Posted by psgels on 12 May 2007 with categories: About

Heh, I’ve put off writing an about-page for a bit too long now. For those of you who stumble upon this page: hey, I’m psgels, a 20 year-old student of Computer Science, currently living in Amsterdam. If you want to contact me for some reason, you can use psgels{at}yahoo{dot}com (which also is my msn-address).

I started this blog back in November 2005, mostly because of two series: Tales of Phantasia and my all-time favourite anime Mahou Shoujotai. I loved both titles, but none of them seemed to be getting the attention it deserved. At the time, I was very much into experimenting and trying out new stuff, so Star Crossed Anime Blog was born, and gradually grew into what it is now. Back then, I was still on Blogspot, but after a few months I decided to move over to Blogsome, because I wanted more functionality that Blogspot couldn’t offer. (I remember the huge job it was to transfer all my posts from the old blog. One of the few bad parts about Blogsome is that it doesn’t do that automatically, so it had to be done manually -_-)

I tend to watch most shows I blog without subtitles, though I also follow quite a few shows subbed, since my Japanese level isn’t that good and I’m still learning. If you’re wondering where I’m getting the video-files for the latest anime out in japan: I get most of them through Tokyo Toshokan and the program called Share. If you can’t find these files yet, just have a bit of patience as they’ll appear eventually.

I tend to blog a wide range of series, both popular (Death Note, Claymore) and the neglected ones (Sasami Mahou Shoujo Club, Mahou Shoujotai). My opinion is that whether a show is popular or not gives absolutely no indication as to how good it is, and that both popular and inpopular series have an equal chance of turning out good or bad. Hence one of the more important goals of this blog quickly became promoting the underdogs.

Apart from the most recent series, I also tend to blog older series, who have aired a couple of years ago. I started blogging most of them when I first started Star Crossed because they sounded interesting, but I always leave room open to praise some hidden gems that only now are getting subbed. At this point, there must be two criteria for me to consider picking up such a series:
– It has to be very neglected, nobody seems to know of it.
– It must have made a huge impact on me, the best example of this is Strange Dawn.

If I had to give a favourite anime-series, it’d be mystery. I love seeing a mysterious setting explain itself and gradually become clearer. There’s one genre I hate, though: the moe-shows, whose only purpose it is to show cute girls and please otaku. Do not get me started on those, as I’ll start rambling quite a bit about how their popularity takes the attention away from the neglected and really good shows. If you’re wondering about my favourite shows, I recently wrote up my Top 10 of anime, which can be found here.

Regarding the content on my blog, most posts will be episodic, with either a summary, commentary or a combination of these two, depending on my mood. Occasionally, though, I do tend to write special features. These are the most important ones:
Some quick first impressions: At every season, I try to watch the first episode of as many series as possible, before deciding which are good and which aren’t. Most of these episodes don’t really provide enough material for one post, but when I combine three series, and provide a small blurb about my opinion, it works out quite well.
Monthly Summaries: I watch more than just she shows I blog, and that’s one of the reasons I write up a summary at the end of every month about all the shows I managed to see, ranking them from worst to best. It’s also meant to list the new anime that have been announced in the past month and the individual episodes I enjoyed the most.
Anime Reviews: Inspired by Anime Academy. Before I started this blog, I was already an avid reader of the reviews provided at that site, and some of the writers have amazing writing skills. I just tended to disagree with their opinions way more often than not, so I decided to write my own. Most of the site here is filled with spoilers, but for the Reviews and the Monthly Summaries, I try to stay away from any major revelations.
Some quick second impressions: Basically a spoof of the quick first impressions. When I want to really say something about a show I’m not blogging, I use this category. Up till now, these turned out to be eiter underrated or overrated series.

6 Responses

  1. Sagacious C says:

    Hehe, I share your sentiments on AA as well. While I disagree with their opinions more often than not, there’s no other anime review site I respect more. I suppose the sinker is their aim to be as objective as possible in their analysis.

  2. Sapphire says:

    I’d like to say that your blog is very well organized and your analysis is clear and simple and sometimes very funny! I found it today and I intend to start coming here often. I’m also 19, I’m Portuguese and in my country it isn’t paid much attention to anime – for that, i always look for foreign info.

    I absolutely agree with you about the “moe-shows”, i think they’re made for empty people, by empty people.

    I just think that your blog lacks attention to older anime like Sanjushi, Anne of Green Gables, Lady Georgie, The Rose of Versailles or Daddy Long Legs. They are much better than most of the recent ones, i think. Well, this is just the opinion of a huge fan of the classics. :)

    Keep up the good work!

  3. X-omega says:

    I’d like to say thank you for all the work you put into these reviews and summaries. These days it’s getting more and more difficult to find an anime-based website or blog containing insightful and indepth reviews that cover a vast variety of the most recent anime as well as a couple from the a decade or two ago. So again, I just wanna say thanks. It’s really good to see that sites like these still exist.

  4. Juliancan says:

    Thank you for the anime academy link! The lecture hall is great for noobie bloggers like me ^^.

  5. pinkchevalier says:

    I love your blog! I hope it never goes down!

  6. Bunny says:

    Omg I had been asking for an about page for ages! I didn’t realize their already was one haha.

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  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:58 AM)
    @ninja Thanks ;>
    @Bam I was on my evening ride a few hours ago and found him on my regular route…it was quite an adventure in the end though, because I jumped some fences to get to the tracks, which was where he was. So I got to explore a bridge that I’d always rode past.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:55 AM)
    @Friend: I’m somewhat bummed that you didn’t stumble upon an artifact or a portal or something; many adventures have started with a girl chasing/looking after her cat =)
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:52 AM)
    @afgm That’s a great idea. I think I will give that a try. Psgels has done multi-episode responses in the past so it wouldn’t be anything too new for the site. And like you say, it would allow me to focus my thoughts and reduce the amount of speculation.
  • ninjarealist
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:51 AM)
    @Friend That’s great. Glad to hear it turned out well.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:48 AM)
    @Friend: sweet! Glad you found him.
  • Friend
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:45 AM)
    Well, I found Grendel. He was mucking around skanstullsbron playing with leaves when I found him as I was passing by on my longboard. For those of you who don’t know Stockholm, it looked like this: http://files1.structurae.de/files/photos/8/skanstullsbron01.jpg
    X/ thanks though, you guys
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:17 AM)
    @K-off: believe it or not that word-choice just occured to me since Pandora chose to play a New Found Glory song a few minutes ago for some reason lol
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:14 AM)
    @Bam “newfound,” lol.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 01:06 AM)
    @K-off: good pics for the Gugure wire-up btw, now apply this newfound eye for aesthetics to the Bahamut reviews in the future.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 21. 2014 12:59 AM)
    People’s attention spans are incredibly limited, you have to get to the point and hit ‘em hard.

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