Right, I'm pretty horrible at writing these things, so here goes:
As recently as a year ago, I was totally convinced I hated anime, mostly due to some of the freaky fangirls I knew and the ones I'd really rather not have known... (Although considering how said fangirls for some reason kept telling me about Miroku in Inuyasha, I can't say I entirely blame myself...)I had some idea that pretty much all anime was made up of massive eyed blue and pink haired girls in miniskirts, guys who looked girlier than... the actual girls and... I don't even know. (So technically this was closer to three years now, but I still like the sound of this paragraph and can't be bothered to edit it accordingly.)
I suppose my conversion was the result of about three different people attacking my anime hatred at once. I gave in and watched Death Note, and... what can I say? It turned me into an addict. For a while I was ridiculously snobbish about what I'd watch, (no shoujo, or anything not ‘intelligent' enough) but I gradually got over that. I'm still pretty picky, I guess, but I'll watch pretty much any genre ‘cept mecha. (Because 15 year olds running around with swords and saving the world is totally makes more sense than 15 year olds flying giant robots and saving the world.)
For my favorites list, (after spending more time than is really healthy moping over which to pick) I really just tried to go for a variety of shows I liked, these aren't necessarily my absolute favorites, and the order tends to change based on my mood. Some are more sentimental favorites - I recognize that there's problems in the execution or plotting or whatnot, but just enjoyed them so much that I can't say I really care. (That's why its called a 'favorites' list, not a 'best' list, lol.) The ratings I give my anime list are pretty meaningless, since they're based entirely upon how much I enjoyed a given series rather than any attempt of mine to give a more objective rating.
I"ve tried several times to get into reading manga, but I can never seem to get very focused on it- something to do with the format I guess, or the nasty habit I have of quickly skimming the text and going to the next page without really looking at the graphics, which results in the pacing feeling all off. (Or maybe its just the prospect of how so many of them run for *years* without any sign of an ending...)
Uh, other random stuff... I used to spend a lot of time writing, although not as much as I should. Because this is already obscenely long, I guess I'll just mention a couple other things: I've been fencing saber for about... four years or so now. I was halfway trying to learn Japanese for a while, then gave up with the advent of college. (Which left me with just ability tocomplain about the occasional fansubber error I'm able to catch.) World of Warcraft eats up all the time I don't spend watching anime, so all in all, I'm pretty hopeless.