Mindless fodder for the truly bored and desperate kyougou.
I have only been an anime addict for about three months, although I have been "around" anime and manga for years.
My son is seventeen now, and he has been into manga (more than anime) since as long as I can remember.
In fact, he was guilty for introducing me to my first anime experience.
On September 1st, my girlfriend of eight years broke up with me, out of the blue. No apparent provocation, and no explanation. She just moved out one day, and told me "it's too difficult to be with me." ((Now she tells me she loves me and she's sorry she messed everything up, but "it's just too difficult."))
I am UBER shut-in. Like... I leave my house maybe once a month, and that's usually only for an occasional doctor appointment. So, my ex and my son tend to be the only two people I see for months on end sometimes.
On the day that she dumped me, all I could do was have a colossal, perpetual, nervous breakdown, which is still producing Japan-size aftershocks to this day.
My son finally broke after I had been crying for 16 hours straight. He sat me down in front of the t.v., cued up Netflix, and hunted up Puella Magi Madoka Magica. We marathoned the entire series together, in one sitting.
It struck a hardcore chord in me, cause I WOULD give anything to end evil and corruption... or do away with "witches" before they even exist; even if it meant sealing my fate as being nothing more than a "forgotten concept."
Not to mention, my hair has been bright pink since longer than I knew what anime is. And I'm pretty sure that I am destined to fade into non-existence with nary a soul remembering I ever did exist.
Needless to say, I identify with Madoka.
Since September, I have watched countless anime series. My favorite is, hands down, Death Note. I've watched
*the (2006) t.v. release of the series
*the (2009) dvd release of the series
*(the live movies) Death Note, -- Death Note: The Last Name, -- and, L: Change the World;
*(as well as) Death Note Relight: Visions of a God, -- and Death Note: Relight: L's Successors
And have lost track of how many thousands of times I've listened to all three OSTs. Also, I developed an infatuation for "Maximum the Hormone."
(Ryuzaki "L," is the main attraction that drew me into Death Note. "L" is the initial of my real first name. I have built-in black circles under my eyes from months of insomnia. I scrutinize everyone and everything. I'm extraordinarily analytical and investigative. I grew up in foster-homes. and I'm not sure I've ever had an actual friend. )
So... I've spent the last quarter of a year, with absolutely no rhyme or reason, and no direction for my life. In six months, my son will graduate high-school, (presently he is home-schooled.) June of next year, I become NOTHING. But by then I will have watched enough animes to put even Netflix to shame.
So.... In a last ditch effort to seek like-minded individuals, I took a wild stab at searching "Otaku message boards," and the top bing result led me here.
So... if you've read this far, I feel extremely sorry for the severe boredom you were experiencing, compelling you to commit such a heinous act as reading through all of this.
Still with me? Wow, you are indeed someone I admire for your tenacity.
I hope that some of you will be sparred to come out of the woodwork, and smell the young-blood.
*envisions holding own hand out, Aladdin style* "let's be friends!"