I've been in love with anime and manga since I was a kid (Dragon Ball and Ranma ½ were the first anime I've ever seen). Unfortunately my access to it at the time was very limited. Although I got more access during my adolescence, I ended up avoiding anime for a while, because the people around me were extremely critical about it. As I got older, I realized I should have never limited myself in my interests just because others could not appreciate the same things. So I shamelessly got back into watching anime and reading manga, and I am enjoying it very much so.
I've been using MAL for a few years now without registering, but in 2015 after accidentally reading the same manga twice (and I suspect that happened with more than just one manga), I suddenly found the need to keep track of the things I've seen/read. My lists are not complete, as I forget and remember to add something all the time :)
Cuddly and affectionate irl, a sucker for romance. Blunt. Too honest for my own good. With a tendency to asocial behaviour. Sometimes sacrifice sleep in order to read/watch something new (great for morale, bad for health, wouldn't recommend to anyone).
I avoid participating in arguments, unless they are based on logic and knowledge. Arguments require a lot of time and energy and rarely yield any positive results. Most people stick to their opinions regardless of whether they are right or wrong. Especially so in arguments concerning things of sentimental value. But then again, people are free to like and dislike whatever they want. The world would have been a very dull place if everyone had the same taste and interests. Since we are different, it's no wonder that people don't share the same understanding and appreciation for things like manga and anime. It is important to respect each other, even if we don't agree.
Because, let's face it, ten is not enough.
Everything below is a reflection of my tastes and interests, obviously biased, and is subject to change.
Enjoyment is the biggest factor. When facing a new anime or manga, I consider not only the substance of the plot, artistic merit, and overall quality, but also the music, atmosphere, and feelings evoked. I will give extra points for an amazing soundtrack and ignore the lacklustre animation, or forgive obvious plot holes thanks to the characters' appeal, etc. And of course, the art, especially when it comes to manga, is a huge selling point. Comic ZERO-SUM is my guilty pleasure. I love their manga, even though the stories often lack in one way or another. But, damn, they are pretty.
First, let me explain, that I have nothing against yaoi and I kinda like shounen-ai (to a certain degree). I have friends in the LGBT community and I'm quite open-minded in my views on same-sex relationships. Taking all that in consideration, it has become increasingly difficult for me to ignore the wild rampaging fujoshi who post hundreds of comments about their ships on each and every anime/manga featuring 2+ male characters, regardless of its genre and style and whether there's any indication for a romantic bond between these characters. What happened to appreciating rivalry, friendship, sportsmanship, etc.? Why do 12 year old characters have to be sexualized? Why are characters who would have been praised for their deep emotional bonds a few years ago now being shipped into fictional and clearly unnecessary relationships instead? And honestly, it looks silly to ship straight characters in action shounen anime and manga. That's what fanfics and doujinshi are for. I sincerely hope that this craze will eventually die out, because the fujoshi (obviously not everyone, but the most immature and pushy of them) are being extremely disrespectful towards other people and their tastes, as well as the authors and artists who did not envision their characters the way they are being exploited. Seriously, why can't you take friendship for what it is?
"As I had encountered kindness, I wanted to be kind myself. I wanted to be able to do something, just like others had done for me." (Natsume Yuujinchou)