strobe edge

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I was always more…sentimental than my male peers, growing up. I never watched stuff like Power Rangers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when I was younger; I’ve found on more than one occasion that this has kind of put me on the outskirts of my friends’ nostalgic conversations, but shows like that just never appealed to me. This isn’t to say I was on the other extreme, either, but all the stuff that boys were “supposed” to like when I was younger rarely engaged me on the level they did with my friends. The one exception to this was that my gateway drug into anime was Dragon Ball Z, when it aired on Cartoon Network in the late ’90s, but that had little lasting effect; most of the anime I’ve watched since then has been much softer, typically of the high school romance category, for reasons I can’t really trace to any definitive “moment” in my personal development.

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love, chunibyo & other delusions

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It’s funny — being very involved in the AMV scene and somewhat less so in the anime scene, I find that I become familiar with anime in a unique way: completely void of context. I’ll often watch several AMVs which use a specific anime and build up what I think the anime is about in my head. When, at a later date, I finally decide to watch said anime, it occasionally happens that my assumptions about the anime are way, way off. Such was the case with Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions — I don’t know if I could accurately paint for you a portrait of what I thought the series was about based on a couple (very good) AMVs that I saw which use it, but it was certainly more fantastical than it ended up being.

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flying low #21: i see fire

I’ve written about msteapot in a Flying Low entry before, so if you’ve been a regular reader of this blog for a few years this editor’s name may ring a distant bell. Truthfully, this video probably doesn’t belong in this series of blog posts, because on her channel it has well over 100k views, and it’s been uploaded elsewhere and gotten a decent amount of attention there as well. This is where I make an audible and say screw it, it’s my blog, I want to write about this video and she hasn’t uploaded a new AMV in three years at this point. You probably haven’t seen this video, so as far as I’m concerned, it belongs here…although I’m not going to make a habit of posting about videos this “popular”.

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steins;gate

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I thought that when I reviewed One Punch Man exactly a year ago that it was probably the most redundant, unnecessary thing I’d written here, simply because if you’re tuning into a no-name blog like this that focuses largely on anime and AMVs, you’re probably already pretty ingrained in one or the other subculture (or both), and OPM is such a popular series that, well, another review on it was really adding nothing new to the internet at large and you’d certainly already made your mind up about the series well before clicking over to this corner of the web. But, allow me to outdo myself here, and write a review on an eight-year-old series that is, as of the time of this writing, sitting at #2 on the all-time rankings, and #7 on the popularity rankings over at MAL. Yeah, that’s right, I just watched Steins;Gate for the first time — if you’re new here, welcome! You’ll find my opinions on plenty of other things that everyone had already consumed and discarded years before I got to them; just check out those links to the right.

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filling in the gaps #7

Filling In The Gaps is an ongoing series of blog posts I’m working on, where I’m listening through all the music from CDs I’ve purchased over the years that, up until this point, I’d never actually listened to. If this is the first entry in this series that you’ve come across, please click here to catch up on the past entries. Enjoy!

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