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Posted 9/25/17 , edited 9/25/17
In the early to mid 90s I watched Dragonball after school and fell in love with the show (it's still one of my favorites). I was so young at the time though, I didn't even really know what anime was until about 1999 or 2000 or so whenever Toonami started running their anime block with shows like Gundam, Outlaw Star, and DBZ. When I went to high school I made more friends who watched anime and got more into it downloading torrents of everything I could find. And, as they say, the rest is history.
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Posted 9/26/17 , edited 9/28/17
fun fact I used to hate anime till the fateful day that I went on a long bus trip and ran out of things to watch on Netflix then I found my gateway anime.....Attack on Titan, and on that day I realised that anime wasn't just for kids, because that's what I thought it was something really annoying but AoT changed that and I've gone on to watch countless hours of dark (and only two slighty happy) anime series's
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Posted 9/26/17 , edited 9/26/17

Filmlord wrote:

fun fact I used to hate anime till the fateful day that I went on a long bus trip and ran out of things to watch on Netflix then I found my gateway anime.....Attack on Titan, and on that day I realised that anime wasn't just for kids, because that's what I thought it was something really annoying but AoT changed that and I've gone on to watch countless hours of dark (and only two slighty happy) anime series's


That's just like me, i'd seen so many bad things about anime that i just thought it was crap without giving it a go, then i realised there would be an anime for nearly anyone if they gave it a go.
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Posted 9/26/17 , edited 9/27/17
Abridged series, pretty much.

I started with Yu-Gi-Oh abridged (I watched the actual series as a kid), then I branched out to other series that I never heard of, and started looking them up out of curiosity. At first, I'd watch stuff through... less-reputable sources, then discovered Hulu had anime, which eventually led me to other legitimate streaming sites, and down the rabbit hole I went!
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Posted 9/27/17 , edited 9/27/17
For me it was a "slow burn with a sudden climax"

In the early 90's i watched 3x3 eyes, battle angel alita, dominion tank police, wicked city and, ofcourse, akira when a national chain of videostores started stocking them. Unfortunately, they also stocked urotsukidoji and devil man which caused a bit of a controversy and kinda killed anime as a mainstream thing as that was all the media could focus on. I also stopped watching anime for over 20 years for the same reasons. Urotsukidoji disgusted me......

2 years ago i watched spirited away, howl's moving castle and princess mononoke

About 3 months ago a friend urged me to watch GATE
She said "at least watch ep6 “Ride of the Valkyries”, you won't regret it!"

So far i watched and liked GATE, Sword Art Online, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World and The Devil Is a Part-Timer!
Watched about 5 or 6 other ones that i didn't and stopped after watching 1 or 2 episodes.
Yes, i watched those all within the space of 3 months.....
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Posted 9/27/17 , edited 9/28/17
I saw the English dub of an old, old anime that most people on here have never heard of or watched on the Sci-Fi channel. The name? Iria Zeiram. Little did I know that there were some (badly done) live action movies as well. But that was my first ever anime and it got me hooked.
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Posted 9/27/17 , edited 9/28/17
The same way Brad Pitt did.
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Posted 9/27/17 , edited 9/28/17
here in Indonesia,from the 80 to 2009 there was a morning cartoon show every Sunday, USA cartoons or Japanese Cartoons , i think i started to fallen in love with them form the first time i watched it on TV
but after i realized that not every Animes are showing on TV then i began to search it trough the internet, the first website i found interesting is Crunchyroll
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Posted 9/27/17 , edited 9/28/17
I first saw snippets of Bleach & One Piece on tv growing up as a kid, but I wasn't hooked. When I was 9 my older cousin came to visit and he tried to explain the plot of Naruto to me I was intrigued but didn't watch it. Then a different cousin showed me Vampire Knight when I slept over at her place, and I decided to watch it but was traumatized so I dropped anime for awhile.

When I was 10 my other cousin showed me Skip Beat! and I was hooked, so then I watched Shugo Chara became addicted to that, and one day I brought it up to my friends and one girl was watching it too! So we got all my other friends to watch it and then I dropped anime again. Picked it up again when I was 12 and started watching multiple series at once, but I hid it from my friends because the ones that watched Shugo Chara moved on to k-drama or dropped anime completely.

In high school tho I made tons of friends who were into anime and I really started to get into it, we even started a club at our school! So I'm really happy that so many of my cousins were encouraging me to watch anime for most of my life.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/28/17
I caught a random episode of Trigun and was immediately intrigued. At the time I wasn't sure what the hell was going on and couldn't get enough. I didn't know that anime could feature way out there storylines and characters with great emotional depth. So pretty much Adult Swim got me hooked on great anime, such as: Trigun, Cowboy Bebop, Blue Gender,Neon Genesis Evangelion, Inuyasha, and FLCL. After that I started seeking out anime on my own based on what looked interesting. This was way before how good we have now with legit streaming sites.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
In my case, I have to plead the Fifth. But since you've asked...

Given my age, I have to admit that I was watching animation from a very early time. For me, it starts in the 1960's, when the majority of stuff on television was Hanna-Barbara, with some of the odd DePathe-Freling works throw in for a good mix. But I also caught the occasional episode of "Kimba the White Lion", "Princess Knight" and "Astro Boy".

Move to the 1970's, and you had me watching things like "Gatchaman", "Space Cruiser Yamato" and the Macross trilogy. By the late 1980's, I got burned out of animation in general, but the 1990's brought me back into watching much of the Disney stuff, including Gargoyles (which is one of the best US animation shows around).

Once the 2000's hit, and especially over the last 5 years, I've been watching a lot of anime, since the US domestic market's shrunk. Everything from "A Centaur's Life" to "WorldEnd" have taken up much of my free time, thanks to Crunchyroll's selections. I also have seen some of the movie adaptations, and own a lot of the works of Hayao Miyazaki's "Studio Ghibli" releases.

And that's it from me... a very old otaku who's not quite as otaku as others here.
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Posted 9/28/17 , edited 9/29/17
I was in grade 9, I had no internet at the time (mom didn't want to pay for it) and I was bored out of my mind. I asked one of my friends to give me some shows to watch, he transferred Toradora onto a USB and gave it to me. I fell in love with it and was also super depressed when my favorite character didn't win in the end. From then on I just started binging tons of different series. I'm now at about 400 anime watched and I watch about 8 - 10 seasonals each season.
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Posted 10/3/17 , edited 10/3/17
I grew up with brothers who were in high school at the time. One did gaming (I played online for the first time at 2 or 3 because that is way more fun than playing with toys, right?), anime (I was never good at remembering to turn on the TV on Saturdays.), and manga (Learned how to read when I was 3 and pretty much covered all of the kids manga that I wanted to read from the library, which has a selection 2x-5x as big as the B+Ns out there).
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Posted 10/3/17 , edited 10/4/17
Back in the fifth grade(which is a very long time ago ) a friend told me to start watching DBZ. I was like meh to it but then right after Rurouni Kenshin came on and I thought that was the coolest shit in the world!
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Posted 10/3/17 , edited 10/4/17
Was deployed in Iraq and we were staying in an old blown out church near the syrian border. Anyways with the Yazidi handling most of the terrorists before we even got there in our particular area and only guard/patrol/maintenance and pt to keep us busy we had a quite a bit of down time and most of us brought or bought small laptops or video players to keep us busy and with no internet and a small store in the camp selling pirated discs with hundreds of movies and shows most of us killed time that way. Anyways after having finished several seasons of Smallville I noticed that the guy in the cot next to mine was watching an anime so I decided to watch it with him for a few episodes since it looked more action packed than Smallville tbh and I just got hooked, immediately went to that store and bought every season of that anime they had available and never looked back.
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