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Oh, My Goddess! v. 1-7 (75 Books LXIX – LXXV)

What? I said I’d read seventy-five books this year; I didn’t say how I’d get to seventy-five.

Anyway, considering how down I was on this series at the end, I enjoyed these early volumes more than I thought I would. Oh, My Goddess! isn’t really a must-read, but it’s charming, and it’s entertaining enough if you like the style of late-eighties or early-nineties anime or manga.

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2014: It All Comes Tumbling Down, Tumbling Down, Tumbling Do~wn

So, if 2013 was the Agincourt of weblogging, 2014 was The Battle of Little Bighorn.

Not that I feel too sorry for myself – I had thought early in the year that I’d rather spend time on other things than web logging, though I did expect to get up more than ten posts. At least most of them turned out fairly well, including a couple retrospectives, one on serial experiments lain and another on Neon Genesis Evangelion. Speaking of Evangelion, I also wrote about the January theatrical release of Evangelion 3.0, which still hasn’t come out on glorious blu-rei. I also shared my thoughts on the other big anime theatrical release this year, The Wind Rises, which has come out on home video; based on my re-watch of the film on blu-ray, I think these early impressions still stand.

Among the normal review posts, I actually wrote about a few live-action films, which is unusual. The best of these was probably The Chekist; I also came up with a sequel of sorts to the Uncle Walt-a-thon with The Jungle Book, and wrote about the strangest book I read this year, Uzumaki.…

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2013: The Agincourt of Weblogging

That’s Agincourt from the French perspective, as last year’s success turned out to be shorter-lived than I expected.

Well, maybe “Agincourt” is an exaggeration, but it’s been a lousy year for me on all fronts. Leaving aside personal stuff, post quality was less even than I’d like, and update consistency fell apart in the second half of the year. I do seem to have gotten back on track now, though, and there were some good points throughout the year, so here’s the highlight reel for Everything Is Oll Korrect! in 2013.…

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Short Thoughts on Long Arguments

As I mentioned in my last Bibliophile’s Journal post, I recently read one of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Biblical commentaries. Since I have a lot of time to kill at work and not a lot of time to read at home, at least recently, most of my reading is from blogs and Twitter. These, however, never really satisfy me, and St. Thomas’s commentary made me realise just how unsatisfying they are.…

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2012: An OK Year in Review

So, with only two weeks left in the year, I thought I’d take a look back and share some thoughts on how Everything is Oll Korrect! fared in 2012, and share some of what I consider the best, or at least most interesting, posts of the last year.

Overall, the blog fared pretty well. It is, by far, the most successful year yet for Everything. Post quality has evened out, at least in my admittedly biased but self-critical opinion, and for the first time I can claim with a straight face that I update regularly. There’s been a post every week except two, in late March and late November. A few weeks had two posts, making my average just above one update per week. I also had more views and comments than ever before, though this is still far from a popular blog.

Now, I don’t go back and re-read my old posts very often, but for the end of the  year I did go through the archives and come up with what I think are the highlights of 2012.…

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Maynguh Memories of a College-Age Delinquent

In the first Maynguh Memories post, I mentioned that I’ve long been more a comics than an anime fan, initially because I found graphic novels more affordable. Besides that, though, anime also consumed a lot more time, whether in finding a two-hour block of time for a film, or stringing together a series of times for a TV production. I could read a volume of a graphic novel, though, in about half an hour, and read it more discreetly than I could watch an anime. That was important because of a confession I have to make.

You see, at university, I was a juvenile grown-up delinquent.

Well, maybe not quite, but I did occasionally skip classes I didn’t enjoy, and like any other delinquent I’d hang out at Barnes & Noble, Half Price Books, or the library. There, I’d often buy two or three volumes of comics, and read through them before going to work or to a class I cared about. I wouldn’t recommend doing that for those who care about their grades, and I didn’t skip class too often, but oddly enough some of the most enjoyable time I had in my college years was spent in a corner of the library or in the cafeteria reading through the latest volume of some comic.…

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Anime Autobiography – Endless Delinquency and Despair

<– Previous: Anime Autobiography – Into the Bowels of College

Sometimes, one discovers the right show at the right time. In high school, I found Azumanga Daioh, early at university I found Genshiken, and early in 2009, the second half of my junior year, I found Welcome to the NHK!, about a seemingly hopeless shut-in who dropped out of college. Having already noticed a pattern in the shows I watched, I thought, “Is this what I have to look forward to?”…

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That 50 Questions Meme

I saw this meme, which apparently originated at Ace Railgun, over at Mainichi Anime Yume and Mono no Aware, and since I enjoy both reading and answering these types of questions, thought I’d do this as well. After all, as I’ve said before, blogging is all about saying “Me, too!”

1. Who is your favorite male anime character?

Kamina, that paragon of masculinity, from Gurren Lagann. I like strong, masculine characters, and his problem-solving method of total self-confidence and brute force is just so much fun to watch.

2. Who is your favorite female character?

It’s a tough call, but probably Triela, from Gunslinger Girl. She appears to be the oldest and most mature of the girls, and thus takes it upon herself to look after the rest. Her uncertain relationship with her handler also makes her and Hillshire the most interesting pair in the show.

3. What is your favorite anime soundtrack?

Evangelion 2.0, which I imported not too long ago. The battle themes especially, though I like almost every piece. I even learned to sing “Tsubasawo Kudasai.”

4. What is your favorite anime opening + animation?

The third opening to Goku Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei.

5. What is your favorite anime ending song + animation?

Unlike openings, there aren’t many endings that I care for. I suppose season one of Spice and Wolf, though there’s not any actual animation. That or “Hare Hare Yukai,” from the first season of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

6. What is your favorite anime scene?

A couple scenes come to mind, but I’d say the climax to Evangelion 2.0, when “Tsubasawo Kudasai” is playing. After a TV show and four films, we finally get to see Shinji man up, with beautiful animation, a very good song, and overall it’s just such a satisfying end to the film.

7. If you could meet an anime character who would it be?

If it’s just one meeting, I’d love to dance with Princess Tutu.

8. What anime character is most similar to you in terms of personality?

There’s no perfect matches, of course, but I’ve always identified a bit with Madarame, from Genshiken. His passion for his hobby, but also, unfortunately, his hesitancy in certain things, like moving on from college or telling his romantic interest his feelings.

9. What is your favorite thing about anime?

Creative animation. I love shows like FLCL or most anything directed by Shinbou Akiyuki that just go all-out on changing up styles, or tend towards abstraction. Basically, doing things that are impossible for live-action.

10. What is your least favorite thing about anime?

The obsession with high school settings.

11. Who are your favorite anime couple?

It’s not something I’ve really thought of before, but I’ll go with Lawrence and Holo from Spice and Wolf.

12. Who is your favorite anime animal?

Mesousa, who was the most entertaining part of Pani Poni Dash.

13. What anime would make a good game?

I don’t play video games anymore, so I don’t know and don’t really care.

14. What game would make a good anime?

I could see Final Fantasy VI working as a series. Again, though, I don’t really know.

15. What was the first anime you ever watched?


16. Do you think you’ll ever stop watching anime?

I enjoy traditional animation, so I doubt it. If the West starts producing a lot more of it, I’d probably watch more of that than the Japanese, but that seems very unlikely at the moment.

17. What is your favorite genre of anime?

I watch a bit of everything so it’s hard to pick, but I do seem to watch more slice-of-life comedy than anything else.

18. What is your least favorite genre of anime?

I can’t think of any I’d refuse to watch, but I do try to avoid fanservice-heavy shows.

19. Are you open about watching anime with people you know?

Yes; over half the shows I watch, I’ve watched with my little sister. I’d also be willing to watch with any friends who’d be interested.

20. Have you ever been to Japan?

No, though I’d like to go someday.

21. What anime was the biggest let down for you?

His and Her Circumstances. I’d always heard it was really good, and the first few episodes lived up to that, but it really fell off a cliff. Same with the comic.

22. What anime was better than expected?

I don’t watch a show unless I think there’s some chance it’ll be good, so I don’t have a good answer. Cromartie High School is one I put off watching for a long time, and I’m kicking myself for not checking it out sooner.

23. What is the best anime fight scene?

Another one I’ve never really thought about, but I’ll go with one of Araragi and Mayoi’s scuffles from Bakemonogatari.

24. Who is your anime waifu?

Belldandy, from Oh, My Goddess!, who actually would be a perfect wife.

25. What was your favorite video game as a child?

Super Mario World is the one I played the most, so I’ll go with that.

26. Most embarrassing moment?

Though I’ve made a fool of myself many times, I don’t recall anything really worth sharing.

27. Can you drive? Do you own a car?

Yes and yes.

28. Are you mature?

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