Nice to meet you, I’m known as Yumeka in the online community. Anime, and animated shows/movies in general, have been the love of my life for as long as I can remember, starting from when I was a kid watching cartoons in the 90s and then got into anime in the early 2000s. I graduated from college with a B.A. in East Asian Languages & Literature (country of emphasis is Japan). I’m currently working full-time as a database analysis associate at a company in southern California.
My favorite anime: Angel Beats!, Azumanga Daioh, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chi’s Sweet Home, Evangelion, Inuyasha, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (my #1!), Noir, Pokemon, Wolf’s Rain (my #2!)
My favorite characters: Vash (Trigun), Asuka (Evangelion), Chopper (One Piece), Osaka and Sakaki (Azumanga Daioh), Shana (Shakugan no Shana), Nagi (Kannagi), Rock Lee, Gaara and Shikamaru (Naruto), Chi (Chi’s Sweet Home), Haruhi (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Mireille and Kirika (Noir), Yuri (Angel Beats!) Kagami (Lucky Star), Toboe (Wolf’s Rain)
Anime I’m watching/have watched: You can check my MyAnimeList.net profile to see all the anime I’m currently watching and the ones I’ve completed (I keep my MAL list constantly updated).
Other non-anime things I like:
As I said above, I’m also a fan of animation in general, particularly animated movies from Disney and Pixar. I also love animals and have always been interested in animal welfare since I was a kid. I have another section of my domain name called Animal Quotes where I host a large collections of quotes and excerpts relating to animal advocacy. I also used to volunteer at my local animal shelter whenever I had the time. Additionally, I’m a lifelong fan of the Pokemon franchise, particularly the video game series. I’ve written tons of articles about Pokemon over the years and the amount of time I’ve spent playing Pokemon games and watching the anime since I became a fan in 1999 could probably fill 2 years of my life.
Favorite TV shows: My favorite shows as a kid that still have a place in my heart are Animaniacs and Beast Wars Transformers. Besides animal-related shows like Dog Whisperer and Animal Cops, I never watched much TV as an adult because I preferred to spend my time watching anime, movies, and, for the past few years, keep up with my favorite YouTube channels. But besides animated shows, I guess my favorite show would be the original Twilight Zone series.
Favorite movies: All of my favorite movies are animated ones, which I actually listed and wrote about here. Frozen is my all time favorite movie, with lots of other Disneys following. For non-animated movies, I like the Harry Potter movies a lot.
Favorite books/authors: Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, D.H. Lawrence, The Catcher in the Rye, The Stranger, Fahrenheit 451…probably my most favorite stories are Mark Twain’s short stories “The Mysterious Stranger” and “What is Man?” My favorite book series is the Haruhi Suzumiya light novels. Not counting manga from Japan, my favorite comic book series is Calvin & Hobbes.
Favorite Music: I like a variety of music; oldies like Elvis and The Beatles, anime songs and other j-pop/j-rock, Broadway musicals like Les Miserables and Sound of Music, Disney soundtracks, video game BGM, and random other songs.
Favorite game series: As stated above, since I’m such a huge Pokemon fan I consider it a separate thing from other games. So besides Pokemon, my favorite games are Okami, Lost Kingdoms 2 (an underrated GameCube game), the Five Nights at Freddy’s indie horror games, and the classic Sonic the Hedgehog games. I also like Harvest Moon, Kingdom Hearts, Super Smash Bros. and a few others, but I don’t have time or motivation to play a lot of games.