To see a selection of favorite works and memorable titles I would recommend, skip down to the end of the bio. Otherwise, read on to discover some of my history and tastes in anime, manga, light novels...and, you know, the other related stuff.
In the beginning...
Glassblower45 knew about Pokémon and Digimon at a young age. But she never knew "anime." That came in middle school when she met an upperclassman was always drawing things from anime and manga. Glassblower45 explored the manga titles becoming available in English in bookstores at that time. Bleach, Naruto and Onepiece were all titles she read then.
Then Glassblower45 stepped away from any anime and manga for about five years. These Years were her late teenage and early twenties. Glassblower45's tastes in anime and manga showed maturation and evolution when she started consuming them again in her early twenties.
Glassblower45 re-entered the world of anime first with watching all of Dragon Ball Z Kai (the remade, re-dubbed version that cuts the filler and improves story pacing). She had just gotten back into consuming TV, movies and the like a few months prior after two years of voluntarily fasting from all TV, movies, YouTube and the like. Shows like Naruto, One Piece, and Fairy Tale did not hold the same appeal anymore. The licensing and availability of anime and manga has changed so much in 5 years.
After Dragon Ball Z Kai, Glassblower45 remembers exploring manga titles made available through scantilations (technically a form of piracy). This exploration was a journey into more mature works, finding unique titles, and reflecting on elements accross different works that consistently captured her interest. Glassblower45 eventually came across anime YouTube's Mother's Basement, Gigguk, Super Eyepatch Wolf, and Glass Reflection. These are anime community reviewers, commentators and enthusiasts. Watching their videos expanded her appreciation and understanding of storytelling, entertainment and production in anime. Their videos gave her sharper artistic intuition and articulation of her experiences with anime, manga and the like from title to title.
Here are pretty consistent tastes Glassblower45 has noticed amongst the works she remembers and/or enjoys multiple times:
Who is Glassblower45 outside of anime, manga and the like?
Glassblower45 is a practicing massage therapist at the beginning of her enriching career. On her time off she enjoys exploring the music theory and composition in tracks she likes. Sometimes she does other creative hobbies like coloring, drawing, photography. Outdoors she loves to explore on long trails with running and cycling (and hiking, theoretically) where there is plenty of nature and people about. Dancing makes her giggly happy even if she is shy doing it and is unpracticed. Arranging and playing worship music is an absolute pleasure (and with a cohesive team is even more fun!).
A selection of Glassblower45's favorite titles to watch & read are:
Memorable works that are not necessarily favorites (by my personal standard for "favorite"), but I remember them well and recommend them: