Veteran of the United States Marine Corps (1996-2000). Always thought animation, cartoon and anime style, was cool as well as comic book illustration. Didnt become an otaku until my unit was deployed to Okinawa, Japan. On base there was only 2 stations with decent reception, AFN (Armed Forces Network) and some Japanese channel that played anime at night. Even though I couldnt understand the words I was in awe of the animation. Became addicted to it from then on.