I'm Lasz, I am a guy in my 20s living in the USA, and I'm a brand-new Ys fan. Over the past three months, I've gone from not caring about Ys at all to owning seven games in the series*. So far I've beaten Felghana and Origin and I'm currently in the middle of Ys I. Great looking forum!
*Ys I+II Chronicles (Steam), Oath in Felghana (Steam), Origin (Steam), Ark of Napishtim (PS2), Seven (PSP), and Alternative Saga: Ys vs. Sora no Kiseki (PSP import).