I'm 36 years old... (yeah i had to get a calulator to work it out) they say the theres only two things wrong with getting old. First is the memory is the first thing to go, and secound, well I forget the secound.
Been into Anime since 1995, and would be classified as Otaku. Its not a badge to be proud of but a hard reality. You know when your an Otaku when two things happen, you cant wait for a new season of X on TV, and your Television set rearly watches local tv progamming. The secound thing is it takes you more than 10 trips to your car just for your anime stuff when you move some place, and you utter the phrase, 'If you want to borrow this box set, i need it in writing and in blood.'
I watched Robotec and Transformers as a kid, and have fond memories of raceing home after school to catch the newest robotech episode. I also watched Voltron. Now looking back at Voltron at my age and 'what the heck was I thinking' hits me like a ton of led. But hey i was like ten at the time. (I used to think Dukes of hazzard was Cool) I just grew up in that age.
When I was 21, a friend of mine that I played RPG's with at the local gameing store turned me on to a series Called Tenchi Muyo, and my eyes where opened and i didnt look back. With the Advent of Digisubs, (Fan subs in mostly RA format) i began to get the itch, with my modem burning the late night hours. Then came Divx, then later Xvid, and my discovering an interesting thing called a VCD and i could watch them on TV, thus my collection took on monster preportions. Armed with a CD burner then DVD I downloaded anything that caught my interest. Then when money became avaialbe bought the Commersial copies of all my favorites and the good stuff.
As a computer geek, unless it no long runs on anything, it tends to get stashed somewhere. So these days I download Anime that wont ever get published, or new fansubs, and when they get picked up buy the DVD's. Right now my collection covers most of my family room, and wall scrolls all over the place. That time I moved it took about 2 hours just on the Anime stuff it self (wallscrolls manga, figures, DVD's, Old fansubs, old VCD, and Digisubs) and when a lady who was helping me move asked about one i caught my self in a 20 minute explination of Rumiko Takashi's series and how they all related. Then I knew I wasnt a fan but an Otaku. ITs not a bage it simply is, all you can do is just enjoy the stories, and ask for more cat girls. (ok so i'm a sucker for Cat Girl's in Anime and manga sue me)