I am Sam and I am the founder of The Otaku’s Study. I am a 21 year old university student from the (mostly) sunny Queensland in Australia.I originally got into english dubbed anime when I was much younger, originally starting out with the series Sailor Moon, which was shortly replaced by Pokemon and Digimon, which I think at the time almost every kid watched. Despite that, I was never really aware of the whole otaku-scene and just followed the series like a regular Australian fan. When I hit High School I got my first taste of what anime really was through the purchase of the first anime volume of .hack//Sign, which I really got into. I suppose in a way you could say that my entry to the area was because of renting .hack//Infection on the PS2 which convinced me to watch the series which then went further into more diverse series. Despite the fact that .hack//Sign was the first series that I watched, the first series I ever completed watching from start to finish was the anime of Pita Ten, based on the manga series of the same name. Over the years however, I have to say that I do not have as big an interest in anime as I did all those years ago, however I will without a doubt watch a good series such as the various episode sets of the When They Cry series (Higurashi and Umineko). Personally my favourite anime genres are comedy, mystery and school-life, a mix of the three is even better!
I also have strong interests in both manga and gaming. Manga took me a fair while to get into, with me getting into it a few years later than anime. My original purchase was .hack//Legend of the Twilight Bracelet which I bought thinking it was a novel. After finding out that it was a manga volume (Back then referring to it as a comic), I returned it. That changed when I picked up a few volumes of Love Hina and after finishing reading it, I had a number of manga series that I was into. As of now, I like to think I have a considerable size manga collection which takes up the top shelf of my rather large bookcase. I do occasional imports of several manga at a time so I am usually well supplied for reviews. My interests for manga are the same as anime.
Finally, gaming was my first passion, starting when I got a Nintendo 64 as a Christmas present many years ago, making Mario Kart 64 the first game I had ever played. I have now played at least 200+ games over the last few years, raanging from numerous consoles such as N64, Gamecube, Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3, Every incarnation of Gameboy, Nintendo DS, PSP and PC. I do not at the moment have an XBox360 so I am not able to review games on that however. I am willing to try out any genre of game, however my preferences are for RPG’s, Tactical RPG’s and platformers, and I am not too keen on FPS’s unless they have greater redeeming qualities in graphics, music and/or storyline.
I started this site over 5 years ago now, originally as a project just to kill some spare time, however after all these years and still going strong, I have to say that I really do enjoy doing this and I hope you will continue your readership!