...and not just in the sense that I, too, put my name down on st_aurafina
's friending meme
. More in the sense of trying new things, seeking out New TV Shows and New Fandoms, to Boldly Go where, uh, lots of fans have gone before generally speaking. Or very few fans, given some of my fandoms.
Most recently, this has meant wandering back onto Crunchyroll and trying new anime with my wife, because my queue was reaching intimidating lengths. The results:
OUR HOME'S FOX DEITY - recommended by a panel on 'youkai in anime' at Anime Boston a few years ago. Well, it definitely has youkai in it, but nothing else in it grabbed us. The characters felt bland, and we had no interest in a second episode.
HENNEKO - THE HENTAI PRINCE AND THE STONY CAT - put into the queue because the title looked like pure crack. The anime is, indeed, on the crack side of things, but how high is your interest in a bunch of girls impressed by a guy whose head is firmly in his pants (and, in the first episode's big Plot Starter, stops being able to pretend it isn't)? Ours was...not that high. Out of the queue it went.
ANOTHER - somewhere between mystery and horror. Wife voted that she wanted to know how it turned out, but didn't want to actually watch the rest of the series. I suppose that's what Wikipedia is for.
YURI!! ON ICE - Ice skaters! Realistic psychological issues (which don't get cured in a single episode)! Realistic character development! Realistic romantic development! I adored this series. My wife adored this series. Our cats...didn't care, because they're cats. All the thumbs up.
UTA NO PRINCE SAMA - felt like it was playing 'how many anime tropes can we stuff into a single episode?' Fun, but very predictable. Wife insisted I leave it into the queue so she can watch more of it.
CUTE HIGH EARTH DEFENSE CLUB LOVE! - every year or two, someone decides to create a Magical Girl parody series, with varying success. This time, the idea is that it's boys
who transform into the magical girls. The boys object to the uniform a bit, but generally take it about as well as if they'd suddenly been recruited into Super Sentai. Not so much 'funny' as 'what the heck did I just watch.' Left into the queue until I can decide whether I want to give it a second episode's try or not.