Mass Comm major Miraida Gutierrez has a guilty pleasure. She loves anime, it started at the age of six with the show Pokemon, at the time she did not even know what anime was, but she loved the show. As she got older, her obsession grew. She continued to fall more in love with the Japanese animated production style known as anime. She started watching Megaman when she was about ten, later at about thirteen got into Naruto, which led her to other shows like Eureka Seven and Wolf’s Rain.
”My all time favorite currently is kind of girly in the anime world because it is a lot about romance, but there is also a lot of other world issues that get addressed. It is called Eureka Seven it is by the animation production company called bones and they do other awesome stuff like Full Metal Alchemist which is really popular and this really little one called Wolf’s Rain, which I’m also really into.”
Studio Bones is a production company that produces many different anime genres. When Gutierrez draws for pleasure she sees a little of the anime style reflected in it.
“I like drawing characters and ever since I was a kid I would draw anime style characters and I know that now I have a lot of problems with realism because of how big the anime eyes are, I got accustomed to drawing really big eyes and wild hair, so I have had a lot of problem with keeping the hair down and the eyes small when it comes to realism now.”
Although Gutierrez does not create her own anime characters and stories, she did as a kid. She wanted to become an animator, in fact she even tried to learn Japanese at one point in time. She ended up teaching herself a single phrase which means “Hi, I am an American.” One day she hopes to go to an Anime Convention with her friends that have been before.
“I’ve always wanted to go and if I were to go, I think just because the color of my hair and my skin complexion I would make a really good Korra from The Legend of Korra which is from the second Avatar series The Last Airbender series… or maybe a Pilot from the sequel to Eureka Seven which is Eureka Seven Now, that would be fun.”
Gutierrez has always had anime as a fun pastime. She only tells her closest friends about her secret obsession which started from a young age and blossomed as she grew older. She watches anime at least once a week if not more. For Gutierrez-Colón anime is her guilty pleasure
Elisha Colip, KTSW News.
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