I was enamored with cartoons when I was growing up. One of my very first memories of moving when I was 5 is begging my dad to set up the cable box so I could watch Pokemon on WB Kids. I watched Digimon and Anamaniacs every morning before school and Sailor Moon and Pokemon when I got back. I spent a lot of time glued to my TV watching Cartoon Network (jury's still out on whether that hindered or helped my childhood development). One night I stayed up a little too late and discovered Toonami where I saw my first bits of anime- until Mom showed up in the doorway and evil-eyed me right back into my bed.
Flash-forward to 6th grade when I was a part of an unofficial anime fan club- by unofficial I mean we were too lazy and unorganized to ever have meetings or do anything remotely club-like (with the exception of that time we tried to make sailor uniforms happen... HA). We did, however, exchange mangas and had lunch discussions over which Fruit's Basket character each of us was like and whether Kagome/Inuyasha was endgame or not. Unfortunately, anime and I had a falling out in 7th grade when I decided that I was going to be an emo kid. In my head, anime was decidedly un-emo. I instead spent my time writing Harry Potter fanfic to MCR to pass the time.
Flash-flash-forward to 9th grade where one of my friend's re-introduced me to anime via that Blockbuster service where they sent dvds in the mail (RIP BB). We watched every Ghibli film possible, Chrono Crusade and Daa Daa Daa (for your sake, please don't ever watch it. it has the single-most inane plot of any anime I have seen to date.) BUT the one anime that really stuck with me was Wolf's Rain. If you can get past the insanely 90's Bryan Adam's sounding intro song, I can almost guarantee you won't regret watching it. The scenery is stunning, the storyline is heartbreaking and poignant, and the end credit song will have you in tears- and that's the end of my advertisement for Wolf's Rain.
Where was I?
So essentially my watching of anime only occurred when I had people I could discuss it with. I can't imagine watching Game of Thrones would be as entertaining if you took away the ability to share your horror, despair, and conspiracy theories with other enthusiasts. Unfortunately, I eventually ended up in a situation where none of my friends watched anime. I lost interest. In a way I almost felt as if people would judge me if I tried to discuss it.
It wasn't until the start up of Fan Service Season 2 that I dipped my toe back in. I didn't watch S1 because I was afraid I would be too out of touch and not be able to catch up, but I eventually decided to give it a shot. It has quickly become one of my favorite RT productions. I can't thank you enough for giving me that push to get back in again. I had always wanted to watch Bebop for whatever reason (Spike) and I'm almost halfway through right now and LOVE it. I also started watching Yuri!!! and do I even have to say anymore? As soon as I'm done with Bebop I'm starting Wolf's Rain again because I love/hate myself.
Extremely long story short-
To everyone involved in making Fan Service: Thank you for that gift. I really appreciate it. Keep on doing the things