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[Meme] Fandoms of 2010

Ah, stealing from f-list is what I do. :) Probably listing series mostly unheard of, but oh well.

First Fandom of 2010:
Wagaya no Oinari-sama (which is technically from 2008, anime-wise). There probably had been some other things before I watched Wagaya (in April), but they were definitely not new things. I'm not counting W or Shinkenger, especially since I didn't pick them back up until later in the year anyway.

Favorite Main Character of 2010:
Alata from Goseiger. There, I admit it. I'm likely to be mostly alone in this, but I'm fascinated by his seemingly contrasting sides (strong yet gentle and totally believable in both, at least to me). What is strange about this is I didn't even expect to like Alata at all, based on what little I'd seen of the Goseiger in the Shinkenger VS Go-Onger team-up movie (to be fair, only his voice was in that movie). But he had won me over pretty early on in the series. So lessons learned (not to judge a book before reading it).

Favorite Villain of 2010:
Hmm...has to be Metal Alice from Goseiger. I'd go into the particulars but I think they might get too specific in a post not devoted to Goseiger (and actually other people who also like Alice can articulate much better why). (It's a bonus that I also like her voice actor.)

Favorite Character of 2010:
Isn't this already covered by the second (or third) question? But I guess I shouldn't waste an opportunity to list more people.

So, if not counting anything not airing in 2010, I've settled on W. While I've warmed up to the regulars (and even the irregulars), Shoutarou remains my favorite. I'm not even sure I can explain exactly what I like about him (I think I've posted something about him reminding me of Mebius' Mirai (easily believes people, and will most likely never learn to be less trusting), but in retrospect I don't believe they are that similar (Shou actually seems more forgiving)). Perhaps it's his ordinary-ness. He is a normal person thrusted into extraordinary circumstances. Everything (stuff, events, people) seems to revolve around him (well, he would not be the main character otherwise). But yet I don't think anyone can say Shoutarou has it easy. Far from it. He has to work harder than the people who come equipped with special abilities. Which I really admire--an ordinary person doing his best within the limit of his ability (and sometimes surpassing it).

And I think Shoutarou is one of those not hard to read people. Normally I prefer characters to have at least a secret or two (i.e. be more mysterious like Philip), yet in this case I actually prefer an almost complete open book, and I find it refreshing that Shou is rather self-aware of his transparency (he himself comments on the fact that he wears his heart on his sleeves). Wearing his heart on his sleeves is probably his weakness, yet at the same time I believe it is also his strength. I mean, people are probably more likely to trust (and sometimes betray, but that goes with the territory) someone like him, who seems like he has virtually nothing to hide, than someone whose intention is obscure or unknown.

This turns out to be longer than I thought. Either there are many reasons to like Shoutarou, or I say essentially the same thing over and over again...

Favorite Het Couple of 2010:
If old stuff I watched in 2010 counts, I love Ken and Maki from Machineman. And probably following close behind is Eiji and Hina from OOO. (Well, maybe they might seem a bit boring (in the sense that they seem to get along a little too well), but I like the cute. :) Akiko and Terui I like because W made it official (I'm a canon-compliant person) more than seeing much evidence supporting it (am not good at picking up subtle clues).

Favorite Yuri Couple of 2010:
I don't think I've watched enough to see a yuri couple, let alone one I really like.

Favorite Slash Couple of 2010:
Hotsuma and Shusei from Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru (translated to something like 'Betrayer Knows My Name'). Even given many potential slash couples in Uraboku, I think this one wins hand down. In fact, I prefer it over the official het couple (because the het couple doesn't seem to have enough backstory/build-up for me to care, so my preference might change as more is revealed).

Favorite RPS Couple of 2010:
I'm not into RPS, or RPF in general (even though I hope the only things shared with the real people are names).

Fandom That You Never Expected To Get Into:
Uraboku. I'd resisted it for quite a while (I generally like more gen stuff). But voice actors (and comparisons with Vampire Knight) finally won me over.

Fandom You THOUGHT You'd Get Into But Didn't:
Crossgame. (Technically, it started in 2009, but well, when I picked it up, it hadn't ended yet.) I want to prove myself wrong and say I can watch a sport anime. Especially one that seems to have some good reviews. But after one episode which is all backstory (who actually thinks it's a good idea to start the first episode with a backstory, since when the second episode rolls around I have to be introduced to the characters again, as if I've never seen the series before?), I was saying 'let's watch something else for a while.' Naturally, I never got back to it and odds are low that I will.

Fandom That Crashed and Burned:
I don't think there is one? That is, if 'crashed and burned' means I liked a series and/or pairing a lot at first but fell out of love with it.

Fandom That Made An Unexpected Comeback:
Kampfer. This one is actually a 2009 fandom (anime-wise). The anime ended on a pretty terrible note, imho, and I think it soured me off the whole series (manga and light novel) for a long while. Recently though, I've been reading the light novel and feel in charity with the series again (still not making peace with the anime, however).

Fandom That Inspired The Most Crack:
OOO, probably. Or maybe Uraboku. Weird that I don't even think Wagaya had much potential for crack, given the main character's personality. And W doesn't count. It seems very anime-like to me, so crack is natural. And it even supplies its own crack in form of Shoutarou's delusions, which I think I might have to catch up with (last watched the one Akiko wants an older brother).

Last Fandom of 2010:
Uraboku. I bought (and read) the manga first, then watched the whole anime before leaving for a week long trip in November.

Umm. I've listed almost everything I've seen with Marina Inoue doing voice work in. Would include TTGL, but I don't think it really fits any category here. Besides, I've finished everything (well, specials and movies don't count) on the list (except the 'not get into' one and the two on-going ones--which I'm current as far as subs go).

Happy New Year to everyone reading this. :)
Tags: anime, kamen rider ooo, kamen rider w, kampfer, manga, meme, real life, seiun kamen machineman, tensou sentai goseiger, ultraman mebius, uraboku
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