Entering the AniBlogSphere in 3, 2, 1!
AniBlogSphere – I like that word. It has a nice ring, doesn’t it?
Hi there! I’m one of the new recruits and a hopeful new addition to the AniBlogSphere. I guess I should introduce myself first by saying that I never really know what to do with these kinds of posts; there’s really so much I could put down – my whole life story, if I wanted to. I’ll have to give a complete definition of myself in a few short paragraphs, so I guess I’ll try my best with it. Here I go!
My name is Umizi – that seems like a good starter, doesn’t it? If you asked me for an explanation of this pseudo-Japanese name, it vaguely translates to “Purple Sea.” At least, Umi in Japanese for “sea,” and Zi (Zhi) in Chinese for “purple.” But I shouldn’t be boring you all with language, so I’ll just throw up my hands and admit that yes, it’s just an anagram of my given Japanese name, Izumi. Hopefully that will be a story for another time.
A little about me, you say? Let’s start with the basics; the physical stuff. I’m a girl. Clearly, a girl. I like feminine things and fancy clothes, though I don’t like to admit it. I’m also going to be 14 and a high school freshman in three weeks or so – this officially makes me the youngest Sekijitsu writer as of now! Knowing that, I’ll move on to what I look like. I’m of East Asian descent – almost all Chinese, and a little bit of Japanese to boot. I’m also crossing my fingers and hoping that I have some Nordic blood as well, tracking it down from some Mongolian lineage. But that’s just wishful thinking. I live in the city of New York, where people are crazy and prices are sky-high. I guess this automatically brands me as a hipster? There are a lot of tourists and the skyscrapers are dizzying to look at, even for a local. Chinatown has some nice anime stuff, but it’s all from China and you always feel like you can get it for cheaper. New Yorkers love bargains, and yet we deal with insane rent payments.
Onto the anime, then! I’ve grew up with anime my whole life – literally. Ever since I was a child, I was stuck with things like Hello Kitty, Doraemon, and Pokemon. I first got into it and learned of the term around six or seven (an abnormally young age, I’m sure), with the introduction of Sailor Moon. Since then, I’ve been pretty much living an anime life. My favorite genres are slice-of-life, mystery, and fantasy, with some of my favorite anime being Bakemonogatari and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. (I’m a Studio SHAFT fan!) I also adore playing Touhou and other danmakku games, as well as listening to Vocaloid/J-Pop music.
Also, my guilty pleasure will forever be Axis Powers Hetalia. There is no more explanation needed. Attractive Nordic personifications are attractive.
Some of my other favorite things are art, music, theater and writing. I really am your typical New York hipster, aren’t I? I’m not much of a mangaka, but I am a light novelist – I honestly write like a machine. It took me longer to figure out how to get the picture at the top of the page formatted correctly than writing this whole block of text. I love noveling – I also participate in NaNoWriMo, an event that makes you write 50,000 words of an original novel in a month. I’ve tried to turn my favorite plotline and characters into a fandom, but I bet it’s not going to happen anytime soon, (though I really hope it’ll gain more publicity!) I will also perk up at the mention of classical music – being a composer is another one of my many tried and failed adventures – but blogging will forever be a successful hobby.
Oh my, I’m rambling, aren’t I? I suppose this is enough for now. I wonder what you’d think of me – perhaps too mellow? Too enthusiastic? Too arrogant? Maybe even a bit too air-headed? Like Confucius said, a character will always be more interesting if you let them unravel by themselves…or maybe he didn’t say that. I’m rather wordy, so if you’ve read the entire thing, kudos and a million sticks of Pocky to you! I’m looking forward to working on the blog and getting to know everybody more, so please stand by for more posts in the future!