Hi Gym n Japan fam, myself (Jake) and co-author (Haydon) want to talk a bit more about our hobbies, gym, anime and just let you all know who we are and what we are about. For the both of us, going to the gym (or working at one in Haydon’s case) has been a big part of our lives for the last 3-4 years. I (Jake) have come from a footy and short distance running background growing up, and Haydon also grew up with a love of running. But as we all know, being HUGE is a better option than running every day with chicken legs...nobody wants chicken legs.
Both of us grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory and have known each other since primary school. I left Darwin in 2014 and moved to Adelaide, South Australia and am still currently here. Having to pick one place to live of the two, Adelaide is definitely my preferred choice.
How long have we been watching anime for?
Jake - I have been watching anime for about 6-7 years now, and have invested wayyyyy too much time into over 300 shows/movies. I started watching in 2014 on a holiday back to Darwin when my cousin got me into Naruto.
Haydon - I have been watching anime for around 5 years after some solid convincing by Jake and a few solid recommendations that I originally brushed off because anime was ‘not cool’. My first anime was actually Attack on Titan #AoT in 2015 but I honestly didn't care for it at the time.. Looking back I'm thinking why? Might have been the not cool part idk? Bit weird but okkk. It wasn’t until the following year that I watched death note and here we are in 2021 with 264 anime watched and logged in My Anime List (#MAL) . We will refer to this a lot so don't forget the abbreviation. We have both recently started buying and reading Manga so we are hoping to do some comparisons for all those looking to read manga or find out our opinions of the anime adaptation. At this stage we have only read our favourite anime and we buy the physical copies to support the creators! None of this reading illegally online stuff!
Favourite Anime of All Time
This is a super tough one for both of us. When writing this we weren’t too sure if we could even answer the question. But for me (Jake), based on animation, story, characters and everything as a whole, I would have to pick Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works #Fate. The animation is next level with the fight scenes being some of the best out there. For myself (Haydon), I would have to pick Attack on Titan because I love the brutal nature of the whole world and realistic in the sense that there's no plot armour. Not saying that plot armour is bad but that's a topic for later! I recently re-watched the whole lot from the beginning and began to love it even more. I would agree that the Fate series including Heaven's Feel is honestly the best animated series out there to date.
The idea of a Gym and Japan based blog came to me after realising I wanted to share my passion and knowledge of anime, manga, Japanese culture and the gym with a larger audience of like minded people. I want to build a really fun, cool and interesting community that all share the same ideals and passions as myself. I got Haydon into anime and then eventually the gym after some long hard convincing, and when he became more addicted than me, I couldn’t think of anyone better to pursue this idea with.
Coming up next week we will be talking about all things GYM! Would you like to know: What are the top 5 gym exercises of all time? These will be judged by our personal opinion of course :P
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