Hello, I’m Chris, and I go by the handle Animewriter.
I’ve been a long time anime fan, and I first got hooked on anime in the very early 80’s with the arrival of Star Blazers (Uchū Senkan Yamato/Space Battleship Yamato),to American Television. Viewing Star Blazers has lead me to a lifelong love of anime, and foreign films.
While in the military I lived in Korea for two years, were I discovered a love of Asian culture, and society. I also visited Japan several times during my stay in Korea, this gave me a look at the people, and culture of Japan that goes beyond the anime stereotypes.
During my 23 year military career (I’m retired now) I’ve been stationed at Ft Richardson-AK, Ft Campbell-KY, Ft Benning-GA, Ft Lewis-WA, Camp Casey-Korea, Ft Sherman-Panama. I’ve been trained in and held positions in the following military specialties 11B (Infantryman), 11C (indirect fire Infantryman), and 74D (chemical operations specialist). While serving in the Army I attended many kick ass schools and recieved a lot of good training and mainly served as a grunt for my first 10 years. After serving about 10 years as a grunt the Army decided to train me as an instructor and I’ve done instructing stints teaching at many different active army and reserve schools including ROTC Advance Camp, IOBC, and helped setup the convoy live fire range at Ft. Benning. After turning 42 and serving 23 years I decided that I was getting too old for shit like getting shot at, and I feel you only get so many rolls of the dice before they come up snake eyes, so I said see you later.
I have studied film history, and theory while in college, along with my studies in psychology, and sociology. During my college studies I joined many film and anime clubs, and as recently as five years ago ran a anime club that specialized in showing cutting edge anime, but also included anime showings that could be watched viewers of all ages. The club also had monthly showings of older anime, and classic (pre Sailor Moon) shojo anime.
Over the years I have amassed a large library dedicated to the study of anime, Asian culture, Asian religion, Asian mythology, film studies, with many of the books being rare or out of print. I have a large video collection that includes around 1500 anime DVDs, one hundred plus Asian horror films, and a computer collection that has over 3 terabytes of anime files.
Now in my spare time that’s leftover after work, and hanging out with friends, I still like to watch, read, and research anime and Asian culture. Well, that’s about it, if you have any questions feel free to ask.
Oh, by the way I’m always interested in discussing or watching anime especially over coffee, or if you would like to contact me about a anime question just leave me a comment here. If you need to sent me a EEEEEEmail please sent it to remove brackets and fix[[[[chrisoldschoolanimefan]]]] at [[[gmail dot com]]].