My anime journey started a long time ago when I was still in my late teens by being introduced to the medium through the English dubbed Dragonball Z series airing on the television at that time. This was around 2001-2002 and it was there that I wished to further investigate what other shows were similar to this introductionary show.
My first few anime then are rather unorthodox seeing that I basically grabbed whatever I could find. Initially only looking for shows dubbed in English, but I soon realised that the number of series dubbed in English compared to subbed in English were in short supply. My first few anime after DBZ then were Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hikaru no Go and Record of Lodoss War (OVA).
These shows were soon followed up by a show which ended up decided my most generic line of taste, namely the harem comedy genre. This came in the form of Tenchi Muyo!, a show which has been among one of my more higher rated series even now. Around this time I also started to look for anime communities and landed right here around midway through 2003. Not the Oktober date mentioned at the top, since that is the time I made my forum account. Before this I already found the IRC channel in which I first became a regular and eventually a moderator.
My interest in anime eventually led to me aiming for a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture, which I started in mid 2006 and successfully obtained in 2012. The choice to study this was a naive one and would not have been fulfillable if I no other interests in Japan had developed.
However, studying Japanese full time did not come without drawbacks. As the pressure excerted by the university increased, I was forced to drop my interest in anime and instead focus on newly gained interests (primarily Japanese modern history). As a result, I went in a prolonged absence from anime lasting around 2007 until all the way into mid 2014. During this time I have stayed in Tokyo for a period of about 6 weeks (in 2010).
With recent developments in my personal life, more time opened up for anime and my interests have come back with a vengeance. I am currently finishing up the backlog of anime my absence left me and I have been reinstituted as a moderator in the IRC chat.
Thanks for reading and see you in chat!
Why would anyone do this to that poor phone? This is not okay (SOURCE: Witch Craft Works)
A note on anime list and ratings.
My watching list is relatively up to date and will be indicative of what I am currently watching. Running series notwithstanding, I watch only one show at the same times unless I am doing a challenge of some sort at the same time. My Want to Watch list contains stuff that has piqued my interest in one way or another and is the pool I draw stuff to watch from (often throwing it through an RNG machine and picking three shows this way). Won't Watch is recaps or specials, unavailable stuff and shows that failed to pass my initial filter (I'm looking at your shounen-ai / yaoi tagged stuff). Lastly, stalled is special in that it contains series specially selected for a daily challenge organized for a select few through the IRC chat. These are short shows (between 15-75minutes in length) and were put in this separate list to avoid being mixed in with the Want to Watch list.
My ratings are as follows:
5/5: Masterpiece. Something I personally enjoyed greatly.
4.5/5: Great. Chance to skip past OP and ED even if these are good.
4/5: Above average. Easily binge-watchable.
3.5/5: Average. Enjoyable enough to be watched and might have some memorable moments.
3/5: Below average. Watchable, but generally forgettable.
2.5/5: Insufficient or mediocre. Completable.
2/5: Poor. Longer shows will be dropped at this point.
1.5/5: Weak. Disappointing in many ways, but might still have one or two minor points of merit.
1/5: Very weak. Possibly one unique or fun character or a good OP/ED.
0.5/5: Terrible. Time spent I will never get back. No redeemable features.
Gotta love that perspective (SOURCE: Hyakko)