A little less than an avid anime fan

If you're reading this and you like good music covered badly, you'll be glad to know that I'm working on covers of Peach, Plum, Pear by Joanna Newsom, Say Yes and King's Crossing by Elliott Smith, Kissing Families by Silversun Pickups and You're Ex-Lover is Dead and One More Night by Stars (I might do Going, Going, Gone as well). I got myself a copy of pro tools finally so I really want to actually get around to using it. Don't worry, I'm planning on doing something original with these-not just playing the song with a slightly different guitar tone and different voice. Anyways, the long, main and part of the blog that no one is really going to care about. If you hate this, I think I'll review some music and movies next post so, stick around if you hate this, please.


I've been in one of my creepy anime, giant fighting robots, stupid ninja and samurai fights and generally things that make absolutely no sense, phases. All I've been doing recently (when I'm not watching LOST) is running through Cowboy Bebop, Paranoia Agent, Last Exile, Samurai Champloo, Ergo Proxy, RahXephon, Gundam and whatever other bullcock animation you could think of. Just about everything by Studio Ghibli is gold though, even for the anime haters. Honestly, Graves of the Fireflies made me cry hard, Spirited Away made me feel uplifted to the point that I wanted to build a boat, My Neighbour Totoro made me relive happy, happy, happy childhood memories and Kiki's Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart made me melt on the inside to the point that I am absolutely beginning to loathe being single. What I'd recommend of this great big bowl of bad animation (generally), bad voice acting (generally) and stupid plots (usually) would be:

1. Akira - Probably one of the best films I have yet to see actually. It's generally science fiction, cyberpunk and fantasy, I guess. It's really hard to say anything bad about it besides the action scenes may bore you a tad. I saw this recently on BluRay and definitely worth a watch if you haven't seen it or are new to anime.

2. Kiki's Delivery Service - Basically, this film is about a witch that has come of age and now needs to prove herself. She finds a town away from home and starts a delivery service and conflicts arise, love happens, etc. It's a pretty basic plotline but pulled off very well with astounding animation and voice acting.

3. Samurai Champloo - Generic samurai anime with a twist. It has good characters, great music and even better dialogue. It's told in generally action packed, feel good, character development-full filler episodes. There are about 5 episodes of plot but this is some of the best Dai Saito anime I have ever seen. Also, this is the first series on this list;there should only be two unless this list goes on longer than I'd like.

4. Graves of the Fireflies - This is set in Japan during WWII following a brother and his sister through family crises, nukes and their eventual deaths (don't worry, that part is told at the beginning). Also, this is one of the only movies to ever make me cry. It's that sad. You won't be thinking about it until the very end and then suddenly everything sets in. This is also considered one of the best WWII films ever made.

5. FLCL - Only six episodes but six episodes that will drag anyone back to that good ol' punk feeling that they experienced when they were 13 even if they didn't have one. It's purely outrageous with good music, nonsensical storylines, good humor and just a general feel good vibe. Definitely worth a spot on anyone's anime list. Too bad it's about 100 dollars to buy six episodes.

Honourable mentions:

Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad - Good drama based anime circling around the local music scene and all the kids that invest it.

Cowboy Bebop - Awesome cowboys in space in character centric goodness.

Neon Genesis Evangelion - 16 episodes of slow, sad, almost boring and degenerative character building ending with 10 episodes of fucking explosive mind fucks that involve some of the biggest trolling in cartooning and some motherfucking incoherent plot.

Anyways, I need to go catch up on LOST, continue watching anime and maybe finally watch Magnolia. REC2 came out recently so I'll probably watch that as well. Later guys!

Introduction

A first post is always strange and unsuiting. This isn't how we talk. Usually, we throw back little pieces of information back in forth in lessthanasentence rather than archive an entire thought, feeling or anything, I suppose. What I want to say most in this post is, I don't know how to write properly-MSN took care of that years ago-so, don't jump on my back for grammar, ending a sentence on something I'm not supposed to or misusing a word. It happens guys.

So, anyways, a little bit about me so you know just who I am on the surface.

I like most forms of media and subculture. They're absolutely fascinating. We can hear a progression in a song, see an advancement in a plotline, notice the camera work in a film or the lighting in a photograph. It's all so thoughtful and inspiring. Sure, we have a lot of static and fuzz between source and viewer in most cases but that in itself is amazing, isn't it? It goes from one thing to another but on a huge scale-like a game of telephone that wraps around the planet.

I'm a musician but not a very good one. I can play trumpet, guitar, bass, harmonica and theremin, violin-but hardly-and I try to sing-try is the main emphasis of that sentence. I've played bass for three years, guitar for about two and a half and trumpet for less than six months (but I think I've progress pretty well in that time period). I'm not afraid to promote myself to hell (while I'm here...) and I'm sure that gets on people's nerves sometimes but, whatever, passion is passion, I guess. I like to organize and put on shows as well, when I can. If I'm not going to make it as a musician, which I probably won't, I'll be a manager, sound engineer or something related to the craft; I can't just leave it behind and work in a cubical.

I absolutely love internet culture. 4chan, Reddit, Lookbook and other related sites are great ways to learn and pass the time. I'm not a fan of a lot of the people on there (mostly the attention starved kids that constantly post nudes for entertainment's sake) but a good chunk of the community are cool guys talking about things I'm interested in.

I'm kind of a nerd or loser, whatever you'd rather call me. I still enjoy Pokemon (I buy the games usually the first day they come out), I like a lot of anime (for those of you that don't know, those are japanese cartoons), I play Starcraft and Team Fortress 2 more often than most people (they're fun, shoot me) and I know too much about music to be considered an avid music fan. I consider those nerdy characteristics (considering I should have grown out of most of them by now) but hey, an interest is an interest. I also follow LOST, Skins and Friday Night Lights like a teenage girl follows Lady Gaga down the street.

I'm sarcastic and awkward to listen to. Because I don't think before I speak, sometimes things come out insulting, uncaring, backwards, with an accent or they embarrassingly shouldn't have been said at all. Also, my sarcasm leans towards the end of the spectrum when I'm just being an impartial asshole. I don't mean it, I swear!

I love fashion. I go thrifting sometimes-less often than I'd like to-and think about what I'm going to wear before I go out anywhere. I have a fashion bookmark section on Firefox with Lookbook at the top of the list. I don't care if I look like I'm half monkey, half turtle, I'm still going to wear a goddamn sweater vest to a post-hardcore show. The joke among my friends at these events is that I'm their dad...

Now, I'll end this knowing you don't know much about me besides my interests and the fact that I still like Pokemon (I think that will stick with most people). Goodnight, time to watch some Skins.
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