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It is a pleasure to make your acquaintance, everyone. I am Death To Zippermouth, head of the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot anime blog. You may call me DTZ for short.

Well, where to begin….

This blog, much like any anime blog, I’m sure, was created to give me a personal forum to give my general thoughts on anime. I’m hoping to improve my writing in the course of writing this, but also hopefully broadening my horizons.

So I suppose I shall begin with myself.

I am a senior in college, studying Computer Science with minors in Japanese and Math. I will be graduating this fall.

For two years, I have been the president of my university’s anime club. It was through this anime club that I truly began exploring anime and manga.

I was introduced to anime through my best friend, who convinced me to watch Robotech back when it was airing on Toonami. For a few years, Toonami was my one and only source of Japanese cartoons. Shortly after Robotech, I found myself actually liking Sailor Moon, a development I considered impossible. I even got into Dragon Ball Z when that came out.

Toonami would continue to be a source of new shows for me, but eventually I became introduced to shows not airing on television. Slayers Next was the series, and I immediately became enamored with it. Slayers was definitely the true gateway drug for me in terms of anime.

From there, I would soon make new friends with deeper anime collections than I had been used to, and throughout high school I slowly built up a meager anime knowledge base, revolving around the “classics.” That is to say, some stuff from the late 80’s, but mostly through the mid-to-late 90’s. By the end of high school, I was well versed in some of the best of that time, such as Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Escaflowne. I had even seen a few Hayao Miyazaki films by then.

Entering college and joining the anime club, however, invigorated my passion for anime more than ever, and thanks to the internet, I was able to branch out and expand myself, and by quickly becoming involved with the anime club, it soon became second nature for me to explore anime. Fullmetal Alchemist, Scrapped Princess, Naruto and One Piece catapulted me forward, and experiencing recent masterworks such as Gankutsuou, Elfen Lied, and The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya have given me a fair ground base of anime knowledge to work from. I’ve even delved a little into Shoujo, finding wonderful and non-alienating works in Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club and most recently Nodame Cantabile.

So now here I am, taking the next logical step. I already meet what I perceive as the two requirements to have an anime blog.

1.) Be able to talk incessantly about anime.

2.) Have formed a strong opinion on The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.

As you can clearly see in my above abridged autobiography (go, alliteration!) I possess both of these qualities in spades.

Well, with that said, I guess next would be how I intend to run things in this blog.

I have a friend, Dio Bravo, who will be joining me in helping to write this blog. Together, we’ll cover series as per usual on blogs, but there are a few other things I would like to try as well.

First are “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?! Wednesdays.” For those who don’t know military alphabet, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is WTF. I enjoy saying this phrase an awful lot, especially when watching the wide and weird world of anime. Each week I would like to chronicle the greatest moments of series that week that make me say that “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” or potentially a much stronger exclamation of confusion (or perhaps fear.)

Another thing my partner in crime and I plan to do is a series of essays analyzing the widespread shounen genre. Shounen makes up a fair section of our knowledge base, and I find the idea of analyzing genres, their conventions and their best and best known works interesting. We plan to start with the simplest of shounen, Weekly Shounen Jump, and perhaps work our way out from there once we have exhausted our knowledge.

Due to time and interest in writing, not every series I watch I plan on writing about in detail. I’m sure most blogs are that way. However, I still want to write something, and so I plan to have “Quickie Saturdays,” were I sum up all the series I am NOT blogging in depth for the week with a short response.

For covering series themselves, I want to aim for less “screencaps and summary” and more response. Screencaps will average about one per episode, usually chronicling the strangest moment in that episode. I have various styles of summarizing that I hope to implement.

Alas, before this blog could get up and running, the spring anime season had already begun, and Dio Bravo had to suddenly move, so I was stuck watching series and writing nothing. Had I some forethought, I would have written about the series individually, but for now I’ll give short sum ups of what I’ve seen so far, what I plan to blog, and what will go in the Quickie Saturdays. Note I plan to continue watching all of these.

Bokurano

Thoughts Before Viewing: My, that’s a big robot.

Thoughts After Viewing: O.O… um… wow?

Chances of blogging: VERY High. A very cerebral series with likely lots to say about it. I look forward to thinking and making theories about this series.

Claymore

Thoughts Before Viewing: I’ve seen this manga series on shelves before, but have never bothered looking at it. Let’s see if it’s any good.

Thoughts After Viewing: Ho-lee CRAP, that’s a lot of blood. Art may take some getting used to, but the animation… Wow.

Chances of blogging: Low-to-mid. Looks interesting so far, but I’m not sure how much I can write about it. Good fodder for Quickie Saturdays.

Darker Than Black

Thoughts Before Viewing: Oooo, Studio Bones making a new series with Yoko Kanno composing music. This should be good.

Thoughts After Viewing: Wow… it’s like, I get it, and yet, I don’t get it.

Chances of blogging: Tentative. Need one more episode, since the series decided to start with a two-parter.

El Cazador de la Bruja

Thoughts Before Viewing: Dear Haruhi-sama, why am I watching this? I don’t LIKE BeeTrain girls with guns series all that much. Yuki Kajiura music set to pretty scenery doesn’t make a good series.

Thoughts After Viewing: …Dear Haruhi-sama, they might actually get this one RIGHT.

Chances of blogging: Low. While it’s off to a very good start (unlike Noir or Madlax, the plot actually began in the first episode) I can’t say too much about it at the moment. Sounds like a Quickie Saturday series to me.

Hayate the Combat Butler

Thoughts Before Viewing: I’ve heard good things about the manga. Let’s see if the anime lives up to the buzz.

Thoughts After Viewing: Wow, it sucks to be Hayate. Chiyochichi’s VA makes an excellent sarcastic and thuggish Narrator. And Santa had it coming.

Chances of blogging: High. If only for Ten no Koe (Heaven’s Voice,) the Narrator, easily my favorite “character” so far. I feel I can say stuff each episode for this. Definitely getting full attention.

Heroic Age

Thoughts Before Viewing: Wow, that mech in the background has a cool design from what I can see in that tiny little picture.

Thoughts After Viewing: Wow, that mech has just about the scariest design I’ve ever seen.

Chances of blogging: Low-to-mid. I love the setting, but at the moment my thoughts on it are still scattered.

Lucky Star

Thoughts Before Viewing: Genshiken meets Azumanga Daioh and given sugar… maybe?

Thoughts After Viewing: Huh. Well, that was meaningless. Akira is awesome, though.

Chances of Blogging: Low. Honestly, at the moment, this series is the fluffy cotton candy at the end of the week to give me mental whiplash after watching Bokurano.

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS

Thoughts Before Viewing: How can a series with such a lame title have such a following on blogs?

Thoughts After Viewing: Oh. Dangit, now I want to watch the first two seasons.

Chances of blogging: Regrettably low. I would LOVE to write about this series… but I feel like I need to watch the first two seasons first. I will gladly make it the headliner of Quickie Saturdays, though. Regardless, this series looks amazingly cool.

Oh-Edo Rocket

Thoughts Before Viewing: Hey, that show Seiji Mizushima was pimping last year at AX is finally coming out! I can’t wait!

Thoughts After Viewing: I needs me a fansub of this. Also, *melts at the prettiness*.

Chances of blogging: High. What I gleamed from the raw made me happy at the silliness and disjointedness of the whole thing, and I love the art style, from the quirky character designs to the beautiful watercolor ink painting backgrounds. I can’t wait to write about this one.

Romeo x Juliet

Thoughts Before Viewing: Will Gonzo be able to pull another Gankutsuou?

Thoughts After Viewing: Will Gonzo be able to pull another Gankutsuou?

Chances of blogging: Low. Mostly, I’m gonna watch to see if Gonzo has another masterpiece in store like Gankutsuou was. I like the setting, though, and the changes that have so far been made. Part of adaptation is creative liberty.

Seirei no Moribito

Thoughts Before Viewing: Pretty!

Thoughts After Viewing: Ooooo, this could be GOOD. Also, PRETTY!

Chances of blogging: High. The female lead is amazing out the gate, and I like the setting alot. I look forward to writing about this.

Seto no Hanayome

Thoughts Before Viewing: Yakuza Mermaids? You’re shitting me, right?

Thoughts After Viewing: …You weren’t shitting me. And it’s a version of Urusei Yatsura to boot.

Chances of blogging: Low-to-mid. Not much to say about it is all. I loves me that opening, though.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Thoughts Before Viewing: Hey, Gainax is making a mecha series again. I hope it’s more like FLCL and less like Eva.

Thoughts After Viewing: Dear Haruhi-sama, thank you for answering my prayers.

Chances of blogging: OMGWTFBBQ (read Omg-Wtf-Barbeque. If you’re saying letters you’re not saying it right.) So much awesome compressed into just 25 minutes. I will be writing about this one, no question.