Hey there! I've been on MAL for 10+ years, and it's my favorite social network ever. I've been watching anime and reading manga since I was a teenager. My tastes transformed from reading tonnes of shitty Jump's shounen to hunting manga gems, but still, I believe I am quite open-minded. I love various staff from Vinland Saga to Yuru Camp, and I am 100% not snobbish on that.
I do believe that animanga (and any media actually), made not for pure entertainment purposes, but it transcends us the emotions, ideas and world view of its authors. I take it very seriously - I never watch anime for the background noise, I drop anime if it's no good and I see no sense to watch it just to tick watched. But when I love anime I really do so.
I have some personal stories to share:
1) When I was 16 I read Naoki Urasawa's 20th Century Boys, and nothing was the same as it was before. I learned manga could be THIS good, and it was a truly transformational experience.
2)The summer I graduated my high school and enrolled to university, I read One Piece, which I expected to be just an entertaining pirate-themed shounen. I was so wrong. Oda Eiichiro wrote such an honest and touching story, that I could not stop crying at many of OP's arcs. I literally was snobbing for several days after reading manga.
3) In 2018 I worked in a very bad place. It was a meaningless and de-humanizing office work which I hated with all my soul. I dreamed of firing every day, but I needed my salary to live on and you know the story. And through the most depressing winter 2018, I watched Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru, which made me feel this the world is a better place than it seems.
My other interests include urban exploration, endless walking around the city, reading a lot from philosophy and business non-fiction to sci-fi and romance YA. You may check my Goodreads on the left side, on average I read about 50 books a year. I love maps and geography, British rock, laughing on dogs memes, going to fancy cafes with my colleagues, jumping at rock-festivals.
I am also slowly learning Japanese. Sometimes I understand several passages in anime, and tweets from Japanese celebrities. But I still cannot read manga. But ONE DAY!
As for super personal details, I work in corporate sector in a kinda routine job but with amazing people. I have a degree in international relations, and I am absolutely unhappy that I could not find the job in the sphere. But I am super proud that I can live independently, paying all the bills on time. Though I love talking endlessly on politics, society or history, I never do that on the internet. Well...you know..
I always glad to talk on animanga. Feel free to look through my comment section in both anime and manga lists and write me your opinion on them. If we have similar tastes, also drop a line :)