Enter Sunagan, 28 years old, passionate about anime, tv series, movies, books, cooking, travelling, classical music, languages, culture, philosophy and last but not least psychology. I obtained a master's degree in clinical health psychology five years ago. I worked several relevant (as a psychologist) and semirelevant (as a tutor or coach) jobs after that. For the past few months I have been working and studying hard to become a cognitive behavioral therapist and I am about halfway towards reaching that goal. I met my boyfriend Omurqi (sweet, intelligent, easy-going, funny) on this very website in 2010 and we have been a happy couple ever since. He has landed his dream job of IT security specialist last year and he is thrilled about working with a highly motivated (and also playful) team. In short, we are both very happy with the way things are turning out ;-)!
I used to be a fairly hopeless anime addict in the past, but the times of watching 15 episodes a day are now over. Nowadays I watch around 170 episodes a month (about two hours a day of watching anime). What can I say, life's gotten busier and my beloved Netflix is also constantly vying for my free time. As you probably guessed, I plead guilty to frequent bingewatching... What else about me, huh? I'm openminded, interested in a lot of different things and I like to talk about philosophical issues, although I'm also pretty capable of embarrassing myself laughing my ass off xD. I'm someone who likes observing and analyzing, I'm passive, essentially a dreamer. Also, I've had my fair share of trouble in life in the past, but right now I'm happy and in love, not taking life too seriously.
Moving on to my love for anime. I guess my liking of anime could be predicted in a certain way. I'm someone who needs to have addictions in order to enjoy life; in my case these addictions are storytelling, -reading and watching, shortly, the media that provide me with them; books, tv, music, games and anime. Some series are primarily good because of the plot or the humor, others because of the character chemistry, passing on certain ideas or creating a particular atmosphere. Some series give me the satisfaction of emotional or intellectual challenges, but they are not necessairy to enjoy a show.
Things I really enjoy in anime are:
- A good plot, preferably with a lot of movement and progression.
- An entertaining or interesting composition of themes in the series and some kind of deeper meaning that causes intellectual or emotional identification.
- Characters that are truly interesting to watch, relationships between characters.
- Protagonists who are tormented by their pasts or who have questionable morals.
- Stories that are constructed like myths or fables in a way that will make you fall in love with them.
- Beautiful animation and character designs that make the anime memorable.
- Humor (but not the random kind, most of the time...)
- Fights. Badassness. Epicness. Swords in particular.
- Solid, flawed, on-screen romance.
- Coming of age stories.
- Good music.
Things I like less in anime are randomness, boring archetypes and predictability. Also, it's a pity that the core demographic for anime series is usually teens. Lately, I have found myself to have sorely outgrown most stories about middle schoolers or highschoolers T_T. I tend to like mature and different anime most, although I do have a soft spot for shounen and I do indulge in meaningless drivel every once in a while ^^.
Check out the series I liked most by looking at my custom list :-)!
About the way i rate anime:
- 1½ star (1-2/10) = So atrocious that slitting my wrists seemed like a merciful alternative. It's the kind of anime that's so horrible that you don't know if you should be laughing or crying about it.
- 2 stars (3-4/10) = This anime was bad, tasteless, boring and unremarkable. It had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but it wasn't totally atrocious.
- 2½ stars (5/10) = Somewhat below average. It was either predictable and shallow or it failed to amuse me due to incompatible humor.
- 3 stars (6/10) = Average anime with some good and some bad points. I probably found it marginally amusing.
- 3½ stars (7/10) = Enjoyable with special moments among the usual fun levels. It seems like a huge leap from the 3-star rating and in fact it is. These series may not be absolutely wonderful, geniusly constructed or particularly deep, but I did have a good time watching them.
- 4 stars (8/10) = These series did something more than just give me a good time. They either had an interesting message, good action/drama, humor, were incredibly fun or had great music. This is where the really good stuff starts. Still, something stood in the way obstructing the path to perfection.
- 4½ stars (9/10) = Fantastic and incredibly addicting. I probably marathoned through them and / or was completely blown away. They have left an everlasting impression on me and I absolutely love them. Examples of series I gave this rating, are Yuri on Ice, Arslan, Yona of the dawn, Parasyte, Hibike Euphonium, Shiki, Another, Hyouka, Humanity has declined, Durarara, Charlotte, Akagami no Shirayukihime, Boku dake ga inai machi.
- 5 stars (10/10)= Masterpieces. Sacred Anime. These are the kind of anime with really deep messages, moments of identification, or compelling drama. It seems only fair of me to mention them here: Mushishi, Kino's Journey, Haibane Renmei, Clannad After Story, Nana, Nodame Cantabile, Honey and Clover, Tatami Galaxy, Kemono no Souja Erin, Katanagatari, Psychopass, Attack on Titan, Penguindrum, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Requiem of the Phantom, FMA Brotherhood, Shouwa Genroku, Mahoutsukai no Yome, 3-gatsu no Lion. These are masterpieces. Now go and watch them!