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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

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  • 4 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

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Manga ratings

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sothis says...

Hey hey! Any chance you'd consider rewriting the entry for tenchi muyo movie 2? It's REALLY BAD (sounds like a review and is too short) and the screenshots suck also. ;_;

Jan 20, 2008
algelic says...

Hi! :D I just read your profile! We are very alike! (except for the taste in anime... LOL)

Jan 19, 2008
Sheex says...

Damn it all, you've even rallied Sothis against me; I'm screwed!

Oh, and my misunderstanding; I can see quite a few points, actually, where Ryvius draws concepts from 1984 (Kouji's job on the bridge, Faina's character, etc.)  I was just pointing out that I believe LotF to be the primary source of inspiration.  That said, if you could wrap up all Ryvius' potential topics for discussion in one book, I'd be impressed.  I thoroughly enjoyed the latter portions of the series which really aimed to explore its themes, but I just felt that, overall, it was quite disappointing.  For an anime discussing very deep and serious topics it didn't present itself as such, and that's where my major complaints lie.

I look forward to your rebuttal review, though; the more the merrier!

Jan 18, 2008
sothis says...

Agreed on IR - I thought the character development was some of the best I've seen in anime due to the large scale. ^_^

Jan 18, 2008
Sheex says...

Ryvius more comparable to 1984 than Lord of the Flies?  Hm, maybe, but I still think  Lord of the Flies was the primary source inspiration.  Look at the general presentation:

(For others reading this has LOTS OF SPOILERS for Ryvius!)

- Children are stranded in space (versus children stranded on island.)

- A few elites rule by means of having access to the bridge (the conch)

- Their hopes for rescue end up in disaster (failed bonfire and discovery of the corpse on the mountain) which turns the story completely around; before the children had hope, after their survival instincts take over.

- Blue is comparable to Jack in many ways, ie brute force rule, selfish desire for power, etc.

- Kouji leaves the bridge (Piggy's death)

- Just as Kouji (Ralph) is about to be killed at the end, the military ship shows up (just like the Navy vessel shows up to save Ralph before certain death in LotF)

And that's just by means of storytelling.  The philosophies coincide very closely as well, and that's why I made a point to draw the two so closely together.  It's not necessarily a 1:1 direct storytelling comparison, but the same events occur in both in order to achieve the same effect.

Jan 18, 2008