I was invited to join this forum by Slowhand since the social media features on Hidive were removed recently (not that they were very active to begin with).
For a brief intro, I first got into anime way back in 2001 watching oldschool Toonami/Adult Swim. I used to tape my favorite shows to keep up with them, and my spending money was regularly eaten up by trips to the bookstore to buy manga. I had sketchbooks full of bad fanart and spent more time doodling in class than paying attention. I was really inspired by the artform during middle school and high school, but mostly took a break during my college and early adult years. I was dirt poor then, so buying entertainment was the furthest thing from my mind. I also had a lingering preconception that anime was really expensive. I didn’t discover streaming sites until 2016, and was amazed at the world of difference between modern availability compared to the olden days. To think a few bucks a month could afford you hundreds of shows you could watch at your convenience - I was so dumbfounded I thought it was a mistake.
Since then I’ve gotten into collecting, and now have a proud (or embarrassing?) shelf full of blu-rays and manga. I watch mostly dubs and am a big fan of Sentai and Funimation.
Looking forward to getting to know you guys!