A friend popped Spirited Away into the player and I was stunned by the imagination. Miyazaki’s film was my introduction to the world of anime and everything that followed: manga, Asian dramas, taking Japanese language classes, and planning a “someday” visit to Japan. Azumanga Daioh was the first anime series I ever watched, and it remains to this day one of my favorites of all time. This was 9 years ago during my freshman year of college. Since then, I’ve moved on to many different genres that both enlightened and blew to gigantic proportions my ideas of animated art and plot.
Some of what helped this addiction was my participation in the AnimeSuki forum, of which I’ve been a member since 2007. It was only until then that I realized just how large that particular world was. My later cooperation in the promotion of the still-young International Saimoe League in 2008 prompted further investigation; I felt the need to familiarize myself with the shows of all the anime girls involved in the year-round competition. This forced me to watch shows I would never have considered, much less watched, and brought me treasures like Cardcaptor Sakura, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
I now strive hard to both keep up with the currently airing anime, as well as forage into the past and pull out gems that I breezed over or that aired before my time.
In Real Life
On a more general track, I’m currently working on my Master’s Thesis as a graduate student and hope to work with Children’s Literature sometime in the future, whether that be in teaching at the college level, writing, or working in publishing.
If you would like to look me up on any of my frequented sites, I’m known as:
“Marina” on AnimeSuki,
“Marina27″ on MyAnimeList,
“Marinara” on International Saimoe League,
“MarinaJune” on Last.fm
OR, judging by how successful this blog is, I’ll get to know you here