Two Years of Shallow Dives in Anime: Ask Dewbond Anything* Edition!

Last week I threw out the call for fellow bloggers to ask me any questions they could think of for the anniversary week! Well they stepped up and I got a handful of questions, including some of my own, that I’m ready to answer. It’s not Don’t @ Me, but it’s taking the place of it this week. Let’s get into it after the cut!

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1. Arthur C. Clark’s third law states that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” With that in mind is Magical Sempai the greatest anime series about a girl that likes to perform magic and if so, can you justify you’re reasoning without saying boobs?

Yes.

2. “What anime did you go into with high expectations, only to come out saying it was the worst anime ever?”

Rascal does not Dream of a Dreaming Girl is probably the best answer. I just did not like that movie, like at all. It was a shame, because the anime series tied for my anime of the year in 2018.

If I would also say that I went into Mirai Nikki being told it was pretty fucking great, and while it was okay. It really felt like the rough draft of a better story.

3. If you were in a position that had to choose between Ishtar and Rin, would you be about to do it?

I would probably choose Rin. She’s tough as nails, sassy, and all around the more well rounded. Ishtar has an amazing, AMAZING fucking ass, but she leans way more into the tsundere attitude. Plus I could just soothe her with a shit ton of gems.

4. What do you enjoy most about your blog after two whole years?

I like the feeling when a blog post is really easy to write, when I know exactly what I want to say and the words flow out. This often happens when a series really clicks with me, or has something that I really wanna talk about.

The thing I enjoy the LEAST, is when I bust my ass over a post and it barely gets any likes or views. This is why I no longer post on Sundays!

5. Is there a series/film that you love that you believe is underappreciated by the anime community?

Plenty. I think Naruto is vastly underappreciated. Despite a bevy of strange story choices in the later half, it was one of the few shonen properties that actually was able to stick its landing. It’s ending is remarkably solid and consistent with the story. School Days is another. I think it is a really good take-down of the harem genre, without being a blatant in your face deconstruction. Not perfect by any means, but it’s successes are singular among the medium.

I would also say Sword Art Online, mostly because I think the series was unfairly scapegoated back during its debut. It got too popular too fast, which made people hyper-focus on its flaws, and ignore how much it does well.

As for series that are over-appreciated? I think the anime community sucks the dick of Trigger just a little too much. Full Metal Alchemist, as great a ‘gateway’ anime it is, hasn’t made much of an impact beyond my generation. (Same can be said for Code Geass) My Hero Academia (which I have not watched) seems to be held up as this perfect product. Neon Genesis Evangelion is a show where everything good, and everything bad about it is pretty much true, and probably been held up at this masterpiece that I don’t even think the creator really believes anymore.

Oh, and while I’m going to watch it again when I’m in the mood. I really didn’t care for the Monogatari series. I thought it was trying too hard to be clever, and not hard enough in telling something coherent.

6. What is your favorite anime song/OST

Opening Theme: Brave Shine

Ending Theme: StudyxStudy

Favorite OST: The soundtrack to the YU-NO visual novel remake

Favorite singular OST: Chaos Mind from the Steins;Gate ost.

7. What do you look for in a new series? What trait makes you think, “Yeah, I like this?” Is there something that would pretty much guarantee you dislike a series?

I don’t really go into my anime or manga with a check-list. I give everything a shot, and stick around for what makes me tick. What does seem to make me tick though, is a couple of things. First I really like it when a series has a premise and commits to it a hundred percent. Yosuga no Sora, Date A Live and Interspecies Reviewers all do this, and I love them both. Secondly, I love a good chemistry among the main cast, or two central love interests. Shows (or games) like Persona 4 Golden, or Unlimited Blade Works are great because the main characters gel so well together. Of course, fanservice is always a plus for me, and a good panty or booty shot can always win me over, as long as it isn’t shove in a scene where it doesn’t belong.

As for things that make me dislike a series. There is honestly not anything that would make me instantly go “nope.” I’m big on giving anything a fair chance, but I will say that after a couple of years of watching anime and blogging, that I’m probably not gonna stick around if you are by-the-book with your story, but shoddily made. There’s too much anime nowadays so I can be a bit more picky.

Oh, and the ‘collective unconscious’ concept can go to hell.

Right. now for some other questions that I thought of. (Or hoped you’d ask)

  1. Objectively Favorite Anime, including Hentai and Ecchi.

As much as I love High School DxD, as much of a masterpiece I think it is. It has to be Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works

2. Favorite Boy, Favorite Girl

Favorite boy is probably Shirou Emiya from Fate. Favorite girl is the English dub version of Koneko Toujou from High School DxD.

3. Most significant anime series in the last generation?

Probably Sword Art Online.

4. What’s your view of the presence of Loli/Lolicon in the anime industry?

It’s there, it’s part of the medium, we have deal with it. It’s what we squint and look past to enjoy many of the shows that we love. Thankfully anime is so vast and so varied that you can watch plenty of amazing shows without it even there. If there is to be any change, then it should come from the Japanese culture, not from the west.

5. What is your opinion regarding the controversy surrounding Vic Mignogya?

He fought the law, and the law won.

But in honesty. I don’t go to anime conventions, and he is pretty much known for only three roles, one of which (Full Metal Alchemist’s Edward Elric) is worth any real praise.

6. Favorite English Voice Actor/Actress?

Josh Grelle for the lads, Jad Saxton for the ladies.

7. Subs or Dubs?

Both. Subs are great, but a well done English dub, especially in a comedy show (Shimoneta, Hensuki, Baka and Test) is the go-to version for me.

8. Best Ecchi scene in the medium?

Basara Toujou and Chisato Hasagawa in the 13th episode of Shinmai Maou no Testament.

9. Scenes that always make your cry?

Brooke’s flashback from One Piece, and Sakura saying “Is that for me?” in the English dub ending of Cardcaptor Sakura.

10. What are you feelings about Funimation and Crunchyroll?

They aren’t perfect, but I’ll take them over going back to the Fan-sub days 100% of the time. I’m glad there are multiple companies in the west, so we don’t have a Steam situation.

11. What series most deserves another season, that’s not High School DxD?

Without question: The Devil is a Part-Timer.

12. Favorite Ani-tuber?

Sydsnap, but the lads from the Trash Taste Podcast are pretty solid too.

13. After two years of anime blogging, what series would you recommend that people pick up?

The visual novel of YU-NO: A Girl who Chants love at the Bound of this World is something I think any lover of the medium would enjoy.

If you like laughs though, then I would drop whatever your doing and start reading Spy x Family. I have not laughed that much at a manga in almost 15 years.

14. On a scale of 1-10, how bad was the ending of Domestic Girlfriend?

A mother fucking 12.

15. Anime Tits? Or Anime Ass?

I love em both, but a juicy anime booty is just perfection.

16. Favorite Video Games?

Mass Effect 1-3, Pokemon Gold/Silver, Final Fantasy VI, and World of Warcraft

17. Soup or Salad?

Salad, always a good salad.

18. Pineapple on Pizza?

Sure, if it is part of a variety of toppings.

19. Is Parallel Paradise worth the hype?

Fuck yeah it is.

20. Do you love your readers?

I absolutely do, and thank you so much for your time and attention!

5 thoughts on “Two Years of Shallow Dives in Anime: Ask Dewbond Anything* Edition!

  1. You and I share the same pain: nothing says frustration quite like publishing a post you thought was well-argued, detailed and insightful, only for the interactions and views to be minimal, and then a few days later, the lower-effort post you whipped up ends up getting all of the love and attention!

    It looks like these past two years have treated you well, I hope you will continue on both with your content and engagement with the community 🙂

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  2. We may have some disagreements, but not on Fate. Rin is an amazing character, and while Shirou used to piss me off, I can appreciate his fortitude a lot more than I used to. I just started watching ufotable’s Unlimited Blade Works and it’s a great time.

    Also, in case I didn’t say it before: congrats on two years!

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