My name is Jessi Silver, and I’ve been writing about anime on and off since Spring 2007. I began S1E1 with my friend Boris Smelov (after he offered) so that he could practice coding and I could practice writing about anime. Following that, S1E1 was reimagined in a blog-style format where I posted regularly until Summer 2013. Following a period of personal upheaval, S1E1 was restarted as an “anime-and-more” blog so that I could continue writing and interacting with others online.
I was born in 1981 and have seen several waves of anime fandom come and go. I operate under the belief that there’s always good anime out there to find, and that there is something in the fandom for everyone. I come from a background of interest in Japanese language and culture, as well as an appreciation of animation of all kinds. I have a BA in Asian Languages and Literatures from the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, and am still (after more than 15 years!) a member of the University of Minnesota Manga Anime Society. They have not decided to kick me out yet even though I’m sure to have worn out my welcome at this point.
In addition to anime and manga, I also enjoy Japanese Lolita Fashion (it has nothing to do with the novel Lolita nor the “lolicon” genre) and have had a good time over the past couple of years cultivating my wardrobe. It’s a hobby that I came to somewhat late but which I really enjoy. My favorite brand is Innocent World and my preferred substyle is classic-sweet.
I’m currently employed as a supervisor, and my employees and coworkers kindly tolerate my many levels of geekiness.
Some of my favorite anime are: Dennou Coil, Nichijou – My Ordinary Life, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Mononoke, Kaiba (and pretty much anything else directed by Masaaki Yuasa), and many more that I am probably forgetting right now. I am a big fan of dramatic series, and enjoy seeking out obscure anime to watch.