Before I moved to Japan, I used to be a huge
anime fan and Japanophile; I've seen hundreds. In Japan, for over four years I worked in Akihabara, which is the anime, gaming, and technology mecca. I always joke that Akihabara cured me of my love of anime. Years ago, I never would have thought that I would stop being such a huge fan, but I guess times change. In the back of my mind the old me kind of regrets not once going to an anime convention or doing cosplay, but I guess I still could do it one day. As they say, once you live in Japan you always go back. I can only think of one character that I could cosplay at realistically.
I still have a ton of DVDs, shirts, manga, and other collectibles, though, and I still plan on buying all the anime that I ever liked but don't own yet, and some old popular ones I haven't seen yet. I just can't get into new anime, though. The only thing I saw new (that's actually old/ongoing) recently is the new Berserk
movies, which if you haven't seen them, you must! When my friend and I watched the second one in the theater the sex scene was kind of uncomfortable.
Berserk is one of my favorites. I used to read the manga, too.
I prefer subtitled over dubbed, usually, unless I saw the dub first and thought it was good. Some shows I can watch either way. My favorite anime of all time is 天空のエスかフローネ (Escaflowne
) for so many reasons. No other anime has affected me like that one, in large part because of the music. I love it so much that I actually very rarely ever watch it, since, being a 26 episode show, I wouldn't want to get tired of. I guess I couldn't, really. Yoko Kanno's score is incredible
. All her work is.
I love Dragonball Z, too. I have more Dragonball Z shirts in my old collection than any other. Tenchi Muyo and Universe, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Hellsing, Blood+, Trigun, Armitage III, Blue Seed, Macross, the original Gundam, Gundam Wing...
I might have to watch some anime now.