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* RobdeFR stands for my name. Rob.
To make the story brief, here's a bit of my bio regarding anime;
- First anime I remember watching was likely Heidi, in the beginning of the eighties. Since then I always gave preference to Japanese cartoons (the “Japanese thing” being evidenced by those strange characters always appearing at the ending credits. I somehow learned they were “Japanese letters” very early). Luckily, the national television aired Japanese cartoons regularly during those days. I believe it was usual in a handful of western europe countries as well during the 80's, or even earlier, France was definitely king of anime in the western world in those days though.
- The real first obsession was Saint Seiya back in 1990 (which I might admit has never faltered). Around the same time, I watched a Akira bike chasing movie scene (in TVE, Spanish channel) and I thought it was the best thing ever animated in the world, was totally revolutionary. I still think it's an amazing feature and I rewatch it every now and then.
- During the early nineties I watched some anime VHS, most of them brought by Manga Entertainment distributed in my country at the time, thus misleading me and pretty much the rest of the country making us start to call “Manga” to any Japanese animation” (There are still people in Portugal referring to anime by the "manga" moniker).
- By middle 90's I learned that Japanese animation was called anime. And also fell in love with Rumiko Takahashi manga drawings and stories. Mostly because of an article that I read on Takahashi-Sensei on a Brazilian magazine and the fact that Ranma ½ manga was being published in my country of residence at the time, Portugal. (Unfortunately it was discontinued in early stages by lack of popularity, but the seeds were already planted.)
- Some time after that, I had anime put to rest (also forced by lack of quality anime on the TV at the time), but picked it again around 1999, thanks to the glorious south american Locomotion TV channel, a TV channel dedicated exclusively to alternative animation with a big leaning on anime.
- Around 2000 I got aware of manga translation groups on the internet. (On those days of the 56k modem to have a chapter translated online was worthy of celebration!)
- In 2001/02 I slowly started downloading anime thanks to the increase of internet bandwidth speeds and P2P software being popularized. The video definition of those files would shock the current generation.
- Around 2003/04 I regularly started following "fresh" weekly anime. In a more regular basis since somewhere in 2004. The arrival of ADSL internet speeds helped greatly to that.
Some information regarding how I personalize my lists.
* I haven't added any episodes to the various anime that I have watched on my formative years, childhood and teenager years (VHS and TV days). The main motives are:
- I do not give credit to childhood nor teenage judgment, at least my own.
- I probably don't remember the series anymore and very likely I haven't also watched all the episodes of the title.
- I don't use this site to track quantity consumption or to have a big "watched" list anyway..
So it would be unfair to have these titles completely included.
With that in mind, the anime that I have watched during my first 20 year span is added to the “On Hold” status without any episode added.
I may then get to re-watch some of those titles if I ever have the opportunity to do so, correctly evaluate them following my current criteria and then upgrade them to another list.
* I only leave anime on my "Watching" List, which I watch weekly or at least in a two weeks timeframe.
So, slow fansubs and OVAs that I'm watching end up in the "On Hold" List, except if they have weekly releases.
* I re-evaluate my ratings, from time to time. One changes over the years so does one's own judgement.
* I don’t use “Rewatching” nor "Total Times Re-watched Series" thing. Again, I'm not here for the numbers.
* My Manga List is pretty incomplete and I don't know if it'll ever be complete, I'm pretty lazy with that list and I don't remember the titles I have read any more during my strong manga reading period, which was in the early 00s.
* I also don't understand how MAL can measure the manga that someone have read.
* I’m pretty sure that my whole my "Anime List" is also incomplete. Sometimes I forget to add the titles that I watch to my list when I watch them.
* I don’t watch Hentai and I don't have much patience for Echii (except for some old school echii anime, of course) and I don't understand Moe/loli complex/ whatever general modern anime tendencies. So please do us a favour and refrain from trying to make a point how good that all is and how you are right about it (Yes, people send me messages like this).
EDIT: From 2009 on, my interest in anime has decreased drastically, with real life becoming more complex and the free time being extremely limited.
The industry even though has always been in for the pocket of the consumer, is heading mostly towards a way that I dislike with it's orientation on extreme otaku culture interests as mixing echii and loli together in a bizarre cosplay and pedophile festival. As a result I don't have a big will to watch many anime series anymore as I did in the previous decades.
But I am always on the lookout for some alternative title that might show up in these dark ages like Monster, or stuff from Masaaki Yuasa or some seinen from the Noitamina block, to give you an idea.
So if you have any modern alternative anime recommendation or a old school title you think I should know or watch, or have a question, you can just drop a line and feel free to ask whatever you are interested in as long you do it in a respectful manner.