I accidentally got into anime about a decade ago. Before that I made a point of avoiding it at all cost. [Adult Swim] would change all that.
My first significant exposure was Fullmetal Alchemist. My goodness, the addiction I experiencd during that time. Until I finished the entire series I wanted to do nothing else with my life. Torrenting every episode from beginning to end, I soon became an anime convert. Moreover, due to the difficulty in finding dubbed versions at the time, I quickly developed a preference for subbed anime.
But this passion was relatively short-lived. With no friends who shared my new found interest, and few tools at my disposal, I found it difficult to track down another anime capable of meeting the expectations set by FMA. But as I continued to watch [AS], I was exposed to a handful of interesting and at least semi-adequate substitutes. To make a long (and boring) story short, I gradually accumulated a small collection of anime series which remain near and dear to my heart until this very day.
I ended up here at Anime-Planet because of one series in particular: Steins;Gate. It would be an understatement to say that I love S;G, and this anime has reignited that passion I once knew so many years ago. Of course, this feeling won't last forever, and I'm tragically aware of this fact. However, that doesn't mean I'm simply going to lie down and give up: I has the interwebs! Thus began my search for a list of the most popular and highly rated animes of all time. A-P was the first hit I got, and it has proved invaluable in finding more quality series to watch. I haven't yet come across anything able to surpass my infatuation with S;G, but that doesn't mean I'm not enjoying myself.
All anime specific subject matter aside:
I'm a casual musician. I play guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass (anything with strings really), harmonica, melodica, piano (a little), and anything else I can get my hands on. I don't listen to much music these days, but I love to arrange songs from video games for the guitar; especially songs composed by Nobuo Uematsu. I occasionally arrange for other instruments as well, but not often. My favorite music is from games I grew up playing, and I would raher play and listen to this kind of music than anything they play on the radio.
I used to be an avid gamer, but life has gotten in the way of that. These days I'm content to casually partake in the classics I grew up with. Hearthstone and TF2 are the current exceptions, but generally speaking, I am more than disappointed with the games of this graphics-driven generation. I'm aware that this opinion comes from the old man in me, and I've comfortably come to terms with that.
I'm a husband and a father. My son is almost a year old, and my wife also loves anime. If it weren't for her I never would have bothered with Soul Eater. Fortunately she made me watch it with her, and it's become one of my favorites. It's flawed, yes, and I didn't care much for the ending, but I love it nonetheless. She also got me to watch Death Note, which is easily one of the most thrilling shows I've ever seen. Sadly the ending is utter garbage; this is the only reason it doesn't get a higher rating from me.
Anyway, that's about all I have to say about that.
El Psy Congroo