To say the least, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for years. But now that I’m actually here, I can’t remember what I was going to say at all! I suppose it’s true what people say: “There just ain’t nothing like the real thing.” Still, if there are some things I know for sure, it’s how grateful I am to Divine for giving me this opportunity and how I look forward to interacting with all you readers out there, whose expectations I hope to both meet and ultimately exceed.
My anime background, I reckon, probably started similar to a lot of you guys out there, especially if you were born and raised in the states. Saturday morning cartoons (Pokemon, Digimon) and Toonami over on Cartoon Network (Mobile Suit Gundam, Ronin Warriors) were my only source for a long while, and heck, the latter was only available when I’d sneak over to my parents’ office to leech the cable TV! As such, I didn’t get into anime until the late 90’s, when I finally could afford cable TV at home and had an internet connection other than AOL and NetZero. Ah… the good times where a call would disconnect my internet, the sweet sound of the connection and the “You’ve got mail!”… Ahem* Anyway, I eventually caught a peek of Gundam Wing, which was the first anime I watched in its entirety, binging all 50 or so episodes in the span of 2 days. Looking back, it probably wasn’t the greatest idea though, as I got quite the migraine afterwards. But if anything, the binge sparked my interest in anime in earnest. I’ve since followed up with thousands of episodes and now watch around 8-10 airing shows per season.
In terms of favorites, I have a few, with series such as Eureka Seven, Steins;Gate, and Macross Frontier making my list. However, my absolute favorite series, would have to be Ghost in the Shell. Both Stand Alone Complex and the movies; they’ll hold a special place in my heart forever. I’d go on about my other favorites (characters, actors etc.) and manga I’ve read, but I’ll spare everyone the tl;dr and link my MAL here1.
Genre-wise, I suppose I had a slight bias toward anime of the Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Mecha variety in the early days (I still have a soft spot for them). But, I’ve since made it my mission to watch a wide variety of genres, branching out to Comedy, Romance, and Slice of Life etc. At this point, I believe I can safely say I don’t have much real preference in regards to genre. If it’s interesting or enjoyable in some sense, I’ll probably give it a try if I have the time. As for how I choose shows to watch since I don’t choose by genre, I typically note down a bunch of random anime (anywhere from 10-20 series) before a season starts, preview a few episodes of each series, and eventually choose around 10-12 to watch, leaving a few to watch at a later season, and maybe adding a few more as the season goes on (based on recommendations etc.).
As for myself as a person, I’m currently a college student majoring in Biomolecular Science. Typically in my free time, I’ll do things like read a book, maybe try (and never finish) writing some novels, watch some movies, play some games, or go out and play some sports (baseball). I love travelling and photography and also do other things like editing for a fansub group, and writing the occasional post (under the name Ghost_Zephyr) on a friend’s site. I have also opened my own blog as well. Last but not least, there’s also my love for music, which I have playing from the moment I wake up to when I go to sleep. As for what I listen to, it doesn’t really matter as long as it sounds good to my ears, as I listen to songs in Japanese, English, Italian, German, and Russian, pure background music, pop, rock, jazz etc.
And… I reckon that’s about it, I think. At this point I’ve thrown in everything but the kitchen sink, and you probably now know more about me then you’d ever wanted to know. (:D) On that note, I’m not quite sure what I’ll be working on at the moment, but I should be covering 1-2 shows from here on out. Also, my writing style may need a little work in terms of adapting it from the impression type posts I write over at leetNEET to the episodic format here, so you may notice some slight stylistic changes as I get more posts under my belt. In that regard, I thus heartily welcome criticisms and/or suggestions in the comments regarding my style and things I’ve missed or should cover etc. Ultimately, I hope to write for years to come, here at Random Curiosity, where you realize the net is indeed vast and infinite. (>^_^)>
1 Feel free to add me. One thing you’ll note is I do rate the shows I watch. I was going to remove them, but I felt that leaving them in could make for some nice discussion on IRC (find me under “Ghost_Zephyr”) about a respective series. [Back]