I'm an avid Anime watcher and Manga reader ever since my childhood days in the early 90's. My very first anime was Yousei Florence, a movie by Sanrio about fairies and classical music (I was 9 when I first watched it). I still love the movie for its art and focus on classical music (analogous to Disney's Fantasia) and it has a special place in my heart as the anime that started it all for me. Since then, I've seen and read my fair share of Anime and Manga (though I'm too lazy to update my manga list). My Blu-ray and manga collection has also expanded over the years because we must support the industry!
I've taken nearly four years of Japanese in college, so I understand Japanese at the conversational level and can read/write at a middle school level. I did survive a trip to Japan back in 2013. I had blast in Kyoto and Tokyo and hope to visit more.
While I was born and raised in the US, my parents were immigrants from Taiwan. Before coming to US, my grandparents grew up in Taiwan under Japanese rule from 1895 to 1945, so my family has strong ties to both Japanese and Taiwanese culture.
I work for biotechnology companies that research therapeutics for unmet medical needs such as rare life-threatening diseases or cancer. I enjoy learning about and teaching biochemistry, physics and engineering, so I consider myself a scientist-in-training.
I have gotten pickier with Anime over the years and tend to stick to my favorite genres, but I do go out of my way to watch "less popular" Animes. The most memorable and entertaining Animes I've seen were a result of not "judging the book by its cover." While there's plenty of crappy Anime out there, I find the "average" Anime is still far more entertaining and creative than the typical junk shown in the US.
My favorite Anime genres (a.k.a. my bias): slice-of-life, iyashikei (癒し系) "healing Animes", romantic comedy, comedy, seinen, sci-fi, supernatural/magic, action, drama, sprinkled with the occasional shounen or shoujo.