Posted 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.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 04:06 PM)
    @Bam, Well the three games were originally supposed to be one. But it turned out that the first two were bundled together and Alternative was made a separate release.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 08:38 AM)
    Jesus I never expected that doing a myanimelist/letterboxd account thing would be so hard. I’ve seen a scarily higher amount than I thought, its insanely hard to remember everything to add.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:17 AM)
    It seems then that the future of the franchise’s anime adaptations rests a bit on Schwarzesmarken’s success, which looking at the buzz doesn’t seem favourable at all. I doubt it can regain the lost audiences.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 06:14 AM)
    That would suggest that the author(s) had the foresight of including seemingly useless stuff that will come into play later. That’d be impressive if they did, as these kinda series are make-it-as-you-go.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:59 AM)
    It’s difficult to put into words but essentially while the first game isn’t good, it does work as a tool for introducing and endearing you to the characters. Then Unlimited sets down the rules of the new world. And finally alternative proceeds to kick your ass into next Tuesday.
    That’s sort of why I don’t think it would have the same effect if it was an anime. VNs allow you to get a more personal connection with the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Feb 6. 2016 01:55 AM)
    It’s not quite the same. It’s more like there are things in extra which seem insignificant but turn out to play an important role later. It wouldn’t really work the same if you did it in reverse order. Character history is a bit different too as each game is essentially an alternate universe. The character histories in extra are different from those in alternative.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:38 PM)
    And also remember how Darker Than Black had a big jump between the main series and Gemini of the Meteor. They later made a 4 episode OVA that covered the gap, and although you knew the outcome it was still entertaining; or at least more than the Gemini one. There’s merit to non-linear chronology and storytelling, but it is usually very hard to pull. The audience is intrigued by secrets that can later be uncovered, although in anime the pay-off is not always substantial.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:32 PM)
    I don’t know, the audience usually only needs very limited information to figure out dynamics and histories between the characters.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:27 PM)
    A 13 episode series would work for the second title unlimited. But Alternative is a pretty long visual novel. You need at least two cours to give it justice. Making extra an OVA could work but you do need it for alternative. But it’s not an optional part of the trilogy. It needs to be read first, so that events later have a greater impact. Personally I am not even sure Muv Luv can even work in another medium.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Feb 5. 2016 11:12 PM)
    That might compress things, but I think a good screen-writer can fit pretty much any VN in 12-14 episodes (covering just the main route).

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