My name is Duane, but you can call me "Roger" for short. ^__^
Back in my childhood days back in the 80's, I would usually prefer watching Voltron and Deimos over Duck Tales and Disney stuff. Living in The Philippines then, I can recall being obsessive about recording a TV Show "Cedie" (Shoukoushi Cedie, a.k.a. Little Prince Cedie, 1988) on my parent's Betamax. Little did I know then that it was "anime", especially due to the fact that it was dubbed in my language (Tagalog / Filipino).
Around the 90's, when I came to the US, I drew a lot, out of boredom. My drawings were significantly "manga-styled" drawings and my friends always criticized how the eyes were too big and what not.
Personally, I never got into Superman, Batman, or Spiderman like my friends did. But back then, I was more into role-playing video games like Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger, and Final Fantasy. But I remember renting a movie from Blockbuster Video and I never returned it back: "Ghost in the Shell". I was still unaware of the term "anime" then. I just knew it came from Japan.
It wasn't until lately (1999 and beyond) when I ventured deeper into Japanese animation. All I knew then was, I love "cartoons", just not the cartoons that kids under 13 would typically watch. I browsed the internet aimlessly, looking for cartoons of sort. That's when the word "anime" came to existence in my life.
Around 2005, I developed a habit of watching [adult swim], habitually. I remember recording each episode of Neon Genesis Evangelion each time it aired on Thursdays and I never missed a day. I found a new addiction. Then, I found myself obsessed with anime shows such as Samurai Champloo, Paranoia Agent, and FLCL.
But I knew, there was more to anime than [adult swim]. I started networking with people who liked anime, and started attending anime conventions.
Today, I continue to watch anime shows and attend anime conventions. Though I am still keeping up with shows that aired years ago, I am proud to say that I'm catching up slowly.... ....and with MyAnimeList as my new tool to hunt down more anime, it won't be long. ^_-