My blog is centered around my top interests: anime, science and photography. I think it’s about time I actually write about where each of these interests came from. Will I finish this set of posts in a timely fashion? Considering that college starts in a week, probably not. But I figure I’d get the longest running interest out of the way first. Yes, surprisingly, anime beats out science by at least 2-3 years. Photography is fairly recent, starting around 2010. I could argue that Doctor Who and gaming can fall into my list of interests (they both came up around 2010 as well), but for the sake of being concise I’m keeping it to the top three.
Part 2/? of my about me/interests posts. I think I’ll be focusing on anime first (which is undoubtedly the longest) before I move on to science and photography.
The usage of “nighthart001” originates from my anime history, which is a bit difficult to explain without getting complicated, but I’ll touch on that later. More specifically, it’s intertwined with my love for 5pb x Nitroplus works, something which I didn’t imagine would happen when I first used it.
The name is derived from a series called “Chaos;Head”, a Japanese visual novel released in 2008. It’s a story about a string of serial murders and a high school student in the middle of it all who can’t discern the difference between delusions and reality. The main character, named Takumi Nishijou, uses the screenname “knightheart” in online chat rooms.
Of course, mine is a bit of an alteration. Mainly because the subs back then subbed the name as “nighthart”. Furthermore, the name had already been taken in numerous places, so I arbitrarily stuck a 001 at the end.
Does that plot synopsis sound a bit vague? Well, it’s the best way I can put it. The visual novel was apparently very good, but the anime adaptation which was released at the end of the year left much to be desired. When I watched it back in 2008, it started off as really promising, but it left me mostly confused by the end. I was able to understand the main message of the plot, but the execution towards the end with its messy attempts to focus on specific heroines while addressing the main plot just created more questions than answers.
I wasn’t a big fan of the show by its end, nor did I picture myself as anything similar to the pathetic, delusional protagonist. So why did I choose to use nighthart001 as my username? It was more of a representation of the anime which influenced my thoughts the most during the time than anything about the show itself. The Fall season of 2008 was the first anime season in which I picked up anime to watch which was airing at the same time in Japan. Prior to then, I had only been watching shows which had aired years ago, like Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (2006).
Chaos;Head, while not the best show I saw up to that point in time, was also much darker than most of the other shows I had seen. Most of my shows of choice during that time period were either lighthearted slice-of-life or romantic comedies. The whole serial murders case plus a main character who was thrown over the edge by all the insane stuff happening to him certainly left an impression in my mind. EDIT: Forgot to mention, I really like the OP. And Kanako Itou in general. This is where it all began.
The username gained a boost in meaning with the recent airing of Steins;Gate. Since Chaos;Head is a prequel (technically; it’s set in a different setting, Shibuya, whereas Steins;Gate was in Akihabara, but it’s the same universe) to the critically acclaimed Steins;Gate, it makes me grateful for having checked out 5pb x Nitroplus works to begin with. Of course, it also symbolizes how I sorta gave up on Steins;Gate at the beginning because I thought it would fail like Chaos;Head, but it ended up proving me wrong.
It defines my respect for 5pb/Nitroplus, N+ especially with their work with Madoka and Fate/Zero and 5pb and MuvLuv/MuvLuv Alternative (a game I haven’t had a chance to play, but the storyline as adpated by the manga is amazing).
While this may come off as a bit hubristic, it also cements the fact that “I watched 5pb x Nitroplus anime adaptations before they were cool”.
As far as personal usage of the name is concerned, I think I first used that name on PlayStation Network as an alternate name to my main account. Mostly for use with Modern Warfare 2, when I just wanted to pick on noobs.
TL;DR—nighthart001=Chaos;Head. I don’t recommend watching it, but it meant a lot to me back then.