Category: Miscellaneous


Desire…

It’s such an interesting subject.  If not one that was brought to my mind via a interesting show called Kamen Rider OOO.  I’m not gonna get in to that.  This isn’t my other blog.  It’s not the forum for talking about anime or tokusatsu.  But I bring it up because the series deals strongly with the idea and concept of desire.  What it is.  What it means for humans.  Is it good?  Is it bad?  And I finally understand what the series was trying to say about desire.  Desire is neither inherently good nor bad.  But in order for a desire to be worthwhile, it must be something that 1) you don’t take for granted, and 2) can help to better yourself.  Because there are different types of desires and sometimes a poor one can affect us for the worse.

 

What I mean by different types of desires is that there are desires that there are desires that come do us via biology, desires that come to us via substances, and desires we create because we seek to change something about ourselves, our close circle of friends/family/acquaintances, or the world.  That first group can be a double edged sword.  There are plenty of things that we desire biologically.  Food, sleep, sex, etc.  But those are all things that if we allow to control us can result in (at worst) disaster.  Gluttony will negatively affect your health.  Sloth will make it so the world just passes you by.  Lust makes you seek out what cannot fulfill you.  These are desires that if applied in excess can destroy.  The second group is only meant to destroy.  When I say desires that come via substances, I do mean drug and alcohol abuse.  If you have a necessity for such things that’s a problem.  The third is the type of desire every one needs to cultivate.  It’s the sort of desire that we need to trump negative desires in our lives.  It’s weird to say, but the only way to get rid of a negative influence or desire in life having a positive desire (or rather a desire of your own) that’s stronger.  Not one of your body or just a part of you.  A desire that’s all your own to make a difference in yourself or the world.

 

So then what about me?  Well…I don’t really have one.  Well I do…but the unfortunate thing is that my other desires (the ones I tend to detach from myself because they don’t really reflect anything positive) are much stronger.  My desire for everything to be simple.  My desire for instant gratification.  And other similar desires.  Whatever desires I have to actually better myself get lost in the back of my mind.  I recognize the possibility for self-destruction if I don’t “find” a desire of my own.  But to cultivate a personal desire is something that I have no idea how to do…

 

(If you disagree with my take on what desire is I really don’t care ’cause when I apply it to myself, I find it to be true.)

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I really don’t…

 

When I started writing this, I was first gonna ponder some stuff I thought up while I was gone.  Some ideas I had to expand my blog and my personal concerns about it.  Which lead to me trashing that post and musing about the differences (or similarities in my case) between realism and pessimism.  Which just lead me to this conclusion.  I just don’t understand optimism.

 

What I mean by that is why I understand the appeal of it, I don’t understand why it’s such a necessary thing.  I consider myself a pessimist by nature.  Because I just find a pessimistic stance on things to be more realistic than the sugar-coated optimistic version.  Optimism is just…confusing.  It seems so natural for me to be pessimistic.  When I just look at the nature of the world, I don’t see how people can be happy all the time about it.  You’re just here in the world.  You didn’t choose your existence.  Your parents selfishly made that decision for you.  And now that you’re here, you’d best be expected to do well for yourself.  If you don’t then you’re just screwed.  If you don’t succeed, you might not be able to live well.  You live in a world run by paper and metal (AKA…money) and as much as people want to pretend that that doesn’t matter, it most certainly does.  Purely because we’re human.  Unlike other animals, we don’t really have built in mechanisms to protect ourselves in nature alone.  We need to buy the materials necessary to help us survive in nature.  Not to mention people have to deal with such depressing issues as politics and religion.  Everyone debating about who’s right and who’s wrong.  Everyone hating each other for such trivial reasons.

 

Do I deny that good things exist?  Of course not.  There’s always good people in the world just as there are bad ones.  But do you really just ignore the bad out there in order to only see the good?  Or down play the bad rather?  I don’t understand why or how people do that.  How you just ignore it all and pretend like it doesn’t exist.  It’s the same for basic aspects of my personal life.  There’s this whole idea in the world that the only way you can even begin to get ahead is if you think positive.  And if that’s the case, then I’ll probably go nowhere.  It’s something I just can’t bring myself to do.  It’s such a chore to begin to do so.  I just don’t see why I should force myself to “believe” things I feel are a lie.  Heh…though I suppose there’d be some person who’d be willing to argue that the way I think right now is the lie.  But really is it?  If I know myself better than anyone else would, how come the way I think now wouldn’t be the truth?

 

Can someone just explain why it is that forcing myself to be optimistic is so great?  If I want to do anything in life to make myself successful, it seems like the only way to do so is to force myself to be completely different than I am now and to force myself to believe things about myself and the nature of life that just aren’t true.  Want to lose weight?  Have to believe that the time, effort, pain, and self-sacrifice is really worth it for a little bit of a longer life (which is a plus but more of a minus).  Want to be successful doing what I want to do?  Then I have to always be confident and happy with what I’m doing.  But more that I have to be happy with it no matter what.  Want to be happy?  Then I have to pretend like everything I find true is a lie…and it isn’t.  Really I just want someone to explain this whole concept of optimism to me.  Why the deuce am I suppose to like life?  Or be happy with it?  Or how am I even suppose to look on the bright side of things when that side doesn’t seem to exist?

Honestly I was gonna write this a few months ago.  And I started to but couldn’t really find all the right words to say or a proper way to phrase what I wanted to say.  So I’m going to give it a shot.

 

This thought has been in my mind for a while.  Homosexuality is a giant topic but that’s not really the reason I thought about this initially.  What really got me thinking about this assumption was a commercial I saw for the TV show Taboo on National Geographic.  The part of the commercial that really got the gears in my mind churning was a woman who claimed that she was in love with inanimate objects.  I had to stop a bit and think that over.  In love with inanimate objects?  How does that even work?  Granted I’m the last person who should be talking about “love” but common sense just tells me that love is an emotion that has to be reciprocated or at least has to have the possibility for it to be reciprocated.  Love is deeper than just looks but if you’re in love with something that can’t reciprocate those feelings, how can you call it love?

 

Let me really explain what I mean.  So let’s say you’re this woman.  And you’ve fallen in love with an inanimate object.  Or at least you say that you’ve fallen in love with it.  Why are you in love with it?  It can’t be because of personality because a wall or some other object doesn’t have one.  It can’t be because of it’s good deeds because an inanimate object can’t do them.  So this woman who claims that she’s in love with walls or whatever (I really don’t know how that works at all…but I don’t really care either) isn’t in love in the least bit.  It’s just physical attraction.  Lust if you will.  The same can be said of human relationships.  It seems like people interchange the concepts of sexual attraction and love so much that we forget that they’re not the same thing.  Sexual attraction is a shallow thing only relating to how someone looks.  And when the looks go, so does that weak concept of “love”.  While looks can factor into love (and let’s face it, for most people they do), that isn’t the only quality of love.  The actual idea of love is much deeper than just a how a person looks.  It’s about their personality, their character, and especially how willing you are to do what’s best for them and want what’s best for them.  I’m sure there’s much more to this idea, but that’s about the best that I can explain it from my limited knowledge.

 

Seriously people…if you’re attracted to someone or something solely for their looks just say so.  Sure it’s completely shallow and devoid of substance but that’s what it is.  It isn’t love.  You don’t love that girl if the only thing you care for are her looks.  And when you’re certain in your mind that you would dump her in a heartbeat if she got some physical injury that left her scarred or gained a little bit of weight, then you clearly don’t love her at all.  You “love” what she looks like.  Same goes for women who only care for handsome men.  And the same goes for gay/lesbian couples too.  The real test is this…are you willing to give all you have for the person you care for, do all you can to protect them, keep them happy, accept them for who they are even with all their faults and/or eccentricities, and also do what’s best for them even if it means letting them go?  If not…you don’t really love them.

Well this sucks…

So apparently you can’t really switch out which blog your icon immediately links to.  Well…that’s kinda pointless.  I’d rather it link to my anime and tokusatsu and furry related blog since that one’s much more fun to read (and write about) and evidently more updated than this one (let’s face it…I don’t update this one as much since venting stuff and more serious topics aren’t as fun to talk about).  But since this one is the one that I made first I guess it’s the one that’s always gonna be linked to first.

 

Anyways, more fun stuff is at that post linked above.  This page is gonna only be for more serious stuff and my random venting and such.  I’m sure it’s not really that interesting.  Well it can be interesting sometimes I guess…

I suppose that’s what a “diary” is for after all.  Even if it is an online one.  Diaries are supposed to be private…though if you don’t really want them to be, then they don’t have to.  In that case I should call this more of a journal than anything.

 

Anyways, this is the 4th week of this internship.  Which really means I only have about 8 more days of work I suppose.  In general I’m only working 2 days a week unless they ask me to come in on another day.  I’m rather adverse to wanting to spend too much money.  So unless I have to go somewhere or find something to buy that I’m particularly interested in, I’m not doing much other than going to work on those two days.  Which leaves me rather bored at other times.  Well, bored and lonely.  Aside from the Hollywood tour, I’m none too interested in socializing with the other people here.  As cold as it may sound, it wasn’t my intention to.  So I suppose the loneliness and boredom is a bit self-inflicted.  But I’m only here because I was forced to be.  I don’t quite care to really do much else than let the rest of these weeks go by but…

 

That’s a really poor plan in retrospect.  Because now I don’t have anything to do.  I wanted to do as little as possible to save as much money as possible.  I still need to come back with something.  And need to buy materials in order to make a tail before Anime World Chicago.  So most of the time I keep myself cooped up in the room watching episode after episode of random super sentai series.  Heck…I was able to finish off 2 of them within a week.  Really that’s not a good thing.  At the same time, I’ve gotten tired of most everything else.  Even though I’m fairly bored with watching so much stuff (even though I like what I watch), I just feel like it’s the only option other than aimlessly walking around in a circle outside.

 

Plus there’s the fact that I just use what I watch as a tool too.  I enjoy it, but still it’s a tool to make me forget that I’m upset, sad, and lonely.  Any quiet moment will just make me remember that.  And I don’t really want to.  Tch…why the heck am I even writing this since I know I’m just thinking about how bad I feel?  I suppose the thoughts had to go somewhere.  I don’t like thinking about such things ’cause they just make me cry.  I absolutely despise crying.  Both when I’m alone and especially when I’m around other people.  It’s a terrible feeling.  So I do what I can to avoid it.  Though I’ve done that for so long now that the ability to actually do so doesn’t really exist…

 

Anyways…I just want to go home.  Not particularly because I miss my family either.  I don’t.  For the exception of my cat.  Sora’s the only one I miss and really care to see.  And it’s not because the people here aren’t nice.  They are…This environment just leaves me feeling like the odd woman out.  Everyone’s so happy to be here and so outgoing and extroverted.  It just feel like I’m the only one who isn’t that way.  I haven’t been very positive for along time.  It’s not that I lost the ability to be so…I just lost the desire to be so.  All these TV shows, movies, and fairy tales can end where happiness, courage, hope…whatever wins out…where everyone lives happily ever after.  And you can teach kids these things.  Teaching kids things like “work hard and your dreams will come true” or that if you “believe you will achieve”…things like that are nice in retrospect.  But for the majority, that’s just not how reality works.  Most kids dream of being top athletes or singers or actors.  Not everyone can be that number one star.  Because most kids who dream of those things don’t have the skills necessary to make it happen.  And even if they do, sometimes even those skills aren’t enough.  And you can teach people that money isn’t everything until the cows come home.  While it’s a nice sentiment…money…well it’s necessary to live.  You can’t even get the basic necessities anymore without money.  Food, water and shelter…while you can find all these things out in nature, you need money to buy the tools to kill your own food and the knowledge to know how to purify your own water.  For most of the population that’s not even a possibility.

 

The world has all these nice sentiments that work in dreams.  But not really in reality.  If you’re taught to be yourself, but by being yourself you’re setting yourself up for failure, then in order to get along in life you can’t be yourself.  You must pretend in order to live.  You’d think that by watching so many super sentai series that I wouldn’t still think like this.  All those shows are about having the courage to overcome anything but…still it’s just fiction.  Inspirational as it might be it still isn’t how reality works.  If anything, I’m drawn more to the character of AbareKiller from Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger.  While I’m not nearly as cold as him and definitely not a sociopath, I oddly understand his logic.  He just wants everything to be more exciting…more interesting.  For him.  He doesn’t like the world because he feels the world has nothing to offer him.  So he turns everything into a game (albeit they’re life or death “games” but “games” to him nonetheless).  I don’t fully share the sentiment, but I understand the feeling of wanting to things to be more interesting for me.

 

Anyways…on a completely different vain, being here’s also giving me problems with my dog-like side.  I’m normally just able to let that side of me loose little by little, but while I’m around complete strangers that’s an impossibility.  So I’ve gotta keep that side of me all cooped up. Problem is is that I’ve never caged myself for that long.  Mostly because I’ve never needed to.  I don’t have any outlet for this side of myself.  I’m worried that it might be a bad thing to do so (as suppression of something usually doesn’t end up the best for the psyche, though I suppose that’s more for long term suppression), but there’s really nothing I can do about that.  I’ve just gotta try my best to keep that part of me under wraps and not let my emotions get the best of me I suppose.  See…one of those cases where being yourself just isn’t a real world possibility.  It just isn’t for everyone.  Still…it’s quite a hassle.  And a bit uncomfortable…

 

Regardless, after this week, I’ll be halfway through this thing.  Then 4 more weeks until I can go back home…good…

I’m Done…

I’m tired of being told how I should live my life.  What I should do with it and what steps I need to take to “succeed”.

 

While I’m sure everyone means well when they tell you that you should take advantage of “x” experience or opportunity or that you should do this or do that, sometimes you know the experience/opportunity isn’t meant for you.  And when forced to take it you’re miserable.  Perhaps it was exactly the way you thought it would go which is why you didn’t want to do it.  Or maybe you knew this wasn’t the career path for you…which is why you didn’t want to do it.  Or perhaps you’ve found something you like doing more than what you were previously doing.  Whatever it may be, you know what you want to do with your life.  Unfortunately you’ve got people like family butting their way in and telling you (at times almost dictating) what it is you should be doing because maybe you plan isn’t fully complete.  Or maybe there’s something about it that just doesn’t scream “real world possibility” to them.  Which is fine.  They’ve chosen their path.  But they’ve got no reason to dictate anyone else’s.

 

While I know my parents mean well, my answer to them from now on is going to be no.  And I will stick with that no.  I’m already upset with my mother enough for forcing me out here for an internship I didn’t want (and she knew it)…and she wonders why I don’t want to talk to her while I’m gone.  Tch…anyways…not going to get into that.  Look, I’ve got a mild plan for what I wish to do.  But it’s one of those ideas that doesn’t particularly shout “real world possibility” to most people.  So she believes she must dictate what I do because I don’t have any sort of plan.  But I do.  I just am not obligated to tell her what I wish to do in life.  I already know she won’t believe I can do it.  But I could right…?  Won’t know it unless I try it.

 

Because you see, I find catering to fandoms a lot more enjoyable than being 100% orignal all the time.  Catering to the otakus with anime stuff.  Or furries with animals and what not.  And cute things are rather hard to resist.  Both otakus and furries seem to like animal ears and tails.  And both groups like cosplay props, t-shirts, art, etc.  Why the heck not?  A cosplay prop shop.  Sure it’s been done before, but let’s try a grander scale.  Not just fox, wolf, and cat tails.  No.  Poodles, leopards, tigers…let’s throw in some pokemon and digimon stuff too.  Plushies, charms, bookmarks, art portfolios.  With time more and more stuff can be done.  For now I can get small things in there.  A few ears and tails.  Maybe some bookmarks and charms.  And in time I’d like the idea to expand to cosplay fashion.  Taking designs from characters and wearable either costume or real world clothing from them.  That’s how I’d like to set this shop apart from the rest.

 

Would my parents want me to try that?  Probably not.  Because in the grand scheme of things, fandoms only take up a small part of the world’s population.  And the main focus for me would only be two of them which leaves out gamers, comic book fans, etc.  I wouldn’t be able to properly represent those fandoms because I don’t consider myself a part of them.  Though if a gamer or comic book fan friend of mine would like to help out with designs or items or whatever, that’s be helpful.  I’m sure that I wouldn’t be able to do everything by myself.

 

Regardless though, this isn’t my parents life anymore.  Regardless of if I still live under your roof for right now, I’m not a puppet you can manipulate or clay that you can mold into anything you want.  Your chance to play sculptor or puppeteer was when I was little.  And you know what you played the role well.  You wanted a person who was well educated but sheltered from the reality of the world.  You put locks on TV channels, we couldn’t watch even the Simpsons until we were “older” (which was when I realized that there was nothing inherently terrible about the series), locks on the computers…heck you wouldn’t let me go to a Radio Disney concert ’cause “I wasn’t old enough”.  Not to mention I was always a bit of a soft person.  Standing out in a crowd is not my thing.  And now you expect me to mystically be able to handle “responsibilities” and “reality” without wanting to go into a corner and having some sort of nervous breakdown?  That’s not how it works…But I could handle such things if allowed to do it my way.  Make mistakes my way, and earn a living my way.  Not your way.  My way.  My job is to now say, no.  I refuse to do anything you say anymore.  I’ve done the schooling you wanted for as long as you wanted.  I may not have chosen the major you wanted me to choose but no way was I going to be a vet.  Now your job is to just be there whenever I fall.  And you might not like that it will happen, but it is an inevitable part of life.  And one you should’ve thought about before you decided you wanted children.  They don’t just mystically poof out of your house willy-nilly.  Though if you want to kick us out go for it.  It’s your house.  Just don’t ever expect me to want to speak to you again if you do.  But I’ve gotta make money before I move out.  And I refuse to do it by your standards or “the worlds” standards.  It’s my life to live so it’s gonna be done my way or the high way.

 

Dun like it?  You don’t have to.  But the game has changed and this is the way the game (called “life” by the way…reality’s nothing but a game just like the board game is) is gonna be played from now on.

 

“U” mad…?  Then come at me bro.

 

I’ll respect you and be grateful for what you’ve given me.  But I’ll respect you more for just letting me go.  You may not like what I do, but you already know that I do it well.  And that I’m fairly good at making stuff and that people actually buy stuff from me (despite your petty idea that making the little amount that I do that I can’t really go anywhere with it…your beef, not mine).  And when I do make money, after I’m done proving to you how I can actually succeed doing things my way, I’ll move out, get out of your hair, and you won’t have to see me again.  That should make you happy right?

 

Long story short…I’mma do my thing.  You go do yours.  And we’ll all be happier for it.  ‘Kay?

Yeah, I’ve got three blog pages here.  This one, my poke-portfolio one which doesn’t have anything on it so far.  And my newly made “Fandom Grounds” blog.  Which is a blog that caters to the anime, tokusatsu, and furry fandom.  If it catches on and if I can get more people to write for it, I’d like to open it up to more fandoms.  It’s pretty much my idea of a “safe haven” for people of any fandoms.  Because I consider myself to be a fan of multiple things that happen to overlap at times, I wanted to make a blog where I can write about all those things.  I might change how the page looks right now though.  If anyone is interested in checking it out:

http://fandomgrounds.wordpress.com/

There’s about 6 or so posts up right now.  Which means my “anime/manga” section is now rendered useless and I’ll be writing about anime/manga on Fandom Grounds now.  Also Fandom Grounds is my main blog now.  So if you click on my name you should be taken there instead of here.

Dear Society (and more specifically Parents),

Stop blaming the entertainment industry on your short comings.

When I say “entertainment industry” I’m speaking of everything from movies, to games, to television, to music.  All of these things have been blamed at one point or another for the things that are wrong with society.  A kid goes crazy and starts injuring or killing people?  Blame a video game that he played.  A kid starts behaving horribly?  It’s okay.  We have rap music to blame for that.  This isn’t a one time phenomenon.  When something new is introduced into society, it becomes a scapegoat for all of societies problems.  Rap, video games, rock and roll, violent movies…this is something that they all share.

But here’s the problem with this “logic”:

Video games and movies/television have rating systems.  By paying close attention to the ratings of a movie or a game you can see the age range that it’s meant for.  G for all ages.  PG for all ages but maybe parents should go anyways.  PG-13 for parental guidance for individuals under the age of 13.  R for individuals 17 and up.  This is our system for movies.  Pretty straight forward right?  And it’s in all the commercials, posters, and ads.  So rarely do people complain about movies.  But what about video games.  Many of you may remember the “Grand Theft Auto” fiasco from a few years back.  The game became the scapegoat for violent crimes that had been reported around the same time.  And many parents were furious at sexual content that was in the game.  Here’s the issue…

Parents, it is your duty to protect your children from things you don’t want them to be exposed to.  It is your job to filter the content that your children see.  It is not the job of the government to regulate what your children are exposed to.  Nor it is a proper response (or even a rational one) to use a video game (or movie, song, book, etc.) as a scapegoat for your problems and your shortcomings.  Your child has a M rated game, plays it and you find that there are things in the game that aren’t meant for the eyes of a young child.  It isn’t the company’s fault.  They found a reliable market for a product are are trying to make money just like any other human being out there (because you know…our livelihood pretty much is defined by pieces of paper and metal).
Society, if you don’t want a product to be supported, then don’t support it!  It’s a simple solution.  If a company starts losing money, that shuts them down.  Thus the problem is solved.  No money.  No company.  Simple as that.

In conclusion, you (society) need to stop feeling threatened by fantasy and stay focused on reality.  That’s the only way the world will continue to advance.

Best wishes,

Sombra

Now I’m not saying the songs themselves are horrible.  In fact I’m adding in a lot of openings that have songs that I like.  I’m talking about the opening sequence itself.  Whether it’s bad animation or it gives you no insight into what the series is about or the songs are the wrong fit, these openings are examples of bad ones.  I thought about calling these the worst anime openings.  But that would be quite unfair.  These are by far not the worse considering I’ve yet to scratch the surface of different anime series out there.  But these are some pretty bad ones.

 

Bobobo-bobo-bobo OP 1- Wild Challenger

 

I know I said 10…but let me explain this one before I get questioned on it.

 

I don’t add this one in because there’s anything in particular wrong with the opening.  In fact it…pretty much describes the series perfectly.  It’s sheer randomness.  That’s all that Bobobo is.  The animation isn’t terrible.  It’s pretty fun to watch actually if you aren’t paying close attention to the images being thrown at you.  Mostly the music is just awesome.  It gets you pumped up for the show.  The reason I add this in as a “terrible” opening because it’s a trap.  The music lures you in.  You completely forget that the opening clearly just warned you about how random this show is.  The imagery of a guy using his nose hair as whips.  That should be enough that you never want to watch the actual show.  Believe me…don’t watch it.  Ever.  You will lose brain cells.  Lots of them.  I do recommend listening to the full song of Wild Challenger by Jindou though.  It’s a real “pick-me-up” sort of song.  Really energetic and lively.

 

Now on to the actual list of the top ten terrible anime opening sequences…

 

10. Digimon OP 1- Butterfly

 

I put this one in the list for only one reason.  The song doesn’t fit the feeling of the opening.  The song’s great.  But there’s something about the annoying American opening to this series that fit the feel of the opening much better than a campy pop song.  Butterfly owns the American opening to this series by far.  But musically, the song just doesn’t fit.  It doesn’t get me pumped to watch the show like the American opening did.  But still it’s a fairly decent opening so that’s why it makes 10 on my list.

 

9. Highschool of the Dead OP 1- Highschool of the Dead

 

Now, I’m sure (if anyone reads this) I’d get flamed for putting this one in here.  But I’ve got my reasons.

 

This opening isn’t completely terrible.  The song’s great.  Decent animation.  Honestly, parts of this opening really get you pumped for the series.  The problem comes in with the gratuitous fan-service.  That’s right.  The copious amounts of breast bouncing and panty shots from all the women in this show.  Even the opening has enough fan-service for the entire series.  When I first saw the opening I was pretty pumped for watching the series.  I also have a fairly high tolerance for gravity defying breasts and useless panty shots.  But…but when most series fit in fan-service there’s a reason for it.  Either the girls are showing off to guys they like.  Or maybe (like in the case of Kallen from Code Geass) they’re sitting in a way that would be natural for them to be sitting in but the “camera” angle is showing them off in some way.  But this show (and this opening) has absolutely no reason for it.  It doesn’t fit in anywhere.  It’s just…there.  The opening itself has pseudo-soft core porn/playboy model shots of some of the students (and the school nurse who’s purely in the series for fan-service).  The concept of the series had potential.  It’s a decent show over all and a decent opening sequence overall.  If it weren’t for the soft core porn, I probably wouldn’t have added it on this list.

 

8. Detective Conan OP 8- Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense

 

I love this song.  Rina Aiuchi has a great voice.  This is nothing against the song in the video.  This is actually nothing against the video.  I find it absolutely amusing and it’s one of my favorite openings because it’s one, a para para dance (a simple one but a para nonetheless) and two, poor Conan’s expression throughout the entire video.  He’s clearly not getting paid enough for that mess.  I do have two problems with this video.  The first is that it’s poorly animated.  The dance steps are completely off the beat.  The second problem I have with it is that this opening has nothing to do with the series.  If you walked into the series on this opening (which you could actually do and you’d really have few problems understanding the series) you wouldn’t have any idea what the series is about from this opening.  The only character you’re introduced to is Conan plus the silhouettes of a few other characters.  The series has absolutely nothing to do with dancing.  The only reason I put this on the list is because despite the fact that I like this opening, it has nothing to do with the series.  Unfortunately there is a much worse opening from the same show that is also going on this list later on.

 

7. Yugioh GX OP 1- Kaisei Joushou Hallelujah

 

Again, this is an opening with a song that I love (made by the same group that makes, but the opening just doesn’t match up.  The cutting of this song for the opening is horrid.  Not to mention it’s a poor fit for the series.  Some parts worked.  Some parts were just poorly planned out.  Particularly when they broke out into the rap.  It’s a fun part of the song.  But it’s fit into a part where there’s no action.  It’s just silly comedy.  Most of which had nothing to do with the show (which I’m sure most people are familiar with the “plot” of Yugioh by this point).  The way they cut the song to fit to the minute thirty for the opening.  The song’s short enough as it is.  It didn’t need to be butchered to the degree that it was.

 

6. Yugioh Season “Zero” OP- Kawaita Sakebi

 

The so called season “zero” of Yugioh owns the commonly known Yugioh series that was seen in the US.  This series…you can only watch it online pretty much.  It was never released other than in manga/comic form in America.  Once you read it, you would understand why 4Kids could never dub this version.  It’s miles more violent than the children’s card game that we’re all used to.  Case in point…Yami plays a “game” with a robber/escaped convict and the “game” ends in the convict setting himself on fire (in the anime it turns out the fire is an illusion…in the manga the man literally sets himself on fire).  Plus Yami Yugi (and Yugi Motou) live up to their title of “Yugiou” which means King of Games.

 

I put this opening up here though because it doesn’t match the feel of the series.  It’s slow and boring.  Yet again, this a song that I like to a degree.  I don’t listen to it on a regular basis.  But for the series, the sequence is a poor representation of what the show is.  Too much of the focus is on the card game when cards don’t play a major role in the series until the end.  Not to mention the song is a poor fit for the series.  Just look at the opening for the sequence.  Yugi walking on some dull path with hieroglyphic covered half-columns.  That’s the tone that this opening sets for this good 27 episode “pilot” for the show.

 

5. King of Bandit Jing- Shout it Loud

 

I need to finish watching this series because despite it’s bad animation, the story’s pretty fun.  And again, this is a song I really like.  My problem with this opening is that it bombards you with uber colorful images of the show’s title and logo.  It’s trying entirely too hard to make sure that you don’t forget the name of the series.  Between animated frames or still images they flash frames of the title of the show and keep going back to the super colorful version with the title and logo.  The first 11 seconds or so of the opening are just that of the title of the series.  Not to mention we keep getting flashes of it in the middle of the opening or overlapping with some images.  Plus it ends with tell us the name of the series again.  We get it.  We won’t forget it.  The show should be able to speak for itself.  Tell us the title once or twice (in the beginning and the end) but don’t keep flashing it here and there.  The audience isn’t stupid.  I the show’s good, we’ll remember it and watch it more.  If not, we’ll forget about it.

 

 

4. Full Metal Alchemist OP 1- Melissa

 

For such an active and peppy song, the sequence is so amazingly slow!  This is the opening that I’ve never seen, despite having watched a good deal of the series.  Adult Swim never aired this opening.  It just started with Ready, Steady, Go (which is a song I might cover on a different top 10 list).  The only interesting parts that might’ve given any hints as to what the series is about was the fight sequence, which was short and a bit dizzying due to the constantly spinning “camera”.  The shots of the landscape were pointless.  They were just taking up space.  Same with the tilt on the arm in the beginning.  Fun song.  Absolutely poor opening.

 

3. Ranma 1/2 OP 1- Don’t Make Me a Shrew

 

There’s running…more running…some terrible dancing.  Even more running.  Ranma getting water thrown on him so he turns into a girl.  More running.  And end pose.  That’s it.  If it weren’t for the fact that there was animation in this opening, I probably would’ve put this at number one.  This is an example of a bad random opening.  Randomness works for some series.  If the series is already random and doesn’t have a set story then use a random opening.  Random can work.  This was random working in a bad way.  It’s dull and repetitive.  But it’s a cute opening so I put it at number 3.

 

2. Chobits OP 1- Let Me Be With You

 

Let me preface this by saying that I’ve never seen the series.  I’ve been meaning to watch it, but I’ve never gotten around do it.  However, I’ve watched the opening.  To most people’s surprise, I actually like the song itself.  Repetitive and slow…not to mention the vocals are a bit grating, but it’s cute.  Definitely not the best song out there by any means, but it’s cute.  The opening itself…if there was anything that could make this song any slower it’s the “animation” that goes along with it.  I’m loosely using the word animation here because what was animated in this opening was very minimal.  The opening is mostly shots of Chi and Hideki.  Back and forth pans with them.  Color changing silhouettes and photoshop mosaic filters.  That’s it.  While watching it, you just want the opening to end.  It’s boring.  You don’t want to watch any further.

 

1. Detective Conan OP 30- Tear Drops

 

Okay…

 

I love Detective Conan.  I really do.  It’s a great show.  Long…but a great show.  But this opening is pure crap.  Now you might be thinking that I should’ve put Koi wa Thrill, Shock, Suspense as first instead of this opening.  At least this opening had some of the other characters (mainly Ran and Shinichi…though if you want to be technical about it, Shinichi’s in every opening).  It establishes some sort of relationship in there.  But that is besides the point.  The point is that this opening takes itself seriously.  Not only does it take itself seriously, but it has terrible animation and nothing to do with the series other than the relationship between Ran and Shinichi/Conan.  But the worst of it has to be the horrid rotoscoped-looking dance sequence in the middle of the opening.  It features the singer of the song doing the dance that she does in the actual music video for Tear Drops.  The dance isn’t even that good.  She literally has nothing to do with the series yet she’s featured in about half the opening.  The actual parts of the opening that do have to do with the series in some way are pretty poorly thought out.  Most of the interaction between Ran and Shinichi/Conan is taken from a Valentine’s Day episode (maybe parts were reanimated for this opening but still it’s a very close re-hashing).  Kaito Kid didn’t need to be in the opening.  He technically has nothing to do with Detective Conan.  He’s from a series (by the same author, Gosho Aoyama) called Magic Kaitou.  Honestly, this is the epitome of a terrible anime opening.

 

So there we have.  Top ten terrible anime opening sequences.  The sad thing is I like all these songs (with the exception of Don’t Make Me a Shrew).  Next up…the 10 best anime opening sequences.  I will talk about the best and worst of anime songs, but for now I’m just focusing on the sequence as a whole.

Hatred of young celebrities?

Okay, it was really the introduction of Justin Bieber’s movie “Never Say Never” that made me think a little more about this subject.  That coupled with a few of my friends and their mentality about him and celebrities like him.  As well as the way I think/thought about younger celebrities.

 

Especially among people my age (21; in their late teens to twenties) there seems to be this trend of hating teen celebrities.  Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Victoria Justice…you name it, there’s probably someone out there who hates them without reason for hating them.  But for simplicity’s sake, I think I’ll just stick with Justin Bieber since I personally know so many anti-Bieber people.  Including myself at one point until I realized that I had no reason to dislike him at all.  I know nothing about him.

 

What it really is is jealousy.  Here comes this 15-16 year old kid who we’re told was discovered off YouTube and here we are in our late teens and twenties still going to school, still trying to earn degrees to get a decent job.  And even after we get degrees we still have a ridiculous time trying to search for a job.  We’re told that it was luck.  That Bieber was discovered after someone famous saw him on YouTube and wanted to sign him to a record deal.  Is it true?  Probably.  But do we know everything else that he had to do before he was discovered on YouTube?  No.

 

Now some people don’t like him because they say he’s untalented.  Is it true?  No.  Of course he’s talented.  He’s not the greatest singer ever.  There’s plenty of singers who have very similar sounds to his.  But obviously people like him or else he wouldn’t be where he is today.  It’s not just teens either.  Some adults like him as well.  Not to mention that it’s adults that he works for and adults that have to buy his CD’s for their kids.

 

Jealousy is the real name of the game.  Anyone who doesn’t admit this is just lying to themselves.

 

Don’t like that he has a movie?  Tough.  I think he’s too young to be having his life’s story, however his message is something that anyone should get behind.  He didn’t give up on what he wanted to do.  Neither should anyone else.

 

Don’t like that he’s famous?  Again, tough.  He’s got a niche audience and this audience is going to keep paying to see him.  The only way you’ll stop his fame is by stopping the millions of fans he has from seeing him.  That is a near impossibility.

 

If you really want to ‘hate’ someone, find a reason to do so.  Don’t use a cheap reason like “I hate their music” or “How dare he have a movie?!”.  That’s a ludicrous reason to hate a person as a whole.