Welcome to the second post in the “100 Characters for 100 Otaku” series in which I, upon request, take the list of my 100 favorite anime characters and state what I like about them, how they are mirrors of the nature of otaku, and draw a parallel between them and my own otakudom as well as the first episode of Crest of the Stars (yes, this was part of the request!) Today I’ve got numbers 95 down through 91, so let’s see what they’re all about!
The recent fanart debate reminded me of my long-standing desire to fill my site with original artwork. However, I can’t draw worth a half of a shit. I don’t mind trying to draw some of the site’s imagery, but for my banner image, I’d like it to be done by someone with talent. So, if you have that, please help me out!
There's a good reason this shit is in a "shounen" magazine
People love to bitch about anime, as is made evident by the fact that blogs and /a/ exist. It’s understandable that people want to talk about anime that they don’t like, to possibly exercise the frustrations of having sat through a disappointing show. I know what it’s like when a show suddenly goes down hill or a character gets on your nerves in a show you like and you want to complain. However, it bothers me to see people complaining about things that they were never meant to like in the first place.
One Piece is a series that is epic to the point of pretty much being legendary. It is still going strong after 400 episodes and the manga artist, Eiichiro Oda, says it’s only a little over halfway done. Aside from sheer length, One Piece is an epic adventure series that seeks to cover it’s whole world and bring to life an eccentric cast of characters both in teaching us all about them and letting us see them continue out on their journey. It’s the kind of series that could go on forever; and most likely will. 400 episodes (54 volumes of manga) may sound like a lot, but it’s only been around for 12 years – much less time than similarly long running and influential manga series like Berserk have gone on while producing less content. Truly, this is destined to be an immense series – which is exactly why I’ve had such a rough time getting into it.