I tend to miss my blog’s benchmarks. I realized in June that my third anniversary had passed in April, and I’m not sure when I broke 300,000 hits, but I’m already halfway to 400,000. But most of all, I’ve missed my specially-numbered posts, or realized after the fact that I’ve made them. Well, today I was lucky and noticed that this will be my 800th published post! It’s a great mark to have, because 8 has always been a special number to me (I was born on August 8, weighing 8 pounds and 8 ounces) so to mark the occasion, I’ll be listing 8 of my favorite ‘episode 8s’.
8 tends to be an important episode number in anime. In a lot of 26-episode shows, the 8th episode marks the transition from plot set-up to actual movement of events, and will often feature a shocking twist or revelation that changes the way things will happen from there on out. This is a common enough practice that I could make a list of just transitional eighth episodes, but of course, being an important episode doesn’t necessarily qualify as being a memorable and awesome one, so this list will take eighth episodes from any series. The requirement for consideration on this list was that the eighth episode wasn’t just great, but was one of the most memorable or amazing episodes in the entire series. Oh, and you can count on there being spoilers for each episode.
The immediate satisfaction of watching 2.22 is finally not being in the dark anymore. Now I can go back and read all those fun-looking posts, and can stop worrying about whether or not I will like Makinami Mari Illustrious and fap to all that damn porn already. (My eyes were in pain the entire time I watched this movie. I was a little disappointed when I found out that my recent eye defectiveness is a side effect of the medication I’m taking, because I was sort of looking forward to wearing a pair of red spectacles around and referring to myself as a ‘meganekko.’ Although I doubt I could be so bold as to wear Mari’s lovely pair of extra eyes.) I also don’t have to feel behind the times, envious of those Japanese bastards and all the cuntwaffles who watched the camrips. It was worth holding off to get to watch this in glorious 1080p. I watched it with my younger brother, who saw Evangelion with me, dubbed, in a single day, 4 years ago (when I was ‘14 and so fucked up‘) and understandably, not unlike myself, has only vague memories of it. I’ve rewatched bits and pieces of Eva here and there, and I’ve seen almost everything time and again in AMVs and the like, but I’ve still yet to give it a proper rewatch. (End of Eva, though, I’ve seen several times, as it is one of my top 5-or-so favorite anime). After 2.22 I’m really not sure if I’ll want to watch the original again, haha. In any case, my brother was on the edge of his seat, especially at the end, and then spent minutes raving about how ‘This is like if you fused Evangelion with Gurren Lagann!’ (his favorite show) and then declared it ‘one of his favorite things ever.’ It’s too bad the boy can’t write.
By the way, you may have figured it out already, but I still feel like I have to formally warn you: this is going to be one of those posts. Also, there will be massive fucking spoilers.
The Early Era – This was when I was first finding out about anime (though I didn’t know Pokemon was anime until years of watching). During this time, I became an anime fan to the extreme, but I only knew about the shows that were on Cartoon Network, and a few movies that Funeral owned on VHS.
You may be aware that I am a (terrible) college student, who is currently taking three business courses online. I’ve been slacking a bit in my studies, but good ol’ Ghostlightning gave me a jump-start of inspiration to make them more interesting! Since my classes involve nothing but reading textbooks anyway, I’ve decided that after each chapter I read, I am going to make a post relating my lessons back to anime, which means I get to blog AND retain facts! Today, we’ll be getting started on my Supervision class, using the knowledge from chapter 1 of Supervision Today! Edition 6 by Stephan P. Robbins and David A. DeCenzo. Today’s topic: Finding the Best Supervisor in Evangelion!
I think that one of the biggest things that separates me from most anime fans is that I see storytelling very differently than they do. In general, I really don’t give a damn about the actual ‘plot’ of a show. To me, everything is staked on the presentation. What are the characters saying, who are they, what does the show look like, how is it paced, how is it directed, how does it sound, and most importantly, how do I react to it? This core of my perception of a show pretty much explains my favorites list and my ability to love so many shows that make other people cock an odd eye at me.
It’s truly down to the wire as we enter the final three posts in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku!” Has your favorite character shown up yet? If not, don’t fret – while it’s true I may have left them out on purpose, there’s a high chance I have never heard of your favorite character or not seen enough of their work. If there is someone you think I should know about, by all means, recommend them to me as convincingly as you can! Meanwhile, let’s see 15 through 11!