On temporary anime/manga hiatus, due to other life commitments
My top 100:
List going through editing. So for now, here's my main favourites.
Hmmm.... What can I say about myself?
I'm a fairly chill guy, though I can get very serious at times. I started watching anime back in 2000-2001, it has been a long road with many pleasant experiences and some experiences that aren't really worth mentioning.
Just a short(?) list of things I love/hate.
I absolutely love a great conversation on almost any topic. I am personally big on politics (I'm a politics lecturer), movies, books and writing and can discuss any of those topics all day. With books I am fond of modern literature, and I admire American literature in particular: Sinclair Lewis, Sherwood Anderson, Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, Edith Warton and Frank Norris come to mind.
The European masters I also admire: Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Emile Zola, Honore de Balzac, Anthony Trollope, Gustave Flaubert, Andre Malraux, Ignazio Silone, Fernando Pessoa, Robert Musil, Hermann Broch, Louis-Ferdinand Celine, Stefan Zweig, Knut Hamsun, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Gunter Grass, Alfred Doblin amongst many others. I'll also add my particular fondness for the Great Russian authors as well, deserving their own category: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Mikhail Bulgakov, Ilya Ilf & Eugene Petrov, and Vasily Grossman.
When it comes to films, I absolutely worship Rainer Werner Fassbinder and have a deep admiration for the works of Luchino Visconti, Akira Kurosawa, Orson Welles and Douglas Sirk. I also appreciate works of American Film-Noir, Japanese and Italian post-war cinema, the French Surrealists (Luis Bunuel, Jean Vigo in particular), the Soviet silent classics (1920s specifically), German Expressionism and the French, Australian, German, Taiwanese, Iranian New Wave cinema.
I also take an interest in the arts, with a personal fondness for the works of Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, Eugène Delacroix, Gustav Klimt, Théodore Géricault, Diego Rivera, Salvador Dali, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
In the realm of music, I worship Johann Sebastian Bach and admire Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev, Niccolò Paganini, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt, Toru Takemitsu, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Frederic Chopin and Dieterich Buxtehude... in a more contemporary sense I admire the interpretations and works of Hillary Hahn, Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Kissin and Philippe Jaroussky.
What I absolutely hate, anyone who spouts 'everything is subjective' nonsense, SJW's aka foghorns who say they are left wing but really aren't, elitism, postmodernism, shit-posting and anything overtly nationalistic. Feel free to discuss these things with me if you think my perceptions of these are wrong.
As a veteran of the medium, occasionally it baffles me how much I have seen, looking back I never really intended to watch so much... it just happened, I just kept finding things that maintained my interest within the medium. Of course, I've taken breaks from the medium because like most people I can only do so much at once without getting tired of it, well even though I've pretty much established myself as a full-fledged fan of the medium. I honestly can't see myself staying in the medium for the rest of my life, but we shall see what the world sends my way. Maybe I will have a change of heart.
I am open to suggestions for anime series to watch. And I will not cut you down for liking or disliking a series that I like/hate, so feel free to post.