Disclaimer: This article might be a lot shorter than most of the articles you may see on the site, because my writing skills aren't very good yet. I'll improve some time.
OK, here goes.
Hi, my name is HydraCord, and as a lurker/commenter for about six months, I wondered when the day would come when I would decide to become an author. And it turns out, that time is now. Protonstorm decided to convince me to, as well as several other users with the article below.
The primary reason I've been holding back so long is my age. As some of you may know, I am a lot younger than most of the people on AniTAY, so I was feeling slightly uncomfortable making content for people much older than my demographic. (I'm not in high school, by the way, so just leave it at that.) It's amazing to know that I've been given some reassurance that people might actually read my content, and may even improve my writing. I've had enough of just standing around, so I decided to take charge and write.
So, let's actually get to the point of the entire article: how I became an otaku.
During the December of 2013, a bunch of kids in my Boy Scout troop were all freaking out about this new show called Attack On Titan. It was apparently about little guys slicing up giant men while flying in the air, and how this guy named Levi was such a badass, and how this girl named Mikasa was also such a badass, and so on, and so on. They would just talk on and on about it, and I would just be sitting there, not knowing what the hell they were talking about. So, as any curious person would do, I decided to check it out. I found Crunchyroll, and waited to be taken away.
And oh boy, that was a journey.
This entire anime was the perfect starting point to get me into this entire club. Glorious fight scenes, people swinging around like Spider-Man while simultaneously kicking ass, and all that glory of seeing those Titans wreck stuff and die. All this was just enough to keep me at the edge of my seat and make me want to keep on watching. It's incredible how quickly someone like me, who has no idea about this entire concept of anime, can be hooked in as quickly as someone who's been a fan for years.
After finishing AoT over the course of 3 months (I also had a life outside of the Internet), I decided to try and find more shows to watch. I didn't exactly get the concept of anime seasons and ongoing animes yet, so I decided to browse the catacombs of Crunchyroll, MAL, and the rest of the internet to find some things worthy of viewing. Eventually, I hit Death Note, Code Geass, and One Week Friends, after some clever browsing on Kotaku. However, due to my busy life, I had to put a hiatus on anime for a while, and I didn't quite know when I would come back.
Then I found this little gem by Richard Eisenbeis.
Lurking around on Kotaku for a bit finally paid off. I managed to actually find some animes that people enjoyed on a wide scale (or so I thought at the time). I browsed the list for a bit, examined my choices (Parasyte, Your Lie in April, Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, Shirobako, Marksman and Vanadis) and decided to pick the first two listed, because I liked action shows and I played the piano. Simple reasons.
After bingewatching both shows to catch up, I decided to fill in the time within episodes with other animes. I cried while watching Angel Beats, found the intellectual genius hidden in gamers with No Game No Life, and started watching SAO (which was awesome in the first three episodes, but gradually started sucking every single episode after that). I also started watching Full Metal Alchemist 2009, one of my most favorite animes to this day. It seemed like my love for this genre had finally taken off.
Then I found AniTAY.
After some rapid hyperlinking from TAY, I managed to find this site. I was in shock. It was a place where everyone actually agreed with each other's opinions and had a complete lack of hate, something that r/anime was severely lacking in. I decided to take a look at some of the articles by Koda, Protonstorm, Dex, and a bunch of other guys, and I was immediately sold. This was going to be my online home for anime.
I kept watching my two primary shows for some time, and seemed to develop a huge love for them. My waifu was quickly established (Kaori Miyazono is Best Girl, your argument is invalid), and I quickly got attached to Kousei, Shinichi, and even Tamura Reiko at some points (I'm honestly not quite sure about that last one). By the time they were done, I felt that I've been completely filled. My viewing experience was full, my anime life was over for that season, yet will continue in the next one. I picked up Death Parade, and the cycle continued.
I just want to say some thanks.
Thanks to Koda, Dex, Kevin and Richard for starting this wonderful cycle in the first place.
Thanks to Matt, for helping me indulge in my Shigatsu addiction.
Thanks to Krakken, for his crack-me-up Baka Guides (I'm still wondering why I put you in the "credible information" category XD)
And finally, thanks to Michael, for giving me the courage to actually create this in the first place.
Thank you all.