-What is your name? (nick name/first name)
DDogt432, Daren Wang
-How old are you?
Recently turned 21 (whoo!)
-Ninja or Pirates?
I'm honestly torn. Ninjas have always had a deep place in my soul ever since watching Donnie Yen's Iron Monkey back when I was still small. Yet One Piece's potrayal of the pirate life is exactly the kind of free-spirit, do-what-you-want-cause-a-pirate-is-free kind of deal I want.
-Do you reside in Canada or the USA?
Born and bred Texan, USA...with a heaping of Chinese twists
-What school do you currently attend?
I'm just about to finish my 3rd year at the University of Texas at Austin under the aerospace program.
-How did you find Anime-Source?
Back in 2003, I'd just finished watching my first couple of anime, Love Hina and Chobits, and I wanted more. Through a series of Google searches, I stumbled across a website themed in brushed steel with a lot of reviews, these newfangled "torrent" downloads, and a very entertaining forum.
-If you could describe your personality in 3 words, what would they be?
Stoic, worrisome, MAI PEISU ("my pace", meaning taking things at my own speed)
-Outside of Anime, what other hobbies interests you?
I have a very large kit model collection (think Gundam toys, most of them are)that started from my first couple of visits to Taiwan almost 15 years ago. I also enjoy video games of all types, PC, console, and handheld. I also enjoy a myriad of card games, Magic: the Gathering being the my most favored. A recent hobby I picked up is guitar and cooking. Reading and sleeping have always been my standbys when all else fails.
-What movies are you looking forward to this coming year?
I usually don't delve too deep into movies. It's generally more like:
Friend 1: Wanna go see a movie?
Me: Sure. Let's see what's on. *visits fandango.com.
The exceptions are the epics (LotR, Harry Potter, etc.), martial arts films, and movies by Stephen Chow. But this year...INDIANA JONES!! Who isn't excited for this?? The rumors of Shia playing Indie's son early on was a bit of a turnoff for me because the Indie in my mind was the eternal (cursed) playboy. But the trailer(s) released earlier this year and new info have me completely pumped.
Also, The Dark Knight. Batman Begins was a great production and Christian Bale made an awesome Batman. Ledger's (RIP) Joker is looking like the demented and twisted f--- that makes a good Batman nemesis that I can't wait to see.
-What other websites/forums do you frequent?
I'm a casual lurker on Digg, Fazed, 4chan, Slashdot, and the Inquirer. I also enjoy a vast number of webcomics. I use Facebook on and off for social networking and some app games (ATTACK!, mostly). The only other forums I really use are my WoW guild forums. I also just got into NicoNico Douga. Good god, that place is addicting. -w-
-What are some dreams/aspirations you have in life?
As a kid, I had the usual dreams, astronaut, doctor, superhero. Now, I really just want a steady job (income) to support my habits and lifestyle.
-What are your views on 'fansubs' and the whole piracy issue flogging the anime community and industry?
I understand the legal issues, and don't have much to say there. As for ethics, I find myself not bothered them too much. I'm okay with myself downloading anime I could easily hop to a store or online to buy, especially if I haven't seen it before. But I also suffer from kleptomania >.>, haha. Maybe I'm just a crook :p. I do, however, encourage supporting shows you truely enjoyed.
-What's one odd-observant about yourself?
I talk to myself a lot, most of it is derogatory.
-Your username, ddogt432, any particular reason for choosing that as your net alias?
Not really. It was 1997, and I was creating my first Starcraft account. It was mostly just what I thought would look good and be easy to remember. I've used this SN ever since, though my characters in MMO's generally go by a different naming that I ripped from Megatokyo. (Diro, Diroko, Dirokia, Dirogoeth, Dirogoen,etc.)
-What are some of your favourite anime/manga of all time?
Love Hina, Rurouni Kenshin Tsuiokuhen (Samurai X: Trust and Betrayal to you North Americans), Cowboy Bebop, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu!, FLCL.
-What are you currently watching (anime, TV, etc...)?
Just reading straight from my downloads folder: Avatar the Last Airbender Season 3, Allison and Lillia, Amatsuki, Code Geass 2, Druaga no To the Aegis of Uruk, Fireball, Kamen no Maid Guy, Kanokon, Kure-nai, Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, Nabari no Ou, Penguin Musume Heart, Penguin no Mondai, RD Sennou Choshashitsu, Soul Eater, Special A, The Daughter of Twenty Faces, To-Love Ru, Vampire Knight, Wagaya no Oinari-sama, Yotsunoha, Yawaraka Sangokushi Tsukisase!! Ryofuko-chan, and Zettai Karen Children. Also making my way through Muteki Kanban Musume.
-How did you end up becoming the PR for Anime-Source?
Shortly after joining the forums, I found my way to IRC and lurked around, talking with the regulars there. I met most of the senior staff this way. One of them, angleking (now atikin), was very fond of games and we played a lot. The biggest was Ragnarok Online where we had a guild together with other A-Sers and some of my RL friends. AK first brought me on as a new release admin, which I still do. AK was our first PR honcho, and he brought me on as an assistant when he felt his RL circumstances prevented him from doing the job properly. I eventually took over.
-What kinds of things do your do as a PR?
I mostly check the PR mailbox, handle conventions press passes, and try to find affiliates for the website.
-Is there any info you can reveal at this time about any upcoming events, contests, etc... concerning Anime-Source?
I'm also (conviniently) the contest coordinator. As many of you will already have noticed, Anime-Source is in the middle of a contest right now! Be sure to check it out and enter!
-What's one thing you love and hate about Anime-Source?
I enjoy that it's run by people like you and me. It's very easy to find people with my taste in anime, just browsing the forums. A-S also gatewayed me to torrents and IRC, which I don't think I could now live without :p.
-Do you have any final messages, comments, etc ...?
To everyone who loves A-S as much as I, go recruit your friends and share the love .
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