Immersion

Greetings!

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I started writing about anime on a Facebook page where I posted updates, recommendations, reviews, etc. But due to the limitations of the medium, I’ve decided to start a small blog to share my never-ending thoughts regarding the vast world of Chinese cartoons anime.

I go by the name of Anabel.

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As I was born and raised in Indonesia, and frequently visited South Korea to visit my mother’s side of the family, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly where this interest started. Whether it be in the form of Indonesian-translated Detective Conan mangas sold at the bookstore, or a cool GeGeGe no Kitaro mechanical pencil I owned, anime had already immersed into my culture left and right. By the time I was in grade school, I was a lover, eagerly waiting in front of my TV after school for Cardcaptor Sakura and Alice Academy to air on the 3.30 PM and 4.00 PM slots. Don’t even get me started on high school when I religiously watched several episodes of Pokemon every day (Pokemon didn’t air on TV back home so I never got around to watching the anime until then)…

At the age of 17, I moved to Montreal, Canada, to attend McGill University.

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With university, came both the time and freedom for my interest to fully take flight. I discovered the possibilities of illegal streaming and I began to binge-watch, starting with the obligatory Ghibli films, to series that caught my eye as a kid: Yakitate!! Japan, Tsubasa Chronicles, Black Jack... Since then, I’ve expanded my grounds and got around to uncannily appreciating all types of genres. Though the list is always changing, for now some of my favorites are Hunter x Hunter (2011), Ao Haru Ride, Koe no Katachi, Kuzu no Honkai and Re:Zero. So far in 2018, Devilman: Crybaby, Violet Evergarden and Mahoutsukai no Yome have also been immensely memorable.

I take pride in my open curiosity.

Now 22 years old, this action-seeking, romance-loving, ecchi-admiring, idol-obsessing otaku hopes to share her random insights on the vast appeal of anime and maybe, possibly, hopefully… get around to breaking assumptions and boundaries regarding the different genres and anime as a medium.

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