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Hello! My name's Star (but also go by Gloomy online) and I'm an autistic, trans nonbinary hobbyist on the aro/ace & gay/bi spectrum from Canada in their mid 20's(26 atm)!^.^/ I use they/them pronouns please!!
I mainly collect figures, dolls and books; but I also collect plush, apparel, pencil cases, rocks/gems, prints/artwork, etc.
I'm, as embarassing as it is, a self-proclaimed otaku. Yes, most would assume it to be cringey, but I'd like to reclaim the term (like many others).
I've been into anime and manga (as well as cartoons!) since I was a toddler. I think at this point in time, it's nothing special or note-worthy to even mention, but it's been a part of my life for so long, that I can't even imagine myself living with out it, aha. It's inspired me artistically, in more ways than one—and I just really love and admire the medium a lot.
I have many favourite series, it's really hard to choose just one ya know? Lately, I find myself spiralling into Avatar the Last Airbender again—it was a show I loved as a kid, and since its rerun on Netflix, I've been having a lot of fun with the fandom!
But in terms of anime/manga, I'm very very invested in vintage shoujo manga in particular. I love and appreciate all era's, but my favourite defiantly has to be the one's from the 1970s. The art styles of that era are so pretty to look at—but more than anything, the dramatic and poetic flair of shoujo manga of that era is so breathtaking and so awe inspiring, that I can't help but fall hopelessly in love with them.
I think the one series that really, truly, introduced me to the wonderful world of shoujo manga is the Rose of Versailles (by Riyoko Ikeda). I've always enjoyed shoujo of course, but, looking back, I found that I didn't take it as seriously as I should. But after I finished RoV, I began to realize how deep and amazing the shoujo genera truly was (and how, especially in the west, it wasn't taken as seriously due to a number of reasons—reasons that, I too, fell for).
It's after this that I began to dig deeper into the history and culture of the shoujo genera—and let me tell you, it's amazing. I began to spiral deeper and deeper into learning and understanding it, that now, I can wholeheartedly say without a doubt, I'm obsessed, aha.
I'm now currently working on a couple of projects regarding the shoujo genera, but I won't talk about it much at this time as it isn't public yet.:-P
As for other genera's, I'm really not picky.:-) As long as the story and characters are good, I'll probably like it. Though, I do tend to gravitate to certain themes more. I really like stuff that packs an emotional punch—one's that will leave me crying. I also like things that are psychological and maybe even philosophical in nature. Things that will leave me thinking long after I'm finished with said series. I also enjoy romances hehe—but my favourites are ones that are queer coded, whether it's hinted or bluntly stated. And sometimes, I really really appreciate ones that are artsy and don't always have a very solid plot or characters, but still leave an impression on me in some way or another.
I'm also super into shipping—I just can't help it, I've been a shipper at heart since I was very, very little. There's a lot of ships that I adore, but I find myself super attached to only a few (at least for now). Which, they also happen to be some of my favourite characters as well as favourite series lol. (For those wondering; Jet x Zuko (Avatar), Alain x Andre (Rose of Versailles) and Kaworu x Shinji (Evangelion). So uhm, if you want to talk about those ships or have fanfic recommendations, hit me up!)
And as mentioned at the begging—I consider myself a hobbiest! I absolutely love hobbies—I find them wonderful and endearing. I like to do and try a lot of things, but ones I found to be especially fun are; drawing, writing fanfics, collecting, shopping, fashion, graphic designing, old web, sculpting, jewellery making and much more! I'm really open to anything and everything and reallyyy enjoy challenging myself and trying new things! (But my wallet hates me for it, lol)
Due to a hand injury I got a few years ago, I do find it a bit harder to partake in some hobbies though, mainly drawing—but I try to do it when I can.:-)
Now though, I try to make things for myself first—there was a time in my life, in which my biggest dream was to become an artist. It was something I held close and dear to my heart, but over time, I realized it was eating me out alive. I eventually quit my pursuits for the arts, and found myself enjoying making things for myself. Some may look down on me for such a thing—a quitter and a failure, some may say. Which, I get. But I can't help but smile each time I manage to draw a favourite character of mine, or write a fanfic of my favourite ship, rather than draw something that will sell, ya know?
Not to mention, being a self-proclaimed hobbiest is so much more freeing in my eyes and has a certain...anti-capitalist flair to it if you will. Not entirely of course, they still require money (i'm not that naive, lol). But at the end of the day, it's for me and for me only—and I enjoy that tremendously now.:-) /so what I'm getting at is please don't refer me as an artist, just a simple hobbiest please.;-)
Oh, I'm also a University student (my first year!) but uh, I absolutely hate it and might drop out of it pretty quickly or find another major, so we'll see how long this lasts.:-/
Oh, and how could I forget! My collection!
As mentioned, I like to collect a loooot of stuff. I mostly collect figures, gk's, dolls, (art) books and manga's. They're just things I really enjoy and I like to surround my living space by colour figures that make me happy.:-)
I've been collecting, technically, since I was a kid. But I only got more serious about it in my early 20's.
These days, I can't collect as much due to uh, limited funds. But I try to snag a thing here or there when I can. I do thrift a lot though, so that helps. There's also a lot of stuff that I collect that isn't on mfc so, yeha my collection is a lot bigger than shown.
I'm a firm believer in archiving, so I try to archive things here on mfc when I can—but sometimes I just don't have enough information so I can't OR they're not related to anime/manga.
As for the aesthetics I go for? Eh, I'm pretty versatile I guess. I like to get stuff from my favourite series and characters, but some stuff I just get because I like them. I like to collect pastel/angelic/etc kinds of things for my room, while everything else I just scatter around my 'studio' lol.
I really enjoy colourful stuff, vintage stuff, animecore-esque stuff, couple figs, glitter, transparent stuff, anything that's queer coded, angelic, rococo, etc.
And uhm, that's all I can think of? I'm pretty terrible at bio's tbh.
Also just a heads up; I'm absolutely TERRIBLE at keeping up with social media and messages!! I often get overwhelmed and go 'mute' online. And sometimes, after a long period of time, I forget to reply. If this happens, I am terribly sorry. But please know it's not because I dislike you!! I'm just slow at these things.;_; If I take a while to reply, try sending me another message I might have just not seen it!
Also, I have insta and twitter but everything is in private atm as I'm taking a long hiatus from social media (this might be permanent as I really dislike social media—but unsure atm). I will update this as soon as they're back up, if I decide to go back that is. But! I'm somewhat active on Tumblr so, uhm, feel free to follow me there if you'd like. I'm also working on making a couple of websites for myself, so once those are up, I'll link those up as well!:-)
My personal blog: GloomyShoujo
Art blog: StarNouveau
ATLA only blog: GloomyZuko
Rose of Versailles, Avatar the Last Airbender, Princess Tutu, Yuki no Joou, The Woman Called Fujiko, Ima Soko ni Iru Boku, Princess Arete, Nobody's Boy Remi, World Master Piece series, Black Jack, RahXephon, Utena, Evangelion, Belladonna of Sadness,
Rose of Versailles, A Cruel God Reigns, Kaze To Ki No Uta, Shiroi Heya no Futari, Maya no Souretsu, Devilman, Deep Love series, Confidential Coffessions, Watashitachi no Shiawase na Jikan, etc. and many shoujo mangas from the late 60s~00s
Pokemon, Kirby, Sonic, Super Monkey Ball, Animal Crossing
Bossa nova, disco, hip hop/rap/chill-hop/lo-fi, classical, jazz, electro, future funk, pop, dance, indie, world, techno, metal, rock, 60s~00s
Windows 7, Linux Zorin