May 8, 2011
Happy Birthday mangatron!
May 8th. It's a a special day for me, especially for this year, but it's not entirely because it's my birthday, but for several other reasons.
I'm a big fan of the anime call "MM!", aired during Fall 2010, and if you didn't watch it (spoilers), at the end of the last episode, the whole gang decided to celebrate Isurugi Mio's birthday. I really liked that scene, not because it was really touching, but that's similar to my situation over the years, as time went on I had always spent my birthdays in a quiet way, it went to the point where my parents and siblings don't remember it anymore (or they didn't want to mention it lol). My own mother regularly forgot how old I am lol. It wasn't always a sad thing, as I didn't take it as a bad thing, but rather a chance for me to do something interesting, and during those times I was alone in remembering my birthday, and I turned it into a day of hilarity, and in recent years, it has become a bit of some insanity thrown in XD
But you might have heard that news where the MM! creator passed away recently, and I got to thinking, I liked MM so much, and now it looks like we may never get that second season we all wanted, and now I find it hard thinking that maybe the grandest thing to ever happen to the series is that Mio was no longer alone, and her birthday was finally celebrated among those that have supported her, not as club members, but eventually as friends.
So you'll notice at the Animesuki forums, I decided to use that option to just "show day and month" of one's birthday, it's no longer a day I get to do something really stupid by myself, this is also in memory of Mio, and the MM! series, and I want to thank the creator for all those memories, and my decision to reveal it first on the Animesuki forums is a thank you to all the members who have put up with my inZanity and ridulous, sensible posts for a good 7 years, thanks guys and girls! It's not over yet though lol! Now I get to celebrate with all of Animesuki :D
Some more information as to why my birthday is special:
-This day also happens to be the officially recognized Victory Europe day.
-Born in (West) Germany, it makes the above even more special. Tom Cruise may have been born on the 4th of July XD, but I was born the day the new Germany was born.
-My name, still to be withheld till a later time, also plays an important part in the whole VE/Germany thing.
-This year also happens to be a wonderful year, and May starts off pretty nicely too. Bin Laden's demise, and then great movies like Thor and Pirates of the Caribbean, and I'm definitely looking forward to Transformers DOTM.
-The day, 8th, also happens to be my favorite number. Not that billiards thing, honestly XD
A part of my decision to reveal my birthday was to lessen the anonymity towards my readers and to lessen that not-so-mysterious vibe that keeps emanating from my blog. Of course, things like my year and age and name are still kept secret mainly for security reasons, ones such as the recent Sony PSN fiasco going on now. I'm so glad I held off on pressing X on that PSN icon on the XMB of my PSP lol.
Some of the notable past birthdays:
-In 2003 I entered an art contest for my local library, and my Manga inspired artwork won the 1st prize. During the years Harry Potter was popular, my artwork lost to the Grand Prize: a dragon >__> I spent that prize on my birthday on volume 2 of the Onegai Teacher manga. I had the hots for Mizuho :D
-In the same year I joined Animesuki, I was a beta tester for Novalogic and their game Joint Operations, the competitor to EA's Battlefield. For that year and 2005, I played that game on my birthday, garnering me the nickname "RPG master", and my suicidal gameplay style was a scourge on opposing players, which was actually my foreknowledge of the game that kept me a step ahead.
-In 2006, when I was recovering from the first of many food poisoning incidents, I decided to buy my second Apple product, an iPod 30GB (the video one. Previous Apple product was a Shuffle). It was the beginning of a love hate relationship with Apple, ending with me giving away that iPod because I was driven to madness that is the program called iTunes and the monopolistic way I had to load video's onto it, not to mention the abyssmal battery life and the brightness update that came too late.
-2007 and 2008 saw me with abruptly ending my fansub translation career and largely recovering from repeated food poisoning incidents then on. It was then that I decided to start working on my Manga projects, and the year 2008 saw the birth of 1 project in a complete form. Since then I have added another project which I decided was a good enough debut. The projects are currently waiting for me to recover from the trauma I am currently experiencing with the damage suffered to my right wrist during vacation 2010.
There's something else stupid I do on my birthday, and while I may look at it as stupid, I'm sure many of you will raise an eyebrow and go "say what?" lol. Look forward to it in posts that follow.