I am AngryJellyfish, rabid anime fan since 2005. I am from Wales, in the UK (NOT in England, no matter how much Negima insists otherwise). But who cares about that, onto anime!
How I became a fan:
I didn’t really have any hobbies before anime. I must have done SOMETHING for entertainment all those years beforehand, but whatever it was I’ve forgotten.
It was my birthday, and I was visiting relatives in Reading (which IS in England). I was given a lot of money, and (having no other worldly desires at this point) was wandering aimlessly around a Waterstones bookshop, hoping to find something worth spending it on. Then, I saw this. CLAMP, I am eternally grateful for your amazing artwork, which was unlike anything I’d ever seen before. I bought the first volume there and then, read it in an evening (despite my best efforts to make it last), then quickly rushed back to the city and bought a load more volumes before I could be dragged back to the remote, barren, manga-free wastelands of Gwynedd.
That birthday was in July, and when September arrived and I went back to college, the first thing I did was order a load more volumes on my newly set up Amazon account (I didn’t have internet at home back then). As I gained more money, I began purchasing anime DVDs too, but manga remained my main fix until I started university. There, I joined the Aberystwyth Anime Society (AberAnime for short)… and I couldn’t have had a better introduction to the world of anime.
Screenings in my first year included series such as Gankutsuou and Gokusen. An abstract, dramatic, sci-fi take on The Count of Monte Cristo, and a comedy series featuring a yakuza school teacher, her class of delinquents, and a talking dog. Needless to say this really opened my eyes to how diverse anime can be – series about baking bread, gondolas on Mars, robotic maids, anime about making anime… there is so much out there, and once I realized this, there really was no going back. I spent virtually all my free time watching anime, made it onto Aberanime committee in my second year as Welsh Translator, later became Secretary… and now that I’ve left, they’ve given me the honourary title of ‘Eternal President’. Which hasn’t inflated my ego one bit. Nope, not at all.
My favorite series:
For people who insist on a single answer, I usually say Haibane Renmei. I love the characters, and the change in tone from the beginning to the end of the series made the dramatic climax all the more powerful. I also bought the soundtrack, and several years later it remains one of my most played albums. But asking me to pick one title from the large, diverse mix of series I’ve watched doesn’t seem right, so here’s my Top 50 (in no particular order, they’re all equally rated at 5/5). You can keep looking past that first page and at the series I’ve rated lower if you want, but it’s a long list. 😛
Other places I can be found:
The Student Room’s Anime Society is my home on the internet – I am the society’s leader (largely in name only, about all I do is approve new members and send out welcome messages). While it is a forum primarily targeted at UK students, feel free to sign up regardless of where you’re from or what stage in education/employment you’re at, because you wouldn’t be the first. 😛 We’re an awesome group, always glad to welcome new members, so drop by if you have time.
Anime-Planet is where I keep track of my viewing, so feel free to add me there if you have an account, or if you don’t, why not sign up for one? I used to write synopses and upload screenshots for their anime database (here’s one example), and was even a moderator on their character database for a short while (I like faries), but haven’t done so since finishing uni.
Finally, you can contact me by email at angryjellyfish (at) rocketmail (dot) com. 🙂