MissSimplice here, and as of this season, I’ll be joining the team of writers at RandomC. In fact, I was just telling the other writers how I have to pinch myself once in a while to remind myself that yes, this is reality. I’m going to go ahead and be cliché: words cannot describe how happy this makes me. But as the proper millennial I am, here’s a gif describing how I’ve felt since the day Stilts asked me to join the roster.
I’ve watched a horrendous amount of anime and to this day, I haven’t been able to keep track. My first memory is of sitting in my aunt’s 80’s-looking basement with my older cousins watching Sailor Moon’s colours pop and flash across the screen, which then evolved to late night Inuyasha and Dragon Ball episodes. I never knew what was going on but I loved it all the same. I specifically remember a moment when I blinked and my eyes teared bloody murder because I hadn’t blinked for some time. Keep in mind I was like…four or five.
Fast forward a few years and I’m introduced to spoiled Chihiro and soft-hearted Haku of Spirited Away. I can vividly smell and taste the food Chihiro’s parents wolf down and I can feel the steam from the bathhouse enter my nostrils, warming me from the inside out. I’m immediately hooked. I’m part of that world, and forever that world is a part of me. From then on, I yearned for such unimaginable worlds in the books that I read, the movies that I watched, as well as in my dreams.
That led me to complete a BA in Communications with a specialization in 16mm film. Other people’s worlds and stories were compelling, but I developed a love for creating my own. I credit anime for this. The sheer amount of creativity that goes into works like Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Howl’s Moving Castle and so many others is what inspired me to bring life to the worlds I created in my mind, whether in film or on paper. I’m more of a scriptwriter than a producer. I prefer directing the story than editing and I guess, that’s what inspired me to write as well.
I’m making myself nauseous with all this romantic talk about my relationship with anime. Nonetheless, it’s evolved into something greater: an obsession with a language, a love for researching Japan’s history and culture, and a passion for the country. As a teenager, aside from watching anime and reading manga, I spent hours at the local library pulling out any book I found about Japan. What was to be a simple hobby became what I now recognize as an obsession. My keyboard included hiragana and katakana, many of my university dissertations covered Japanese topics, and I spent evenings outside regular classes learning Japanese.
What finally quenched my thirst was probably the day I set foot in Tokyo. Usually, when I arrive in a city I’m unaccustomed to things begin to feel a tad overwhelming. It was the complete opposite this time. I was overcome with confidence. Every step I took meant I was fulfilling a lifelong dream. I scoured the streets for Hachi, I discovered new flavours in Ueno, and I watched the sunrise over Mount Fuji.
Other than that, I’m pretty much just your average person. I have a dog, two cats, and a partner, all of whom I adore and feel grateful for every single day. I’m a teacher of sorts, I travel a lot and I like to express myself creatively. When I’m not at home crying over Violet Evergarden’s heart-wrenching stories or rewatching all-time favourite Nana, you’ll find me rock climbing, swimming, playing video games, and just enjoying this thing we call life.
And I guess from now on, when I’m not watching my favourite shows or movies, you’ll also find me writing to you!
Looking forward to this next chapter and I hope you are too.