Long ago, when college was easy and time could still be called "free", a friend and I started writing our first anime. We got the first 5 minutes then ended up drinking too much and brainstorming about future episodes without writing any of it down (much to my regret). We are the fools. It's been nigh on 2 years since then and the idea hasn't been touched since. I tend to blame the ill progress on school, the lack of a proper atmosphere, and my general laziness. I have big plans for the anime when I have it entirely written and ready to go. It will be my masterpiece and calling card (I find myself dreaming of being like that kid from The Girl Next Door who directed the Sex Ed. video).
I am not in dispair, however. My time of not working on one has not gone to waste doing nothing and resting on my laurels. No, I have started learning Japanese and massing a boxset collection and watching one new and old anime after another. In addition, I have come up with another 15 ideas that are in the preliminary stage of getting characters, with backgrounds, and a general plot. Thankfully I'm not far from graduation so I can go out into the real world (hopefully the slightly unrealistic one of anime) and have time to myself to pick up writing where I left off. With the help of the Anime Vice staff I hope to start doing some reviews to better my writing skills in terms of anime and manga.
In the end I'm not a cocky guy or saying that I'm the only one who will fulfill his dreams or that I am or will be the best amatuer anime writer: but I am saying that I intend to do my best and will do my damnedest to see my anime to fruition and gladly take anyone along for the ride. Anime and business are my pride and what I know best.
Needless to say, the title tells it all. It's currently 2:37 AM and even though I have Fridays off I have a ton of homework to have done for Monday. Some of the items due I've known about all semester and others just got annouced. To the point though...
Point one is that I procrastinate like not other. I do that naturally but over the past couple years it has been primarily due to my anime watching. I knew of only a couple anime titles 3 years ago and now I could list at least a hundred that I've seen and a few hundred more that I've heard of. Now, I realize that I could have a lot more done and be more productive if I did things bit by bit or just kept motivated but I say fuck that. At first I would just watch a few episodes at a time and then do other things. Now it has come to the point where I will watch a few hours or so a day and tell myself that assignments and such can wait. Don't get me wrong I want to do well in school (since graduation is in sight) and I do get done what I need to but I really like anime and hope to make it my future.
Point two is how I buy anime even when I don't need to spend any money. I do also buy movies and games but anime takes up the majority of the money that doesn't need to be spent. And thanks to this habit of mine I now have no money, literally. To help ease some of my anime costs I do tell my family I want cash and giftcards for holidays and my birthday. When I make my wishlist for them I usually put a handful of anime titles and get most or all on the list (which makes me so happy).
Point number three is how I keep up with anime. I have an "Anime" and "Manga" folder in my Favorites tab so I can quickly go to whatever site I want to catch new episodes and volumes. I also follow a number of anime companies and bloggers on Twitter and Facebook (having both apps on my iPhone doesn't help me pay attention in class either) and check each many times a day.
Finally, my fourth point. It is that I have quite a few anime ideas int he works but have only actually started one them with a friend. What doesn't help is that here at school I only have a couple people to talk anime with. Although, I do talk to my friends and roommates about it but mostly about interesting news and such (I even got some of them to watch Afro Samurai, but that is the extent to their anime watching as they find it gay and dumb and wrong (moe and the like)). So it's only when I am home that I can get to try and make any progress. In addition to the writing I am working to learn Japanese. That..isn't going very far at the moment. I am hoping to work with an anime company sometime in my life but I'm in the process of starting with one after school via an internship (really hoping something positive happens since I've already been to the company and showed interest; basically put my foot in the door).
Well, all in all and in the end I just need to get out of school and things should be easier for me to get done. As always I'm open to comments and stories since you never know what you might find out.
Why don't we see more anime into video games? Well, it stands to fact that many just aren't able to be adapted for one. When you look at the length of series and then at the story and content, most anime just don't cut it. There are some that do however. Ikkitousen: Shining Dragon, for example, came out for the PS2 but only in Japan. I'm sure there are other titles that only had a game in Japan that I don't know about but Ikkitousen is an example of something going wrong to not allow the anime-to-game in the US and other parts of the world. My other issue with anime-to-games is that when the anime do have enough of a story and length to be made a game they just suck as a game. Be it the graphics, altered storyline/characters, and/or overall playability and likability of the game, the anime isn't done justice for the audiences of the world who buy the game because it's something new or because they like the anime. The Mobile Suit Gundam games for example: the graphics suck, the stories are off, and the gameplay is too poor to say, all top out the Ring of 3 Evils* for video games. It's hard to change the Pokemon games but that's fine as why change what isn't totally broken? Naruto graphics are pretty good and the gameplay works well enough, Dragon Ball Z games were cool until they started messing with the gameplay and didn't improve the graphics all that much, and Bleach games are cool and good (I like Shattered Blade on Wii) but the fighting is arcade style and the stories seem short and you can't actually travel.
From looking at a list of anime and mange made into games (there is more than I care to count and a greay many that I've never heard of) I can say my view is limited. I'm open to input about what anime games are good and what the gaming and anime industries can do to better the games and create greater interest. To finalize this, my first blog, I will say that Afro Samurai (PS3) is my favorite anime-to-game and it used to be Dragon Ball Z: Budokai 3 (PS2).
*I am coining this phrase from this point on when I talk about anime-to-games.