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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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Th3Laugh1ngMan says...

I rewatched Evangelion not too long ago and it's definitely one of the few shows worth rewatching. Like even though the plot twists won't catch you off guard like how they did the first time, you could still appreciate the top-notch dialogue and how deep they portray the characters and how well the philosophy of exisentialism, and also with the mindfuck and the insane realism (those last two episodes are a masterpiece XD).

I also rewatched FLCL and I didn't realize until now how deep the characters are, especially Haruko. All the mindfuck and randomness actually have some greater truth to it, and of course, the music is top notch. (:

Jul 2, 2014
ShionSonozaki says...

Yup, that was pretty much my thoughts as well. Take out all the plotholes and logic problems and ignore the fact that it deals with a lot of the issues it adresses really insultingly (episode 5, anyone?), it's just so obviously pander-y and yet no one seems to be able to see it. And it features some of the blandest characters I've ever seen. Kouta could be replaced with a rock and nothing would change, save for his incredibly unrealistic 'revelation' with lucy at the end, Yuka was just awkward and couldn't stop telling Kouta how much she 'wants him to feel her breasts' and then getting angry at HIM when he pulls that stupid 'DUUHHHH' face he wears 99% of the time. Plus, it adds the whole 'cousin incest is cute and sexy' thing which I despise. I know, cultural differences and all but ugh. Nyu is like a violation to my eardrums with her cutesy pokemon voice and her fanservice with Kouta and exposing herself and peeing on the floor made me sigh and facepalm more than I can say. 'Emphsising her innocence', my arse. That's creepy male otaku pandering, no mistake about it.

Maya (or Mayu, I forget her name) was just handled insultingly and then cast aside once there was no more poorly explored backstory to shoehorn in, Nana is just cast aside in a similar way once she's served her purpose and the rest all just exist to paint humanity as a bunch of assholes who deserve to die. I don't mind stories exploring the cruelty of people but seriously? We're meant to smpathise with Lucy simply because no one in this world is capable of being anything but a complete asshole? It's like those preachy enviromental films that try and paint humanity as assholes to promote the 'nature good, human bad' message. Except this is worse because of Lucy's mass killings. For someone who claims to be so ashamed of her violent past and wished she could take back what she caused, she sure does spend a lot of the plot blowing people to bits and ripping them apart while not giving a damn about that. The backstory just showed us humans being assholes, it never gave us any reason to care about what Lucy was actually going through. She's just a tool, she's just a device used by the plot to demonize humans and somehow earn her forgiveness for the mass slaughter of god knows how many. I could go on for ages about how lazy the story was and how the diclonious are the worse kept secret in history but I've ranted long enough. See what this anime does to me xD

Also, I am far too excited for Sailor moon crystal. YESS MY BEAUTIFUL FEMALE WARRIORS *^* The summer looks to be pretty good so far, plus free! season two draws ever closer. Also, we need to talk more on tumblr *^* If you ever wanna geek out about awesome characters (especially female) or feel like a rant about anything, drop me a message! I'm also watching utena with my brother now as well as steadily making my way through kill la kill (I'm lazy, so sorry ^^;). The fact that he loves it fills me with a weird kinda pride. Plus I love explaining the symbolism to him whenever an episode ends. He loves Nanami xD 

Jun 12, 2014
Th3Laugh1ngMan says...

I see. Whenever I rate a show, most of the time (like Fullmetal Alchemist because it's truly my favorite show), I try avoiding my personal biasness when I rate something, put my own personal feelings aside, and rate it overall as I try to look at multiple viewpoints of other audiences and not just a teenager's viewpoint (like me).

And darn, it's too bad the story continues in the manga. I could never bring myself to read through even one chapter of any manga lol. It's a shame beacause I really want to read some of them like Ouran Highschool Host Club and Nausicaa, but I'm just so darn lazy when it comes to reading.

Princess Tutu is definitely one of the better animes I've seen in a long while. I'm surprised because it's been like, 12 years since the show came out and I hear almost next to nothing about it. I even wrote a review on it lol.

Ohh this summer, I'm trying out for cross country, doing my ap summer homework, working at a hospital, and studying for the SAT. When I'm not doing any of those things, I'll be rewatching all the anime that I first watched: FLCL, Gurren Lagann, FMA/FMAB, NGE, Baccano, Trigun, Durarara, Code Geass, Ghost in the Shell: SAC, Princess Mononoke Cowboy Bebop, Madoka Magica, Steins;Gate, and a few more. What are you going to be doing this summer?

Jun 9, 2014
ShionSonozaki says...

Also, what were your thoughts for Elfen Lied? I'm planning to rewrite my review soon even though I still stand by everything I said when I wrote it. 

Jun 1, 2014
Th3Laugh1ngMan says...

Sorry for the last response. I finally finished all of Black Lagoon (including Second Barrage and Roberta's Blood Trail) and I can see why you thought it was slower pacing and not as engaging. I was just wondering with your ratings because you said in your profile that you rate shows objectively :/. Still, Revy and Rock made were still entertaining enough to make the show. Roberta's Blood Trail was a nice special but I really wished there was a solid conclusion to the whole series :(. Revy's constant use of profanity, Balaika's badassness, Roberta's psychoticness, and the rest of the characters were great. Overall, Black Lagoon was definitely an overall worthwhile watch with loads of entertainment. XD 

I also finished Princess Tutu and I was really damn surprised of how many anime critics look pass this show considering how psychologically deep the show is and how real the characters are. The comedy was not bad and it was thought provoking to a certain extent. I think Rue was quite possibly the best character in the show and I can't believe how the show's use of classical music really pulls you in. My major reason of why I couldn't give the show a 5 was because of its rushed ending IMO. Overall, I think Princess Tutu and Madoka Magica are both fantastic watches (and probably the only Magical Girl animes I'll ever watch lol). 

And thanks! School ends this upcoming thursday haha.

May 30, 2014