Well. Where to begin?
I'm Zebra. Like everyone else here, I'm nuts for anime.
Anime lets me escape into fantasy worlds where I don't have to think about reality. It's a nice feeling. I get so very attached to just about every anime series I watch that it upsets me a lot when they're over. That's why I can't move on straight away to a new anime - I'm still 'mourning' the ending of the last one... Yeesh, that sounds ridiculous.
I watched my first anime in 2007, and where else for a 14-year-old girl to start than Sailor Moon? Five years later, I'm still not finished it, but that's really down to my laziness.
(Well, to be honest, Sailor Moon wasn't my first anime, Pokémon was. But I'm pretty sure that was everyone my age's first anime, yet they didn't even know it was at the time - I remember Digimon was on TV around the same time as Pokémon, and I used to think that "it's just copying Pokémon! It's got the same cartoon style!" Ah, youth.)
My love of anime grew to the point where I blew off my best friend so I could stay in and watch hours of girls transforming into superheroes and kicking butt, which yes, sounds obsessive and slightly creepy to those who are not anime aficionados.
From there, I stuck to the same mahou shōjo genre and watched Tokyo Mew Mew which was my first completed series (and is a contender for my favourite anime - mainly because it was my first whole series - along with The World God Only Knows and fellow mahou shōjo series Shugo Chara! and Cardcaptor Sakura - I even have my own set of Sakura Cards! I must also admit that Sonic X is another favourite. For me, it's one of those series where I love it no matter what people say about it - I see beyond what makes it bad because it makes me feel sort of nostalgic and, heck, warm and fuzzy. I don't know why it has that effect on me).
I've now branched out in terms of genre, but admittedly, mahou shōjo is still my favourite. What can I say? I'm a girly girl who's an absolute sucker for romance, and hey, the two are usually packaged. The best example? Cardcaptor Sakura. I've seen many an anime love story, but this one... It blows the others away. I just cannot put into words how much I absolutely adore it. KAWAII! ...Yes, I actually said that.
I also love manga. It's a huge inspiration, with the beautiful art. I could just stare for hours at my favourite scenes.
As my initial anime obsession was so vast, I decided to buy the whole manga series of Tokyo Mew Mew. This was my first manga and I'll never forget my first thoughts upon holding it - trying to figure out which way to read it, just so awe-struck and excited by the whole thing.
I only ever buy manga, I never read it online. I think it seems too disposable and impersonal if it's read online - my manga is precious to me and I like the feel of a book I own in my hands. I'm one of those people who will rarely use a Kindle or borrow a book from the library, even though it would save a lot of money.
I'm trying to learn how to speak the wonderful Japanese language. The first step was buying a Japanese-English dictionary, and I love that little thing. I'm taking a course in the near future - the dream is to speak it fluently, no matter how long it takes.
Other things I like to do are play (loads of) video games, listen to music (of which I have excellent taste, if I may say so myself), read books, graphic design, draw, watch my many DVD box sets, build miniature models and sing, preferably in Japanese, even though my voice will grate on you like nails down a chalkboard.
It was nice talking!