Ask Pinchuk a Q and Get Your A in a Special Watch & Learn

Topic started by No_name_here on Feb. 24, 2012. Last post by AURON570 2 years, 12 months ago.
Post by No_name_here (856 posts) See mini bio Level 11

I'll be tying off the Watch & Learn Funimation sampling catch-up next week and, for whatever reason, it feels like a good enough milestone to take a moment or two to reflect. Between my columns here, the content I make for Whiskey at large and my other endeavors, I'm juggling a lot and, as such, I don't really get enough time to respond to talkbacks on most of the material I produce on this site. However, it's important to interact with users - - you lunatics make the site, after all - - so I figured that doing a special W&L as a mailbag/Q&A/AMA to specifically focus on doing just that would be an efficient compromise.

So ask me about whatever (within reason) in this thread - - my opinions about specific topics, previous columns you still want to discuss, random miscellania, et cetera - - and if I get enough appropriate Q's, I'll address them in the aforementioned special W&L. If I get more than enough, maybe this'll become a semi-regular thing like Ramblin' Rorie at Screened.

Fire away.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20

By now you've watched a number of shows for AV and your own personal pleasure. Are there any series you watched the sub and then the dub? Vice versa? Do you play out the differences in your reactions to different scenes in distinguishing your feelings about each?

Post by damswedon (277 posts) See mini bio Level 16

What do you want from the Anime you watch or the Manga you read?

It is something I've been thinking about a lot with Comic Books for a while now, and it is one of those questions that I think people don't think about enough.

Post by Bigheart711 (4,387 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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Out of every anime you've seen and talked about in your Watch and Learn articles, which ones did you like, but would not recommend to anyone that's new to anime (and why)?

Post by takashichea (15,995 posts) See mini bio Level 25
  • What decade has the best manga and which decade had the best anime in your opinion?
  • Any manga adaptations that you're dying to see it animated?
  • What was your most popular Watch and Learn articles?

Sorry for not being active in the Watch and Learn articles. You and several other people motivate me to write weekly reports for my wiki teammates and community.

Post by PenguinDust (1,008 posts) See mini bio Level 13

I think my first question would be how do you believe your perception of anime has changed since you began the Watch & Learn series as well as being the principle Whiskey Media staff member at Anime Vice? When you began, you seemed only rudimentarily familiar with the medium but you were eager to learn. Over time, you watched a considerable number of shows, although still only in bits and pieces. For better or worse, that format is the basis of the W&L series. You've seen enough either way to have gained a better perspective than when you started. My concern would be the noticeable fatigue your reflections have displayed over the last few months. Perhaps I am being hypersensitive, but the enthusiasm seems to have ebbed away over the course of your tenure at Anime Vice. Is that because you've developed a suppositional distaste for many genres within anime and you're tired of having to sit through another half-hour of something you have little interest in and then write about it? Burnout is not uncommon when someone consumes too much of any product at a cumbersome pace. I don't mean for this to come across as an attack on your work, although I can certainly see how it might read that way. I am just curious to know how you think you've changed, if at all, since starting this project.

My second question would follow the first. Based off what you've experienced since beginning the Watch & Learn series, what assumptions do you bring when you start a show? Impressions can change over the course of a viewing, but our initial reactions are built on the foundation of what we've previously encountered. So, when you sit down to watch a show, what are your expectations and misgivings? Anime certainly has a lot of clichés and well-worn storylines. This can induce some tedium early in a series. Given the knowledge you now have to draw on, does your outlook for an anime form very early or even before you begin a show? Have your tastes been altered at all through your exposure to anime?

Post by sotyfan16 (1,342 posts) See mini bio Level 20


I first suffered from burnout with anime back in 2010. I have still yet to recover since I'm over a season behind. I take it in small doses now but I want to get back into a full swing. But I have stuff to deal with in life that requires me to work 5-6 days a week so keeping/catching up is difficult. Anyway, I can understand getting tired of it all as even my friends have had to take a break time to time.

Post by chickdigger802 (39 posts) See mini bio Level 8

Favorite format for anime viewing?

DVD, VHS, Bluray, Streaming, 'gray zone'?

Post by buhssuht (223 posts) See mini bio Level 19

what is your favorite genre?

and after seeing and reading different genre, what is one genre that you cannot understand or cannot like

Post by Username_Undefined (90 posts) See mini bio Level 12

Could one reason why you aren't particularly fond of chibi/super-deformity in anime come from your background in American comics, because I can't think of a single instance of any person in comics being deformed? I see chibi as a way to show comedic emotion, like Ed's reaction to being called short. If you could, what would you replace chibi with to try to convey the same meaning, or would you just get rid of it altogether?

Post by cynically_happy (115 posts) See mini bio Level 12

What with your positive reaction to "Tiger & Bunny" Japan's take on superheroes I'm curious, are there any other American ideas or themes that you would want to see Japan's spin on? Any Japanese tropes you'd like to see an American take on?

Post by Halberdierv2 (1,303 posts) See mini bio Level 17

Well Tom, what do you think of the Jump big three (Naruto, Bleach and One Piece), and how would you compare it to the series that you have watched over the past few years? what do the shows you've watched have that The Shounen Jump shows don't?

Post by AURON570 (573 posts) See mini bio Level 15

In your opinion, what are the best ways to work out while watching anime/reading manga?

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