1.) Who or what got you into anime in the first place, or how did you discover it?
Uh…so this is kind of a longish short story. Waaaaay back in the day me and my brother picked up a game called Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. It was this odd little…Action RPG, I guess you could call it, where you played as this sorcerer on an abandoned ship and escape with one of three of the passengers, each with their own story and ending. 'Course, at the time it was a bit too confusing for me and tbh it still is since that game had some very odd mechanics, but I digress.
So years later we got Comcast, a step up from Satellite, and that was notable for being (I believe) the only service to have on demand. We found out about the Anime Network (not knowing what anime was at the time, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, etc. were just cartoons to us) and found out that it was a show. That was the start of everything, got really into it from there. Those Who Hunt Elves, Sorcerer Hunters, Burn Up, Angelic Layer, some good times, thinking back.
2.) What do you think of OVAs?
Nothing, really, they’re fine. Honestly I like the more free form way they can be used to release anime, rather than being forced into a stricter episode requirement. It leads to a lot of tighter and more experimental formats, so I guess I’m a fan but I don’t necessarily prefer them.
3.) Have you ever read the manga before/after an anime? What did you think?
Before has only really happened twice, one of which was The Law of Ueki, since I found it in a bookstore randomly and liked it, only to find out that it had a show. Nisekoi was a similar case, where I trialed it with the first volume and then watched the show. I suppose Dr.Stone will count as this once its anime comes out
As for the opposite, more than I can count. If it’s a romance anime that I watched, chances are I read it too because the anime stopped short. Fruits Basket, Cardcaptors, Ouran, and Inuyasha (since Final Act wouldn’t come out for a few years) immediately come to mind, and I enjoyed them all. Helped that the art beat out their adaptations by a mile, but I’d still rewatch those shows, looking back. School Rumble, too.
4.) What is your favorite anime movie?
Summer Wars. It’s also just my favorite anime in general.
5.) Has a series ever made you cry?
Probably, but none that come to mind. I have been tearing up at anime more than usual, I feel like being in a relationship kind of put me in that mode of being more emotionally invested in the things I do.
6.) What’s your favorite anime facial expression?
This is a dangerous question.
7.) Do you have a favorite voice actor, and who might it be?
Laura Bailey, she’s a cutie who has some solid range and a pretty unique voice overall. Big fan.
As far as seiyuu go I haven’t thought about it too much so I’ll be boring and say Tomokazu Sugita since he’s always good fun.
8.) Where do you watch your shows or read your manga?
On my TV, right next to my monitor. It’s very rare that I watch my anime on anything other than a TV.
9.) Have you ever played a game based off of an anime?
Name a Dragon Ball game and I’ve probably played it. I also avidly play Duel Links currently. Big fan of the Ultimate Ninja series. Aaaand…uh…probably others. But yes, essentially.
10.) What is your favorite anime animal or creature?
Don’t think I have one, me and mascots don’t really get along too well, usually.
11.) What anime would you want you live in?
Danball Senki. A world where portable robos are commonplace is too enticing for me to ignore.
12.) What is your least favorite anime to date?
Mirai Nikki/Future Diary
13.) How would you improve your favorite anime, or would you at all?
Raise the native resolution, Summer Wars is honestly pretty close to perfection in my eyes, but I don’t know that I could say what would make it better myself.
14.) Do you, or did you used to, follow the monthly/irregular updates for your favorite manga?
Tbh I don’t think I can remember the last time I was caught up to an anime I followed other than AoT. I did stay up to date on that for a while, coming back to my bookstore every few months after work to stay with it. Preeeeetty far behind now, though.
15.) Overall, do you prefer the manga or the anime of any given series?
Uh…not off the top of my head. Attack on Titan’s the only one that comes to mind, favoring the anime and having dropped the show really early on. Weird for a sakuga nerd like me but there are certain things about the direction and framing that I don’t like.
16.) Would you consider anime better than Western animation?
They’re different in almost every way so it’s really hard to compare the two. I like both but I’m definitely more invested in the former.
17.) What is your favorite series?
Gintama, by a landslide. Such a great series, I couldn’t even begin to sing its praises. It’s honestly one of the few shows that, despite its length, I’d recommend to anyone and everyone.
18.) What genre do you prefer in your anime?
None really, I’m down for pretty much all of them if they’re interesting enough. Don’t really prefer one over the other.
19.) What is your least favorite genre?
My answer would normally be none but at the moment, though it’s not a “genre” per se, Isekai. Never seen a trend like this breed such bad content for so long. Scary that SAO isn’t even close to the worst of it.
20.) What is your least favorite thing about anime?
There are a lot of things that I dislike about the industry but overall “the fans” would be my answer, second only to how the industry endorses fans to support samey and low quality cash-ins. Among many many many many many other things.
I love anime.
21.) What is your favorite female and/or male character?
Favorite characters are hard for me, don’t think I have one, just a shitton of characters I enjoy.