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, studying the Japanese language, and planning multiple trips 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 several years ago in college. Since then, I’ve moved on to many different genres that have both enlightened and blown 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 January 2017)
I moved to the Emerald City four years ago, and was lucky/diligent enough to immediately land a full-time desk job that I found reasonably enjoyable. A little under a year of living here, I met my husband; we were just wed last fall! I am now blogging and writing from home and have dreams of publishing the next great fantasy children’s series. That, and a handful of memoirs on my mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law. Time will tell how successful I will be. Please read my New Directions in 2017 for a bit more detail on my literary inspirations.
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,
OR, if you comment, I’ll get to know you here 🙂