Many years ago, my father left for his vacation with his new sweetheart. My father had a cat that needed taking care of while he was away. Back then, I was still in primary school (not sure which grade). Since it was summer and I had no school, the idea came up that I would basically live there for the week taking care of the cat and house. At this point, I'll point out that I lived with my mother after the divorce and would normally only see my dad one weekend out of two. Since it felt like one of those crazy movie plots, I accepted. As a kid, spending an ENTIRE week free from any adult was just too awesome to pass.
My father left enough food in the fridge and a lot of frozen meal he prepared. He also left me one hundred dollar on the table for an emergency if needed. After everything was taken care off and I had understood what my tasks were for the week, he left.
Back then, I had no idea what animes or mangas were like. In fact, I wasn't even really into RPGs back then either (I like to think I was stupid as a child). On the second day, I'm not too sure how, while surfing the Internet, I landed on images of Neon Genesis Evangelion. I thought these looked pretty cool.
From there I started looking around to see if I could find it. Remarkably, as a child, I somehow found a private website really well hidden on the Internet (actually, it STILL exists even as of today and I'm pretty sure only a handful currently know of its existence) with no login or password; just plain directly downloadable animes. Lucky enough, the episodes hosted there were all fansubbed. I then proceeded to download the first episode.
After hours of downloading, I finally watched it.
It was then that something awoke inside of me.
This thing was incredible!
It was so good!
I could hardly believe something could be this good!
Like a new drug addict, I needed more of this... I wanted to watch the whole thing.
Back then, the Internet was very slow. The videos were about 35 mb (huge), and I had a 3.5 k/s connection and the servers were also very prompt to drop the connection. The very long list of rules on the main page were very strict and the server would kick your IP out if you broke any. I carefully set up a download resumer and created a whole process for the downloads while making sure I would not break any of the downloading rules. As such, I was getting an episode about every 3-4 hours. I would literally stand in front of the computer looking at the progress bar only to watch the episode immediately when it finished downloading. Mornings were the best part because I would have two episodes to watch while eating breakfast (worth mentioning that I would wake up in the middle of the night to start the next one and then go back to sleep).
Henceforth started a crazy cycle of eating, quickly taking care of the cat and house, only to wait and watch. By the last day, I was dead tired and watched the last episode the last night before my dad came back the morning after.
The surge of freedom mixed with the discovery of something I truly became to love made that week one of the best moments of my life.
Now, guess what I'll answer you if you ask me "Do you like Evangelion?"