Hello hello! I’m Iskendaris and it’s lovely to meet you. In true anime fashion, I blushed when asked to join RandomC – someone pinch me, is this real? My heart went dokidoki like a shoujo protagonist under sakura flowers on the first day of spring. “Ah,” I thought, “this is the moment when senpai notices me!”
As the middle child of a large family, anime was one of the few things that bonded us siblings together. Souryuuden, Gundam Wing, Flame of Recca and other typical shounen series were our daily staple, I’d watch them with my older brother every day and we’d play-fight the best action scenes with armour made of blankets and pillows. Later when my younger sister was born, we got her right up to speed with Macross Plus, Ruroni Kenshin, Visions of Escaflowne and more.
3pm – 6pm was the sacred time slot that we all lived by. It didn’t matter if we were in the middle of a sibling quarrel; time stopped. We’d stop fighting and tune in to AXN anime.
As a kid, I was watching anime regularly, but so was everyone else. Anime is different in East/Southeast Asia, almost everyone watches it. It’s not a big deal to watch anime or read manga as long as you weren’t too deep into it. Trains regularly advertise Pokémon collaborations, and even my mother knows what Card Captor Sakura is.
The turning point was when my oldest brother suggested that we save up all our money to buy this really cool series, this series that everyone was talking about, this series that was so cool and awesome it wasn’t even screened on TV. A month later, a DVD box arrived at home and with shaking hands, we binge-watched all 26 episodes in one night.
This series was Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Yes dear reader, at the tender age of 9, I saw naked Rei clones explode in LCL tanks and every person turn into orange tang.
It was traumatic. It was amazing. It seized my brain and seared my heart and I was hopelessly, madly, forever in love. I had gone from a normal nerd kid to a super weird kid and it was absolutely wonderful.
Like a flipped switch, I downloaded EVA wallpapers with my crappy 56k connection, I memorized “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis” OP, I read up on Jewish and Christian mythology and downloaded The Red Book on .doc… and I never recovered from that experience. I ascended to my true self and became a total anime otaku.
In terms of genre, I’m a generalist. I like everything from complex psychological shows (Psycho-Pass, Steins;Gate and Death Parade) to straightforward shounen series (Kimetsu no Yaiba) or mahou shoujo series whether it’s old school Card Captor Sakura or new school Madoka — I love them all!
I’m most interested in stories about transition and progression, whether it’s a simple coming-of-age or an epic tale of fate. I feel that what makes anime special for me is this universal telling of change; whether it’s accepting change, adapting to change, or overcoming change into something more.
Professionally I’m a designer. I’ve lived/worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Russia, Australia, coastal USA and am currently based in Tokyo, Japan. I like to think this makes me a mysterious moe character, but it probably sounds really shady. Being in Tokyo is both wonderful and terrible. It’s wonderful because I live 15mins away from Animate!!! It’s terrible because I live 15mins away from Animate.
That said, よろしくおねがいします yoroshiku onegaishimasu !! I look forward to watching shows together with you!