I've been bitten by the anime bug for a good 6 years or so now, and while I may suffer temporary anime overdose, I always head back to it. Pokemon and Digimon got me into it, and before that, Sailor Moon got me interested in it. The Final Fantasy series of games really got me into the more intricate Japanese tales. It was through Final Fantasy that I met one of my best friends at the time, and she got me a simple magazine for Christmas. A magazine named Shonen Jump.
From Shonen Jump, I learned about various series, like Naruto, Shaman King, Hikaru no Go, One Piece, and the like. The first issue of SJ (#2) also contained a glimpse of the anime adaptation of Naruto. Like a fox I rushed to the internet, downloading all the episodes I could find (1-26, the end of the Zabuza arc). I gobbled it up, and went looking for the next anime to watch.
I stumbled upon Wolf Pack Productions, a smaller group dedicated to subbing programming more intended for younger audiences, such as Digimon Adventure, Digimon Adventure 02, Rockman EXE, and Sonic X. The group started subtitling a series I've never heard of, but I picked it up. Chrno Crusade quickly became one of my favourites, and inspired many a screen name for my various forums and email addresses. From that point on, I went downloading (and purchasing) many anime. Among them, Uninhabited Planet Survive took the top.
Around that time, I heard about an anime convention coming up, Chibi-con 2k3. It was held at the Holiday Inn. It was there I met a number of people who I'd get to know better in the future, through anime clubs and, miraculously, High School. The best anime was in the consuites, which were amazing. From there, I headed to WAC, the Winnipeg Anime Club. Through the club, I've seen a good number of very good anime, including Gankutsuou.
Then, I headed off to new experiences at JAAW, at the University of Winnipeg. My first meeting, during the break a HUGE battle broke out, with foam weapon replicas. It was a change from the sublimity of WAC, and a welcome one at that.
Throughout the years, my anime collection grew by leaps and bounds, thanks to JAAW being next to Portage Place, containing the wonderful shop Oriental Gifts. Unfortunately, JAAW fell victim to older members getting jobs, and younger Narutards coming in. Luckily, I had WAC, as well as my friends from High School, to rely on. Weekly car trips to Irben became commonplace among the High School crowd, and WAC provided a better environment to discuss anime.
Then came the computer breakdown. Through many viruses and uses of KaZaA, the family computer (which I comandeered for weeks on end), was at the end of its life. There was nary a chance to download. Luckily Youtube came around at the same time, so I had a viable alternative. Unfortunately, that alternative was low quality and blocky, so anime watching went down to a minimum. For a while at least.
Spring of 2006 proved one of the best seasons for anime, bringing titles such as NANA, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Utawarerumono, Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Ouran High School Host Club, and Simoun, to name but a few. Luckily, this was also around the time I graduated from High School and received a shiny new laptop, and I downloaded like a madman (I ended up buying most of the anime I downloaded anyways). I was once again in the thick of it. And I stayed that way for quite a while.
Which brings us to today. While I haven't been watching as much as I once was, I try to keep up. At the very least, I spend a good chunk of my time looking at message boards, getting the info I need to know about current anime and whathaveyou. Most of my time goes towards watching DVDs I've purchased, since it's easier to watch the big TV rather than the small monitor.
So there you have it, my anime watching life story. If you managed to read through it all, I commend you.
Of course, while anime dominates most of my interests, I'm not immune to falling for other geeky things. I am one of the BIGGEST Joss Whedon fans on the planet, owning pretty much every show he's worked on, and rabidly anticipating Dollhouse and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along-Blog. Heroes and Avatar are my current TV loves as well.