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* RobdeFR stands for my name. Rob.
To make the story brief, here are some facts about my past with anime;
- First anime was probably Heidi, in the beginning of the eighties (or at least the earliest I remember watching). 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 already knew they were “Japanese letters” at the time). Luckily, the national television aired Japanese cartoons regularly during those days, as well a good handful of western europe during the 80's.
- The real first obsession was Saint Seiya in 1990 (which has never faltered). Around the same time, I watched an Akira movie trailer (in TVE, Spanish channel) and I thought it was the best thing ever animated in the world (That bike chasing scene was just something out of this world...).
- During 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 1995/’96 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.
- Early 2000 I started downloading manga chapters and following manga series.
- In 2001/02 I slowly started downloading anime thanks to the increase of internet bandwidth speeds.
- Around 2003/04 I regularly started following "fresh" weekly anime. In a more regular basis since somewhere in 2004.
Some information regarding how I personalize my lists.
* I haven't added any episodes to the various anime that I have watched on my formaive years, childhood and teenager years (VHS and TV days). The main motives are:
- I do not give credit to childhood nor teenage judgement, even though I had a pretty good judgement in my late teens;
- don't remember the series anymore;
- probably haven't watched all the episodes of the title (
So it would be unfair to have these titles completely included. And I don't use this site to have a big "watched" list anyway.
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 adult criteria and finally add them to my list.
* I only leave anime on my "Watching" List, which I watch weekly or at least from two to two weeks.
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. The test of time is the biggest quality judgement.
* I don’t use “Rewatching” nor "Total Times Re-watched Series" function. 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 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, with life outside the hobby being rather complicated and the time available 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 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, with is the best anime series of the modern times.
I hope the profile didn't turn out too presuncious or arrogant. So if you have an modern alternative anime recommendation, or any question, please drop a line and feel free to ask whatever you are interested in as long you do it in a respectful manner.