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sunshinechild67

  • California, United States
  • Joined Sep 8, 2012
  • 19 / F

Hi, I'm Ashley. I'm currently in college majoring in history and joined this site to find new anime to watch and to keep track of all the series or movies I've seen. I began watching anime in the late 90s with Sailor Moon, but didn't resume watching it until 2011.

With that out of the way...currently I'm not watching as much anime as I did before because of new interests, new time commitments, and the like. I have a bit of a short attention span with anime so it can take me awhile to complete a series if it doesn't completely blow me away when I begin watching it; that should explain the amount of stalled series I have.

I generally will watch anything if it sounds interesting or I've heard positive things about it. I enjoy watching older anime (despite many people's apparent hatred for it) because I like seeing how the medium has evolved and where popular genres began. I prefer watching shorter series but am not completely closed off to an interesting longer anime (for example, my favorites run the gamut from 12 episodes up to 70.) I have a major soft spot for magical girl anime, probably as a result of Sailor Moon being my gateway series. While I don't mind a well-done darker and edgier (or gorier) anime every so often, I am generally not impressed by them and tend to prefer more positive or lighter anime. I'm also really getting into mecha anime because apparently my love for giant robots has been lying dormant this entire time.

My ratings scale for anime is based on both how much I enjoyed it and how objectively good I thought it was, though personal enjoyment will take precedence. A 5 star is excellent, a 4.5-4 star great, a 3.5 star very good, and a 3 star decent. Anything lower means I found it boring or unengaging and would not rewatch or buy in the future.

Favorite (non-anime) TV shows - Avatar: The Last Airbender, Futurama, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Arrested Development, South Park, Mad Men, Firefly, Game of Thrones.

Favorite (non-anime) movies - most Disney and Pixar movies, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, The Princess Bride, Bonnie and Clyde, Some Like It Hot, Pulp Fiction, Breathless, The Dark Knight trilogy, Iron Man, The Avengers, A Hard Day's Night, Sunset Blvd., Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Inglourious Basterds, Pacific Rim, Kill Bill, Battle Royale. I also have a love for black and white movies and especially silent movies.

Favorite (non-manga) books - Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, The Catcher in the Rye, Pride and Prejudice, My Antonia, Friday Night Lights, To Kill a Mockingbird. I also enjoy reading comics; my favorites include Watchmen, Batman: The Long Halloween, and Kingdom Come.

I play video games a bit, mostly the Legend of Zelda or the Batman Arkham games.

Here's my Tumblr which has overtaken my life.

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So...if you want to talk just leave a message and I'll reply whenever I can! :)

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PistonHonda says...

You'll have to let me know how Michiko to Hatchin is. Looks interesting.

Sep 6, 2014
Th3Laugh1ngMan says...

Yeah tbh, I think FLCL, Gurren Lagann, and Neon Genesis Evangelion are considered three of Gainax's best works and it doesn't seem like the studio is making any anime of that quality these days (correct me I'm wrong lol).

Sadly, it took me a second viewing of both seasons to see the differences between the two. The first season came off to me as an intelligent show, almost to the degree of Cowboy Bebop and FMAB, and then the second season came and it almost felt like the entire crew who made season one was replaced by an entire different group of people. The china arc could have been omitted entirely, the first half of the second season could've probably been squeezed into about 6 episodes, and most of the characters besides Lelouch, C.C., Nunally, and Suzaku didn't contribute much to the main plot. I guess the ending of Code Geass R2 is the reason it's rated so high, but it really doesn't make sense because Nunally doesn't know how to govern a country and she's just going to end up being used and Suzaku isn't a genius like Lelouch and can't disguise himself as Zero forever. It's no wonder I found myself falling often watching the second season. ):

It's no wonder Neon Genesis Evangelion was probably one of the animes that caught me off guard the most with its plot twists. No matter how dark and serious the show was, in the back of my mind I thought Shinji would eventually turn around and man up like Simon, but I guess that's one of the parts of the series that I really liked and made me think of the show as one of the most unique shows I've seen. I'm hoping that this long wait for Evangelion 4.0 will be another masterpiece that I'd give 5/5, like hopefully it tops the original TV series and becomes the next FMAB XD (I doubt it but it'd be pretty cool if that happened).

Ohh what job are (or were) you trying to get? I'm doing well I guess. I just started school and I still need to get used to my new classes. Have you watched any new shows lately?

Aug 16, 2014
Th3Laugh1ngMan says...

Hi, there. I woul encourage you to rewatch FLCL. There's a lot of subtle scenes that sets this show apart from a lot of others. The characters are deep and there are hidden messages underneath all that random comedy. I don't even think it's necessary to understand Japanese culture to understand the depth in FLCL.  

I learned from rewatching Code Geass that the first season is superior to the second season. The first time I watched R2, all those plot twists got me into the show, but then I realized how flawed the second season was the second time around and it's like an insult to the first season. And I just wanted to say that because there's such a big gap between your two ratings of the Code Geass seasons. I honestly think the first season would've been 5/5 if it weren't for the cliffhanger at the end of the show that gave way to such a mediocre second season, full of incoherency.

I watched Gurren Lagann (great show) before watching NGE so I was able to understand all the deconstruction aspects the first time. I still think NGE is the deepest anime I've seen (Cowboy Bebop and Princess Mononoke come close though).

Anyways, it's been a while since I've written on your wall. How has your summer been and what do you think about the new anime planet format?

Aug 2, 2014
FullmetalCowboy24 says...

It has been a while , and wow! I did not expect Anime-Planet to have a major facelift. I'm liking the new change. Hope your Summer's going well

Jul 17, 2014
PistonHonda says...

I actually just watched Diamond Dust Drops, it's not bad! If you're looking for an episodic mature romantic drama, I might just recommend it. :)

Jul 17, 2014