Why I’m Enjoying Eromanga Sensei

For today’s post I thought I would talk about why I like a new currently airing anime called ‘Eromanga Sensei’.  The show is by the creator of Oreimo and carries over some of the feel from it’s predecessor which I find to be interesting.  (I’ve already talked about Oreimo before and you can find my thoughts on it here.) The anime is basically about a guy who rights light novels (an easy to read and popular book format in Japan that resembles a novelette) writing a light novel which is kind of funny if you think about which is part of the reason why it gripped my attention.

Moving on to the main point of the post though the main reason I’m enjoying the series is because it’s a good ‘goofy anime’.  When I mean by this is that it’s a fun series in the sense that it’s not the greatest thing I’ve ever watched but it makes me laugh regularly which is enough in my book.  In my opinion not every series needs to be the greatest thing ever but as long as it’s fun to watch that’s usually good enough for me.  (There’s also the memes which are finding their way through the internet which is always a bonus)

To conclude this is why I like watching this series and what I mean by it’s a ‘goofy anime’. As always thanks, -Cas

My History With Anime

For today’s blog post I thought I would get a bit more personal and talk about how I got into anime and otaku culture.

In terms of anime I have been watching various series throughout my entire life starting with the famous Sailor Moon dating back as far as I can remember.  I actually thought watching anime was very typical and I had no idea it was not commonplace until I was in my teens.  I then at around the age of 15 or so found a small group of friends that I would interact with on a daily basis that influenced me further with anime and the like.

Over time I began to become what many refer to as an ‘otaku’ in the sense that I was really into anime, manga, and all that.  I’ll go into what being an otaku means in the sense of the word and to myself in a later post but let me just say it was a blessing and a curse.

The next big step I made into becoming a huge anime fan was creating my little Facebook page ‘Kohai-kun’. While my page isn’t extremely popular I’m happy with it since not only did help me grow as an anime lover but also helped me create a small little area of the internet where I can interact with others in a safe and non toxic manner which I personally find invaluable.

To conclude that’s my history with anime/otaku culture and my journey through the time before the time when it wasn’t extremely popular. As always I would love to hear yours.  Thanks, -Cas

Controversial Anime: Oreimo

First up for my Controversial Anime series is Oreimo which is sparked by the release of the author’s new anime series Eromanga Sensei. Before we get any farther however, I would just like to say I will not be bashing anything with this mini series but instead just stating why I believe they are controversial and by that I mean why people tend to be very split between hating and loving these series.

First, let’s discuss the good parts of Oreimo before the negatives.  The main positives of Oreimo are in my opinion the way it introduces the main character to otaku culture and follows his journey to being a huge fan of anime, manga, video games, etc.  I find this to be something that a lot of people can associate with since the majority of people didn’t grow up with anime in their lives but instead discovered it later on.  The next main positive is that I found this to be a very fun series with a lot of funny moments and for the most part great characters.  With that in mind I often make jokes on my Facebook page about how I mainly watched it for the character Kuroneko and while this isn’t entirely true I did look forward to every scene she was in.

With the positives out of the way let’s go overall the negatives. The first would have to be how almost every female character seems to fall in love with Kyousuke the MC which can be seen as a negative by some people.  I tend to just not let the harem anime tropes bother me and instead just ignore them but for some people this is a strong reason against the show.  The second big negative of the show…is the ending.  For some people this is an extremely big negative but for myself I tend to just shut it from my mind and feign ignorance. Let’s be real though I shouldn’t really have to do that but sadly that’s the reality of the series.

To conclude this post I would like to give my personal opinion of the series which is I think it’s an overall really good series it’s just that the ending really sucks which is a shame.  If the ending is a big deal to you then you might not want to watch Oreimo but just know you’re missing out on an overall really good time in my opinion.  Anyway thanks, -Cas

What Makes A Good Anime Intro?

So for this post I thought I would give my thoughts on what makes a good anime intro (at least in my opinion). In order to discuss this topic I will split it into two main parts which are the music and the video.

In terms of the music I find a good anime intro to be catchy and to represent the overall feel of the series. While others have different tastes in music I personally enjoy my music to be faster paced but if the opening feels very different from the theme of the anime it feels a little off for me which I find to be a detriment to the intro.

When it comes to the video portion of an opening I find it to be heavily reliant on the animation quality and the way it shows scenes that represent the feel of the series.

To conclude if both the music and video portions of the opening are well done I will likely end up downloading the audio to my phone and may even end up rewatching it multiple times on the internet.  As always these are just my thoughts though and I would love to hear yours. Thanks, -Cas

Your Favorite Series Is Garbage(?)

Before we get any further let me just let you know of course your favorite series isn’t garbage.  In my opinion no series is garbage not even the infamous School Days (even though I know that might sound a bit crazy though to be fair haha).  With that all said you may then ask if there are no series that are garbage then why aren’t they all popular and well received? Well this is due to two main reasons the first being popularity does not equal quality.  On that note if you’re wondering what makes a series popular you can read my thoughts on that here and learn my opinion on that topic.  As for the second reason it’s that I truly believe it’s what you like that truly decides what makes a series good. If you’re someone that enjoys only mecha anime then you will probably really like Gundam but you may think idol anime are garbage despite them being rather popular (especially Idolmaster and Love Live) conversely if you like idol anime you might find mecha anime to be boring.

To conclude like many things it’s all about your opinion and perception.  I hope this makes my stance clear on the topic. In addition with this in mind I will be starting a mini series on controversial anime soon so stay tuned! As always thanks, -Cas

“Your Name” ‘s Popularity

So I just got back home after seeing the movie “Your Name” and I figured this would make a good topic to talk about. Now before I get any further I would like to make it clear this is not a review  if you want that I’ll give it to you in three words “It was amazing” but instead an attempt to explain why I think it got so popular.  There are a few reasons why I think it got so popular which are its excellent storytelling, great animation, and good portrayal of Japanese life.

When I say it had excellent storytelling I’m referring to the way it grips the viewer into the flow of the story.  In the movie we start not knowing anything and gradually learn what’s going on while being pulled into the emotional story.  I find this to be an excellent technique and I believe it contributed to the overall popularity of the movie.

In terms of animation while this isn’t necessarily a requirement for something to be amazing it without a doubt helps.  In the movie “Your Name” there are many moments when the viewer instantly thinks to their self “That looks really great” (or at least I thought this but then again I am kind of weird so…). The colors and style of the animation is also wonderful which I think helps people appreciate the movie.

Lastly, when it comes to the portrayal of Japanese life I think the series does pretty well. Granted I only visited Japan once but this movie aligned itself with the impressions I got from being there in addition to show me more of the culture. This portrayal of their lifestyle I believed not only helped promote it’s popularity in Japan but also helped sate the curiosity of those in other countries.

To conclude I strongly recommend this movie and I hope if you haven’t already seen it you do so! Thanks, -Cas

The Golden Age of Anime

Hey all before I begin this blog entry let me first just apologize for my incompetence in regards to not posting in awhile. If it’s any consolation you can always find me on Facebook (there’s a link down below) on a page I run in which I am consistently active and you can get in contact with me there if you so desire, thanks!

For this entry I thought we would discuss what exactly is the fabled “Golden Age of Anime” that people sometimes bring up. I think first we should break it down into three main points: popularity, finance, quality.

In terms of the first point anime and other pieces of similar otaku culture have boomed in the recent years.  But to be fair anime has increased in popularity since it’s initial days with fans of old shows such as Astro Boy and Speed Racer being around even today. With this in mind it’s easy to say anime has become mainstream and most people have watched at least something in their lifetime.  In terms of myself however, I was not part of the rush of people in recent years to love anime and the like but instead I have grown up around it through my relatives (in case one was wondering this however, that is a tale for another time).

With regards to the next point which is finance I’m referring to the amount of money the anime industry brings in which to be frank it makes a lot especially in the recent years.  I don’t think anyone in their right mind can contest this point that it helps contribute to the golden age of anime.

The third point is quality and this is a more tricky one to discuss for what does one exactly classify as quality? Well in terms of myself I find quality to be a mixture of good storytelling and good animation.  These two things tend to give me enjoyment in watching a series.  There are some exceptions though such as some anime being just for laughs or to invoke feelings of love for moe characters and on the other side of the spectrum there are anime that have terrible animation but amazing story.  For this reason I think quality is the main point of contestation.

With these points in mind it would be fair to say that now is the Golden Age of Anime right? Well there’s another big component and dare I say the biggest that I did not yet mention which is “What do you enjoy?”. If you enjoy nitty gritty anime then the 80s and 90s are probably your Golden Age and if you like moe anime (hey like me but at least I’m honest) now is your Golden Age.

With all that in mind I would like to conclude saying that it’s subjective and whatever time of anime you love is your personal Golden Age. These are as always just my thought and I would love to hear yours, Thanks -Cas