About the Webmistress

Name: Alia

Online nickname: Yumeka

Age: 27

Birthday: March 19th

Location: San Fernando Valley, California, USA

Hobbies/Interests: anime, animals and nature, video games, Japanese language/culture/history, Japanese pop-music, computers, Disney, animation/cartoons, literature and poetry

Personality: I used to be really shy and withdrawn but I've come out of my shell over the past few years. I'm friendly with most people, especially if I feel comfortable with them or if we share common interests, but I'm still pretty quiet and soft-spoken. I'm not a fan of big groups either; I prefer being with just one or two other people since I tend to feel more withdrawn around a lot of people. So yeah, I'm not the most social person in the world, but with people I like or feel comfortable with (for example, fellow anime fans) I guess I can be fun ^^,,,

My (non-anime) interests

Animals: Besides anime, my other deep love in life is animals. All animals fascinate me, from tiny ants to giant whales, there's a special place in my heart for every living creature. I'm very interested in animal welfare issues and have read many books and taken a couple of university classes on the subject. It's hard for me to pick a favorite animal, but I guess you could say I favor cats since I've had them my entire life. When I'm not watching anime, I'm probably watching Animal Planet or National Geographic Channel.

Movies: Being the huge animation fan that I am, I mostly watch anime or other animated movies, especially Disney. Disney animated movies started my passion for animation, which eventually led to my love for anime. There are a handful of non-animated movies I like, such as certain fantasy/science fiction movies like Hitchcock films or the Harry Potter movies, but I'm mostly interested in animated movies.

TV shows: Besides anime, the only other TV shows I watch are various shows on Animal Planet, National Geographic, and a few old shows on other channels like I Love Lucy and The Twilight Zone. My favorite non-Japanese animated shows would be Animaniacs and Beast Wars: Transformers though both have long been off the air.

Music: For the past few years, j-pop and j-rock music have been my most favorite kind. I don't really have a particular singer/band that I like; there's a whole variety of them that I like, mostly songs I've heard from anime I watch. Besides Japanese songs, the Beatles are my favorite music band, but I also like Phil Collins, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bette Midler, and Elvis just to name a few. As you can probably tell, I like "oldies" music from the 50s and 60s. I also love the music from Disney movies, as well as some classical music and songs from musicals.

Books: My favorite author is Mark Twain and my favorite works of his are The Mysterious Stranger and What is Man?. When I read them, both of these works radically changed my views about the world so I highly recommend them! I adore the Haruhi Suzumiya novels by Nagaru Tanigawa too. I like the Harry Potter series as well though I've only read a few of the books and prefer the movies. Other authors I like are Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Natsume Souseki, Haruki Murakami, and many others. My favorite poets are Emily Dickinson and D.H. Lawrence.

Video games: Besides watching anime and working on this site, I've spent a lot of my time engrossed in a video game. The newest systems I own are a Wii and DSi. I'm not a big time gamer, since most of my free time and money is spent on anime, but there are some games I like. Pokemon games are my favorites and the ones I play the most, but other game series I like are Harvest Moon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Okami, Super Smash Bros., and Lost Kingdoms. I like games that are as cute as Pokemon Channel or as violent and bloody as Turok as long as they're fun and not too difficult ^_^

My anime interests

You can find an up-to-date list of all the anime I've watched/am watching on My Anime List here

My favorite anime: Azumanga Daioh, Cardcaptor Sakura, Evangelion, Inuyasha, Kannagi, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Naruto, Noir, One Piece, Pokemon, Wolf’s Rain

My favorite anime 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 and Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya), Mireille and Kirika (Noir), C.C. (Code Geass), Yuri (Angel Beats!) Kagami (Lucky Star), Toboe (Wolf's Rain), and most of the 640+ pokemon (my favorite pokemon is Vaporeon)

You can also find additional info about my anime interests on my blog's About the Blogger page

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