I learn, and therefore I survive.
I'm a nineteen years old Swede with a liking of my Mom's homemade pasta bolognese. :-D And am a promising web designer and web programmer with the plan to either join a game developer company or join or start my own web design company after my studies are finished. I also have a longing to visit Japan sometime and experience the Japanese culture "firsthand".
My life and memories related to anime & manga...
I was first introduced to anime a long time ago when I was nothing more than around eight or nine years old, but I didn't know then that what I watched was anime. The very first anime I watched was Sailer Moon on the television and later Pokémon when that was launched. The same year, somehow, my brother introduced me to the marvelous world of Dragonball and Dragonball Z and those series was long my all time favorites (especially Dragonball Z).
The launch of Dragonball GT finally introduced me to the japanese phenomenon called anime since this was the very first non-dubbed anime I watched. Even if I didn't find many episodes of DBGT at the time I now knew that a whole world of the marvelous wonders of anime existed right outside my grasp. As long as I didn't mind the japanese language and the english subtitles, of course. :-)
The years following I downloaded and watched a couple of anime each year as a way to relax after school (I was in the middle grade by now if I remembed correctly) while I at the same time gained a lot of knowledge both in the Japanese culture as well as in the English language (since obviously I had to understand the english subtitles). Some time in 2003 or 2004 I gained knowledge of the BitTorrent protocol and learned how to download anime using BitTorrent clients. It was also around this time I begun to watch anime as a maniac.
Due to problems in school and my ever so falling faith in everything around me I somewhere along the line withdrew inside myself and almost turned into a true emo for a while (but instead of inflicting pain upon myself physically I hurt myself mentally). The years that followed was three years of nothing more than going to school, watching anime, hating everyone else, eating and sleeping.
This was by far my most "active" time in watching anime and I often stayed up late every night to finish watching one full 26 episodes anime which I had begun watching the very morning of that same day. During my worst period where I didn't sleep more than three hours each night I watched a new full 26 episodes anime every day and on the weekends often watched as many as three or four full anime. Today I remember only a few of all those anime I watched during that time.
Today my situation is changed as I understood the danger in my actions from back then. Today I may watch a full anime every month or so but not much more than that. I have also found a disgust against many anime since it feels as if I've already seen everything but the times I find a new great anime I tend to treasure it for a moment and be more focused on that single anime.
I have also found a liking to manga as I've found out that they are both easier to read, more fun to experience and takes less time of my life. Today I have a growing collection of mangas and are finishing a couple of those every week.
I think, and therefore I am.
I experience, and therefore I live.