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Mark Andrews

Mark Andrews, otherwise known as Rigor Mortis, was forced kicking and screaming into the world late the night of May 31, 1982. He grew up on the very west coast of Canada in a big green house with a big green garage surrounded by green lawns on a large property heavily forested with green trees. As a homeschooled student who lived a long ways from any of his friends, Mark had to spend a lot of time on his own. Naturally, this caused him to spend a lot of time playing video games and watching TV - or so his mother says. The truth is that all his time was spent practicing music, training at the pool, or being lectured by his parents. This meant that the only TV he really got to watch was the morning cartoons, his favorite being "Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers". Eventually, he outgrew these simple cartoons and developed a taste for kung fu movies. (But that's another story.) One day, his younger brother came home from a friends house and began to rave about this new show "Pokemon". Mark didn't really listen, until his brother borrowed a tape from a friend. The first thing he noticed was that the mouths and the words didn't quite match up. The second thing he noticed was that Pokemon was way cooler than anything he'd ever seen on Saturday Morning TV. The seeds of his current anime addiction had been sown, and later they would grow and blossom.

The saga of Mark continued once he began to study piano performance at the University of Toronto. Not being a terribly social person, he spent a lot of time on his own. This led to a $15 a week habit of movie rentals. One day, while looking through the selection at Rogers Video near the corner of Rosedale & Yonge in Toronto, Mark noticed a VHS tape of "SiN: The Movie". Having read about this movie in the magazine PC Gamer, and having already seen every Jet Li movie in the store, Mark decided to rent it. After watching and enjoying it, Mark quickly rented all the other animes at that Rogers location. Princess Mononoke, Fatal Fury, Shadow Skill, Street Fighter II, Ruin Explorers, etc. His faith in anime was shaken with the rental of Kimera, but the therapy offered by Princess Mononoke helped him overcome this crisis. After exhausting the supply at this outlet, he rented all the animes from another Rogers outlet, then everything from a Blockbuster outlet, and is now currently renting his way through the anime section at a Video 99 outlet. He is currently functioning as an anime ambassador to the other students at the university. He has met several other students who are heavily into anime, and recently managed to show some former skeptics that, yes, anime is good. His current anime collection numbers about 65 titles (counting each entire series as one). Future plans include instituting a regular "Anime Night at Mark's" (as soon as he gets a decent size TV, anyway) and watching and acquiring more anime and manga (duh). Finally, Mark has a bad habit of mentioning how much he hates writing in the third person.

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