Because I can never be brief- This was actually a response to My Descent into K-drama Madness by Raine but it got way out of hand and so I decided to post it here.
I think I was raised on anime- seriously- my earliest memories are of Candy Candy, Heidi, Remi – I think I was four or five when these aired on the spanish speaking channel Telemundo.
Then those were followed by Captain Tsubasa a.k.a Flash Kicker (OMG was I in love with Tsubasa Ozora or what), Astro boy and many others!
I watched all of the classics too: Saint Seiya, Sakura Cardcaptor (was my first ever introduction to boys love in anime actually), Dragon ball, Dragon Ball Z and Dragon Ball GT (DBZ was my fave season though) I also watched Sailor Moon (This one was my intro to girls love in anime – yeah I’m talking about Michiru and Haruka)– I watched all and I mean ALL of it’s seasons including the one where Mamoru appeared for a grand total of 2 episodes for a reason I won’t divulge here lest I spoil it for someone. I was so obsessed with Sailor Moon that I had my parents buy me Sailor Moon doll and then I also watched Ranma 1/2 – ho my god that one was a trip. And so it continued on and still to this day I love anime though I don’t have time to watch it- =o
That childhood environment became the gateway to J-pop, J-Rock, J-drama from 2000 onward (When my dad finally allowed me access to a computer for recreational purposes- before it was strictly homework related use). I heard, and watched and devoured all I could find…
Because of time constraints, school, drama watching and sports I turned to manga more and more. I first started reading manga in 2001 -incidentally my first manga was Inuyasha (an anime I was also watching) – thus I have a soft spot for Rumiko Takahashi 😛 (Currently I’m following a loooong list of manga, mahwa and manhuas…- though I’m sort of bummed that the one I loved the most has been postponed indefinitely – Nana– does anyone know if the mangaka got over her illness or is she still battling it?)
but then in 2003 I found the crackiest crack that I ever was addicted to: K-drama, but not just any old k-drama no… it is probably the most tearjerky most cliched, most frustrating work of all – Stairway to Heaven – of course I didn’t know it was clichéd at the time since it was my very first drama (now I know better but can you believe I’ve watched that tearfest over 3x? Shoot me please). Soon after that came more and more and more dramas- so many I lost count- when I didn’t have time for dramas (because I used to marathon watch them- I hardly ever watched as it aired) I looked for movies and so I have watched soooooo many that I can’t even say how many but there’s on that I remember loving very much: Kang Dong Wan’s Temptation of Wolves– god that had me crying too… wait a minute I’m seeing a trend here…. am I masochist?
Then when I found Dramabeans- JB was flying solo then, and it wasn’t the huge site it is now, but it became my drama guru, and kept the crack flowing for me. And so it is that I’ve become a 10 year old Drama addict… OMG… hahahaha…