There is one sentence that I would like to utter in the beginning of this special post.
I REGRETTED THE DAY I LEAVE MANGA/ANIME WORLD!!!
Yup, I said it. It was a decision that I made the day I entered Matriculation and which, I regretted so dam* much!
For starter, I been a fan of manga since I was able to read. Approximately, right after I turned five. I used to read cartoons and stuff similar to that and even though my vocabulary wasn't that good, I manage to find it as entertaining (possibly due to my loner nature). My dad never scolded me for reading it but he expressed his concern and brought me story books instead. That is even better because I love reading, and anything would do.
When I was in primary school, I was introduced with Manga by my younger brother. I am sure most of people know what a Manga is so don't bother to ask me. It was 'Naruto'. The kid who have 9 tails fox entitled to him and his incredible journey in order to become a Hokage. I didn't really get the story-line at first but the moment when I begin to understand - I just can't put it down. I always asked my brother what is it mean with this, and what's up with that situation, just to clarify some things and made me understand the story-line that almost no time: I think I could explain it better than him. It felt good whenever I read the manga but kinda su*k that I can't share is with anyone as no girls in my class shares the same interest as I do.
As I entered high school, I was keen of reading Detective Conan, a manga that I accidentally pick up from newspaper stand. Live had never been quite the same for me after that. I fall in love with this world, a world where a brilliant, smart fourteen year old high school detective; Shinichi Kudo gets transformed into a little kid after swallowing a pill that should have been deadly to him. I found it difficult to get out after reading the first volume. You can call me getting 'trapped' but whatever: but it never felt that way for me. All I know was Conan/Shinichi is awesome, and his creator Gosho Aoyama are even brilliant as he's able to come out with such interesting story in solving murder and crimes.
Then come along Anime such as 'Fruit Basket', 'Haruhi Suzumiya', 'Inuyasha' and many others until finally, when 'Bleach' first aired on TV3 (Media Prima, Malaysia) around 2007. I just melted. And almost die from falling in love with all of the characters.
When I turned sixteen, my addiction to anime begin. I spend hundreds ringgit just to have the latest copy of 'Bleach', or 'Naruto' or whatever anime that was currently out in the store at that time. I love the way each of the character sounds and dance to every intro's and ending songs (all in Japanese of course, except for the subtitles which are in English). Those were the good times. I know that I had spend much than I could afford but it's my passion back then so, money doesn't really matters to me.
The BlackHole in my life is when I decided to throw away this passion after been accepted to Matriculation. I told to myself that somehow, I have to put this hobby to quit. I need to focus and give more of my concentration on something that really matters: such as STUDY! That was I thought. For a year, I live in a world without total access to manga or anime. I was miserable and beyond repair. I felt like my life are lack of something, and I sure dam* know why. Yet, I was too stubborn to admit and started filling in the gap I felt by reading romance novels. Yup, that was fun too. But deep down in my heart I already know, nothing ever feel the same. Unlike reading a manga.
When I got back after a year, I found that manga and anime wasn't interesting any more. I didn't care when I heard people talking about it and think it as a waste of time. I also make fun to people who still loves manga and cling it to their dear heart. I think that they were trapped, just like I was - in a stupid world created by those mangaka's, when there is a fact that so much things could be done out here: in the real world. I almost forget what it once used to mean to me. I lost my passion and my former self, without fully realizing it.
So where am I heading by telling you all this story of me and reading manga? Well, not exactly anywhere except that now I had found back my root of happiness and I surely won't let it go again. MANGA and ANIME. My pure joy of happiness and one of many reasons that make me the person I am today. I had start picking up 'Naruto' and 'Bleach' manga again and let me tell you; it feels like I am back to the good old times. It has been a while since I been feeling this good.
My heart had finally come HOME.
So, that is it everyone... I am back, with manga and anime by my side and there ain't nobody, not even my upcoming examination could have stop me from reading them. The were my friend, my best old friend and I am going to cherish and treasure them for the rest of my life. I gets easier these days -thanks to the availability of the internet, I could get an easy and early access for manga and anime through on-line.
Someday, I am going to tell my kids about this. They will understand once they read a manga themselves.
Hey, my name is Mimi Said, and I am a Manga OTAKU! ....
True story. Hehe.