Hello, all of you lovely people! Did you enjoy your weekend? Are you ready for the start of a brand new week? Today is my What I love/ What I do with my life Sundays. Today I would like to talk about my love for Japanese anime. Yes, I am an Otaku as the Japanese call it, known as nerd. Although to the Japanese it is considered an insult for us anime lovers in the Western countries it is a very proud fact!
To be honest when I was younger, like around 9 or 10 years old, I have always liked watching anime although at the time I was not aware it was Japanese anime until much, much later on. However, I just watched anime in those times because they were comedic and entertaining, not that it was an obsession.
Now it has gotten to the point where I am so obsessed with it I go as far as trying to learn Japanese to be able to watch anime without subtitles; I read Japanese manga (comics) now; I listen to Japanese music (it first started off as only anime opening and ending theme songs and later grew to other Japanese music); and I go to anime conventions whenever I get the time and money. So, yes, I am pretty obsessed. However, I have met other anime lovers who are much more obsessed than I am. It’s amazing!
The first animes I started off with were the Dragon Ball series, Naruto, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Wolf Rain, G Gundum, and Sailor Moon that played on the popular American channel Cartoon Network during the day (and Adult Swim during the night). However, I never had gotten to see the ending of any of these animes and so I became so interested in wanting to know the endings, after they stopped playing on Cartoon Network, that I vowed once I got myself a computer I would watch them. At the time I did not have a computer. So when I decided to buy one at the age of 18, I started exploring this thing called anime. It actually took me quite some couple of years to get to where I am now.
Then I came to the Netherlands to study but did not stop watching anime even then. I used to only watch all of my anime in English but at some point I had watched all of the translated episodes of an anime(s) and the other episodes were not translated as yet and so I had to make a decision. I could choose to wait until the other episodes were translated or continue watching these episodes but in Japanese with English subtitles. And this is how I became enraptured in the Japanese anime world. Though I have to admit that it took me some time to get into the habit of watching anime in Japanese but after I got used to it the rest is history.
I would love to talk more about all of the anime that I love but they are way too many to mention them all. As I go along I might add some more anime related things but for now I will leave it at that. So take care and hope you have a good start on your week.