AgentJ: Could we get a list of what you've already seen?
For this site, I’ve watched DEATH NOTE, NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, FLCL, the first two BLEACH movies and, currently, some mix of GURREN LAGANN, COWBOY BEBOP and FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST BROTHERHOOD. There was also that month-long period where I watched maybe 30 or 40 pilot episodes of random shows. I’ve forgotten which ones, though. Outside of the site, I’ve watched VISION OF ESCAFLOWNE, RECORD OF LODOSS WAR, AKIRA, METROPOLIS, MEMORIES, CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO, PRINCESS MONONOKE, GHOST IN THE SHELL, JIN-ROH, both VAMPIRE HUNTER D movies, GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES and * SHUDDER * FINAL FANTASY: ADVENT CHILDREN. I’m probably forgetting some. When I was a kid, I watched odd episodes of DORAEMON, CAPTAIN HARLOCK and, of course, DRAGONBALL Z.Do I still qualify as a neophyte?
AgentJ: Based on what you have heard from friends and Animevice users, what show or series are you most excited to dive into in the future?
Sheesh… three long-form shows are keeping my mind pretty occupied as is. There hasn’t been enough room to even think about what’s coming next. There is no tomorrow!
You’ve recommend BECK and a number of users have recommend CODE GEASS and BLACK LAGOON pretty insistently. I’d like to eventually delve a little deeper into Miyazaki’s filmography. I don’t know… what do you Anime Vice lunatics think I need to see?
American comics aren’t really what I have an issue with. I love American Comics. I write American Comics. And I haven’t actually been reading manga for this site, just watching anime. It’s just that I’ve been reading superhero comics since I was a kid - - they’re familiar to me - - and these shows have fully-developed universes that are new territory to me. I don’t know what to expect and I can’t predict what’s coming at me, so the experience is a bit more genuine. I’m surprised by the twists, I’m intrigued by the mythologies, I get behind the characters because they’re like new friends. It’s a bit more stimulating because my viewing experience is much more like it was when I was a kid and I wasn’t so savy about my entertainment.
But I do think that Western live-action entertainment is what’s over-developed in comparison. The mass audiences are so much more constipated about fitting things into boxes. This character has to be the hero, this character has to be sympathetic, you can’t mix these genres and so on… so it’s refreshing to seeing a place where all these square peg concepts and characters can not only exist, but also thrive. Where you can have an entire series about a detestable villain, like DEATH NOTE.Anyway, keep those questions coming, Anime Vice community! I WILL answer them, so don't hold back!