Heh, cut-n-paste is so very useful
Hajimemashita Dozo Yoroshikune! My name is Yuuenchi. I is a gen-uine Appalachian-American (Hillbilly is so un-PC) originally from the not-so great state of WV. I like reading manga (obviously), I like collecting it. I wish more would be licensed, I wish I could read what is not translated, which is why I'm learning Japanese (I have 28 vols of grammar and Kanji reference books -for that matter I am looking for a book titled "Introduction to Newspaper Japanese, so if anyone knows where I can find it, please let me know-) I can recognize roughly 330 Kanji, and am working on the rest.
Let's see, I collect manga, usually the licensed English translations (though where possible I buy the original J-version) I figure I have around 1000 manga (the joys of having access to a real Japanese bookstore, and Japanese bookstores selling used manga here in Atlanta) English and Japanese. Most of it is Shoujo, and less than .01% is Hentai of any form.
I also collect Anime CDs (soundtracks, drama-cds); the not-so-occasional figurine; and as many Light Novels as I can identify, they make good practice material. (on the other hand, I also have Japanese translations of Hamlet, and The Golden Compass, and am working on acquiring Harry Potter, but at $60 a pop per title for 2v hardback, it takes a while to work up the courage to fork over that much money)
I also like the visual novel/dating game/gal-game culture. (I have a few games, including Kanon and Clannad for the PC, along with what Hirameki came out with while they were still around, and a few from JAST and related companies, thanks to JList). Hmm..in fact, along with original manga, the games are the reason I began to learn Japanese, so I could read what won't make it over here.
I figure at some point I'll learn how to edit, and how to use a scan and upload, since I have so much original manga, so I can contribute to producing scans. Its something that I want to do, but have no experience in.
You know you've read too much manga and seen too much anime, when you start to write your own stories (the vast majority of my projects to date are shoujo/school romantic comedy/drama) for no other reason other than you want to see how the story comes out. (Of course then there's the curse of writing fanfiction based on your own stories when you haven't even finished writing the story first.) I blame KGNE for that, I always wanted Haruka to win over Takayuki in the end (Next Season notwithstanding), even though I know that such was not possible the way the anime was set up, so I started writing stories using the name Haruka..and I took off from there. They started as potential KGNE fanfiction projects, but I quickly realized that they had little in common with KGNE other than names, so they became original works. So now, I have some 18 stories running around in my head and on my HD labeled as either "Dear My Shoujo" or "Shonen Write!" stories, or Teen Heart Manga Stories. Now, ask me how many stories I've actually finished, and you'll receive a different answer. (Well, I have two first drafts ready for pre-readers "Under the Red Umbrella" and "Yuuenchi no Koi" Most stories are multi-chapter/mutli-part such as "Chocolate Confessions" (a boy whose family runs a confectionery shop and his burgeoning romance with his classmate) and "I'm in Love with the School Ghost" (where the hero meets the school ghost during a Kimodameshi, and ends up falling in love with her. Oh, and then she finds and accidentally swallows the Philosopher's Stone, which is where things really get interesting), not to mention a story inspired by characters and themes in Eureka 7. Now, of course, once I finish them, there's the question of who would want to read this type of story, and finding appropriate outlets to promote them. I know about webcomics, but wonder about venues for anime-influenced webfiction niche.
I'm quasi-active on a few other boards and forums (ok, so I'm a lurker on most of the boards, especially with an unstable internet connection but I'm trying).
I like Celtic Music, Bluegrass (I own a banjo, but am not very good at it), Country, general film soundtracks, New Age music (it makes for good writing aids), CCM, rock, alternative (and it's various offshoots); I am half-heartedly learning Spanish, Latin, Hebrew, German, French, and a few other Oriental and Near Eastern languages; and I am an avid reader of SF/F, Philosophy, Theology, Biology, Chemistry, and Church History. (Why yes, I have interests all over the map, but then again I have a MSLS yet work in a grocery store, so I gotta do something to fulfill that pathetic void in my life, and I aint playing wack-a-mole 17 hours a day, no matter what Weird Al says.)
So, that's who I am.