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Posted 10/21/13
I remember as a wee lad watching dubbed Astroboy, Speed Racer, Battle of the Planets, etc. But none of those really pushed me over the edge to fandom, I merely thought of them collectively as just more cartoons.

Did you have a specific series or movie that pushed you over the proverbial cliff?

Mine was the Bubblegum Crisis OVA, Episode 1. Borrowed a VHS tape from my sister's boyfriend back around 1989. It was a straight copy of the original Japanese (no subs, no dub). From the moment Priss started singing "Konya wa Hurricane" and a Boomer started ripping through police officers, I was hooked like a junkie. Got me into "real" anime and partly influenced my learning Japanese. I still occasionally crank up the soundtrack from that OVA series while commuting to the office.

What was your gateway drug and on what medium? More VHS tapes I would imagine, more so than .mkv rips from the newest trendy fansub group.
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Posted 10/22/13 , edited 10/22/13
Gurren Lagann, discovered it on Netflix when looking for something different to watch and well I've been watching Anime ever since.

I'm a recent Anime convert though, sadly it was very rare to see any Anime on British television when I was growing up except for pokemon and it's much the same now.
Posted 10/29/13
Samurai Champloo..I had never seen anything like it. I was enchanted and had to explore more. However, although I did find a lot of gems..it seems lately anime is leaning toward the juvenile. I feel anime had passed it's golden age. Or maybe its because I'm old (er) and want more substance and less ecchi.
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I watched Robotech and Voltron when I was like 9ys old, but then I watched Akira on VHS in like 88 and that movie blew my mind. I watched that movie like 50 times. I was 14 or 15yrs old and I haven't stopped watching anime since.
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Gurren Lagann - loved it and count it among my favorites for a reason I can't quite put my finger on. It's bombastic, over the top, and a bit too juvenile at Times but it worked for me. I've not been compelled to re-watch it in years despite owning the box set and maybe it explains why I remember it so fondly, but so be it, its first impression was great overall.

Samurai Champloo - Also saw this one and enjoyed it a lot at the time, but now I don't remember it so well. I really appreciated its hip sensibilities despite its late samurai era setting.

Akira - I'm waaay overdue for a rewatch and probably didn't give it a fair shake with my more limited Japanese skills back then and the rather confusing English dub. Can't deny its importance though.

Love the origin stories. Keep them coming, even the current snail's pace is fine. Obviously most of us have a bit more patience about this than a newer generation that expects 1000 responses in 15 minutes.


Tigerluv, if you are looking for modern anime titles that are worth watching and not just full of fan service, just post a topic with your preferences. I'm sure you could get plenty of sensible recommendations from this group. Or at least I would hope.
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Posted 12/29/13
Tenchi Muyo in love. It was wonderful to be able to watch a movie from a series and still kinda know what was going on. Plus Tenchi's love for his mother always made me tear up a little. lol
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I remember watching Robotech & Voltron on tv when I was a kid, but of course I had no clue they were "anime."

After college when I was working at a mall store before I got a "real" job, my younger co-workers got me into Pokemon a bit...

I think it was finding the Tenchi Muyo movies and Vampire Princess Miyu OVAs and Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective at Blockbuster that finally hooked me as an anime fan.
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I also really get into Record of Lodos War and DBZ of course. I remember us all being broke in college and pooling up our money for the next tape to come out. Outlaw Star and Cowboy bebop of course... I never really stopped once I started. About to watch some now. Kill la Kill is awesome, I recommend it...
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I'm one of the ones in the Sailor Moon generation. That's when anime really blew up for me, but I'd been into it off and on before then, all the way back to watching stuff like Robotech and Unico when I was a kid. (And, as luck has it, Unico's on Blu-Ray nowadays. How times change!)
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Posted 10/19/14
I remember watching Speed Racer a little bit, and also an odd little thing called Johnny Quest - I think. I didn't watch much cartoons, had a bad childhood and launched into early adulthood. I never was much into TV or movies - more of a book reader always. Many years and adventures later, whilst working on my first real childhood in my 30s, some friends introduced me to studio Ghibli via Tokoyo Godfathers - knowing that I would be intrigued by a realistic and basically positive dipiction of trans and homeless people. It caught my interest at the time but I didn't really follow it up, other than to see Spirited Away which I liked very much. A few years later my stepdaughter insisted I watch Fruits Basket with her. Again, I was impressed, but didn't pursue. So fast forward to about five years ago and I managed to toddle around the Internet and run into some anime to watch... and fell in love with the writing, the stories, the beautiful art and here I am now teaching myself Japanese so I can understand them better.
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For me it was Sailor Moon, Cowboy Bebop, Fruits Basket, Cardcaptor Sakura and Shugo Chara!
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