Summer has been filled with rainy days and random thoughts and passing obsessions which take up my days.
Where I grew up, anime was never a thing. I was vaguely familiar with Sailor Moon when it came out just due to advertisements but I never had opportunity or reason to actually watch an anime. That changed once I married my husband. He and his friends enjoyed the show DragonBall Z.
Now, I'm the type of person who when I get interested in a subject, I throw myself into it to learn all I can. I watched the show with him, asked 1000 questions, and because the internet was actually turning in to something useful, I looked up more and more about Dragonball Z and the company Funimation which dubbed it and made it available through our satellite provider.
After Dragonball Z, we watched Inuyasha and YuYu Hakusho. At some point One Piece and Naruto joined our lineup of watched series. We really enjoyed all these shows so our interest in anime continued though with my personality, my interest was more extreme than his.
Soon after these shows, we discovered Rurouni Kenshin. This is my all-time favorite anime. I have watched many series since but none compare to the story of Kenshin, Karou, Sanosuke, and Yahiko. I collected a few little items I found on ebay and I still have Ruruoni Kenshin as a saved search so I can see when clothing items come up for bid.
This spring I watched Skip Beat! on the Crunchy Roll app. Though I had to endure the ads as I didn't have the extra money to spend for a premium membership, I binge watched the series in just a few days. Anytime I had a small break from household duties or schooling the kids, I could be found glued to the iPad watching to find out what happened next. When it ended, I was very upset and started searching out the manga so I could find out what had happened in the story after the series had ended.
I also watched Uta No Prince Sama this spring and enjoyed it as well. I found it through the recommendation of a youtuber I came across. I have since watched several other short series similar in genre to Utami and Skip Beat and enjoyed the majority of those.
My youngest daughter is into Pokemon pretty heavily. She loves Pikachu and is campaigning to have her own YouTube account with her preferred gaming ID which references her favorite character. She also loves to watch family-friendly anime with us.
Our pre-teen daughter doesn't have much interest in watching anime but she has an amazing talent for drawing anime style characters. There is something about the style of the characters that comes easily to her and she can be found everyday drawing new characters in one of her many sketch books.
If you have any suggestions of fun anime to watch, I'd love to hear of some new ones to look for. We did recently subscribe to Funimation Now so we could catch up on One Piece episodes without commercials. Thanks for reading my ramblings!