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2017-09-10 11:27 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 26 and 27

26: You get to have [1] anime character as your waifu/husbando spend a day with you in real life, who do you choose?

Inasmuch as I still haven't finished my list of Anime Characters I Would Most Like To Be Friends With, I am not even pretending to tackle another romantic question. So instead, I'm going to change it, and spend my theoretical day with Natsume (from NATSUME'S BOOK OF FRIENDS). I mean, the chances are fairly high that I'm gonna be bugged by youkai before, during, and possibly after? But Natsume's got a good track record of dealing with that, and he's a sweet kid who makes friends easily, assuming you can deal with the aforementioned youkai problems. (Also I'd love to see how Nyanko Sensei reacts to Pallais, and vice-versa. :snerk:)

27: Which anime character are you most like?

A cross between Yuuri Katsuki (from YURI!!! ON ICE) - hooray canonical anxiety problems! - and Nenene Sumiregawa (from READ OR DIE), who's a writer (although frequently blocked and slow) and is even more frequently terrible at human interaction.
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2017-09-08 12:17 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 25

25: What is an anime you regret watching?

In the sense of 'wow, nope, not watching that again', with links to rants as available:

MISS KOBAYASHI'S DRAGON MAID (see also: reasons why I don't always trust Tumblr's recs of femmeslash)
HIME-CHAN NO RIBBON (oh, old-school magical girls, how I want to love you, and yet...)
GOLDEN BOY (technically ecchi, mostly really kinda fucked up)
MAGICAL STAGE FANCY LA LA (the single most pointless magical girl anime I have ever seen, even more than HIME-CHAN)

...and one anime, the name of which I cannot remember, description cut because this goes beyond 'regrettable' to '/seriously/ fucked up,' with a stop at 'get your trigger warnings' town. )
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2017-09-07 11:14 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 24

24: Name [1] anime you wish everyone would watch.

Hmm. My usual answer to this kind of question is SHINGU, which I already talked about in detail on Day 20. (Whoops.) On the other hand, I have evidence (from my own home![1]) that it's possible for people with taste and judgement to not be instantly fascinated with this series, and I refuse to be That Person who insists you have to watch it all the way through at least once before you can have an opinion as to whether you're interested in watching the series all the way through. -_- So, uh, SHINGU with an asterisk where it's like 'first disc and then we'll talk.'

[1] - by which I mean Wife. Not my sister, who was the one who introduced me to the series, and I'm pretty sure would be even more pro-everyone watching it. Not my parents, who Do Not Get Anime - seriously my mother got confused by SPIRITED AWAY, so I'm not holding out hope for her and an entire TV series.
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2017-09-06 11:38 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 23

23: What is the most times you've re-watched an anime?

If by 'anime' you mean 'movie,' then the answer is 'a lot.' SEN TO CHIHIRO/SPIRITED AWAY is one of my comfort movies, so I re-watch it regularly.

If by 'anime' you mean 'series,' then...maybe twice? Both INITIAL D and YURI ON ICE have come in for re-watches, but it's not necessarily a marathon straight through the whole thing, which complicates counting.
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2017-09-05 01:39 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 22

22: You get to have a harem of [6] anime characters of your choice, who do you choose?

:helpless giggles:

See, the problem(s) here are, (a) I am somewhere on the ace spectrum, so I am less prone than might be to daydream about [FAVORITE CHARACTER HERE] in scanty clothing, and (b) a lot of my favorite characters would make terrible harem inhabitants. Like, I love Sanzo from SAIYUKI, but I am dead sure that any attempt to suggest he inhabit a harem would be met with shooting, shouting, or both. (And even if he said yes, he would be the crankiest, most un-cooperative harem guy ever.)

If we go for vaguely I can come up with a grand total of one so far. (Yomiko Readman, from READ OR DIE.) I suppose this means I'm putting a pin in this one as well.
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2017-09-04 11:56 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 21 (plus writing nonsense)

21: What is the first anime you ever saw?

I've actually already answered that (and apparently I should get in the habit of reading ahead and not tangenting, whoops).

My second (third?) anime was DRAGONBALL. Dubbed, as I recall. My then-girlfriend's boyfriend was way into it, and I was into FROM EROICA WITH LOVE (which has not, to my knowledge, been turned into an anime, not even an OVA), so Girlfriend thought it might be a good match. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't fannish about it.

In writing news: as kind of expected, letting it sit for a week or so meant that I discovered that my writing did not, in fact, suck forever, and I did not have to re-write from scratch. So chapter two of the Yuri on Ice fairytale (now, with Viktor/Yuuri smut!) has been posted.
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2017-09-03 06:08 pm

40 Days of Anime - Days 19 and 20

19: What is your favorite slice of life anime?

I'm not sure if this counts (mostly because I have only slightly more of an idea as to how you define a 'slice of life anime' than I did a 'moe' anime), but I'll pick MIRACLE TRAIN. Cut for maybe sorta minor spoilers? )

20: What is your favorite adventure anime?

I'm going to pick SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS. How well does it fit, well, ha ha ha, how well do any of these fit. Wow, definite spoilers underneath, but hopefully in an ambiguous and interesting way. )
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2017-09-01 12:44 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 18

18: What is your favorite Super Robot anime?

GUNDAM WING, on grounds of it being the only Super Robot that I've seen more than a single episode of.
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2017-08-31 04:28 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 17

17. What is your favorite Real Robot anime?

I had to go digging to see what, if any, Real Robot anime I've seen. I think PATLABOR counts? I have seen one episode, of which I remember that I think it involves cops, and I liked it. So we'll say PATLABOR.
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2017-08-30 01:36 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 16

16: What is your favorite ecchi anime?, speaking of genres I do not watch!

No, seriously, I've watched ecchi/hentai anime. Sorta. Anime Boston has a long-standing panel called Hentai Dubbing, where a gentleman who does, in fact, bring over hentai anime, picks random people out of the audience, gives them the dub scripts for a given scene, and plays the scene behind them while they read the scripts, or ignore the scripts entirely as the case may be. (Best dubbing ever: a Chewbacca cosplayer and another guy. Chewbacca yowled, and his scene partner responded with as many Star Wars sex jokes as would fit in the scene. Supposely this is on YouTube: I'm at work, so I am /not/ looking.)

I've seen a few scattered episodes and OVAs in addition, as you do. But I haven't seen any that I'd re-watch, much less consider a favorite.
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2017-08-29 02:42 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 15

15: What is your favorite harem anime?

Oh dear. Another trope that I'm not a fan of, actually. I have very little patience for the kind of blank-slate, personality-free hero that seems to be at the center of a 'traditional' harem anime - see LOVE HINA. And even in situations where the hero has one woman he loves, and just sort of keeps...accumulating girls who love him (see SWORD ARTS ONLINE), I still wind up frustrated with the author/creator because what the fuck.

I'm more forgiving of reverse harems. Wife adores THE WALLFLOWER, which I haven't seen or read, although I know Kay loves it as well: my personal choice is OURAN HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB, mostly because it's excellent about both using and making fun of stereotypes.
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2017-08-28 09:44 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 14

14: What is your favorite action anime?

Oh lord. This one's hard, because a good half of the anime I like fall into this category. For now, though, I'm going old school and choosing TRIGUN, with the proviso that I have only seen about half or two-thirds of it. (I'm spoiled for the ending, but that's not the same as watching it yourself.) I've burbled about this before, but the short version: yes, I know, it pulls a 180 degree tonal shift (a lot more subtly than many more recent anime who've tried the same thing), and the ending punches you in the feels. But that first half is really really adorably fluffy and fun, dammit.
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2017-08-27 07:19 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 13

13: What is your favorite comedy anime?

I already answered that, didn't I? Comedy's not really my -

Wait! Google tells me that CHI'S SWEET HOME is considered comedy*! I'm saved. :-D (Dude, it's bite-sized anime about an adorable small kitten. Of course I love it.)

*Of course, Google also claims that ONE PIECE and FRUITS BASKET count as comedy, so maybe should not take Google as the best authority here.
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2017-08-26 01:56 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 12

12: What is your favorite romance anime?

Wife is holding out for FUSHIGI YUUGI (of which I have watched all of one single episode, so I could share Kay's pain at the terrible, terrible dub), but I'm the one answering, not her. Ha.

...and I promptly draw a blank. I've watched explicitly-marketed-as-romance anime, but I hit the yelling-at-the-screen, "JUST KISS ALREADY!" stage a lot faster than the characters do. So to speak. :cough: KIMI NI TODOKE, I am looking at you.

Anyway. Cut for length - choices are INU X BOKU SS and YURI!!! ON ICE, no f/f because dammit. )
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2017-08-25 10:19 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 11

11: What is your favorite drama anime?

How are we defining drama again? Google gives me lists that includes everything from ATTACK ON TITAN (which I have not watched, as I know just enough spoilers to know it's really, really Not To My Taste) to ANGEL BEATS (which I also haven't watched, because it's also Not To My Taste, albeit on the other end of the spectrum). On the other hand, it also tells me that Drama includes PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA (which I loved, although I haven't watched any of the other series or movies), COWBOY BEBOP (of which I have only seen the movie, and damn it's depressing, but I can respect the craft involved), AKIRA (I can understand why it's a classic but I never want to watch it again), and damn near everything Studio Ghibli ever made.

Having been reminded that I can totally pick movies, though, I'm going to go for SUMMER WARS. I first encountered the movie via an AMV that entirely focused on the Virtual Reality side of the movie, which is a big part but not nearly all of it. Also it's beautiful, and allows all its (large!) cast of characters a moment in the sun, and its Wikipedia entry doesn't nearly give it enough credit.
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2017-08-24 10:43 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 10

10 -- what is your favorite 'moe' anime?

Clearly I am out of the loop, because I have only the vaguest sense of what the hell 'moe' is, and hitting up Google was only vaguely helpful. I think it means 'soft, sweet, heavy on the female characters,' in which case I'd say probably USAGI DROP fits the category, with SWEETNESS AND LIGHTNING as a possibility behind it. I've only seen two episodes of S&L so far, so I am still eyeing it warily. (Look, I've been burned before by Suddenly Plot.)
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2017-08-23 08:50 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 9

09 -- name an anime character you absolutely hate.

Um. Okay, so here's the handicap: if I start watching a show and I react to a character like nails on a chalkboard? I stop watching the show. I can name you two instances where that absolutely happened! But...I don't know: I started in GUNDAM WING fandom, after all, and my point of comparison is the slash fandom's treatment of Relena, and I try to avoid wallowing in hate like that.

Anyway. My two instances are Katsuki Bakugo (from BOKU NO HERO ACADEMIA) and Yukari Tanizaki (from AZUMANGA DAIOH). And here is me rambling about why! Short version: middle school flashbacks. )
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2017-08-22 10:07 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 8

08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

I am a fannish butterfly, and my favorite changes regularly! Currently it's Katsuki Yuuri from YURI!!! ON ICE. Before that it was Asuna from SWORD ARTS ONLINE, before that it was Shindou Hikaru from HIKARU NO GO, and before that, probably Duo Maxwell from GUNDAM WING. That's as far back as I go in anime fandom.

(Looking over the short list here, and wow, do these four have anything in common?)
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2017-08-21 09:49 am

40 Days of Anime - Day 7

07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?

Yes, because OVAs are magical things. ;-) I'm not a natural marathoner, though, despite Kay and Wife's best efforts. The closest I've come has been watching an entire anime over a weekend (BACCANO!), or over regular Friday night gatherings (multiple, the most infamous being BLACK CAT, because no seriously where the fuck did that entire last disc come from).
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2017-08-20 01:42 pm

40 Days of Anime - Day 6

This one I am going to go with the original question:

06 - List your Top 5 Anime OTPs.

(I try to be the sane kind of shipper - I don't demand the whole fandom share my preferred pairings, nor do I yell at people who ship other pairings. If I have an OTP, then I simply politely refuse to read fanfic that breaks them up.)

Yuri!!! On Ice - Victor Nikiforov/Katsuki Yuuri (and lucky for me, canon ships it as well)
Hikaru no Go - Shindou Hikaru/Touya Akira
Sword Arts Online - Kirito/Asuna (and yet the author keeps creating new female characters to throw at Kirito - dammit, canon!)
Witch Hunter Robin - Robin/Amon
Spirited Away/Sen to Chihiro - Chihiro/Haku