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Tell me all about your start in Anime
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Posted 2/21/11
I started ages ago when Gundam Wing was on Toonami on Cartoon Network, and when they had gundam models/action figures at Toys R Us. I bought a few gundam action figures, and that was about it. When I visited family in China when I was like 10 I bought a raw version of SEED destiny, since it had giant robots. But I had no idea what was going on, and I promptly forgot all about Gundam/anime until earlier this year. Before this year, my opinion of anime was, "Big eyes. Disproportionate bodies. Don't like." Then one night, unbelievably desperate to procrastinate on homework, I asked one of my rather Asian friends which Gundam series I should start with. He recommended 00, and after consuming both seasons within 3 days, I moved onto SEED/SEED Destiny, Code Geass, and other mecha-related shows. My general policy for the first month or two was mecha only, no action shows, mystery, romance, nothing. This was mostly due to my denial of the awesomeness of anime, but over time I cracked. I slowly branched out into other shows, keeping it mostly tied to sci-fi and the like, but somehow I got hooked on romantic comedies/dramas, and I think I broke some world records in my haste to watch as much as possible. I've watched over 50 shows in the past 4 or 5 months, while maintaining an A/B average at school :D. Disregarding the fact that "homework" doesn't exist for me anymore, I am now anime crazy, and am constantly slapping myself in the face for not getting started on anime sooner.
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Posted 2/21/11
When I was very little I liked anything chinase but then one day I just like anything japanese! but when I was little I watched Naruto when it was on Cartoon Network. And then a last year I thought about Naruto I reseached abput it and it said it was japanese and I was reading the Manga ever since. Now, I am watching the Anime (I am on the newest episode) and I am watching MORE animes like Vampire Knight
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Posted 2/21/11
When i was on elementary school, my mom bought me a Detective Conan manga. Back then, i was wondering if there was an Anime(back then, i didn't know what Anime is). So, i looked at the channel on my tv and realize there's more than Detective Conan. Ever since that day, i've watched many Anime's like Gakuen Alice, Monkey Thyphoon, and someelse til this day. haha
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Posted 5/15/11
When I was little, too young to really remember clearly, I used to watch Voltron and Robotech on VHS from the rental store and play with my old alpha fighter toys. So that was when I really started getting into anime. But even before that, I was introduced to anime through Disney with the Unico movies. Until recently, I had only remembered bits and pieces of that strange little anime, but it always stuck in my head.
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Posted 5/15/11
I've been watching anime since I was a baby. My mom is a big anime fan and she used to sit me next to her to watch Maya the bee, Candy Candy and Marco (A thousand leagues in search of mother). When I used to live in Venezuela we watched anime on TV all the time, once we moved to the USA the only anime available in 1989 was Treasure Island on Univision. When i was in High school I was able to watch Sailor Moon on WPIX in NYC, Dragon Ball and Ranma 1/2 on a Korean Channel (KBS in NYC), later on DBZ on Cartoon Network and Captain Tsubasa on Telemundo.

I'm a big fan of classic anime but difficult to find legal copies in NYC.
Posted 5/15/11
I started watching anime because of my two older brothers.
When I was about 10 years old, they always watched Naruto when I got in their rooms. I started watching it with them, but didn't want to watch Naruto with them anymore because I wanted to see it from the beginning. Later after a while I started watching DB and DBZ and i got addicted to it. When it got boring I searched for some other anime's and found Elfen Lied (The best anime ever). Since then I've been addicted.
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I was born.
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Posted 5/16/11
I watched Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Digimon and Yu-gi-oh as a kid, but that didn't cause no interest in anime for me.
In 2005 I saw the 3rd season of Digimon (Digimon Tamers) and that was the first time I would get interested to find similar anime series.
The next year i saw a few episodes of Sailormoon, and I got really hooked, so I started searching for anime an the internet, and the first two I found vere Venus Versus Virus and Mamoru-kun ni Megami no Shukufuku wo! and since them I started watching anime very often.
Posted 5/17/11 , edited 5/17/11
My start in anime was actually not positive. I used to see episodes of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Gundam dubbed in english on TV and I thought they were lame shit. LIKE WHY WOULD ANYONE LIKE CARTOONS WITH POKE BALLS AND PIKACHU I CHOOSE *~YOU~* FAGGOTRY? i didn't even like people who liked anime, i used to lol at them.

I saw Inuyasha when I was 14, my friend bought the DVDs and made us all watch it one recess and I decided not to make a big fuss cause no one else was. Lol, watching it in Japanese made me fall in love with the language. The story was so epic, i started borrowing those DVDs from said friend and went to search for more anime online.

I watched Fullmetal Alchemist next. (the first anime version) That was even more epic, and I cried when it ended, not because it was sad but because there was no continuation. I was stunned at my ability to produce tears for a mere cartoon.

I think i started becoming obsessed after that. I watched Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Bleach, 12 Kingdoms, Gravitation (which marked the start of my yaoi obsession), Ai no Kusabi, Wolf's Rain, Rozen Maiden, Monster, XXXHOLiC, Prince of Tennis etc etc and started reading mangas like Fruits Basket & NANA.

I started Naruto like decades too late, because I was pretty sure I was gonna hate it. *SURPRISE* It was fucking awesome. Since I was a diehard yaoi fan already, I guess it didn't take me long to start shipping SasuNaru like no tomorrow, I think I stopped watching anime for the sole purpose of reading slashy lemony sasunaru fanfiction. I cried like I had never cried before at the valley of the end, not even while watching 1 liter of tears, a fact which still makes me guilty.

I stopped shipping SasuNaru so hard after a year and started getting into Sci-Fi & other anime like Evangelion, Gundam, Claymore, Elfen Lied and I was there when the epicness of Code Geass hit Animedom. I was right here on CR watching its epicness brainwash the 4chan trolls. Death Note was causing sensations in that time, too. I can't remember which came first.

I watched Macross Frontier. And then I stopped watching anime for a few years, because nothing else could live up to Code Geass.

Recently, I've been watching all of Hayao Miyazaki's old works like Laputa, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro, etc. And apart from that, there hasn't been an anime that's quite been able to impress me the way it used to when I was younger.
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Posted 5/17/11
My story is Extremely similar to yours. Only my brothers watched DBZ when I was around 7 or 8. From then I was only hooked on that, but I discovered Naruto on my own, then So many others I kept finding I went (am) Crazy for them! Speaking of Elfen lied. I'm currently Watching that, Episode 4 I'm on. Its So GORY! But your right its A Great Anime.
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Posted 5/17/11
I grew up in Puerto Rico but most of the shows on local TV were anime; most shows never became popular in the continental US, or when they did, I had already watched that show many years before it ran on the continental US TV stations. For example, DB was already a big deal in PR many years before it came to the US. So as Rurouni Kenshin, just to name a few.
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Posted 5/17/11 , edited 5/17/11

ramonv wrote:

I've been watching anime since I was a baby. My mom is a big anime fan and she used to sit me next to her to watch Maya the bee, Candy Candy and Marco (A thousand leagues in search of mother). When I used to live in Venezuela we watched anime on TV all the time, once we moved to the USA the only anime available in 1989 was Treasure Island on Univision. When i was in High school I was able to watch Sailor Moon on WPIX in NYC, Dragon Ball and Ranma 1/2 on a Korean Channel (KBS in NYC), later on DBZ on Cartoon Network and Captain Tsubasa on Telemundo.

I'm a big fan of classic anime but difficult to find legal copies in NYC.


Yup! The same with me: my mother was the person who introduced me to anime. I remember that Candy Candy was on TV when I was in kindergarden (after school) and she always told me to watch that show, since it was her favorite show when she was in middle school.

Back in PR, the original Telemundo
was until 2004 the channel with most anime on TV. Too bad is now all gone. :tears
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24 / M / Niagara Falls N.Y
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Posted 5/18/11
I beleive the first thing i saw was Sailor moon when i was 8, and i remember wondering why there wernt any other cartoons with this artstyle. I also liked to watch Sonic the original series (with the freedom fighters) Later when i was like 10 or so i got into the whole pokemon thing, shortly therafter i started watching yu-gi-oh. I didnt really get into anime until toonami started playing this new show DBZ and then when Rourouni Kenshin came out i was hooked. Unfortunately i never had a computer then so i never got into anime until later.... When i was about 14 i caught an episode of inuyasha about the birds of paradise, and was so into the show i bought the first 27 episodes at media play for my 15th birthday for 100$, (rip off) but i had no access to anime. Then shortly therafter i found Anime Network on demand and was watching everything they had on there, and wishing for more. Some i remember were Robotech, Chrono Crusade, Getbackers,Happy Lesson my first harem lol. and Slayers. Everything that i would buy after age 15 was either anime or videogame related. When i actually had full access to a computer i started ordering My absolute favorite series and i had alot of friends that were influencing me in my anime club in highschool, and i have loved anime since. Also just recently got back into it when i got my laptop for college a few months ago. Joined up on Crunchyroll and am trying to keep up with all the new shows, mostly quit playing videogames altogether as a result.
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Posted 5/19/11
lol been watching anime since i was 4

the first anime that i've watched was voltes v.... though can't remember if i get to watched the whole episode or not.

But what makes me really addicted to anime is "Time Quest" i had a little crush on the main guy.. haha
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Posted 5/19/11 , edited 5/19/11
So, mine is pretty simple. I had no clue what manga was. Even less anime. One day, im just chatting with my friend and I forgot about how we got to the topic but she told be to watch shugo chara right? I was weirded out by the name and didn't look it up until days later. I look it up on Google and this is the first site that looked interesting to me. I watch the first episode and by god, im shocked. The whole new language had me immersed.
Obviously, everyone's first anime would be something like Pokemon or yu-gi-oh. Honestly though, I just thought they were improved cartoons or something. I started watching in the beginning or 6th grade. I'm in 8th grade now. After I had watched the whole shugo chara series. I learned there were a million more. I goggled up anime, learned from this site, and made Asian friends. Basically, it changed my life
Before anime, I has obsessed with British people. I think anime kind of jacked my brain to do a 180 and made me think differently, not that I hate it or anything.
In the end, I watched by now, over 25 animes with about 10 uncompleted. Oh, and just during my end of the year in 7th grade, I learned what yaoi was. Ended up being a huge fan. I think if you were to rip my heart out, half would be anime,half would be yaoi, half would be friends, and the last half would be drawing/writing.
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