About me: Manga and anime have always been a part of my life. I've been watching anime well before I entered elementary school; and as soon as I could read fluently, I started reading manga. I didn't many choices to select at the time, but fortunately, those few selections were enough to convert me. Since then, I've kept watching and reading more and more. Doraemon was my first, and then Sailor Moon, I think. There were too many to remember. Even now I can picture more in my mind, but the titles elude me. I grew up watching them in Vietnamese, so the lesser known series' names are difficult to find.
I remember reading Detective Conan, InuYasha, and Rurouni Kenshin, respectively, in elementary school among others. At the time, I enjoyed them and even crushed on the main protagonists as any other silly girl. However, I never really understand the themes and stories until years later. When I did, I realized that they weren't just great. They were amazing! So my point is, these series have influenced me and so I can't help but compare others to them. There are other favorites, of course, such as Ranma 1/2, Ore wa Teppei, Kare Kano, etc... Many, many more. The list is always growing, and that's a good thing, right? :)
As soon as I started Middle school in the US, I was introduced to books. The novel and fiction kind of books, not manga. We didn't use to read them in school in Vietnam; everything we needed to learn were in the textbooks. I grew to love them as much as I did manga and anime. Then there's computer games...
Anyway, I'm currently 20. I don't own any pets, but I wish I could. I'm not sure why you're reading this, but since you are, thank you and good luck with your stories. :)
TL;DR: I love anime, manga, book, and computer games and that's what matters. :)
Updates: I just came back to Fanfiction.net recently, just to check if there is anything new worth reading in my favorite fandoms. There were a few good ones, and lots of -facepalms- fanfics. There was also a whole lot more Yaoi fanfics than before. I don't read these, but seeing more of them makes me realized that either there're more visitors to FFN, or many people here started to like them. Is the Yaoi wave spreading?! Does that mean people ae growing more acceptable towards same sex marriages?! It seems so, at least here on FFN. That's quite interesting.
--Detective Conan: One of the fic made me like Kaito/Ai interactions, just because these two could be so hilarious together. However, having them paired together is just weird. Kaito was in love with Aoko just as much as Shinichi with Ran. So, Kaito being in love with Shino/Ai is even more difficult than having Shinichi/Conan in love with Shiho/Ai. And between the two guys, I'd prefer Shinichi/Conan over Kaito/Kid anytime. They both have their charms, but ShiAi/AiCon ftw! BUT Aoyama-sensei had Shinichi confessed to Ran in London, so my favorite ship is sinking! I won't yield to it, I'll stick with it until the end and even after that, because Shiho/Ai needs some happiness in her life.
--Code Geass: Oh Cal Reflector, please update! One of the best fanfics that I've had the chance to read and I wish I will have the chance to read it until the end in my lifetime. Even though Kallen might not be the girl Lelouch chooses at the end here, it still has notable Kalulu moments that made me love this ship again. Oh, and I just noticed that LelouchXEuphy seems to be popular, too.
I liked Euphy, she was similar to Lacus in many senses. I think her looks based on Lacus, even though Clamp created it. Anyhow, I liked Lacus, therefore I liked Euphy. Even though Euphy was much more naive and brighter than Lacus, she was just as strong as a character. I think she deserved someone better than Suzaku (who certainly looks similar to Kira, is just as good as a pilot as Kira, but NOT his personalities).
Seriously, Kira was fighting against Athrun, who was also his childhood bestfriend, and he was always trying NOT to kill him, same goes for Athrun. The only exception was when they both killed each other's friend in the same battle at the same time. After that, he spent weeks reflecting about it, cried, and learned to deal with Athrun in other ways (and stole Athrun's fiancee--Lacus-- but that's forgivable since Athrun loved Kira's sister anyway.)
Suzaku was a failure most of the anime. I just wanted to slap him for stress relief most of the times. What a despicable character to ever grace the screen and he ended as a hero. He should have been the anti-hero, until the end. So he'd get the death that he wished for so much. Even Tamaki was a better character to watch, at least he was funny, when he's not messing up the plan at one point or another. That's why I stay away from fics with him being one of the main characters. I'm not a masochist, and I'd like to spend my time on reading something that will be enjoyable.
Back to LelouchXEuphy, as much as I liked them both, I can't see them together. First, they are half-siblings, related by blood, and there are other girls who loved Lelouch much more than Euphy ever did, like Shirley and Kallen.
LelouchXShirley is alright, but it's not a ship that would lasts, personally. I think Lelouch cared a lot for Shirley, who was one of his best friends and he knew she was in love with him for a long time. However, if he ever felt any romantic interests in her, they would have been a couple long before. If he liked her that way and there was no reasons to distance himself, I don't see why he wouldn't have told her. Then he gained the Geass, found out what he wanted to do, and the chance of him liking her just became zero (no pun intended). Let's say that somehow Lelouch liked her later, and felt guilty because of her father's death, and he wanted to be with her (because he liked her or felt he needed to atone for his sins by being with her) despite the facts that it'd be dangerous for her. This type of relationship won't last long, because she's helpless in this war. There are so many ways it won't work: his enemies kill her; or they could torture her until she breaks, use her against Lelouch, they both end up being miserable; her insecurities getting in the way because she's just a normal girl; she wanted to help somehow and messed up; his secrets getting in the way; their different views getting in the way; time and distance getting in the way; etc... There are just so many things that could go wrong with it and honestly, I don't think Lelouch needs or have any time to deal with it.
LelouchXKallen is my favorite ship in CG universe for so many reasons that I won't list here because it'd take so much time. Perhaps I will some day, when I feel the needs for it. But yes, this ship was the only one that would have been possible in the anime if only the studio didn't cut it. There were so many hints, moments that got cut off, could-bes, and would-bes between these two characters. The only other relationship that had evolved as much as this one was LelouchXC.C., to which C.C. was more of an accomplice to Lelouch than a lover. There are people that might disagree with this, but this is what the creators wanted to portrayed, as they said so. Personally, I didn't feel any sexual tensions between them, unlike between LelouchXKallen. Despite what happened, LelouchXKallen is confirmed canon, while LelouchXC.C. ship had been sunk in the end. Even though we never get to hear what he felt in the anime itself, the stuffs released by the CG creators and staffs, such as picture dramas, characters' poems and songs said plenty about his feelings. If you're a fan and you haven't seen these, look them up! I think AnimeSuki's Kalulu fandom still have them.
Last thing I'd like to say is: Lelouch deserved to be alive. He's done things that he should atone for, yes. But dying isn't the only way to do so, learn from Rurouni Kenshin. Lelouch obviously had little choice in the matter, but his death could have been faked somehow (which makes there is a possibility that it'll mess up which Lelouch won't want as he didn't wanted to live anyway) and then live the rest of his life saving and helping people. Kenshin chose that because he wanted to live. He had learn to love Kaoru and he had friends who supported him. Lelouch didn't at the end, and so he chosed another way, which pained me. I some times wondered if he could have done the same if he chose Kallen to be by his side instead of pushing her away. If Kallen was there to support him like Kaoru was for Kenshin, things might have changed. Kenshin pushed Kaoru away and left (better than pretending he betrayed her for sure). After being told by Megumi that Kenshin felt something towards her, she immediately left her home and followed him to support him. Kallen could have done the same thing if someone was there to tell her or if she was more sure of herself to see pass the masks. That is why I read these fanfics, because I want second chances for them. ;_; *listens to Lelouch's Generation and Kallen's One More Chance songs*