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2017-04-30 10:43 pm (UTC)
that hot au where we keep Dying
The SASO party never ends.
What should we call you?
- I'm Chess! Chess Gale, Chessterfield, Checkers, Draughts, the vast enemy of sport and self.
What got you into sports anime?
Way back when I was hardly a pawn on a field of black and white, I read Eyeshield 21. It was super fun and beautifully drawn, so of course the thing that made me fall in love with the genre at all was the incredibly melodramatic and scratchy art style that is Yowamushi Pedal. I'm hardly "into" sport anime, but I have a select few that keep me continuously attached to creating - YowaPeda, Ballroom e Youkoso, and Teppuu. The genre captured me because I love the exploration of competition intertwined with borderline fantasy, an almost - but not quite - sense of magical realism imbuing a given space of normalcy.
What do you love about your favorite sports anime?
- Yowamushi Pedal is melodramatic as all get out, and holy hell, so am I. It is slow and careful and borderline obsessed with letting us know everyone's thoughts and reactions and personal catch to the situation. Though it strongly fits what a genre is, it also is a series centered around the internal, and that is what sticks with me every time I step away from it, in a way that no other series manages to trap me. I love the setting and how it centers itself around mountains, that sense of unending space and travel, both highly present at the same time as being deeply ethereal in the endless ride to the top. Also, it has Manami Sangaku, and that's basically all that matters to me.
Which sports anime moment got you right in the feels?
- Any Manami moment - "I threw it away," Miyahara yelling for Manami not to lose, Manami saying farewell to Onoda, Manami being weird nonsense, the
entire Irohazaka race holy heck
. Non-ywpd related, Chinatsu in Ballroom talking about giving up on dance.
Have you found a relatable favorite in a sports anime? Who?
Manaaaaaaami Sangaku. To a slightly lesser extent, Chinatsu Hiyama of Ballroom e Youkoso. But gotta love that #BeingDead. Smile real big anyway.
What series do you find it difficult/easy to make content for? Why?
The only series I can reliably make that #CONTENT for is YWPD, and that's only for the most questionable ship --- but it's fun, and I love bikes, and I love the characters deeply. It was my second real fandom, and it's stuck with me as very easy to produce content for. On the other side of the coin is EVERYTHING NOT YWPD, but of what I enjoy, I /struggle/ to make content for Teppuu, even though it desperately needs more.
Similarly, what series do you like to consume content from? Why?
- YWPD, Ballroom, Teppuu, and ... whatever my friends write? I've read for HQ!! and Daiya and Tenipuri and other fandoms because of interesting concepts or people I enjoyed merely because of curiosity and how much I liked their writing. That's something about sport fandom I appreciate - being able to approach the fanwork even when I don't care for the actual canon.
Lastly, let your fellow SASOers know where they can find you if they want to chat with you!
is the only place I really talk much, outside of too many comments here.
holds all my overblown writing that I talk about too much, with all the love in my heart.
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