Hello! Welcome to this silly little blog site!
My name is Tom, and I’m a journalism student studying at Robert Gordon University in bonnie Scotland. Now, if you’ve already taken a quick gander around this blog, you’re probably wondering “What’s with all the big-eyed cartoon people?”
Well, when I started university I rekindled an interest in animated films and television, in particular anime. Anime was a big part of my childhood as a nineties kid – I was practically raised by Dragonball Z and Pokemon! Of course, much has changed since the days of mediocre English dubbing and slightly janky animation, and the medium has really fascinated me for a while.
So, I made the logical decision to try to improve my writing and have a bit of fun catching up on anime while I did so – hence the blog you’re reading right now. To be honest, I became a journalist because of reading film and gaming reviews as a youngster!
I’ve learned a lot about how different Japanese culture is to ours, and the beautiful art of anime itself – not just the style, but the importance of camera angles and framing. Watching a good anime is like taking a masterclass in film school. I could write theses about this stuff, but that’s another subject for another day.
Until then, before you read any further, I’d like to set a few of my ground rules.
1. I always review animes the first time around with their official English dub, unless the anime in question does not have one, or the English dub is terrible. If that’s the case, I’ll probably make mention of it. The entire purpose of these reviews is, in effect, to introduce anime to a Western audience, by writing from a relative outsider’s perspective – so listening to English dubs, no matter how ‘inferior’ they may be, is the way I roll.
2. I don’t pretend to be an expert on any of this, and a lot of my opinions won’t necessarily be the same as anyone else’s. Part of this adventure I’m embarking on is the surprises along the way – animes that look like dreck but actually end up being pretty awesome!
Sorry if all that was a bit rambly (I tend to do that). I do hope you enjoy reading these reviews and, failing that, like looking at the pretty pictures. Happy watching!