One of the things I’ve been grateful for over the years that I have been watching and reviewing anime is having a husband who is supportive of what I’m doing.
When we first started dating back in the mid-1990’s, we learned that we both grew up watching and liking Star Blazers. When I was a kid, my sister and I recorded all of the episodes on VHS tapes in the mid-1980’s, which I still had 10 years later. I remember having one night where he and I stayed up all night and binge watched the episodes.
A couple of years after we got married, DVDs were introduced to the market. It took us about two or three years to finally get a way to watch DVDs, but when we did, some of the earliest DVD purchases we made were the three season sets for Star Blazers and the first DVD set releases for Robotech. While my husband didn’t watch Robotech growing up, he still bought these sets because he knew I would want them.
In 2007, my sister let me know that a website called BellaOnline was looking for someone to write about anime. When I approached my husband about it, he said he would support me doing that… BUT, I would have to be willing to expand my horizons from the anime that I was already familiar with. Shortly after I started, my husband got a gift card, and he used it to buy DVD releases for anime titles that we had heard about. I specifically remember that the DVD set we have for Fruits Basket was part of that purchase. He also encouraged me to buy issues of Otaku USA magazine so I could get the sampler DVDs and watch the anime that was featured on each one.
Over the past 11 years, he is still supportive of my anime and manga hobby. For my birthday, for our anniversary, and for Christmas, he’s usually getting me something anime-related (whether it’s an anime box set, a manga volume, or an anime soundtrack album). And over these past 11 years, we’ve also spent a number of evenings sitting together and watching anime before heading off to bed.
I appreciate having a husband who not only supports for my hobby, but also has an interest in it as well. I know I’m lucky in that regard, and I don’t take it for granted.