This was originally going to be a Year In Review post but the ending of Kuragehime sucked enough to make me have to reconsider whether it was better than Durarara or not. Plus, I was bored of trying to dredge up any romance anime this year in which I gave a shit about the actual romance while looking for excuses not to give that incomprehensible mess Gundam Unicorn any awards even though it looks and sounds so damn good. So instead, here’s some new years resolutions. Not just my new years resolutions though. Some new years resolutions for you lot too. Because I’m nice enough to share some of mine with you guys.
I will: Watch some big franchise anime
Towards the end of last year I dipped my toes into some of the biggest anime franchises around, but this is the year I’m going to properly delve into these franchises. Watching Castle of Cagliostro has made me yearn for more Lupin III. The lack of much decent mecha around nowadays means I should probably watch some of that massive Gundam franchise so I can actually understand what’s going on in Unicorn. There’s a hell of a lot of other franchises I’d like to try as well, from Votoms to Patlabor to Slayers. Heck, it doesn’t even need to be a ‘franchise’ per say. I’d love to watch some of those longer running series like Ruruoni Kenshin, Hikaru no Go, Hajime no Ippo and Galaxy Express 999.
You will: Stop writing banal crap on twitter
Twitter is cool. It’s understandably difficult to understand its appeal when you’re not on it, seeing it as the 140 character limit seems like it should degrade intelligent dialogue. But what it achieves is forcing people not to babble and express a coherent thought in as few words as possible. No really, it’s better than it sounds. But it doesn’t help when people decide that the format on twitter means they can write whatever. I ask you, denizens of twitter, before you hit that ‘tweet’ button, to ask yourself “why would anyone care about this tweet?”. Why do we care that you are awake? Or going to sleep? Or having a shower or eating biscuits or looking at photographs or any other banal activity. Or how about a disconnected tweet that tells us nothing? Or one that tells us that you are feeling angry for no apparent reason? It’s not difficult to stop writing uninteresting stuff. In fact, it’s easier than actually writing said uninteresting stuff. Just don’t hit that bloody ‘tweet’ button!
I will: Watch Terribad anime
The urge has finally hit me. It comes to each and every anime fan at some stage in their lifetime as a fan. The need to discover what is truly the worst anime of all time. It’s time to break into that vault of the truly legendary terribad anime. Eiken, Apocalypse Zero, Violence Jack, Garzey’s Wing, Mars of Destruction, Gundoh Musashi and a whole lot more that anime fandom have otherwise forgotten about (ayone ever heard of Abunai Sisters? Thought not). There’s a huge vault of truly terrible anime out there waiting to be thrown up upon. I now feel it’s time for me to dive into that pile. Wish me luck~!
You will: Call out sexual titillation-only anime for the crap they are
To-Love-Ru is a terrible anime. Miracle Train is a terrible anime. Kiss X Sis is a terrible anime. Starry Sky is a terrible anime. Rosario to Vampire is a terrible anime. All generic, fan-pandering crap that relies on the viewers being enthralled by beautiful anime characters and fanservice shots instead with voices that make your hearts melt or dicks stand to attention are terrible anime. “Stop lapping up this crap” is what I want to say, but people want their boobs. They want their parade of identical bishies and wish-fufillment magical girlfriends in skimpy clothing. Whatever about that. What you need to do, though, is not pretend they are anything other than this and, more importantly, stop pretending that an anime that uses sexual titillation as its main appeal is a good thing.
I will: Try out a new way of talking about anime on the internet
Sorta. What I mean is try something that’s not just text-based like this. Something instead of a new blog post. Something like audio, like maybe a podcast (except make sure I’m not just another one of the endless parade of ‘bunch of guys chatting about the latest news and what they watched’ that saturate anime podcast land currently). Or learn to draw simple facial expressions so I can write web cartoons and comics, because making people laugh is much easier in that format. Or video reviews, which is what I’m most interested in giving a shot. Something like Zero Punctuation, except with anime. Not exactly an original idea and I’m sure a search on Youtube would reveal plenty of other people trying the same thing. But I think I am funnier than them, have an existing audience to use as a springboard to stardom and, most importantly, I have an accent. Besides, it’s not like doing reviews of the latest weekly airing anime I watched was an ingenious or original idea now, was it?
You will: Learn the difference between Equinox and Solstice anime seasons
I’m not sure how many seasons have to go by before anime fans get it into their thick skulls that the spring and autumn seasons are always better than the winter and summer seasons. That’s how things are. Anime companies release their big guns in those seasons. The 2-cour shows are released then (although there’s been a dearth of them recently) and the bigger companies like Bones and Production IG release their anime around then. If a winter or summer season has 4 anime worth watching, then it is a good season by comparison to previous winter and summer seasons. Actually let me use this space to try add two phrases to anime fandom’s collective lexicon: Solstice Seasons = Summer and Winter seasons, typically has less anime that are shorter and poorer quality. Equinox Seasons = Spring and Autumn seasons, typically has more anime by the bigger name studios, including many 2-cour or longer shows. Learn the difference