(Way back) in 2008 I was definitely obsessed with watching anything with DBSK in it, and that’s how I discovered Crunchyroll. I first started using Crunchyroll when EVERYTHING was on it– before businesses starting cracking down on UCC (User Uploaded Content), and– I guess, when I had more time to BE on it.
Now, Crunchyroll has a ton of anime, a lot of Asian– not just Korean, dramas and movies, and even some manga, making it just as loveable as it was five years ago.
So, in this post I want to share a “behind the scenes story” of my love for Asia– not just Korea, and tell you to check out Crunchyroll (and some more fun Korean study materials) if you haven’t yet!
A Behind The Scenes Story
Ever since I was a kid, I loved anime (Sailor Moon and DBZ!) and Japanese literature. I can still remember reading Japanese ghost stories; and, I even read Shogun in high school since I was– and still am, obsessed with samurais.
I always had my head in a book, so I definitely didn’t and still don’t watch movies very often.
(Right now, the only movies I want to see are Kim Ki-duk’s Pieta and The Flowers of War starring Christian Bale.)
But, as a kid I loved Mulan, The Karate Kid, The Golden Child, and anything about martial arts starring Jackie Chan or Jean Claude Van Damme. Later, I loved Kill Bill, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, House of Flying Daggers, and Memoirs of a Geisha.
(I also loved a bunch of period movies from the 80′s like The Breakfast Club and even movies from much further back like The King and I (1956), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), and Splendor in The Grass (1961).)
However, my favorite movies OF ALL TIME are dark, independent Korean films, but I also love action and adventure movies, historical and science fiction movies– but not really romances or comedies or romantic comedies, at least not as much as other girls that I know.
(I’ve never seen Titanic; and, I HATE Disney movies– minus the classics like Fantasia, Mulan, Pocahontas, and The Little Mermaid.)
Anyway, I have my weekly variety shows, some dramas in my queue, and some books on my bookshelf, but suddenly I’m also craving anime! So, I went back to Crunchyroll for the first time in almost two years…
Now, I have six anime on Crunchyroll that I picked out and will be watching this week over Thanksgiving break *yay* instead of going home; but, I also need to start writing my final papers for three of my classes, so I’m going to start them over the break, too, and– hopefully, finish them early so I can make it home in time for Christmas before I leave the country and go to Korea.
When I watch anime, the most important thing I look for is how it’s drawn– the style. I’m really picky, and I don’t like most anime, because I don’t like the way they’re drawn. For example, my favorite anime OF ALL TIME is Yu Yu Hakusho *Yoko Kurama fan girl moment*, which has a really rare, hard-to-find style and one of the best stories– EVER.
So, add in my preferred genres, and you might realize that I am really Really REALLY picky about my anime. I can’t watch it often since it takes forever to dig around and find one that I like.
(The last time I watched anime was when I was at home and on Netflix the whole summer BEFORE I went to law school. That was in 2011, but I still remember watching and loving Gun x Sword, Shigurui: Death Frenzy, and a bunch of yaoi.)
So, happy Crunchyroll-ing!
And, here is my page at Crunchyroll. There, you can check out my current addictions and my complete lists of (start-to-finish completed) Korean dramas, Japanese dramas, Taiwanese dramas, anime, comic books, and manga; and, feel free to add me if you are on Crunchyroll or decide to make an account.
Finally, if you want to study Korean and have fun studying Korean, then check out this popular Korean webtoon, God of Bath:
Hot guys working at a Korean sauna and action, comedy, and even romance. What more could you ask for to make studying Korean fun?
Just go HERE to start reading!