Hello there! My name is Gabie. I am a self-employed Brazilian designer, social media strategist, copywriter and digital marketer. I am also the mother of two cats (a midget devil called Jupiter and an adventurer called Mago) and two lady dogs (a blind husky called Jerry Bonksalot—yes, she bonks in a lot of places—and a highly anxious mixed beagle called Pina).
My day to day life consists of working, cooking, baking, weight-lifting, watching anime with my boyfriend, reading manga, fanfics, trying to understand human behavior and drinking tea.
I recently binged One Piece starting on episode one all the way to the latest episode available, which I think was 964—in a total of two months and thirteen days. I had just taken a step back from overworking and was a bit lost regarding my professional career.
When going through periods like these some might take a sabbatical, go to a retreat or simply spend some time in nature away from everything. But given the current situation, me being an introvert, and the fact that I live in a tropical island in the middle of Southeast Asia where the only nature I get is either going to the garbage-littered tourist beaches or to the ass-sweat-snake-jungles, I decided to give this epic saga a go.
For me, watching One Piece felt like doing extremely intensive introspective practice while being on the best vacation of my life. At 27 years old I reconnected with my inner child in ways that I hadn’t in a long, long time. Needless to say, I got pretty aligned afterwards.
Why am I saying all of this? Because for the first time I critically looked at my relationship with anime and manga and understood that all along what really drew me into this world were the lack of deep personal values in my upbringing and my almost excruciating need of guidance from someone, or something.
I think most of us can connect with this. It wasn’t my father who taught me that I have to mean what I say and that my beliefs structure who I am. That was Kishimoto, Arakawa, Oda and many others. Consistency, diligence, integrity, bravery, honesty, honor, logic, the strength in silence, constructive conflict and critical thinking. What does it mean to live by these values? And what kind of life is led by doing so?
In the absence of a mentor, I found my teachings in anime and manga.
With all that said, I think it’s easy to see what type of stories are my favorites; the ones where the main protagonist and cast, including villains, are moved by their own purpose and values—or they develop these along the way—and also, stories where we see a lot of character growth.
Some of my personal favorites are: One Piece (if that wasn’t obvious), Vinland Saga, Shingeki no Kyojin, Mushoku Tensei and the oddball Hinamatsuri—probably the funniest series I have ever stumbled upon.
This also extends to the shoujo/josei demographic, where for me it’s become harder and harder to find series where I find myself as enthralled and inspired as with shounen/seinen. Glass Mask, Gakuen Alice, Full Moon Wo Sagashite and Fruits Basket, all manga versions, being at the top of my list.
The reason why I joined RandomC is because I want to become a better writer and professional whilst giving myself the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to. In my application I wrote that writing for a blog about a subject which I’m passionate about and dealing with deadlines sounded like an enticing opportunity for me to become better, and I meant it.
As for my relationship with the blog itself, I was an avid reader of Samu’s weekly Bleach chapter reviews. I remember the feeling of excitement of checking in for a new review every week and man, when the last chapter came out, what a journey!
With all that said, it is a pleasure to meet you all and I hope that we can have a great time unravelling some incredible stories! Many thanks for reading and I wish you all a great day or evening~