty, okay??!!

Oct 15, 2008
VivisQueen says...

Well, I must say, your Ryoko's Case File review is the most enjoyable yet. Although I only watched 5 episodes (so never got to the serialised story arc), I felt your observations were very fair and spot-on according to my own interpretation. I did get a sense that it could get better or just stay shit; however, I had too much better stuff on my plate so I dropped it. I might pick it up in the future since it's short and seemingly one for the times when I have nothing better to do. Great stuff, thanks for the read!

Oct 15, 2008
Sheex says...

Rosepetals! Glad to see you're back and doing well! How'd your thesis turn out? =)

I'm just as guilty for being, well, totally absent. This is the first time I've really checked the site since June 6th. ><

I'm not in much of a talkative mood today (had something unpleasant happen and am...a bit pissed to say the least) but I'll be sure to comment further tomorrow once my head clears.

Oct 10, 2008
VivisQueen says...

Whoop! I just read and responded to your detailed observations in the forum. Very astute. And I agree with the vast majority. Still had a couple of points... but my post turned out REALLY long as well. ^^;

Oct 5, 2008
VivisQueen says...

***SPOILERS***

I take your points in. Weirdly, I don't see S1 has having too many problems. In fact, apart from poor character development, I found it almost flawless (if that makes sense). What S1 offers in itself is fantastic high-octane plotting, and only this morning I was reminiscing about some of the cool moments that turned me into the CG fangirl I was. Lol. I think with R2 the expectation is that the loose ends left from S1 get tied up and that, although character development won't be superb, the characters will have a purpose like in S1. So when they die, they stay dead and don't just all come back to life for no reason whatsoever except to hang around and not be dead.

There are times when I think 'Hmmm, a 5.5?' But then when I look at other anime I gave this rating to, and actually read the content again, I find the average rating is justified. Code Geass R2 on balance comes out average. Not ridiculously poor that I would hate it forever, and certainly not fantastic. But average enough that it's a big fat disappointment compared to what it could have been. If I were to review both series as a single entity, I'd say Code Geass comes out at 7.5 - 8, which is 'Great'. The combination of awesome first series and an emotional ending would trump most of the flaws. or seen in another way, out of 50 episodes, only about 10 would actually be dire. However, viewed separately, they have vastly different levels of quality in my opinion.

Anyway, what I am interested in are the detailed observations that you made as well. I don't think you ever posted them. I want to know what you thought were good and bad points. One day I too will rewatch both in a sequence once I've forgotten most of it. And I'll see if my reviews will need amending.

Oct 5, 2008