The Novel Strumpet Talks…Anime?

Ok, so as you may have noticed I’ve been really, really, really silent on the blogging front, especially when it comes to books.  I can’t explain it, but after spending my entire life as a voracious reader something happened over the last couple of years and suddenly reading stopped being a source of joy for me and just became boring.  Sad, I know.


That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading, it’s just been very sporadic and while I’ve been attending conventions and panels on books trying to find that spark again…so far it hasn’t happened.

That has left me a gaping void to fill, and while I’ve tried to find other TV shows or pop-culture hobbies to talk about there was only one that has risen to the top, so might as well share my thoughts on it even though the internet doesn’t really need anyone else sharing their thoughts on it, but it’s my party and I’ll blog it if I want to.  Of course, I’m talking about….anime.  Oh, anime…there is no limit to the possibilities because this medium has it all – romance, horror, mystery, action, and things that make you blush so hard you swear your hair is on fire.

I want to feel ashamed for being so into this medium as I am at my age, but I just can’t muster up the guilt. I’m bored, I’m consuming more content than is healthy, and all of you get to reap the rewards (or suffer the consequences depending on your view).

I’m not new to the genre, I’ve watched it on and off for years but once streaming services made it easier for me to get my hands on the content then I just started consuming more and more like the glutton I am.

So here we are.  I don’t really have a rhyme or reason to what I’m posting.  Maybe it’s about my favorite shows, genres, episodes, who knows.  Also, none of this is going to be insightful or groundbreaking.  It’s just me gushing over my favorite shows in ways that will probably have my friends shaking their heads and thinking “oh, bless her” and hopefully won’t make my family disown me ;P

So, if anyone decides to actually read anything I post, and you have a suggestion of something I should watch please send it my way, but here are some genres I know I’m not fond of:

  1. Magical Girls – sorry Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and fans of everything of that ilk, I can’t. I’ve tried and I can’t get into it, so if you send me a suggestion that is in this vein I may try it but I can pretty much guarantee I’ll probably make it one episode before I quit.
  2. Battle Mecha (or just Mecha in general) – I don’t like animes that focus on robots that fight big battles. The original Voltron (and I’m talking the 1980’s version) was the only exception and I think it was the novelty of it more than the story itself because anything I’ve tried since then that was heavy in the robot sphere bored me to tears.
  3. Tearjerkers – Ok, some anime is so good or so sweet and touching at moments I may tear up, but I refuse to watch anything whose main purpose is to rip my heart out and stomp on it. Sorry fans of Your Lie in April or Grave of the Fireflies it’s not happening.  I’m already an overly anxious and emotional wreck most of the time and that stuff causes me to have a complete nervous breakdown.

So the next few posts will probably be about some of my favorites because I’m not here to talk about only new things, I’m going to talk about anything I’ve watched and want to talk about.  And I’ll keep doing it until I get bored or Mike begs me to stop…hahahaha.

Also, here’s a list of a few terms I’ll probably use. In case you don’t know what these mean, here you go via Urban Dictionary:

Original Video Animation (OVA): are episodes produced exclusively for video release, though they usually air on television a few months later. Most anime shows are released for television first (in Japan) and then released on DVD later, but OVA’s are the reverse.

Canon: In slang, a word used by those who write fanfiction. It refers to the original body of work that the fanfiction came from.

Headcanon: An idea or opinion about a fictional series (Book, TV, Comic, or otherwise) that is true in one’s head, but has not become a canon fact.

Ship: Short for romantic relationship, popularized in fanfiction circles.

Fanservice: In general, fan service refers to scenes designed to excite or titillate the viewer. This can include scantily-clad outfits, cleavage shots, panty shots, nude scenes (shower scenes especially), etc. Some broader definitions also include things like cool mecha, big explosions, battle scenes, etc. Basically, if it has little plot-redeeming value, but makes the viewer sit up and take notice, it’s probably fan service in one form or another.

One True Pairing (OTP): Used in fandoms to express what characters you ship. (put together romanticly)

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Simply One Hell of an Anime


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