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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Anime I've Watched This Year Plus Nerdy Stuff Vs. Creepy Stuff

I have been hitting the Japanese 'toons pretty hard this year. So far my anime count on the year is about forty. With only thirty-four reviews posted (I think). The others will be posted momentarily and since there is still time in the year I am sure I will add to that total. However, it wasn't until I took stock of my posts on the year that I realized I have been watching a ton of anime and I actually own less than half of them. So ever since I got my Roku 3 I have been in anime overload. I mean, I am paying monthly fees for both Crunchyroll and FUNimation premium memberships so it is a waste of money if I don't take advantage of my memberships, but it's beginning to sound like the only reason I have a job is just so I can pay for my anime habit. And that may be true to a point. I mean, I spent a long while without any money and not being able do anything at all so I guess you can say I am catching up on lost times. 

However, I just like going home and watching some anime. I believe in moderation, though. And there ain't much else to do at home. I mean, yeah, there's chores and stuff but as long as you do a little every now and then you don't have to worry about crap building up. So I got a lot of free time. And rather than go out and get drunk or ride around and cause even more oil to leak out of my car I just mostly stay home and watch some 'toons. Every now and then I will go to Guitar Center or Best Buy and get something I probably don't need but not very often. I'm okay with that, though. Or probably just used to it. I have never been that big of a social animal anyway and as long as I get out three or four times a year with some friends I'm cool. Yeah, I am pretty boring. 

Anyway, here is a list of all the anime I have watched or currently am watching this year (not in exact order). 

  1. Phantom
  2. Attack on Titan
  3. WataMote
  4. Oriemo
  5. Naruto
  6. Valvrave the Liberator
  7. Black Lagoon
  8. Last Exile
  9. Noir
  10. Gungrave
  11. Darker Than Black
  12. Hellsing
  13. Rumbling Hearts
  14. Yu Yu Hakusho
  15. Basilisk
  16. Shuffle
  17. Suzuka
  18. InuYasha
  19. Photo Kano
  20. The Devil is a Part-Timer!
  21. Tenchi Universe
  22. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
  23. The Severing Crime Edge
  24. A Bridge to the Starry Skies
  25. Flowers of Evil
  26. Tenchi Muyo! Tenchi in Tokyo
  27. H20: Footprints in the Sand
  28. Good Luck Ninomiya-kun!
  29. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  30. Anno Natsu de Matteru
  31. The World God Only Knows
  32. Gargantia on the Verduous Planet
  33. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU
  34. Dog & Scissors
  35. Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
  36. Wannabe the Strongest Fighter in the World
  37. I Couldn't Get a Job So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job!
  38. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
  39. Linebarrels of Iron
  40. My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering With My High School Romantic Comedy

Anyway, while we are on the subject there is an article here I want you to read:

You know, I can understand the mole-like existence and the pessimism about the future referenced in the article. Having a virtual girlfriend seems a little bit too creepy, though. Especially when the virtual girlfriend is 17 and you're a 39 year old guy passing yourself off as a teenager in the same game. But I really don't have a lot of room to judge these folks (although I will anyway a little bit). Because while the idea of dating sims or these ridiculous virtual girlfriend apps sounds kinda funny I suppose I could try 'em if I was bored enough and if they were available in English. But I understand the fine line between what I am talking about and what those dudes are talking about. 
Not my room, by the way. 

However, it is still a depressing thought. I think the difference is that I have a self-awareness and if I was 39 and doing many of the same things I am doing now... Well, that would not be progress at all. It's true that the fairer sex and I have an almost non-existent relationship, but that has less to do with anime and more to do with the fact that I haven't bothered pursuing anyone. Yeah, I suppose it is a kind of laziness and could be an indication of what that article is hinting at (that I somehow prefer animated girls... as if I need a reason for anyone else to think I am strange), but it is definitely not, folks. 

I am a 23 year old fast food cook living with his parents and I spend my time not getting into trouble and trying to figure out what I am going to attack my future. Trying to establish a relationship at this point (with who, I wouldn't know) would be like trying to build a thirty million dollar mansion on a known sinkhole. Yeah, I understand the concept of being young and reckless and I am kind of envious of those who are in a weird way, but I am not reckless and don't intend to start being that way now. So yeah, I watch a lot of anime, but I do feel feelings of loneliness and whatnot but I just deal with it internally rather than seeking out virtual girlfriends or some crazy shit like that. There's no telling what the future will bring. No need to make myself a complete work-from-home shut-in just yet. I need to get a publishing deal first and in order to do that I must write. Give me ten years and we'll see what happens. XD

So yes, it is true I expect the future to be pretty crummy if not kinda boring but I remain hopeful that it is not. I guess that makes me a pessimistic optimist. Or kinda normal, I guess. And just because I don't really care what a lot of other people think doesn't mean I am not aware of how people think when they hear about this stuff. So if I were to actually have a virtual girlfriend... you sure as shit wouldn't hear about it from me in a damn magazine. These guys are nuts if you ask me. Maybe not because they actually do what they say they do (although quite possibly they are), but because they actually say they do it with a straight face in a public format.

I know I don't fit in that well and I accept my limitations, but I still try to be better anyway. Even if it is in just a small way. 

These guys have given up on reality entirely. Pretty sad. Shit, if I had a wife (kinda jumping ahead quite a bit of the process here but it's just an example and it's my blog) I sure as hell wouldn't say dumb shit like "I can't choose between the two." One girl in your life is fucking cartoon, dude. Yeah, it'd be pretty cool if she were real, but she ain't. The other one has a vagina that's real. And boobies. And a personality and looks that weren't created by some creepy ass company. Otherwise, yeah, the cartoon broad is a total keeper. 

Anyway, at the end of the year I am going to do a worst to first list of all this anime. That should be fun. 


  1. I guess the Manti Te'o situation could have been worse if his girlfriend had been a cartoon.

  2. On second thought, since Manti Te'o's girlfriend turned out to be a guy, maybe a cartoon would have been better.