Konnichiwa, Anime Planet. I’ve had a profile on this site since 2007, but I’m only now finally writing a little bio about myself. Like so many other kids growing up, I loved cartoons and as a kid back in the 1970’s, one of my favorites was Speed Racer. As much as I loved Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck there was something unique about Speed that made his show extra special. The Matchbox Car toy industry, in my opinion, would not have been as successful as it was if not for Speed Racer. I can’t tell you how many times I played out the episode “The Most Dangerous Race” with all the toy cars at my disposal. As the years went by I became familiar with many favorite titles whether it was Star Blazers or Voltron, but it wouldn’t be until many years later that I began to understand what Anime really was.
Even though I had seen a few Anime features such ad Vampire Hunter D and Akira, I still knew next to nothing about the genre. Not until Spirited Away come to the theatres did I begin to realize that I was probably missing out on something very special that only the Japanese could create. Finally, around 2005 an Anime rental store opened up not far from where my girlfriend and I lived. Immediately, we took advantage and began our journey to becoming Otaku first through Kodomo no Omocha and then on to Golden Boy, Master of Mosquiton, Ghost in the Shell, and so many others. I’ll never be able to watch another post 1970’s Disney film ever again.
Aside from Anime, I’ve always loved film. My tastes cover nearly the full spectrum regardless of genre, era, or nationality; however I’ve become very critical of what I’d describe as corporate Hollywood. In the past decade I’ve really begun to explore Asian cinema. Most recently I’ve fallen in love with the work of Japan’s Miike Takashi and South Korea’s Park Chan-wook. Ichi the Killer and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance are two of my favorites. Contemporary Asian film aside, I would unequivocally consider Kurosawa Akira and Kobayashi Masaaki to be two of the greatest directors that have ever lived. I recently saw the film Hara Kiri and found myself awestruck by the film’s depth and beauty.
Furthering my Otaku passions, I have begun reading about Japanese animation and film while also attempting to learn the basics of the language. So far I’ve leaned all of my Hiragana and about a hundred Kanji. It’s going to be a long time before I can begin reading Manga in its native language, but I intend to get there someday.
Well, that was a brief history of my experience with Anime. I still haven’t gone to a convention, but as soon as the next one comes to Austin, I’ll be there. This site has really been invaluable to tracking what I’ve watched so far and getting good ideas about what I want to watch in the future. Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions; I plan on becoming more active on Anime Planet. Thanks to everyone.