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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

  • 18 Minutes
  • 10 Hours
  • 5 Days
  • 1 Weeks
  • 4 Months
  • 0 Years

Anime ratings

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424 total

Manga ratings

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Sheex says...

Being that this has been my first real break in about three years, I've made it a point to indulge myself with an abudance of anime and sleep over the past few weeks.  It will be difficult getting back into a busy routine, let me tell you.  I've currently downed 12 series (will be 12 once I finish Minami-ke in a couple hours) over Christmas Break, of varying lengths of course, so I can't really complain.  My list is growing increasingly smaller, not bigger, and that's not a good thing!

When you do get around to Seirei no Moribito, though, expect a real treat.  Since you've already read my review I'll say no more, but, knowing your tastes, you're 100% guaranteed to find it to your liking.

As for differenatiating between Higurashi's first two seasons, I made sure to write my review on the first before going past 3 episodes in Kai to make sure I kept my bias to a relative minimum.  While I didn't want to judge the two as individual series, I wanted to make sure I accurately reflected the quality of each half.  The fact that the two were so immensely different in presentation and thematics, though, forced me to pick a stronger and a weaker half, and given that I enjoyed the first season quite much, I decided to keep it as the more "pure" version of the author's intentions.  Considering Higurashi as a whole, it probably ends up as slightly above average, but when considering its parts separately, the first season was brilliant while the second was, while not bad, rather mediocre.  It's so rare, though, that you see a series like that exhibit enormous amounts of potential early on yet flounder so badly later, so judging it proved especially difficult.

Edit: Oh, by the way, your avatar is awesome.  I always am amused whenever you change yours over on the 'nfo boards - they all seem to fit you perfectly, and this one is no exception.

Jan 10, 2008
sothis says...

Yay, it's gorgeous!! :D The staff page is going up tonight, so I was hoping you'd have one up before then. ^_^

Jan 10, 2008
Sheex says...

About to finish up Higurashi Kai -- damn I've really marathoned this series!  5 eps to go, so in a couple hours.  Read your full review and loved it, though based on how it turns out ending I'm not sure if I'll hold it in higher regard than the first season.  While it indeed provides much needed clarity and backstory, the overall "break free of fate" theme is overkilled to the extreme and doesn't carry the intricacy or complexity which made the first season so intriguing.

On a related note, Naruku no Hana is one of the best opening themes I've heard yet; I love this song. 

Jan 7, 2008
sothis says...

Hey hey! Can I convince you to put up an avatar? ^_^ I keep seeing the default and thinking "woo, I wish there was an avatar!" XD

Jan 7, 2008
Sheex says...

Wow.  So I was watching Higurashi last  night and was up until 5:30ish in the morning when I decided to go to bed.  There has been a really nice, steady rain falling all day, so everytime I woke up I would fall almost right back to sleep and ended up sleeping until 7:30 pm!  Time to go grab a bowl of cereal and get back to watching it.

Have only read the first couple paragraphs of your review of Kai since I want to keep it completely fresh, but really liking it thus far.  Was going to try to put out another review this evening, but I'll hold off so you get some time/recognition on the front page.  Oh, and if you don't plan on putting out a review for the first season don't worry about it - I'm planning on reviewing both myself.

Anyway, seems I spoke too soon with the previous comment; hooray for Rosepetals reviews!  *bursts into dance*

Jan 6, 2008