Hello, I’m Chris, and I go by the handle Animewriter.

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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]]].

51 Responses to “About/Profile”

  1. Scy Says:

    yo, thx for all the awesome reviews, i especially loved all you reviews on clannad. keep up the good work 😀

  2. chower Says:

    Hi there! I’ve recently just finished watching the clannad series and did that while reading your end reviews at the same time.
    I’m glad i did cuz whilst it being a gut wrenching anime, there were parts that I might not get at times or mostly episode 22 of the after story where it went back to when nagisa just gave birth to ushio. But reading your review gave me a deeper understanding of the story and the light orbs as well as the girl and robot in the dream world. Whether or not it was meant to be interpreted that way or just speculation on your part, I do think that it is probably the best way to be interpreted. =)

    Anyways I love this anime to bits and will look to you for future reviews!

  3. Cupy Says:

    Hello, would u care for a link exchange?

    My adress is Anime Cupy

    Please let know ure answer.

    Thanks
    Best wishes, Cupy

  4. Kori Says:

    what anime is that. All I know is that it came form your website.

  5. CupY Says:

    @ Kori Anime is obvious where it comes from and Cupy is my nickname. I have lots of information about anime in my native language and in English as well. Though i still have some posts to translate from my language to English.

  6. gertjanvandk Says:

    nice blog you got here 🙂

  7. Lourdes Says:

    thanks for all the wonderful reviews.
    have you watched FuliCuli?
    regards,

    1. animewriter Says:

      Thanks for the feedback, yes I’ve watched FuliCuli and I love it, I even own the series on DVD.

  8. offko Says:

    Hellew! Loved your blog, am subscribing! Just started mine, also about anime, maybe you’ll be interested too 😛 just looking for some friendly people who also love anime as much as me!)

  9. alin.aun Says:

    Hi! I’d like your anime review. You are one of an anime lover, same as me. ah,. hopes I could set your link in my blog so I could read your review everytime I want to. Ehehhe,. thanx, ya. I really wait your next issues. 🙂

  10. alin.aun Says:

    Anyway,. do you like CLAMP? Actually I really love them.I like all about Ghiblies, too. Im gonna start to read your review.

  11. animeparley Says:

    While perusing other anime blogs I stumbled across yours, and I have to say, yours is fantastic.

    I’m also in love with Asian culture, moreover China, but nonetheless just about any Asian culture interests me.

    Out of those 100 horror movies which do you like best? My girlfriend absolutely loves Asian horror movies, preferably Chinese since she’s Chinese ;).

    1. animewriter Says:

      OK, here’s a list of films that I would recommend.

      Mainland China.
      Frozen 1997

      China (Taiwan)
      Silk 2006

      China (HK)
      The Eye 2002
      The Eye II 2004
      Vengeance 2006
      Vampire Kids (silly and stupid) 1991

      For a anime featuring a Chinese themed story featuring Chinese characters.

      A Chinese Ghost Story 1997 (Viz)
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Chinese_Ghost_Story:_The_Tsui_Hark_Animation

      1. animeparley Says:

        Wow, great thanks! I’ll go about checking those out for her. And I’ll take a look at that Anime…

  12. animeparley Says:

    I checked out most of those movies, great recommendations, my girlfriend loved them. Anytime she can watch Chinese films she’s a happy woman. Your on my blogroll man! Keep up the great work here.

  13. Tariff Says:

    Good reviews, nice to know i’m not the only person who reads and watches anime, i wish there were more people like you in my little area of the globe.

  14. minercia Says:

    Hi Chris! First of all, thank you for the memories!!!

    I’m from Guatemala and used to watch Candi Candi when I was little. When I saw your blog I felt like a kid again!
    I was wondering if you have any work from Maki Miyako or Macoto Takahashi. I really love their art style but I’m unable to find any high quality art. Can you recommend a place where I can buy it?

    Thank you so much!!!

  15. Kris Says:

    Hi there! I’ve recently just finished watching the clannad series and did that while reading your end reviews at the same time.I’m glad i did cuz whilst it being a gut wrenching anime, there were parts that I might not get at times or mostly episode 22 of the after story where it went back to when nagisa just gave birth to ushio. But reading your review gave me a deeper understanding of the story and the light orbs as well as the girl and robot in the dream world. Whether or not it was meant to be interpreted that way or just speculation on your part, I do think that it is probably the best way to be interpreted. =)
    +1

  16. Panda Says:

    Hi, I have a question about an asian horror movie. xD But I vaguely remember some parts. Would you mind answering it anyway? ^^

  17. MrMurphy Says:

    Hi,
    are you still working in this blog? I really enjoyed reading the Clannad reviews and was whondering since you didn’t updated the blog in a while.

    Greets 🙂


  18. hello,

    nice to meet you , i just wanted to say i really enjoy your blog , ive been a reader for a good amount of time now and just im amazed.I hope we could talk or so, i have a twitter and a facebook so thank you! and keep blogging my friend

  19. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t know if you will ever get to this, but..

    When all others failed you have came through. No other blog, review, forum, put my mind, and heart at ease then reading your insightful reviews on anime episodes that have me lost and sad.
    It took re-finding this blog after many months to realize how much I missed it. Your work is inspiring and helps make sense of some of the most amazing, heart wrenching stories that, I’m proud to say, are found in their fullest in Anime. A genre that is, without a doubt, your area of expertise. You make sense of this amazing genre of art for someone who is just simply, failing to keep up.
    Thank you.
    As a fan.
    As a student.
    And as a fellow anime enthusiast.
    Thank you.


  20. nice blog you got here ..
    I just started my own blog , hope you can visit my blog ..:)
    Thanks .

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