I mostly go by the nickname Virtureal online and I am an 19 year old male from Denmark.
I honestly can't remember how I found animepassion, but I was not active at all on the old site, something which I will try to change (although I would often rather watch another movie or episode than go online to discuss the one I just watched.)
I love movies and TV shows in general and watch both "real" and animated media, but my love for anime ultimately comes from one thing, its ability to be incredibly stylized and how it does not need to conform to any laws of nature.
I do not have a MyAnimeList account because I do not want to take the time to keep an online database on what I watch as I view all my media on my HTPC and XBMC keeps track of my watched status automatically. I also enjoy using a media center program to view my media because of how stylish it can be displayed:
I am a media collector and have a very large (imo) backlog downloaded and XBMC lets me display it beautifully.
The backside to using a program like XBMC is that it cannot recognize most default episode filenames and I have to batch rename them, which doesn't take a minute, but stops me from seeding any torrent with the files, which in turn is why I like using direct download sites, this way I do not feel bad about not seeding.
My favorites are (in mostly alphabetical order):
- Black Lagoon
- Code Geass
- Cowboy Bebop
- Death Note
- Elfen Lied
- Freedom Project
- Golden Boy
- Hellsing Ultimate
- Speed Grapher
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
- Dead Leaves
- Ghost in the Shell 1 & 2 (Not 2.0 though!)
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro
- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
- Mononoke Hime
- Summer Wars
(Read: I do not want to pick favorites among the ones I like, they are all my favorites)
I do not read manga, although I started this foray into japanese entertainment by reading manga in the library. I did start reading Mirai Nikki last year, and I have contemplated reading Berserk, but I prioritized watching some of my backlog instead. I do read though, mostly fantasy, sci-fi, steampunk, and literary classics, oh and graphic novels, for some reason I really like reading western graphic novels, but not manga, even though I love anime.
I also play games and really enjoy classic adventure games from Lucasart and the likes, but I throw a bit of multiplayer racing and shooting in there too. I mostly tire of MMOs quickly, especially if they play a lot like WoW (SW:TOR, I am looking at you!) But I did play Darkfall Online for quite a while, but ended up ragequitting as a result of a series of bad decisions and bad luck. On that note I am looking forward to trying Tera and its intriguing combat system out, but again I am afraid that I will tire of it.
This was all some of what I do in my spare time, and boy did I write a lot, but I am also studying and after summer I am hoping to start on a university aiming for a candidate in computer science, and I also work weekends and holidays in a book store.
So, I hope you guys feel you know me now, and I hope my small wall of text did not scare you away, I will try to be active on the forums, but I promise nothing.