Irisng: I only came across manga through the net, and have never seen them for sale anywhere (except the net); don't have Sky, so no anime for me! Basically I'm working blind with it, but I totally love the style, I think it's beautiful (and that's probably a really crass thing to say, but true, and compared to some of the -eek!- modern art that's out there...). I wouldn't say I'm great at it, their heads are always too fat, but it's great fun! I can do portraits, that's all we ever did in school. No sculpture or anything (it was a pretty poor place). As for job prospects, unless you strike it lucky they are pretty terrible. But I couldn't imagine not having a go...I'd love to go to Oxford too, so they're both pretty iffy. Well, if all else fails I'll study medicine in Ireland.
Let's hope it doesn't fail.
Oh, and your statement was great! You seemed so wildly passionate about it...mine seems so stodgy by comparision. Hmn, for a favour would you take a look at it, if you've time? Your influence couldn't but be helpful, judging from your own one. I really don't know much about them - there's no equivalent in Irish uni applications.
Cvb: that's invaluable - insider advice! Well, I am doing a foundation course, however much help that'll be. But my style is pretty traditionalist all right, damn. Oh well. As I said I've never sculpted either...more a case of not having the materials. It is Oxford all over, I suppose, although I expected them to be trad rather than radical. Now that I know I can do something about it. Good luck on your application too!