Firstly... I'm a medical student.
Secondly...My hobbies include Kendo, driving, reading, video games (mostly RPGs, but I enjoy any storydriven game :3) and of course, manga/anime.
Thirdly...my native language is Romanian, asa ca aruncati cu un mesaj in mine daca intelegeti asta :P
Now, about my relationship with anime...
My history with anime started back in '97, when I began watching DragonBall Z. I remember I rushed from school directly in front of the TV, 'cause it started at 14:00 sharp. On more than one occasion I asked my teacher to let me got home early because of that. At one point I actually ran out of plausible excuses and said: "DBZ is starting!" ...and then I ran out :D.
After that, it was Sailormoon, which offered me endless amounts of laughter and tears. But, at that time, I had no ideea I was watching "anime"...
I've only started to really watch anime pretty recently, specifically in 2008. I was ushered into this brave and exciting new world by Inuyasha, which I watched three times then waited a pretty looong time for the second season :(.
While I browsed the web for new episodes of my new-found passion, I stumbled upon Bleach which I devored in about 5 days (0-220ish). Speaking about this new awesome anime I've found with a couple of my friends, they suggested I watch Naruto. The sneaky fox-kid got me sooo hooked I watched all the classic series and about 100 episodes of Shippuuden in about 1 week.
Being in danger of becoming a Narutard, I went online and asked google: "top 10 anime series". Thanks to that I got more and more into anime and began watching more and diverse genres from Death Note to Clannad to To Love-Ru to Hellsing to NGE.
The thing that attracted me most towards this type of entertainment is the masterful combination of music, animation and story, resulting in a complete package of entertainment.
Due to anime, I started to learn Japanese and actually earn the 4th level of Noryoku Shiken (atm studying for the next one as well as for my med exams...not easy :( ).
Next, I would like to talk about how exactly I watch anime :D. Well, first of all, I never drop a series, no matter how bad it is...That's just my rule :). Second, I (almost) never watch ongoing series due to three reasons:
1) I usually wait for the BDs to come out to watch it in 1080p
2) I prefer my animes uncensored...if you know what I mean :D
3) I like to watch an anime in one go, not wait a whole week for an episode; the atmosphere is much more intense that way :)
When I finally decide to watch an anime, I search my collection for it. If I have the best variant available, I connect my TV to my PC, close the windows, draw the curtains (me gusta darkness :D) and plug in my home cinema.
After that, I get 4 bags of popcorn (2 bacon, 2 cheese), I open 1 of each, mix 'em in a bowl and put the other two in the microwave oven (for later use, preferably during piss break :) ). Then I get 3 bags of chips (1 sourcream&dill, 1 cheese and 1 bacon) and 2x2l bottles of water (one from the fridge and one from the freezer).
Finally, I sit down and press play :).
If the anime is a short series (12 episodes or less) I watch it in one go; if it's longer than that, I usually watch it in two to three days.
And no, I'm not joking. Watching anime is serious bussiness. > . <
As a side note, I enjoy writing anime reviews. All of them have appropriate spoiler tags in the first paragraph so you'd know if they contain spoilers or not.
I do apologize for the inherent spelling and/or grammar mistakes which may appear. I'm not an English native speaker, but I will do my best to purge such "horrors".
About my ratings...I rate according to my entertainment "fix" I got from that particular anime/manga. Also, I rate it according to it's gender. I never compare an ecchi/harem series to a thriller/horror one. That's like comparing apples to peaches. Sure, they're both fruits, but they're extremely different. > . <
SO, you may see alot of high ratings. That only means I enjoyed that anime and gave it a high rating accordingly. Like I said, I do not drop series (the one exception being One Piece), no matter how bad they are, my motto being: "Watch everything, watch anything."
However, I might stall an anime series if I simply do not have the time to watch it in one gulp. I never watch ongoing series, mainly due to the fact that my patience is streched to the max by the few ongoing series I normally watch.
With that being said, I'll now explain how my star system works:
1) under 1 star = this anime is a disgrace to it's gender; the time you would spend on this might should be used on a more productive way, like counting stars > . >
2) 1 star = simply not worth it and I regret wasting time on it.
3) 1,5 stars = this anime had some nice scenes, but most of it (read 95%) was worst than <insert your most hated anime/movie/book here>
4) 2 stars = I would only recomend this anime to fans of the genre; it doesn't bring anything special to the genre and it's not even that entertaining.
5) 2,5 stars = a slightly better anime, but with many, many flaws. Not recomended unless you really have the time
6) 3 stars = an average anime: it's entertaining but it's nothing spectacular. Best used if you don't have anything better to watch
7) 3,5 stars = a slightly above average anime, worth checking out, especially if you're into that genre.
8) 4 stars = an awesome anime, a very good representative of it's genre; definately worth a watch; highly entertaining.
9) 4,5 stars = an almost perfect anime with very few or no flaws; it's a must watch show; BUT the rewatchability is not that good.
10) 5 stars = something even better than 4.5 that has good rewatchability or that impressed me; must watch show.
As for manga, I don't read as much I as would like too.
Thanks for taking your time to read this lengthy bio and do leave a comment or two, if you want. I'm always looking for anime friends :D.