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Staff Interview - Terentius

Please Introduce Yourself

Hello everyone. I’m one of the newer members of A-S staff here and I go by the name of Terentius, but everyone calls me Tez in real life. Nice to meet you :)

This picture is so old, it pre-dates the use of scissors... just look at my hair!!One of Nottingham's most famous citizens - Robin Hood

Where do you live?

Right smack in the middle of England, in a place called Nottingham. And if you're wondering... yes it is the same Nottingham famous for Robin Hood.


Do I have to pay for it?!? LOL!! :D That'll be male.

How tall are you?

1.75 metres or if the metric system isn't your cup of tea… 5'8".

Gurren/Union Jack Flag

Who can probably kick a ninja and pirate's ass using a magazine?

Pirates or Ninjas?

Definitely ninjas! There's something very cool about silent assassin type icons. You don't get any cooler than Ninjas… unless they're the 21st century equivalent of Jason Bourne armed with a magazine!

Puzzles, crosswords, or riddles?

Hmmm… Tough one. Riddles for sure. They keep the mind young and fresh. Even though I'm in the spotlight here, I have one riddle for the A-S community out there (it's an old school tech riddle) and if anyone can guess it by the end of the interview… congrats. "What has 4 digits, but adds up to 5?" I’ll give you a cryptic clue… if you use the correct computer language, its human equivalent would be like using Latin in everyday speech.

xbox 360, PS3, or Wii?

360, but I’ve owned consoles since 1990 (NES, SNES, N64, PS2, Original Xbox). I'm not one to brag, but I'm a self-professed hardcore completionist of games. Perhaps it's because I like to wind down after a long day at work with something completely different, or it could be my mild obsessive compulsive disorder?!?

Either way, I’ve played 45 games played. 43 of which are 100% complete (98.3% overall). My younger sister has a Wii, and I love playing on that when she comes back home to visit but I honestly don't see myself leaving the Xbox Live community.

As a friend once said: "By day I save lifes. By night, I take them!"

What's your favourite colour?

Dark royal blue when I'm feeling rather introspective and contemplative. Crimson red when I’m feeling unstoppable and upbeat. As you can guess, I'm quite a moody person when it comes to colour.

What's your favourite food and beverage?

I’m very simple when it comes to food. As long as I have "3 hots and a cot" to go home to (3 hot meals and a bed), I'm happy. I'm just as happy eating a soft boiled egg as I am eating a fine Parisian entrée. As a result I haven't really developed a particular craving for any individual dish. One thing I tend to like in my food though is subtlety. So really strong flavours really put me off (whether they be sweet, spicy or sour).

My favourite cuisine is perhaps Italian (dish-wise anything goes), but I have a liking for Japanese, Chinese and especially Malaysian food (my parents were from there). The typical British 'Fish and Chips' goes down a treat too! Drinks wise, as long as it is clear, colourless and clean, I couldn't care less. On occasion I’ve enjoyed the occasional shot or two of good whiskey (Scotch over Bourbon).

After over 20 years of waiting, this wonderfully entertaining series is now available on DVD

How did you get into anime?

Wow… that's a tough one. I'd have to go back nearly 2 decades ago to answer that one (yes… even before the days of DVDs and the Internet). God I feel old. Back around the mid-80s, a British television network (BBC) starting screening a combined French/Japanese production called The Mysterious Cities of Gold. This show is as old as I am, but still has perhaps one of the most haunting OP's I've ever heard:

The Mysterious Cities of Gold (youtube link)

Another cool French/Japanese anime I fell in love with was Ulysses 31:

Ulysses 31 (youtube)

Of course around that time, most of the anime readily available in the UK were of a poor standard. That was until a certain movie called "Akira" made its television debut on BBC2 in 1988/1989. Without this one release, anime wouldn’t be where it is today in the west. Since then (aged 6), I haven't looked back.

Do you have any hobbies outside of anime?

I really enjoy travelling whenever finances, work and time allow. I think Isamu Dyson said it best in Macross Plus: "A hundred guidebooks aren't worth a real trip." Ever since I was a very young boy I have been a keen reader of literature. Reading about the stories or tales of far and distant lands always captured my imagination and what better way to live life than to create your own adventures? I won't list where I've been, but with the world becoming an ever smaller place to live, would it not be a crime not to go out and see what's out there? As for other hobbies and pastimes, I'd say in no particular order: gaming, reading, jogging/running, conspiracy theories, philosophising and frequenting my local cinema (medicine doesn't count as it's a job). I was really active at school and university sports teams (athletics and rugby mostly), but I've kind of eased down from the heady days of intensive training.

Do you frequent other websites/forums? It's a huge community there and I found it was really easy to get lost amongst the hundreds of forums dedicated to every 360 game ever made. Hats off to the admins and staff who run it, but I'm not as frequent a user as I am here.

Definitely one of my better games that day... 30 kill 'Invincible' streak... captured for posterity ;-) is another gaming website I like to visit as I'm a keen Halo 3 player and I like to check up on my stats and gaming info. Admittedly I'm not the best player around on LIVE, but I play purely for fun and the days of competitive gaming are way behind me. I'm a frequent visitor to the ESPN Soccernet and websites to check up on the latest sports news out there. Facebook was another I would have mentioned, but after hearing cases of identity theft from others, I've greatly reduced my usage.

One of my lucky shots - One snipe, instant triple kill!

What's an odd observance about yourself?

I suppose one key observance about myself that others might find strange is my willingness to dive headfirst into situations that others consider to be either highly stressful or difficult. It almost borders on masochism, but I'm a firm believer that life never was meant to be easy. Without sounding overly philosophical, how could one define happiness if there is no sadness? Or light without darkness? We as an intelligent species need a spectrum of experiences to truly define our existence. Only then would we appreciate the truly special things that happen to us. Naturally most people would shy away from such situations but much like Tengen Toppa's Simon I feel that it is only in adversity (and failure) that true inner strength and spirit is born. Only then could we grow and become better people.

One example was when I was a foreign exchange student in Japan. It was the first time for longer than 3 weeks that I had left home and for me it was not only a huge culture shock but an incredibly difficult transition. I probably never would have lasted the entire time I was over there if I didn't persist and 'ride' the inital difficulties of adapting to another way of life. In the end, I kept at it and with a hand on my heart I can honestly say that it helped shaped me who I am today. I can look back and say that I have achieved something that very few have ever attempted and it does fill me with immense pride.

My first day at Tosu technical college, Saga prefecture, Kyuushu. I was a 2nd year senior high schooler and had been introduced to the class.Tamsin was on the JET programme and had just recently started teaching English at the school. She was completely shocked when I started talking to her in English during her first class. I doubt many people would have guessed that I was the exchange student.

The billboard on the front of the school, advertising the school's 'taiku-sai' and 'bunka'sai' (sports festival and culture festival respectively).A pic taken by my homeroom teacher showing the entire class standing to the Japanese national anthem during the sports festival.

Pictures drawn by the other classes for display during the sports festivals. I was with machinery class 2.

What are some dream/aspirations you have in life?

From a purely professional perspective, I would like to continue my (still formative) training as a doctor. Having to decide at such a young age what I would like to do for the next 40 years is something that I'm not too happy about and as of yet I remain undecided about what particular medical specialty I would pursue. I would like to perhaps join one of the Armed Forces as a commissioned medical officer, but that is still something that will probably not happen for quite some time.
As from a more personal perspective… now THAT would be telling ;) Without revealing too much, I would like to find a nice spot somewhere out in the world and enjoy whatever time I have left on this earth with someone that I can spend the rest of my life with. Until then, I'll be changing the world for the better day by day and step by step.

How would you describe yourself in three words?

Sensitive, determined, wistful

Winners never quit; quitters never win... ask Rocky.

How would others describe you?

I've been told quite a number of things. On first impressions, I often appear as a reserved person. Some have even commented that this borders on being aloof. Naturally for some I appear quite unapproachable, but if you were to make the effort then you'll find that I can actually be quite a talkative person. In that regard I'm seen as a bit of an enigma. Determination is perhaps one trait that people have always mentioned to me over the years; namely that I when I have set my mind on something, I will see it through right to the very end. One example, my time at medical school wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences. Much was going on behind the background in my personal life and it affected my academic performance. My close friends at the time commented that if it had been them that had experienced the same difficulties, they would have quit Medicine without any hesitation. Needless to say, I stayed on and gave it my all. It's something that is almost Rocky Balboa-esque in the sense that I have and never will give up.

How did you come to find Anime-Source?

I was looking for some information on the Gantz manga about 2 years ago. A-S were hosting the scanlations and after some further browsing I fell in love with the site. Of course, getting the 50 website points needed to read it was something that puzzled me at the time!

The very reason I became acquainted with A-S - the Gantz manga (now licenced by Dark Horse)Great Teacher Onizuka

Your username, Terentius, any reason for choosing that as your net alias?

Well, I initially had the gaming handle of "Great Doctor Tez" (named in honour of my hero and inspiration Great Teacher Onizuka). For about 2 years, I was known as GDT. I gradually grew tired of it after being repeatedly called "Crap Doctor Tez" by my online Halo gaming buddies, so I changed it sometime in 2006.

I have and always will be a big Star Wars fan so I played around with the idea of naming myself after a Sith Lord, but all the cool names had been taken. I searched for something that was strange, mysterious and most importantly… unique. Being called something like "Lord Tyrannus1745" with all the numbers at the end just plain wasn't cool. So in the end, I started reading up on Latin name derivatives and found out that my first name 'Terence' was originally 'Terentius'. I should have used the title 'Lord' for my A-S handle when I first joined, but my Xbox LIVE gamertag was "Lord Terentius" and I wasn't too keen to use it on A-S.

Any chance I could change it guys?!? :)

Seto no Hanayome

What are some of your favourite anime of all time?

Cowboy Bebop
Ghost in the Shell (1st and 2nd gig)
Royal Space Force: Wings of Honneamise
Seto no Hanayome

How about manga?

I admittedly haven't read anywhere near as much manga as I would have liked, so I can't really comment. I'm currently ploughing through Excel Saga, Claymore and Gantz, but I'm about 2 years worth of reading behind for Gantz. The GTO manga was just superb, as was Oh! My Goddess manga when they were available.

Cast of Clannad TV

Do you have any favourite anime/movie/TV quotes?

Can I also quote video game dialogue? Word of warning; some contain expletives.

"Bring it on sucker! That’s my kind of sh!t!" – Augustus Cole, Gears of War

"Mark my words! This drill will open a hole in the universe! And that hole will be a path for those behind us! The dreams of those who've fallen! The hopes of those who'll follow! Those two sets of dreams weave together in a double helix! Drilling a path towards tomorrow! And that's Tengen Toppa! That's Gurren Lagann!! My drill is a drill that'll pierce the heavens!!" – Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

"I'm getting too old for this sh!t" – Roger Murtaugh, Lethal Weapon

"You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!" - Rocky Balboa

"It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." - Tyler Durden, Fight Club

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

What are you looking forward to for this year?

I've recently been swamped at work so anime-wise that's hard to say. It is probably a pipe dream, but I'd love to see the next Haruhi Suzumiya season sometime this year. The theatrical redux/remake of Evangelion last year was something I've always been interested in. Hopefully the next instalment will be shown shortly. With regards what's going on in my life, it's a case of "taking it one day at a time".

Do you remember any of your dreams?

Most of the time I can vividly recall dreams from the previous night. Some scare the living daylights out of me, but mostly they just crack me up because they are just incredibly weird. Ever dreamt of a murderous singing blue flamengo chasing you with a machete and singing Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds? Yeah, THAT weird :]

How did you become staff of A-Source?

From what I gathered, the ASRT (A-S Review Team) were looking for some new staff. After submitting a number of reviews and new production related information I eventually got invited by Himitsu on a recommendation from Molenir which itself was an honour. It came as a complete surprise for me and for nearly 3 days I thought it was some kind of joke. Then I accepted and the rest they say is history.

We want more Haruhi!!

What are some of your duties for A-S?

The role of an ASRT member is to read and review any submitted work from our members. This mostly consists of reviews, but it also comprises submissions for synopses and details such as an anime's production studio, or song submission. I also try to add any character screencaps or synopses for anime that haven't been entered into the A-S database (STUDD). I tend to work with some of the older stuff as they tend to be neglected and forgotten.

What's the one thing love and hate about Anime-Source?

Only one thing each?!? Well, there are quite a number of brilliant things here. The best part definitely has to be the reviews section. Without it I would often be going into a show blind without any idea as to its quality or reputation. Next are the forums. It is fantastic to find so many other like-minded people around the world in all walks of life and perhaps the best place to congregate and socialise. One really noteworthy aspect here is the fansub section. I hardly ever need to go to a torrent engine anymore because all the latest stuff gets submitted within 24 hours. Credit goes to the likes of ddogt432 and his excellent crew for keeping things up to date.

I love reading and accepting reviews for our database but if there is one thing I particularly hate on A-S are reviews that do not accurately represent the score that was given. For example, some reviews make mention of quite a number of faults with the story, plot, characters etc. Yet the submission awards a score of 10/10. Now, I'm very generous with my own scoring and most of my reviews are awarding 7's or 8's. For me to make (and consequently accept) the REALLY high scores awarded, you would have to justify why a show was that good. I personally go to great lengths to explain why a show was deserving of a 9 or 10. I'm not expecting everyone out there to do the same thing, but having reviews of "the characters make me laugh, so it's 10/10" really annoys me. All it takes is perhaps a decently written sentence or two on a particular subject explaining your reasons behind your score. If that's done properly, then trust me I will accept your review. If not, I'd let you know how you can improve on it.

Best Work or proudest accomplishment on this site?

Ever since I've came onto the site, one of my most enjoyable aspects of my time here was writing reviews for the shows I've seen. I must have seen hundreds over the course of the past 20 years that I felt it would be great if I can somehow contribute a review here and there. What started off as the occasional review soon became a bit of an obsession. There were days I was submitting close to around 6-7 reviews a day. Of course I've toned it down a bit, but I'm still as determined as ever to systematically write a review for every anime I've seen. At the moment I've covered every show from A to F so I've still got a LONG LONG LONG way to go before my job is done. Nevertheless hitting the top 10 reviewers on A-S is one immeasurably proud achievement of mine. Having my review of Princess TuTu make the 'superb reviews' front page in the news section was another.

Do you have any final messages, comments, etc...?

Did you guess the riddle? The answer is 0101 which represents the number 5 according to the binary-coded decimal encoding. God I am old :(

As I mentioned above, I do enjoy writing reviews for A-S. I also enjoy reading reviews from the very community that makes this such a great site – YOU!!

Please, don't be put off if a review is rejected by myself or any other ASRT member. If you're not sure of HOW to write a good review, take a look at some of the more productive writers and see how they did it. If you need advice, don't hesitate to contact us through the forums. I'd let you in on a little secret. Out of my first 5 reviews, 3 were rejected! So don't despair. Keep trying and listen to the advice in the reply and we'll help you out.

Thanks for the interview. Hopefully I’ll see you all on the forums or on Xbox LIVE (if you're interested in a game or 2!) Until then:

"Kick reason to the curb and surpass the impossible!"

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Published on: 2009-01-17 (2997 reads)

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