The basics: Howdy! I'm a southern born, dyed-in-the-wool otaku. Having been born in 1979, I'm older than the majority of fans these days... but maintaining steady interest in anime since 1989 means I can still keep up with the best of 'em!
When/how did you get into anime?: At ten years old, I was thrilled at the concept of doing things such as accompanying my mother on a trip to Blockbuster Video. (Hush; I was a sheltered child.) As was the general practice, I had been allowed to select a video of my choosing to rent that night. I innocently selected Riding Bean from the new releases wall based on the box art and the mature, interesting plot synopsis. What I got was ...well, not quite what I expected, but it changed my life forever!
Of course, it could be argued that fate was just giving me a fresh shot at the fandom once I was old enough to figure things out for myself. I hear I was quite the Speed Racer fan, as a very young child!
I'm not big into manga, but I do enjoy the rare title/series from time to time. I guess I just don't bother with manga too often simply because I'm too A.D.D. to stick with it. If you see that I'm in the process of reading a manga, it's likely because I'm taking a huge leap of faith in the idea that I'll enjoy what I'm reading. As for manga I've finished completely? I probably ended up ADORING whatever it was I somehow got into.
How 'dropped,' etc. are handled: I have a habit of marathon-watching the shows I get into. This generally entails waiting for the series to finish airing, then acquiring it all at once and watching it over a relatively short period. The reason for this is twofold: For one, if I go too long between one episode and the next, it's very possible that I'll end up losing interest in the show, or the motivation to get back into watching it -- this happens often with series that skip their airtime for weeks at a time due to things like national holidays. Secondly, I am not always a patient person. Being forced to wait a week (or more) at a time between episodes is, for me, tantamount to torture. Knowing this, why would I intentionally put myself through that?
With all that said...
If I list something as "want to watch," it's highly likely I'll be watching it at some point... in many cases, I've downloaded/bought it already and have relatively immediate plans to invest some time in it.
"Stalled" is used if I've been 'watching' a given anime, but am lagging ass in actually WATCHING it.
"Dropped" is used in one of two cases -- either I didn't care for what I saw and gave up on it or, as mentioned, I stalled out for so long that I no longer really care whether I finish the series. The latter doesn't occur TOO frequently, but probably more often than it should The good news is that this is often a temporary thing.
"Won't watch" means I have zero interest in the show and am highly unlikely to bother with it. In rare cases, I may even be repelled by the content or even the very concept of the show. A general lack of interest, however, is not a factor that is set in stone and, given enough positive reviews from the right people, I may yet be swayed. It's pretty rare, though, so don't make changing my mind your mission in life... I can be stubborn.
Any other anime-related interests?: After being handily convinced that I am not, in fact, too old to be getting into cosplay, I've been successfully encouraged to give it a shot. This has resulted in the knocking around of some ideas but, unfortunately, this IS my first attempt, and I'm less than confident about how it'll turn out. If I'm gonna be attempting cosplay in my 30s, I want to at least look REALLY good doing it, if only to justify to myself that I should be bothering anyway. Here's hoping I somehow find within myself what it takes to cobble together a respectable costume. Failing that, I guess I'll look into commissioning something? x_x;;
Any non-anime/manga related interests?: Acting, writing, reading, sketching, playing video games, listening to music, feeding my internet addiction, singing, music production, bartending, and various other, often bizarre projects that can probably best be described as 'artistic'. My involvement with each of these interests varies based on many factors such as the amount of free time I have, and the level of interest I have in something at a given time (which fluctuates more than I like to admit).
Be more specific!: Um... I'll try? Here goes!
Acting: Being in the voice over business kinda makes this part of my job description, at times, so I suppose it's a good thing that I enjoy it! I honestly find most forms of acting a GREAT deal of fun. I don't consider myself terribly talented at proper stage acting, though. Still, somehow, most folks always seem to love my performances when I try. If I had a better memory than that of a burnt brick, I might give stage acting a bit more of a shot. As it is, though, I'm not too good with remembering my lines. ^^;; Of course, this makes voice acting ideal, as I'm far more confident in my vocal skills than my overall stage presence, and being able to have a script right in front of me the whole time makes life a lot easier. *laughs*
Singing: Mostly for fun (when nobody's listening), though it does occasionally come into play in my work. Singing has always been something I've greatly enjoyed and had at least some level of interest in, ultimately leading to me taking a voice course as a freshman in college, I really surprised myself with the results which are actually part of what helped guide me to a career using my voice. I'd love to maybe take singing a bit more seriously, in the future, though in precisely what capacity that would be, I've no idea... Still, I guess it's fun to dream?
Writing: I do consider myself a fiction writer, though it's managed to become far more of a hobby than I'd have originally hoped, years ago. My material tends to be more along the lines of vignettes and short stories rather than novels and epics (which occasionally frustrates me. I've had so many story ideas which I felt could go to great lengths and still be entertaining... yet they always seemed to come to a natural end very quickly. Grr). My level of output and productivity varies, but I generally keep a pretty steady stream of ideas going at any given time. I still dream of one day seeing my work published in some form or fashion which actually helps my work to see an audience. Perhaps one day I'll find a good opportunity to do so.
Reading: I read mostly fiction, and usually stick to fantasy. I don't read too often, but when I do, I REALLY read... I keep a death grip on the book, and blow right through it. My best friend happens to be an accomplished novelist, so her influence and recommendations help to keep my nose in a fair number of books, as well. Personal favorites include Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Steel Butterfly by F.B. Kelly, The Truth Machine by James L. Halperin, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, and The Crown Rose by Fiona Avery.
I also follow a few different webcomics. Which ones I follow has changed a lot over the years, but some have maintained my interest for quite some time, including Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques, Megatokyo by Fred Gallagher, and Three Panel Soul by Ian McConville and Matthew Boyd.
Sketching: Maybe it's just a case of 'the artist is his own worst critic' at work, here, but... I'm not a huge fan of my own artwork. Regardless, I find it a great source of fun and entertainment (and occasionally frustration) to sit down and draft out pics of various things, ranging from the goofy to the serious. My art style tends to be (surprise!) of a more anime/manga pursuasion. I'm working on exploring other styles but, despite my enthusiasm, haven't given the pursuit as much time as I'd like. Hopefully I'll be able to get on that sometime soon.
Video Games: I'm not terribly picky about what I play. I'll give just about anything a fair shot. That said, fighting games and RPGs always come first! Ask me about the obscene number of years of my life spent in obsession over the Lunar series of games... wait, actually, don't. ¬_¬ DO, however, ask me for a match or two in Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition! I'm also currently working on learning the finer points of Melty Blood: Actress Again: Current Code. I'm terrible at both games, really, but it's great fun all the same. What I lack in interest in sports is made up for by my interest in the tourney scene, I swear. I don't even watch the Super Bowl, really, but I'm sure to stream EVO every year!
For the record, no, I do not play World of Warcraft and no, I'm not interested in starting. I tried it a few times at the insistence of multiple people and never could get into it. I can promise you, the next time wouldn't be any different than the last three. This isn't to say I don't indulge in the occasional MMO, however -- I spent some time in Ragnarok Online, many years back. I briefly tried out Matrix Online, Rohan: Blood Feud, and Perfect World International. I played Hellgate: London, Aion: The Tower of Eternity, and like 10+ years worth of Final Fantasy XI with my best friend and her hubby. Still, as much as I love my gaming, an MMO (especially one that is subscription-based) has to be REALLY good to keep me for any length of time, as I'm not really one to consistently throw lots of time or money at those kinds of things.
Music: Much like my gaming habits, I'm not too terribly picky. I do tend to gravitate more towards dance, trance, rap, r&b, and pop, and typically avoid metal, country, and opera... but in general I'm pretty open-minded. I'll even listen to metal as long as it's not heavy or growly, country as long as it's not excessively twangy or whiny, and opera as long as... well, I'm STILL not sure where the defining line is between opera I like and opera I loathe. ^^;;
Internet: Not much to say here. I likes me some chat (mostly over Google Talk, Steam, and IRC, as that's where my friends and family tend to be). I am a horrible web designer, but I find it fun to try. I'm enough of a nerd that I once ran a makeshift personal webserver on a laptop that sat in my bedroom closet. For fun. For about a year. I'm thinking about trying to set up my own IRC server or something, at some point. Yeah. Hi. I'm an incredible geek.
Music Production: Pro Tools, baby! ...No, not really. But I do like to have a bit of fun tinkering around with such things as FL Studio and Reason. It's something I've been doing on and off for years, and the only thing really keeping me from putting any sort of effort or focus into composition is the fact that I've yet to invest in any relevant hardware which might make things reasonably fun or easy, such as a MIDI keyboard. Once I do so, I imagine much of my free time will promptly vanish as I plunk out all sorts of fun, musical experiments.
On the more traditional end, I've dabbled in playing bass guitar, which went surprisingly well (before I sold the instrument years later due to being broke). I'm also wanting to take up drums, but that's a pretty big introductory investment for something I'm not sure I'd stick with and, as such, is pretty low on the priority list these days.
Bartending: It's been a while since I last held a position bartending, and I don't often find good reasons to just throw drinks together anymore. So I could probably stand to brush up on some of the drink recipes I've learned (and mostly forgotten) over the years. Still, I do find a happy sort of zen in mixing drinks. It's a pretty lucrative business, too, which doesn't hurt much, either. :3
What are you currently doing with your life?: At present, I'm working in commercial voice over -- which is a fancy way of saying that my voice is the one you'll hear on the odd radio/television advertisement, now and again. This seems to be going well enough that I've decided to work on building a character demo to shop around, as well. With some luck, I may even end up doing things that see me gracing the 'people' section here at AP! Something of a pipe dream, I admit, as the VA trade is insanely competitive. Still, nothing wrong with pursuing a dream, eh?
Once I've gotten some experience under my belt, I'd really like to look into settling down somewhere. This is sort of contrary to my long running track record, as I have a habit of (and am mildly infamous for) heeding my naturally recurring wanderlust far more often than I should. As much as I love travel, however, it's taking its toll on my social life and finances, and I'm starting to see the attraction of settling in somewhere nice. Where that will be, I'm not entirely certain... but I'm aiming in a northwesterly direction, at present.
Trivia: Did you know...?
All said, I'm quite a friendly person, and I love meeting new people and making new friends. Feel free to hit me up if you're looking to chat!
February 27, 2008
18 hours ago
34 / Male
total anime ratings: 286
total manga ratings: 10