(Last updated on 10/7/2021.)
I'm an Autistic woman with social anxiety/general anxiety, & PTSD, who's been watching anime since I was almost 3.
My first anime (like many others) was Pokemon. However, I didn't truly know what anime was until I was 10, when Naruto premiered on the USA version of Toonami/Cartoon Network. As for manga, I actually didn't know what they were until I was 13, and randomly found the Naruto manga at the magazine section in Walmart lol.
You may call me OkamiHime, Okami, or just Hime. :) (I don't use my real name for privacy/personal reasons...)
I live in the USA, but I won't say where due to privacy/personal reasons...
NON-ANIME/MANGA RELATED INTERESTS & HOBBIES -
I have many, which include Asian drama's, offline console gaming (more about that later...), and music. (I do listen to some K-pop now & then, but lately I've been much more into Japanese Visual Kei, J-Pop, and J-Rock. I also love listening to anime OP's/ED's/OST's, and certain video game OST's.) Other than that, I collect Yugioh, Bleach, Naruto, Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, and certain other TCG's. Oh, and I'm now into Diamond Art. Want to know more? Just ask! ^_^
MY PERSONAL RATING SYSTEM -
(For future reference, note that my ratings may or may not change overtime, and that I watch anime & read manga for fun, and to help ease my anxiety. Therefore, I don't do it to please others. So if you don't agree about my ratings or opinions, that's fine, but for the love of all that's decent, PLEASE don't be a jerk about it... Everyone has different tastes & opinions, and I'm merely expressing my own.)
4-5 stars = Near perfection. <3 (MUST watch/read these at least once in your life.)
3.5 stars = These are pretty great, but some minor things keep me from giving these a higher rating. (Would still highly recommend.)
3 stars = Stuff that I thought was decent to pretty good, especially for what it was. (Would recommend to people looking for specific genre's/themes.)
2-2.5 stars = I may have tried to like these, but I just couldn't bring myself to fully, for some reason. Depending on what it was, certain aspects made me uncomfortable, disgusted, or just plain bored. Their saving graces for me are either the music, animation/artwork, or the Dub/Sub. Most likely won't watch/read these again. (Not sure if I'd recommend, but I guess I would if you don't want to watch my higher rated stuff for some odd reason...)
0.5-1.5 = Same as 2-2.5, only much worse... These either MAJORLY disgusted me with the content, made me so bored that I pretty much just used it as bacground noise while doing other stuff, literally SCARED me to the point of giving me nightmares, or certain characters creeped me out or made me so mad that it really impeded on my enjoyment. Will NOT watch/read these again. (Would not personally recommend, but I wouldn't stop you from watching/reading them if you so wished to. Just be warned...)
0 stars = I'm not sure how to rate it yet, or I'm waiting for when I get a "Rate an anime" square for the A-P anime bingo challenge, or I've forgotten to rate it.
FAVORITE GENRE'S/THEMES -
Mainly almost anything food/drink/cooking/baking/cafe related, Slice of life/Iyashikei, Japanese/Korean/Chinese/Egyptian Mythology, Adventure, Fantasy, Sports, Monster Raising, and Romance with good relationships. I also am into dragons, elves, vampires, wolves, and stuff like that. If you want to know more, please check out my "Loved" tags for genre's, or check out the lists that I've created on here. (Yes, I know there's a lot, don't judge me, Karen! >_>)
"Anime or manga?"
I love both mediums, but seeing as I'm more of a "visual" person, and I like listening to the music, I watch more anime than I read manga. Same with books and TV shows/movies; I watch more than I read lol.
"Old or new anime/manga?"
I honestly don't care, as long as it's good. (Well, my personal version of "good", since everyone's taste is different. :P )
What year it is doesn't stop me from watching/reading it.
"Sub or Dub?"
Back in the day, I only used to watch anime in English Dub. However, when I discovered the Vampire Knight anime, (which at the time was only in Japanese with English Subs) it gave me a newfound fascination with the Japanese language, so for awhile I watched what I mostly could in Japanese with English subs, so that I could practice learning the language. In recent years, I watch in both, but there are certain anime's that I'll ONLY watch in Dub, or only watch in Sub, due to the voice acting. (For example, Naruto and Black Clover. I love their Dubs, but the Subbed version? Sorry, but I couldn't stand them... I may try the Naruto Shippuden Subbed version at some point in the future, but we'll see...)
"Long or short anime?"
When I play the anime bingo challenge in the forums, I prefer to go with OVA's, movies, 12-15 episode anime's, or ones with short episodes that only last a few minutes each. Otherwise, I don't really give a rip. Long episode counts don't intimidate me.
Really no point in asking me, since I'm not really a shipper... Therefore, I don't have any favorites either.
"What anime's/manga's/Light Novels/anime movies do you own?"
Check out my lists on here titled "My Anime Collection", "My Light Novel Collection", "My Manga Collection", and "My Anime Movie Collection" to see what I have thus far. :) (If you have trouble finding the lists for some reason, let me know.)
"What is your favorite anime/anime movie/character/manga/Light novel?"
I can't choose, so there's no point in asking me cause you'll just hurt my brain lmao...
However, I compiled lists on here of my favorite anime's & manga's, since I can't choose just one. So if you're genuinly curious, take a gander at those.
"What video games have you played, and what do you currently own? Your favorites?"
*Insert "I don't think you're ready for this discussion..." meme*
But for real though, just like with anime, I've been exposed to them and have been playing them for YEARS, so be prepared for long winded responses from me if you ask. XD Again, don't bother asking me about my favorite video game, since I can't choose only one, or just a few.
"What are you currently watching/reading on here?"
"Do you watch Asian Live-Actions/Drama's? If so, what have you watched? Your favorites?"
Yes, I do like them. Due to the anime bingo challenge here on A-P, I haven't had as much time lately to watch them, thus anime is my main focus lately. There's too many for me to name, but my first K-drama was The Scholar Who Walks the Night. (I highly recommend it if you haven't watched it yet.) Again, too hard to decide on favorites, since all of the ones I've watched so far are my favorites lmao.
"For music, what do you listen to? Favorites?"
My response is pretty much the same as it is for anime, Live-Actions/Drama's, and video games. XD
I do have a list on here of all my favorite anime OP's/ED's titled "My Favorite Anime Music" though, if you're curious. If you can't find it for some reason, let me know & I'll give you the link.
"Who is your bias in BTS?"
I love them all, so almost everyday it changes. More than likely, you won't get the same exact answer every time you ask me lol. xD
RANDOM STUFF -
I tend to be terrible at starting conversations due to the social anxiety, but ask me or talk to me about certain subjects, and I'll rant, especially if I'm comfortable with you lol. So if you want to help and want a sure-fire conversation starter, ask me about vampires, dragons, elves, video games, Asian Drama's/films, Japanese bands/singers, TCG & board games, or stuff that I'm currently watching on here. (Or HAVE watched. :P)
As an Autistic person, it REALLY grinds my gears and saddens me whenever I see or hear someone use the "R word." (Especially since I sometimes get called that irl...) However, if you use it by accident, or you truly don't know how that word can affect people like me, then I'll politely explain and kindly ask you not to use it when speaking to me. But if you try to argue with me about it, or you use it on purpose and truly don't care how that word can be triggering, you will lose my respect & trust... If you don't know the "R word", well, just look it up at your own risk...
I mostly feel like an outsider in the gaming community, because I'm not comfortable using online features in games, and I also don't like playing online games in general. Long story short, I've been bullied too much in online games in the past, and still have trauma from it... With single player console gaming, I don't have to deal with that, therefore I'm MUCH more comfortable with console versions of games. Plus with most console games, (especially older ones) you can just pop the disc/cartridge in, and play the game right then and there and don't have to wait.
Since I suck with explanations, I have a really hard time talking about why I like/dislike characters, anime, manga, or whatever. But that does NOT mean that I don't like having discussions, so please don't assume so. The only things discussion-wise that I don't like are arguements, confrontations, and "heated debates." Also, I personally hate it when people literally pressure others into explaining why they like/dislike a character, or when they pressure someone to take certain characters off their like/dislike lists. (Which I've seen happen.) While I may not personally agree with certain opinions, everyone has their own reasons for liking/disliking something, and no one should feel ashamed about it...
I suck at explaining plots to stuff too, so if you ask me what something is about, be prepared for either very short (albeit funny?) answers, or me giving you links to the synopsis if you're too lazy to Google them yourself. (I really don't mean to sound rude, but what happened to people Googling synopsis' to stories and such for themselves?)
LANGUAGES - My main language is English, but I've been studying Japanese off & on for 10+ years. (That doesn't mean I'm an expert by any means, since a lot of life events & other hobbies have kept me busy.)
Currently, I can read in Hiragana & most Katakana, but I can't read Kanji yet, other than a few random symbols. So if you're a native Japanese speaker and want to be friends with me & help me learn, and talk about interests, that'd be great. (I don't have a Japanese keyboard, so please don't mind my Romaji lol.) I'm not confident in my pronunciation, but I can understand some basic words/conversation in Japanese when they are spoken. :)
I do understand some VERY basic French, & some VERY basic Spanish, but I'm not confident in conversating in them.
I can't read Hangul (Korean writing), but I understand some Korean words when they're spoken.
If you made it this far, I'm honestly shocked and happy you did, since no one reads it all the way. (Heck, I doubt many people read more than my intro...)
If you have questions (minus "Why?" questions because those have always been hard for me to answer), I will try my best to answer them as long as they aren't judgemental or too personal. (I will let you know if something is too personal, so don't worry.) Also, please don't be upset if I don't answer your comments or messages right away. Life has been VERY hectic for me this year, so sometimes it may take me awhile to get back with you. Other reasons for not responding are because of time-zones, I'm busy with other interests than anime & manga, or I simply don't know what to say... ._.
If you've got anime/manga recommendations, then please DON'T rec things that are on my dropped or won't watch lists, as they're there for a reason...
However, my want to watch/want to read lists are fair game. I can't promise that I'll watch/read them right away (because I have other hobbies/interests, for one thing), and I can't promise that I'll like them, but when I finally get around to them, I'll let you know. If I DON'T happen to like them for some reason, or I can't read/watch something due to it having tags that I'm not comfortable with, please don't be upset with me. There are certain genre's/themes/tags that I have to actually be careful of and/or avoid due to personal, PTSD related, & anxiety reasons.
PS: If I unfollow you, it was most likely an accident/glitch, or due to me not remembering you because you changed your username AND profile pic all of a sudden, or (in the somewhat rare case) I don't remember you due to you not conversating with me for a long time. Either way, please don't take it personally. If it was due to the latter 2 reasons, I'd appreciate you reminding me who you are. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
PSS: I would HIGHLY appreciate it if you told me if you followed me, cause unless you do, I won't realize, since I have notifications for followers turned off, and I rarely check the number. Sooooo, please don't feel offended if I don't follow back. If I didn't, it's because I didn't realize that you followed me.