I actually started off with Maison Ikkoku (the manga), and didn't really enjoy it.
As for fandoms - I was never really into being a part of "fandoms". I enjoy my anime, love it and love to talk about it, but I generally chat about it with friends, rather than going all gung-ho online and duking it out with other fans.
Well, Maison Ikkoku was put out in a different time....early/mid 1980s, and is also (with Urusei Yatsura) one of Rumiko Takahashi's earlier works before she honed in on her style and obviously hit it out of the park with Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha, both which are now cited often as favorites....the former with those who started out in anime back in the 1990s, and the latter with the newer generation introduced to anime by Cartoon Network and other means.
Consider yourself lucky. I know no one in my area....which is mostly a semi-rural farming region, nearest cities of 50,000+ to my north and 30,000+ to my south are not very artsy (esp. liberal arts, where anime sorta kinda falls into.....it 'does' count as foreign film in some circles), the people around here are kinda cheap/lives within means, and there is no big college or convention scene to help push anime along a bit more. As such, there's no one my age who's into anime 'to' talk about it with. Thus why I have to subject myself to the online sorts.
Not that all folks online are terrible. This thread is example of it. I state my preferences in what I watch and how I watch anime, the little rants and raves towards series and characters, and my own personal histories of anime. I read out others' opinions, understanding and respectful of them.
I do not care for the other online fallacies......the sub/dub wars, the fangirling/boying ('claiming' characters), and other such foolishness.
Vic is a pretty decent VA, though he has been terribly type-casted since obtaining his role as Edward Elric. Sadly, I have beef with the man himself. . . It's a shame, really, that such problems appeared, but! Beef with him aside, he does a pretty nice job with his acting.
It'll happen. It happens with Hollywood too though, so it's all kind of the same. It does drive me a little nuts too though, considering if one looks at just those two profiles and respective filmographies alone, they've VA'ed in many different varying roles.
The typecasting is a fandom thing, and yes, it drives me batty to no end.
Oh, why hello there, Luci. She's another VA that I'm fond of, though sometimes she get's picked for roles that I hadn't expected for her voice-type! Until I looked at her filmography, I was totally unaware that she was playing Hungary in the Dub of Axis Powers Hetalia. Geeze, and I own all of that and still didn't notice.
And THAT my friend, makes a good VA. Versatile and able to tweak vocal tone and the like to the point where you can't tell who it is.
Sadly there are few like that. It's too bad the LA scene doesn't get much work for anime anymore because the studios that used those actors (Geneon, Media Blasters and the now-defunct Bandai) have all curtailed dubs to a nimimal amount, or are (in Geneon's and Bandai's cases) out of the business entirely. Some of the LA voice talent did some of the best dubs in anime back in the early-mid 2000s.
(stuff related to theatre acting and voice acting)
Makes perfect sense. ^^
Nope! I have yet to even watch a single one of the films all the way through. Mind, part of that is related to being raised in a Trekkie household and having it forbidden here, but the other part comes from when I tried to watch it. . . I became so bored by it that I turned the film off.
Glad to know I'm not alone in that camp.
Star Trek was actually something I did attempt to get into back in the early 1990s, starting with the Original Series and on into TNG. I don't know what happened along the way. What I did watch though I did actually enjoy a bit, though my recollection of the episodes i seen is pretty much nil nowadays.