Hi everyone, my name is Jay. I am an anime and manga otaku, and the term otaku is basically Japanese for geek or nerd.
This site is made for fans of anime and manga as well as for newbies trying to get involved in the medium. There is so much anime and manga circulating in the industry that it may drive you insane, but that’s where I come in to guide you through the chaos.
Since I’m still building an audience on this site, I will only temporarily posts advice and reviews on shonen and seinen action anime, and then maybe I’ll widen my scope of the anime, manga, and light novel medium in the future.
In the years between 1997 and 1998, I must’ve been 6 or 7 at the time, my first exposure to anime would have to be the Cartoon Network’s Toonami block. I watched all types of anime on Toonami such as Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Universe, and Gundam Wing. These animated series were nothing like the animated shows created in the US and Toonami was a revolutionary idea that distributed these amazing shows for American audiences to see. I should also say that the anime Pokémon, another one of my favorites based on a Japanese video game, helped to catalyze the anime boom around the world.
Around 2001, I began to watch more mature anime on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, and I mean mature by Western standards even though many of these series are targeted for children by Japanese standards. Yu Yu Hakusho was the first anime I’ve seen on Adult Swim around this time, but then like a year or two later it was watered down for the Toonami block. What came next on Adult Swim include shows like Cowboy Bebop, Inuyasha, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, and Death Note.
After the fall of Toonami in 2008, I started watching more anime online. Toonami did get revived on Adult Swim in 2013, which is doing a great job of consistently showing new anime, but I have gotten so use to watching anime online that I have no need for Toonami’s televised distribution. To end this on a high note, I continue to watch anime to this day and I don’t plan on stopping in the future.
My Discovery of the Medium’s Place of Origin
I never had access to the Internet until 2008, so the only way I could figure out where anime was from was by watching the anime itself. Once I did get access to the Internet, I learned so much more about anime and the culture it was built on.
As I surfed the web, I found out that most anime were adapted from something called manga, which was a term new to me at the time. I also found out a lot of light novels were adapted into the manga format as well.
Even after finding this out, for a short time I never bothered reading manga because I was satisfied with just watching the anime. In 2012, I finally gave in and started reading manga because I was eager to find out what happened next in stories. I’m still learning new things every day about anime, manga, and light novels, and its history in Japanese culture.
The Impact that Anime and Manga had on Me
There is a certain flair to anime and manga that I gravitate to it more than other types of entertainment such as animation in the US or live action TV series. The creators of these anime and manga series put so much passion in their stories to just make you laugh hysterically or cry from very emotional scenes. A series such as Gintama is something that both springs out great comedy and heart wrenching moments.
My two favorite series are Dragon Ball and One Piece because these stories taught me the importance of teamwork and motivated me to keep pushing myself to achieve my goals. There are darker series such as Tokyo Ghoul, Berserk, Attack on Titan, and recently The Promised Neverland, and they always made me wonder what would I do if I was in the same situation as the characters in these stories.
Watching anime and reading manga helps me to take a break from the real world for a moment, so I can dwell in the themes that are presented in a fictional world and maybe learn something about myself that I didn’t know was there. I am just so enthralled with these stories that I want to learn more about Japanese culture and learn the language. I’m also fascinated by the Chinese mythology distilled in many of these stories such as Journey to the West, which inspired Akira Toriyama to create Dragon Ball in the first place.
My Goal is to Give You Direction
The amount of anime, manga, and light novels circulating around the world can be overwhelming because even I have a hard time catching up, and the most elite of fans sometime have a hard time catching up as well. The purpose of this website is to give you direction on what to look for so you don’t drown in the exponential amount of this medium. This site will also help me organize my knowledge base of the medium, so we’re basically helping each other out.
I especially want to help newcomers not to be discouraged from watching anime and reading manga. The anime and manga community should keep growing and prosper because this is a very special type of medium full of heart, imagination, and wonder.
Also, as I mentioned before I will only discuss shonen and seinen action anime until I can get my site, Otaku Review Zone, stable. In the future, I will post discussions about many other genres and categories of anime and manga. I never read a light novel, but I will try getting into light novels so I can have discussions of them after I get a large following on this site.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,