Nov/2013 update: I seem to be in another MAL hiatus. I will occasionally update my lists and whatnot, but I probably won't reply to messages for a while.
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Like most of the kids born in the 80s and 90s, I watched a lot of anime on TV during my childhood. However, what really sucked me into this world was reading my first manga, Fushigi Yuugi, in late 2003. I absolutely adored it, and I devoured each volume as if I had never known entertainment before. After I was finished with the series (or rather, caught up with the published volumes), I began reading every single manga available in my country at the time. Soon, it wasn't enough, and in 2004 I began downloading a myriad of manga scanlations (and fansubbed anime) from the web. It only escalated further from there, and the amount of anime and manga I consumed grew and grew.
At first, the vast majority of everything I read was shoujo. As I entered my 20s, I ended up outgrowing the genre a bit, but there are still some great shoujo manga I read and love. I was never much into shounen, as I can't stand the drawn out "extremely-long-almost-infinite" nature that drives most the genre, but I do enjoy the few plot-oriented shounen I manage to find. Anyway, I'm currently mostly into seinen and josei, especially the ones which focus on psychological conflicts and elaborate storylines.
As for anime, I have a rule of never watching manga adaptations, save very few exceptions, as I almost always prefer the original material. I also avoid game adaptations due to the simple fact that most of them plain suck (though I do give a chance to anime based on games I really love, or to anime based on visual novels, as they tend to be a bit better). But I greatly prefer anime with original stories, or based on novels/light novels.
Nowadays, as responsibilites increase and free time decreases, I'm not watching/reading half as much anime/manga as I did back in the day. I've also been dropping series without thinking twice, as I no longer have the luxury - or patience - of finishing everything. I'm also really particular on what I pick up, especially if it's long - I really try not to waste my time on series that I think I might not like.
Stuff I love:
- Anime and manga. BECAUSE IF I DIDN'T TELL YOU, YOU'D NEVER FIGURE IT OUT, RIGHT? :D My favorite anime of all time is Mononoke, and my favorite manga of all time is Bokurano. I love these two series to death, I consider them the ultimate masterpieces, BOW DOWN TO THEIR MIGHT.
Oh, and my favorite mangaka are Yuu Watase and Mohiro Kitoh. I'll read anything they create. Anything.
- VIDEOGAMES! Especially jRPGs. I love jRPGs. Especially the Tales of series. I fucking love the Tales of series. <3
- Music. Mostly rock. Mostly brit. Favorite artist is Florence + the Machine. My Last.fm profile is here. It's a little outdated, but it still reflects my musical preferences somewhat.
- Books. My favorite authors are Asimov, Tolkien and Poe. I usually prefer reading sci-fi and fantasy.
How I rate my anime/manga:
10: MASTERPIECES!! Works I absolutely adore and can't get enough of. Brilliant in their own way, everyone should (actually, must) watch/read them.
9: Wow, those are fantastic!! I really enjoyed and highly recommend them.
7: Ehh, those are decent enough. I had fun watching/reading them, but I could've spent my time doing something better. If they are long, I may not finish them.
6: Not bad... Not good, either. Suitable for utter moments of boredom. Will probably be dropped if they are too long.
5: Yuck. Waste of time. Unless it's really short, like an OVA, a movie or a one-shot, it'll definitely be dropped.
4~1:: Stay away from them! I deeply regret tarnishing my mind with those pieces of crap. The lower the grade, the worse they are.
Unscored: I watched/read them too long ago. I can't really rate an anime I've watched as a kid the same way I rate anime I watch today. Also, I can't really rate series which I've completely forgotten about... Might also apply to series with very poor translation (meaning I feel it would be unfair to rate it, considering I couldn't read/watch it properly) or series I think I'm too biased to rate (based on a game I loved, for example).
Scoring discrepancies? This hadn't been an issue before, but now I've been on MAL for five years, and I'm fully aware of the fact that, over time, people's likings change. I'm no exception - stuff I've read/watched back in 2007 that earned a 9 might've gotten a 6 if I watched them today. The other way around is also possible. So my score mirrors what I felt about a certain manga/anime at the time I watched/read it.