Anime just inspires people sometimes and makes them want to learn or pick up something.
And that’s what this particular list is all about. I’ll be talking about 5 things that I got suckered and bamboozled into learning or wanting to learn. And it’s all because of anime, that tricky and addicting and engaging medium.
This particular topic was suggested to me by Leap250, who covers a variety of topics on his blog. Currently he’s participating in a heated competition where he, The Pantless Anime Blogger, Irina, and Astral Gemini try to predict what happens in three particular shows that are airing in Winter 2018. He also translates interviews, translates songs, features quick looks, and writes reviews! I would say my favourite post written by Leap250 would be the one where he shows a lot of love for Takami Chika. It’s hard being a Chika fan since You fans like to exaggerate Chika’s faults, but he does a great job defending the mikan maniac! He also knows mahjong so he’s automatically 50% cooler than most people.
Alright, here goes!
Play Mahjong – Saki Achiga-hen
Well, we all know that I love mahjong too much. Guess I better spill more guts and spice things up a bit.
I started really learning how to mahjong in my fourth year of university as I was failing Econometrics (which is basically a course about statistics that focuses on economics) after watching Saki Achiga-hen. Saki got me somewhat interested in mahjong back in high school, but I only fooled around in a flash game without bothering to learn the specific rules.
The spin-off changed everything for me. I love mahjong. I love how even the right move isn’t always the correct move. The blend of skill and luck is so alluring. Yes, I realize that my mood fluctuates way too much because of this board game yet I can’t look away.
…just kidding. I have a love and hate relationship with this board game and right now I HATE mahjong because I lost connection in a game and dealt into a hand while I was out. Guess I’ll have more time to do more things now…
Work in the Fast Food Industry- Hataraku Maou-sama!
I never felt like I belonged in university. Bombed a lot of classes and tests, drank a lot, screwed around. The classroom environment just was boring and wasn’t for me.
Seeing the Demon Lord Satan having fun and (barely) squeak by as a McDonald employee made me consider dropping out of college and just start working at some fast food joint. I simply wasn’t having fun at college.
But sunk cost fallacy kept me in school and I eventually earned my degree.
Drink Hard Liquor – Psycho-Pass 2
Hmmm. I had already been exposed to vodka and whisky because of my (now) ex-girlfriend by the time I watched Psycho-Pass 2. Before I had met her, I stuck to inoffensive and mild beers (Stella Artois and Japanese beer, mostly). But then she introduced me to drinking spirits.
I had learned how to drink such stuff the college/party way: chug shot down and follow with a chaser. Whatever works, right?
But the way Ginoza Nobuchika just lounged about in his bachelor pad while drinking bourbon/Scotch whisky (my memory fails me) in a tumbler just looked so classy. I wanted to give it a try. And I did. Who knows if I’m successful, though? I sure don’t.
Sorry, the picture isn’t of Ginoza Nobuchika and is actually from Psycho-Pass. My bad.
Cover Anime Songs – Loveless
“Michiyuki” is still one of my favourite songs. Back then I really really loved it and wanted to cover it while playing piano (I took some lessons in the third grade but I’m largely self-taught).
I (vocally) covered “Michiyuki” on my Soundcloud, but here’s an old video in which I demonstrate my rusty piano skills and my lackluster singing and my crappy laptop mic (which is all I had at the time). I went with my natural singing voice here instead of the forced falsetto I usually use, haha. As a frame of reference, this recording took place back in the summer before my second year of university.
I intend to cover this song again in the future.
Cook Paella – Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
If an idiot like Yoshii Akihisa can make paella, then so can I. That line of reasoning makes sense, right? Right?
…Be that as it may, I have never learned how to make paella manifest to this day.
Aaaand that’s all, folks!
Questions, comments, and concerns are welcome as always!