Hey guys and gals! Looks like I’m going to be one of the new contributors starting this spring! You may or may not know me from somewhere around the web since I go pretty much universally by “Moomba” these days. If not, hopefully this introduction will give you some idea of what kind of person I am!
Jumping right in, the first anime I can remember watching with the knowledge of what constituted an anime was Escaflowne. Before this time, I’d watched Pokemon, Digimon, Sailor Moon and all the other mainstream anime aired in the UK that all young boys were expected to have watched to be considered “cool”. Of course, at that time, I didn’t even know they were anime, so I don’t really consider them what drew me in.
Escaflowne was a starting point, but it wasn’t until Code Geass that I became completely hooked on anime (and discovered Random Curiosity in the process!) Did I know, almost six years ago (apparently – wow, time flies), that I’d one day be contributing directly to the site? No, I doubt the idea even crossed my mind!
So why did I decide to apply? It’s simple really; for years now, I’ve read almost every blog post on the site, keeping up with all the anime I watch. Many times now, Random Curiosity has been the driving force which pushed me to watch certain anime which I’ve then proceeded to become hooked on! The insights provided over the years have given me new ways to look at what I watch, and I hope my insights might be able to do the same for someone else!
My tastes in anime are pretty diverse and I usually end up watching more than half of the shows every season. It’s really hard for me to pick specific favourites, but if I absolutely have to, I’ll probably still consider Code Geass to be my number one, closely followed by Sora Kake Girl, the entire Macross franchise and both Full Metal Alchemist continuities. To pull from other genres (those seem to be pretty saturated with Sci-Fi), Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Shiki, Durarara!! and Legend of the Legendary Heroes (compulsory Fantasy addition since I’m a huge Fantasy lover but don’t seem to rank many of them amongst my favourites).
Oh. Did I forget to mention Pandora Hearts?
I feel as though it’s important to say a little bit about myself at this point; my day job is that of a composer. I write music for a variety of things and even have an interesting new project in the works that I’ll be sure to make passing mention of at some point in the future! You know what this means right? Yep, expect to hear a fair bit of commentary on music in my blogging! I’m also quite the gamer, read a fair bit of manga (special points to anyone who happens to have read and loved The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer), regularly tumble down the slippery slope of figure collecting and have a strange obsession with Sci-Fi. Oh, and Fukuyama Jun’s voice.
It’s worth warning everyone that I have been known to read too deeply into unimportant events, possibly even making connections that don’t exist and coming up with ridiculous speculations of what’s to come. Sometimes these turn out to be correct. Most often, they do not. If you ever see me going down this road, feel free to call me out in the comments!
At this point, there’s nothing else I can really think of saying, if you ever want to catch me outside of Random Curiosity, feel free to send a tweet my way (@MoombaDS) and if you’re interested, you can browse My Anime List!
I’ll close with what appears to be an old tradition:
Moomba desu. Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!