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The Otaku Connection- From Agentsmith9
April 3, 2008

"To all those out there in anime land, my name is Agentsmith9. I am a theater-actor, and a writer. I am also an anime fan, loving the great stories and art. I hope to become a feature writer for the anime section of POJO, and hope my first article is up to snuff, since they don't have one for that particular section. Regardless of what happens, I hope you enjoy my work."

 
                                       -They Call This Anime???-
   There is some anime out there that are good, REALLY good. Some that have withstood the test of time and enjoyed by casual fans and otaku alike. However, in my experience as a writer and as an actor, there are some anime that just make me scratch my head. "How the heck is this considered the standard for anime?", I ask myself. In this article I've composed a list of what I consider to be overrated anime. Anime that for some reason has become so popular, even with sub-par writing and lack-luster characters. Now, I do this for a living, so don't send me hateful mail if you happen to be a fan of these shows. This is not meant to offend anyone...except the people who push for these titles constantly.
 
-Fullmetal Alchemist-
   This anime won more awards then I can think of. However, as this series is so riddled full of holes it's not even funny. First of all, there is practically no character development with the shows main characters, Ed and Alfonse Elric. After the initial "accident" at the beginning of the plot, they remain ever-set on their goal. And never deviate from it. Ever. Side episodes are part of their quest. They join the military, as a part of their quest. The fight monsters, lose friends, and crack a few short joke all while NEVER LEAVING THE MAIN STORYLINE. I'm telling you folks, you need independent stories to develop characters. The allow aspects of their persona to be shown more clearly, and thus it makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Look at Trigun for example. The actual main story does not start for around ten or so episodes, but already you know Vash's predicament and why he's not really deserving of his reputation. That and the side characters really help reflect him to the viewer. Fullmetal Alchemist did have great side characters. Especially Mustang and the rest of the military goons. Did the series ever use them to develop Ed and Al into more rounded characters? No. They just kept them cleanly in the background. So folks, when it comes to this anime, I cant believe the acclaim it got. The confusing story, the lackluster characters, and sub-par plot development, I would not recommend this to anyone. Plus, if you ever seen the anime "Buso Renkin", you know that alchemy and anime do not mix.
 
-The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya-
      First of all, for the sake of this article, I will refer to this as MHS. Ah yes, the anime that started a religion. And for now, the soul reason why I cant go to a convention. (Curse that dance, CURSE IT.) Ok folks, for the first anime I discussed, I was a little forgiving. However, this particular work angers me. First of all, television airs in EPISODES. Episodes are SEQUENTIAL. One, two, three, ext. However, this series breaks this cardinal rule of TV. It goes to somewhat the order of ten, three, one....why? Fans have tried to explain that this lends itself to the anime's "charm". Really, it's just a bad idea. Next, the story is so sub-par that whoever watches it gets the feeling they've seen it before. Many times before. The all so mighty anime stereotype, "mis-adventures" anime. A kooky leader with a secret, others in the group with secrets, and the innocent bystander. Believe me, it's been done, and done a lot better to. Fruits Basket, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Ruroni Kenshin, and Bleach to name a few of the better ones. So trust me folks, don't give into the hype this anime has, instead go get the "Trigun" box set, you'll thank me later.
 
...and oh yea, ENOUGH with the dance already! Every convention I go to, several idiots ruin it with this stupid dance. Last time, I was talking to Johnny Yong Bosh, my anime and childhood idol, when what do you know five guys, GUYS, started to bust this out. Johnny just looks at me and says, "Let me tell you something man, I've gotten flack for being a Power Ranger, but even I didn't look that ridiculous." Truer words have never been spoken. Plus, one final word to those dancers out there, Otaku-dom gets enough flack already without you idiots ruining it for us.
 
  And that's that folks. I pull no punches. Believe me, I could have gone into more detail, but I need fodder for future submissions. So when you need an unbiased opinion on anime, look no further. I play no favorites.
 
"The purpose of life is to end." -Agent Smith
         Agentsmith9- Ironchef000@yahoo.com

 


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