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  • Boulder, CO
  • Joined Jan 1, 2007
  • 31 / M

Hello, welcome to my profile! The picture is of me settling a bet over whether a completely untrained and out-of-shape dude could roundhouse kick a cup that was higher than his head. Don't I look awesome?

I'm a recently graduated physics/math major who writes anime reviews for some reason. As I finished up my physics major, I realized that I just wasn't interested in pursuing the field as a career, so instead I kicked some ass at my GRE's and got an assistantship to study at the department of statistics at Colorado State University. Why statistics? Well, WHY NOT?

Besides anime, my main interests are writing, strategic gaming (poker, magic: the gathering, go, chess, etc), and internet piracy.

As far as my reviews/star ratings go: In general, a 6 (***) is watchable, a 7 (***1/2) is good and an 8 (****) is a must-see.

Life on anime

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Anime ratings

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FalseDawn says...

They do almost exactly the opposite - instead of cutting the deadweight, they add in extra fluff. It's almost as if they don't want to make a decent series!

Anime should work according to the laws of communism. That's the only viable answer (I haven't worked out the logistics of that, I admit).

Nov 7, 2011
Pieguy535 says...

Have you seen a panda driving an ice cream truck while speaking french?

Sep 15, 2011
ThePatches says...

The change in the review was mostly due to VivisQueen saying "unacceptable. Do it better" over and over again.

Aug 1, 2011
Shamsada says...

Haha, yeah of course. I can imagine you can't be bothered reading just another crap review, since you probably get more requests like this one. I was not intending to send you my first review anyway, so you didn't have to be worried. ;)

And I understand what you mean with "obsessing over your first". I used to do that too, but I noticed it wasn't getting me anywhere. So I just ditched what I was working on and moved on.

Thank you for your advice and your willingness to read even one of my reviews in the future. I'll make sure that it's a good one! ^^

Jun 19, 2011
Shamsada says...

Thank you for your response! ^^ I didn't expect such a good answer in less than 1 day! But that's probably because the main chunk of the internet is pretty slow and sloppy, so I'm used to slow and sloppy replies as well.

Anyway, luckily I am pretty passionate about writing. I'm not thinking of becoming a professional writer, but it it one of my favourite things to do when I'm able to dodge the pile of homework school regularly throws at me. I haven't explored all the different kinds of writing yet, but I'm trying to focus on reviewing and giving critique.

To be honest, I had never heard of those writers before you mentioned them. But I'm thankful you did; Their reviews are marvellous to read and analyse. I also started by slightly "copying" from one writer in particular, Dimitri Verhulst to be precise, but I think I'm aquiring a writing style of my own bit by bit. I don't want to rush things of course!

And finally, I guess it's pretty obvious that writing requires alot of writing. The road to perfection is paved with practise after all. No intentions of being smug, but I think (at least I hope) that my level of writing is somewhere in the nether of mediocrity. If it wouldn't be too much trouble, could I ask you to have a look at a review of mine when I finish a proper one? Sadly my Dutch teacher is burying me with book after book after essay once again, so I don't have enough time on hands to write one now or anytime soon. Still, my question remains pretty much the same. And again, you're certainly not obliged to look even one second at it. In fact, I'd be honoured if you would!

Thank you once again for your reply and I hope that somewhere in the far, far future, I can indeed be an "amazing writer". Until then, please bear with my long-windedness and subpar writing! ^^

Jun 17, 2011