My name Jonathan Smith and I reside in the Little Rock area of Arkansas. I mainly write about the the things that interest me, which is mainly anime, figurines, dollfies, games, or just about anything related to being an otaku.
Back in 2002 I created a site called Studiotaku which was the predecessor to this site.
I graduated from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration. I will say that the acquiring my degree taught me one thing: A degree is just a piece of paper and it requires more than just one piece of paper to get what you want from life. It requires hard work, motivation, and the belief that you are make the most of your life with the skills and knowledge you possess.
The pseudonym Ultimaknight was something I came up with in high school when I first entered the online world. The name is mainly influenced by my childhood fascinations with knights. I admired the principles that a knight lived by, namely their code of chivalry and honor. And I aspired to one day become “the ultimate knight” which lead to the creation of the “Ultimaknight.”
Consider this. I graduated from high school in 1999, and I came up with the name at least my 2nd year of high school. So it had to be at least 1997 when Ultimaknight was “born.” That means I have used that handle for a long time! So its pretty much a part of what I consider my identity.
I have used the handle Ultimaknight for so long that it is as much a part of who I am as my real name. My overall purpose for this site is to share who I am – my interests, influences, ideology, insights, even my identity. So I figured that “Ultima-i” would be a perfect choice considering the site’s purpose. So in 2004 I started this website.
Ultima-i runs on WordPress with a theme I put together. Some like it, some don’t. I use this site to develop my web design and development skills. My main focus now is strengthening my coding skills and make a better user experience. This site is both a learning tool and serves as the channel for sharing my passions, mainly my love of anime, gaming, otaku subculture, and photography.
Anyone interested in contacting me can also check me out on the following communities / networks:
I consider myself an otaku, though most find the term to be an offensive I embrace it. To me, an otaku is someone that loves anime, manga, and the industry and culture that creates them. Over the years I have collected many anime related items like artbooks, magazines, and other misc merchandise. I also have an extensive DVD collection or so I have been told, but I think I have met a few people with far more ^^;
Photography is something I have had an interest in since I was a wee lad. My image armory mainly consists of a Canon EOS 40D, Sony Cybershot DSC-290, and recently iPhone 4S. I also have a Pentax K1000 and Olympus OM10, both of which have been retired since moving from film to digital.
Check out my photostream on Flickr.
Figurines are among some of the anime related merchandise I collect. I love ‘em! A wise man once said they are more than just representations of the characters they are based on, they are works of art. I agree with that 100%! All news, previews, and reviews related to figures are in the Figures category.
You can also check out my profile on My Figure Collection for the full list of figures in my collection.
I began collecting Dollfies (a brand of doll made by Volks) in 2009 following extensive coverage of them by Danny Choo. Dollfies have quite a huge following, and many Japanese owners refer to them as children. I don’t call them ‘daughters,’ instead I call them my ‘girls’. I started off with 2 but find more girls keep joining the group ^^;
You can see more my girls by checking out the Dollfie category.