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Tell me all about your start in Anime
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I'll begin.

As a kid I was into action cartoons on Saturday mornings, just like every other normal American boy. I used to catch Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men: The Animated Series, all the Superfriends and Justice League shows that were on Cartoon Network in the 90s, and I also really liked Godzilla, as well as The Centurions. Of course mixed in these shows were already some which were either from Japan or had influences from Japan. I remember watching Voltron, G-Force, Speed Racer, etc, etc. I eventually got obsessed with a show called RoboTech, because it was just so cool compared to a lot of the other cartoons I'd been watching, but I did not yet have a concept of where it came from or why it was different.

Move forward maybe a year from then, I'm maybe 11 or so, and I saw a show with a green guy and a guy with big hair fighting a guy with huge hair, armor, and a thing on his eye that told him important information. I found out it was Dragon Ball Z. This show really caught my attention because the action and the animation style were different from anything I had seen thus far. I ended up watching it every afternoon. After trying to figure out what other shows out there were similar to this one, I ended up finding out about how Japan comes out with all of these really cool shows. And, it so happens cartoon network began showing another of the action anime classics, Gundam Wing. So every afternoon became DBZ and Gundam Wing. I was pretty happy with that. I also watched Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin when they were out. And thanks to the fact I had sisters I was exposed to Sailor Moon too. After they stopped playing Kenshin I wasn't really into the stuff they were putting up (Inuyasha, etc, not my thing), plus I had started to explore the subbed stuff a bit online, and found it more to my liking. Also, I had seen Akira - which seriously blew me away.

After watching subbed versions of Kenshin, some of the Dragon Ball stuff (I'd pretty much moved past DB/DBZ by this point, but sometimes for nostalgia I look back), and surfing around, I heard Cartoon Network was going to be showing something about a ninja, and it was called Naruto. This caught my interest straight away, after catching the first couple episodes on TV I decided it was a neat concept, so I decided to start going online for the subbed stuff and ended up way ahead of the U.S. releases. I found a site that released the new subbed episodes each week. Then the fillers struck. I eventually stopped following it for a time, because of how bad the fillers got. Eventually, obviously, they announced that the main arc was going to be resumed, and then Shippuden came out, and not long after I heard about CrunchyRoll. I decided to sign up and support their efforts to make the anime I like more accessible.

After a time, I started to browse other stuff on CR, and came across the next great breakthrough. Fist of the North Star. That show may be older than I am, and way older than most of the members on here (I'm 23, and it has me beat by a solid 3-4 years), but it's literally 152 episodes of pure brutal violent action gold. When I was a kid I always thought it'd be more efficient if Batman, Superman, Spidey, etc would just kill their enemies. The X-men should just LET Wolverine use his claws as he sees fit. Makes more sense, and looks a lot cooler. Fist of the North Star gives me that sort of satisfaction. When good battles evil, there are philosophical differences, words are exchanged, lessons learned, but somebody's got to pay with the loss of life to really drive it home. That's what makes it cool. And it truly is a classic and obviously was an influence in many areas to many others that followed it in later years

More recently I've been following Hellsing Ultimate, and just generally been staying on the lookout for anything cool that might come about. I just tried to sum up over a decade of anime watching in a few short paragraphs. I obviously haven't mentioned every single thing I've seen or looked at in that time. Maybe one of you will jar my memory and remind me of something I liked but haven't seen in a long time. That would really be cool.
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For me, I was first introduced to anime when I was 16years old. My friend told me to watch a show called .Hack liminality and to tell him what I thought of it. It was good, but, when I watched it I heard a song in it that I liked. So I tried to figure out what the title was by finding a word they repeated a lot. I came up with the word sayonara. So I went to limewire and looked to see if I could find it. Limewire came up with a song called sayonara by Yuria Yato, but it was not the song that I looked for, it was even better. So I wanted to know more about where that song was from. I found out that it was the closing theme song for the anime "She, the ultimate weapon". So I started to watch this anime and from then on I was hooked on anime and am the otaku that I am now. Hope u liked my story of how I came to love anime.
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I'll begin.

As a kid I was into action cartoons on Saturday mornings, just like every other normal American boy. I used to catch Batman: The Animated Series, X-Men: The Animated Series, all the Superfriends and Justice League shows that were on Cartoon Network in the 90s, and I also really liked Godzilla, as well as The Centurions. Of course mixed in these shows were already some which were either from Japan or had influences from Japan. I remember watching Voltron, G-Force, Speed Racer, etc, etc. I eventually got obsessed with a show called RoboTech, because it was just so cool compared to a lot of the other cartoons I'd been watching, but I did not yet have a concept of where it came from or why it was different.

Move forward maybe a year from then, I'm maybe 11 or so, and I saw a show with a green guy and a guy with big hair fighting a guy with huge hair, armor, and a thing on his eye that told him important information. I found out it was Dragon Ball Z. This show really caught my attention because the action and the animation style were different from anything I had seen thus far. I ended up watching it every afternoon. After trying to figure out what other shows out there were similar to this one, I ended up finding out about how Japan comes out with all of these really cool shows. And, it so happens cartoon network began showing another of the action anime classics, Gundam Wing. So every afternoon became DBZ and Gundam Wing. I was pretty happy with that. I also watched Yu Yu Hakusho and Rurouni Kenshin when they were out. And thanks to the fact I had sisters I was exposed to Sailor Moon too. After they stopped playing Kenshin I wasn't really into the stuff they were putting up (Inuyasha, etc, not my thing), plus I had started to explore the subbed stuff a bit online, and found it more to my liking. Also, I had seen Akira - which seriously blew me away.

After watching subbed versions of Kenshin, some of the Dragon Ball stuff (I'd pretty much moved past DB/DBZ by this point, but sometimes for nostalgia I look back), and surfing around, I heard Cartoon Network was going to be showing something about a ninja, and it was called Naruto. This caught my interest straight away, after catching the first couple episodes on TV I decided it was a neat concept, so I decided to start going online for the subbed stuff and ended up way ahead of the U.S. releases. I found a site that released the new subbed episodes each week. Then the fillers struck. I eventually stopped following it for a time, because of how bad the fillers got. Eventually, obviously, they announced that the main arc was going to be resumed, and then Shippuden came out, and not long after I heard about CrunchyRoll. I decided to sign up and support their efforts to make the anime I like more accessible.

After a time, I started to browse other stuff on CR, and came across the next great breakthrough. Fist of the North Star. That show may be older than I am, and way older than most of the members on here (I'm 23, and it has me beat by a solid 3-4 years), but it's literally 152 episodes of pure brutal violent action gold. When I was a kid I always thought it'd be more efficient if Batman, Superman, Spidey, etc would just kill their enemies. The X-men should just LET Wolverine use his claws as he sees fit. Makes more sense, and looks a lot cooler. Fist of the North Star gives me that sort of satisfaction. When good battles evil, there are philosophical differences, words are exchanged, lessons learned, but somebody's got to pay with the loss of life to really drive it home. That's what makes it cool. And it truly is a classic and obviously was an influence in many areas to many others that followed it in later years

More recently I've been following Hellsing Ultimate, and just generally been staying on the lookout for anything cool that might come about. I just tried to sum up over a decade of anime watching in a few short paragraphs. I obviously haven't mentioned every single thing I've seen or looked at in that time. Maybe one of you will jar my memory and remind me of something I liked but haven't seen in a long time. That would really be cool.





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It started when I was 15. There was a channel on normal tv that played anime at late night and the first I ever seen was Crying Freeman. After that I got slowly into the dub versions of movies and shows on cartoon network when I hit on Cowboy Bebop got the series on DVD and watched them subbed and at the same time when Naruto was first coming out in Japan a friend got me that subbed with 15 other series and since then I been hardcore into subbed anime rather than english dubbed. Dubbed does a terrible job since it mainly sounds like the voice actors are in a box just talking to themselves yet with the japanese you can tell they are all in the same room talking to eachother and not just reading.
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I started out in my grandma's place in grade 6. We hadn't subscribed for Animax in my place, and that's the only full-time anime channel here in India, and well, how should i start, well, even if it's been here even earlier than the other kids' channel (that's a libel ignorant ppl use, and animax is not really a kids' channel), it wasn't so popular. I once saw a frnd's older brother watch it, but he was watchin Play Ball, i think, and i don't particularly like that anime. So my first impression wasn't so good. Even if i was already into Pokemon and Dragonball on Cartoon Network, but i wasn't making the connection. I wasn't that heavily into animation, either, and would probably have 'grown-up' by now if not for Animax.

but there weren't too many other channels in my grandma's place, so i had animax and pix and zee trendz.

Actually i got hooked in just half a day. I can even recall the schedule for that week. My first animes was UFO Baby, DT Eightron, Ultra Maniac, Wolf's Rain, Arjuna, Astro Boy, Cyborg Kurochan, Cardcaptors, Galaxy Angel, Ghosts at School, Detective School Q, Saber Marionette J Again, Ex'd.

I cried when i had to leave. That was my advent into anime and now my life revolves around it. Well, fate.
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been watching since i was like 5 or 6
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2nd year at college. My friend introduced me to it with Fruits Basket, and I've been consuming Anime nonstop ever since~

So I've only been 6 years at Anime viewing, but I'm pretty obsessed.


I'm actually kindof glad I didn't watch it as a kid. I missed out on all the crappy Animes that companies churn out for kids because it's not like the kids are gonna know the difference.
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When I was like four, my brother watched DBZ, I never was really interested but I thought some parts were really funny. My brother tried to get me into it and I really did when the android people that were like twins (haha idk, the girl had blonde hair and the guy had grey...? can't remember their names it was like some long number) showed up and I thought the girl was pretty. My brother drew me a birthday card with her on it when I was like 5 and I still have it...somewhere. XD I also thought that Picolo was a funny character. He also made me watch him play Final Fantasy games and I always engulfed in the stories. I thought it was really fun to stay up and play video games with him.

After that, my brother one day was watching Inuyasha, and I thought that was amazing. It was so funny and I really liked it because of the humor and romance in it, so I would actually watch it with my brother when I came on Toonami. I played Kingdom Hearts too. Soon enough I started drawing manga because my brother did and I watched him all the time, and that's all I did. After that I really never watched anime...but when I was like 8 I remember seeing Inuyasha on again at like 5am (dunno why I was up) and I decided to re-watch the series. I started to like anime again, and I watched stuff like Fruits Basket, Eureka, Fushigi Yuugi, Sailor Moon, OHSHC, etc. Then I started to read manga online like Gakuen Alice on onemanga.com. (sadness)

My brother now scolds me for being way into anime than he wanted me to be.

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I got my ex-wife into anime and the way I did it was with the original series of naruto. Since she lives in Germany the way they have naruto talk when he says his "Dattebayo" they change it to an insult of some kind so it makes him come off as a complete ass. The second series I got her into was Bleach because of the first movie came out in the states and she downloaded it from a torrent site that fansubbed the series and she loves the movie so much she got the full series til Crunchyroll got it. Same with Naruto as well. Least I can say I influenced one person to become otaku.
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I started watching anime with stuff like pokemon and the original yugioh back when a little kid. I think I was watching it back then because I thought it cool that they battling monsters in both. But after getting cable I started watching the anime on Toonami when it was around. I can remember sitting through the whole time toonami was in the afternoon and watching everything. I would sit there and watch dragon ball z, Gundam Wing, tenchi muyo, I even watched Sailor Moon.

I then went for the longest time without watching it and then I had a friend who was a hardcore anime fan. He got me back into it and I have been watching ever since.
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My idea about anime was always of stuff like Pokemon, Dragonball. Series I just couldn't stand for one reason or another, so I never really looked any further. Until this changed a few months ago. Can't remember exactly how again, but I stumbled upon an episode of Elfen Lied and it literally blew me away. I then went on to watch the entire series (which lasted waayyyy too short) after which I went on to look for similar shows. Along the way I discovered many other great series and have enjoyed many different kind of genres as well. So, guess you can say I am hooked now and with the amount of anime available it doesn't look look like this will end any time soon either.
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I started watching a young age, first with Pokemon, then Dragonball Z and Dragonball. Mostly all the anime that I saw was from toonami some of the shows that saw there were Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine no 6 (OVA), sailormoon, Big O, Gundam Wing(+ Endless Waltz Movie) and a few others I cant remember. Then I went to watching anime on Adultswim some of the shows that I watch there were FLCL, Paranoia agent, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo. I stopped watching for a couple of years then during my junior year in high school I went and started to watch anime again but this time I was watching anime online some of the shows I watched were Air(TV), Shuffle(TV), Gundam Seed & Destiny. Now while Im in college, I watch a vast variety of anime- Yosuga no Sora, Kiss x Sis, Koreha Zombie Desuka, Baka to test to shoukanjuu, Infinite Stratos, Wandering Son(Hourou Musuko), Level E, Freezing, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Kannazuki no Miko), Overdrive and others.
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I started watching a young age, first with Pokemon, then Dragonball Z and Dragonball. Mostly all the anime that I saw was from toonami some of the shows that saw there were Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine no 6 (OVA), sailormoon, Big O, Gundam Wing(+ Endless Waltz Movie) and a few others I cant remember. Then I went to watching anime on Adultswim some of the shows that I watch there were FLCL, Paranoia agent, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo. I stopped watching for a couple of years then during my junior year in high school I went and started to watch anime again but this time I was watching anime online some of the shows I watched were Air(TV), Shuffle(TV), Gundam Seed & Destiny. Now while Im in college, I watch a vast variety of anime- Yosuga no Sora, Kiss x Sis, Koreha Zombie Desuka, Baka to test to shoukanjuu, Infinite Stratos, Wandering Son(Hourou Musuko), Level E, Freezing, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Kannazuki no Miko), Overdrive and others.


Bebop is one of my all time favorites. I actually bought it all on DVD. Very good choice.
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eyeofspirits wrote:

It started when I was 15. There was a channel on normal tv that played anime at late night and the first I ever seen was Crying Freeman. After that I got slowly into the dub versions of movies and shows on cartoon network when I hit on Cowboy Bebop got the series on DVD and watched them subbed and at the same time when Naruto was first coming out in Japan a friend got me that subbed with 15 other series and since then I been hardcore into subbed anime rather than english dubbed. Dubbed does a terrible job since it mainly sounds like the voice actors are in a box just talking to themselves yet with the japanese you can tell they are all in the same room talking to eachother and not just reading.


Bebop is an important part of any anime collection.

And I agree the dubs usually just don't sound right. I've heard a handful that weren't too bad, but for the most part I can't stand them.
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PhoenixBlaze wrote:

I started watching a young age, first with Pokemon, then Dragonball Z and Dragonball. Mostly all the anime that I saw was from toonami some of the shows that saw there were Outlaw Star, Blue Submarine no 6 (OVA), sailormoon, Big O, Gundam Wing(+ Endless Waltz Movie) and a few others I cant remember. Then I went to watching anime on Adultswim some of the shows that I watch there were FLCL, Paranoia agent, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo. I stopped watching for a couple of years then during my junior year in high school I went and started to watch anime again but this time I was watching anime online some of the shows I watched were Air(TV), Shuffle(TV), Gundam Seed & Destiny. Now while Im in college, I watch a vast variety of anime- Yosuga no Sora, Kiss x Sis, Koreha Zombie Desuka, Baka to test to shoukanjuu, Infinite Stratos, Wandering Son(Hourou Musuko), Level E, Freezing, Destiny of the Shrine Maiden (Kannazuki no Miko), Overdrive and others.


Bebop is one of my all time favorites. I actually bought it all on DVD. Very good choice.


Since it was on tv and late at night(adultswim) i wasnt able to watch every episode but I did see the last episode. I dont buy dvds the only dvd i bought was the Blue Submarine No 6 Special Edition, instead I buy episodes on the iTunes Store, I bought some episodes from Shuffle (ep 1 and 24), Trigun (ep 1 free), FLCL(ep 1 free), Busou Renkin(ep 1 free), Full Metal Panic TSR(entire season), Noein (entire season), Clannad(OVA episode) and others, though they're dubbed only version. Dvds are great buy since they have sub and dub but I dont want to have to take care of it, with episodes i buy online(mainly from itunes) I can backup episodes onto my external hard drive.
There some shows (and movie) that I do wish to buy on DVD- anime : Gantz, Rin: Daughters of Mnesymne, and Gundam Wing Endless Waltz
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