Hello world, here’s a little bit about me (now updated).
While I’d like to be anonymous, I think it is important to give people reading this some idea about myself because who I am greatly impacts my anime watching and thus this blog.
I mentioned my actual name in my blog but I prefer to go by the name steelbound. I was born in 1978 to a family that had steel-making in their blood going back the few generations that they were in America.
In the 1980’s I watched many cartoons like Transformers and Voltron that were from Japan but I don’t consider that my introduction to anime since I was not aware they were from Japan (due to the heavy localization). I spent most of my free time reading science fiction since outside of Saturday morning cartoons the television was boring. I don’t want to brag but to get an idea of my reading, I read The Hobbit in third grade and Lord of the Rings in fourth grade.
My introduction to anime came when Cartoon Network started to show Yu Yu Hakusho and Kenshin during the week on Toonami and my younger sister started to watch. I was in the room so I overheard the shows as they played and slowly I realized that these weren’t cartoons in the vein of The Simpsons where each episode was stand alone but linked together. There was a depth to the story telling that I always felt was missing from television outside of shows like the X-Files and I liked it. (This was during a period where there were a over-saturation of plot less reality TV series.)
I started buying Kenshin DVDs and my younger sister Yu Yu Hakusho DVDs. After awhile I started wondering if there was other anime series I would like to watch. I still remember the day I bought my first non-Kenshin DVD, it was Witch Hunter Robin. I’m rambling now but I bought more series and became a bigger fan then inevitably I got hooked on manga.
Bleach was just one of the mangas I was buying but reading it I realized there was as an anime out for Bleach. I confirmed this online and thought to myself – Why bring over the manga and not the anime??? I stumbled upon a few anime blogs that talked about the series and realized non-Japanese people where somehow watching this show. Some more searching and I discovered fansubs, bittorrent, and a group fansubbing Bleach.
The rest is history, as they say. What started out as myself only liking Shounen series like Bleach slowly spread to just about every conceivable genre of anime. And all the reading I’ve done makes reading subtitles effortless and sometimes I forget when I’m talking about a show that I watched it in a foreign language.
Because of my history with anime (anime only from DVDs bought before mid-2005 and fansubs and DVDs – of shows that I have already seen and loved – since then) I have a great many holes in talking about the classics of anime. If you think I’m purposely not giving a show it’s proper due and attention it’s probably because I’ve never seen it. I’m always on the look out for quality anime of any genre to watch so if you want to suggest it, please do.
If you want to contact me, you can email me at:
Remember to swap the (at) with an @. And I’ll try to be punctual about responding.
I figured I should add here that currently I’m not a member of Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networking service and I don’t see myself doing so in the future. I just don’t have the time to split my attention between various things.