A week ago a Twitter thread circled asking people to list their top five animes. Quite a few lists contained Trigun and Cowboy Bebop. Yours truly listed: Skip Beat, Outlaw Star, Black Lagoon, Kaleido Star, and Samurai Champloo.
As many nerds of manga and anime, I tried to draw as the mangakas did. I drew and read, imagining the stories I could tell once I got better at it. I was not successful at first; the people I drew looked closer to stick figures with itty-bitty feet.
A few years ago, while having lunch with my older sister and brother-in-law, he suddenly asked me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
I laughed because I was in my mid-twenties, but I answered “Something in art. Making money doing artwork and writing.”
At the time I hadn’t yet tired of working at The Bank. Every so often he threw that question at me and I began to seriously consider what the future could be. I never intended to stay at that job for as long as I did.
Making My Top Five Anime list had me looking through my early attempts, and sliding a sketch book into my book bag. Practicing and consistently working on the craft is the only way us regular people can improve. After all art is what I want to do when I grow up.