Biscotti Room: About Me

Anime History
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 (Updated July 2013)
I just moved to the Emerald City in February, and was lucky/diligent enough to land a full-time job that I find reasonably enjoyable.  It’s an office position at a court reporting firm with cheerio coworkers and laid-back bosses, and I appreciate the stability it provides.  I’m not sure if I’ll stick to this field or move on after a couple of years–but for now, I’ll be saving up for a nicer place as well as making my way to Anime Expo and Sakura-Con every year.

Contact
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 :)

26 thoughts on “Biscotti Room: About Me

  1. Hi Marina,

    This is abscissa from MAL and http://snippettee.wordpress.com. I just created my blog. I stumble upon your blog because I saw your post on MAL’s Anime Bloggers Union. I find your site interesting, you would you want to exchange links? Feel free to check out my blog and see how would you find it.

    Thanks,
    abscissa

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog; it’s always nice to meet peers from other sites, like MAL.
      Well, congrats on starting up your anime blog and I hope it goes well for you. I’ll make sure to check up on you now and then to see how you’re doing! You should consider getting your blog up on AnimeNano, a site that catalogs anime/manga/Japanese culture/etc. blogs and places all the posts on a feed for easier overall viewing. I know it’s helped me get a lot of readers.
      In regards to the link exchange: sure, I don’t mind. I found your latest post on Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica interesting :)

      • Hello Marina, thanks for your encouraging words and advice. I’ll surely try to hook my blog on AnimeNano. Btw, I already included you on my blogroll ^^.

  2. All right, enough of this. I’m adding you to Organization ASG’s site whether you like it or not!

    …I think. (It’s because of the banner, but also because of the work)

  3. Hey Marina!

    I was wondering if you would be up to exchange links. I started a website about the opening and ending theme songs of different Anime. I’m trying to make it a one stop shop for people (no heavy advertising no donate here crap.) let me know what you think.

    http://www.anime-opening.com

    .hack//sign obsession is what got me “obsessed” on intros

    • Huh, a site based solely around OP and ED–that’s an interesting idea. I checked the link out, though I was expecting more commentary on the individual pieces. Do you plan to include your general feelings about each of the songs, or will it basically be just a catalog?

  4. So you already graduated and are working on your masters? Unless your occupation is out of date and you already earned your Master’s. In which case, congratulations. If not, keep on rockin’ and go for broke dood!

    A pleasure to make your acquaintance ma’am…at least I think you’re female.

    • Yes, I’ve already received my undergraduate degree, and am currently working on my Master’s. I don’t think my desired occupation will ever go out of date, no matter where I live, thankfully. And you’re right, I am female :) Thanks for dropping by!

      • Ah, so you’re still striving to get your master’s. Awesome. I bet you’re almost done. How envious for I still have a year (or 2) to go. Well, gambatte dood.

    • Why thank you! I do enjoy teaching, though I’ve sort of plateaued on my academic writing as of late. Blog writing does help in keeping me somewhat warmed up, but feels like much less of a chore than the thesis writing that I should be doing.

  5. Hey Marina, thanks for adding us to your blogroll. Finally had some free time after my uni exams today and got a chance to check out many of your articles- really good reads.

    Reading some of the article titles really do make me hungry. :D

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