So, Long time no see fellow anime enthusiasts. I know I said I’d try being more consistent lately but then school rolled around and physics decided to wring what small amount of life was left in me, but more on that later.
Anyway, back on topic. I’m sure some of you may be aware that as of today I am in search of my ideal anime. It’s a grueling task, one that – more often than not – leaves me depressed, like a sodden dish cloth that has no chance to dry. It’s probably a fruitless endeavor, after all finding an anime that satisfies every single criteria that is marked down on my “Ideal Anime Checklist” is near impossible. Actually, I think the only way that would happen is if I wrote it myself and we all know I’ve got about a snowball’s chance in hell. BONES isn’t exactly looking for a down and out wannabe artist/writer college student to join their crew of experienced hardened individuals.
However, last season an anime called Sword Art Online aired, and after that rather famous episode 11 where our main couple actually ties the knot, I thought, “It couldn’t be… Has my dreams finally come true?” The thing is, despite that this show has two of the most important criteria of my checklist signed off, there’s trouble in paradise.
“There must be something wrong with me,” I thought. I’ve got action and romance all neatly tied up in a box labeled Sword Art Online, and while the main romance took a bit to get started (waste of perfectly good romance if you ask me) it still makes me grin ear to ear every time my OTP gets the screen time they deserve. It’s just there’s something off about it. Sure, the Asuna and Kirito moments make the romance fangirl inside of me as giddy as a schoolgirl with her first crush, and when they go all badass on me and destroy monsters with their super-duper sword skills it’s just icing in the cake. So, why am I not enjoying it as I should be?
Don’t get me wrong, the first thing I do when I get home from work is plop down in front of my computer with a tasty sandwich and prepare myself for the awesome action and/or romance that’s about to commence. It makes me happy that I can have two of my favorite things all wrapped up evenly in an anime. However, the thing is I feel like the quality is missing.
It’s hard to explain, but it’s kind of like having this gorgeous human being that doesn’t have a heart. Everything looks great, but everything below that feels just a bit off. Perhaps I’m nitpicking (or just being a greedy elitist twat), but I want to really get into the heads of these characters. I want to know everything about them, I want to know so much that I could hear the heart that supposedly beats inside them or at least be a little less cliche. Maybe then this show can be the one I’ve been waiting for.
- So I’ve been thinking about doing more episodic posts for a particular anime this season. They probably would follow the same kind of jist as my earlier ones with Mawaru Penguindrum, plus it would give me incentive to post weekly and be active. It’s mostly going to be between Robotics;Notes, Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun or Zetsuen no Tempest. I won’t be able to do them all (I was serious when I said physics is kicking my ass) but I think it would be fun to try episodic blogging again.
- After watching SAO, I went on and tried my first MMO. It’s a bunch of fun, but there goes all my free time.