Plus Account, Created on 22 October 2004 (#4916598), Last updated on 28 November 2013 [Gift]
I'm Artemis, 26 years old New Zealander currently living in southern rural Japan. A little while ago I successfully completed my doctoral thesis on the topic of anime and sexuality, and now I work as an ALT in several different Japanese junior high and elementary schools. I also write for Otaku Lounge, a blog focusing on anime and other aspects of Japanese pop culture such as music and street fashion. Occasionally I do some fashion modelling and competitive swimming.
This LiveJournal is friends-only. All entries are automatically friends-locked, and unregistered users can no longer send me private messages due to past spam problems. However, please feel free to drop me a line in the intro post to be added to the f-list - I'll generally friend anyone back who I either already know from elsewhere or who I share some common interests with. Defriend me and I'll defriend you back, no questions asked.
Listing them all would be tedious, but in no particular order, top favourites include Cowboy Bebop, Angel Beats!, Usagi Drop, Eureka Seven, Mushishi, Durarara!!, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Cardcaptor Sakura, Ouran High School Host Club, and a handful of Miyazaki films. As you can see, I have no one particular genre or demographic prefernce. And while it's not technically anime, no non-Japanese cartoon is more dear to my heart than Avatar: The Last Airbender.
I'm partial to British comedy and drama like Monty Python, Green Wing, Sherlock, and Downton Abbey. That said, Firefly is still the best gorram show in the 'verse, with Game of Thrones coming in a close second. Other current loves are Mad Men, Homeland, and The Daily Show. Personal film favourites are just as erratic but include The Lord of the Rings, The Last Samurai, Sin City, V for Vendetta, Little Miss Sunshine, Up!, and Ice Age. I'm also bound to watch just about anything involving Natalie Portman, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson, Johnny Depp, Kenichi Matsuyama, Cate Blanchett, Ellen Page, or Gong Li.
I love historical fiction and fantasy material, although unlike many other anime fans I very rarely read manga - occasionally I buy the odd light novel. Favourite books of all time are the Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, the Sevenwaters Trilogy by Juliet Marillier, and the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. I also devour anything written by Sherryl Jordan, Catherine Webb, Holly Black, and Gail Carson Levine.
The CD collection mostly consists of rock music of varying styles. Evanescence, Within Temptation, Three Days Grace, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Lifehouse, Green Day, and Live are among the assortment, but I also have a weakness for some J-pop/J-rock. Current obsessions are Superfly and Kalafina, but anything at all composed by Yuki Kajiura is automatic win. I also like High and Mighty Color, YUI, Ieiri Leo, Kokia, Ayumi Hamasaki, LiSA, Tomoko Kawase, SCANDAL, and Nana Kitade.