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Why did you start watching anime?
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Posted 12/1/13 , edited 12/1/13
I think I started watching anime after a friend of mine introduced me to DBZ a long time ago and I took various breaks in between. A few years ago, I started watching anime again when I was looking for a piece of music on YT. Then, I vaguely remember that there was a song tribute to Cardcaptor Sakura. Ofc, I've seen the show during my childhood in dub but then decided to give the sub version a try.

Then from there on and out, I began watching anime again. But I started watching anime because of leisure. .
Posted 12/1/13
Sometime during two thousand, I remember watching watching Tenchi Muyō! on Toonami. So began my story
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I had a friend show me an episode of SAO. It was only the first few minutes and it didn't seem interesting, but I didn't have anything else to do, and here I am. He told me about "Reborn!", and at episode 34 I fell in love. I'm not sure how active he is here, but apparently he got a thread on the front page. I'm hoping that I don't get too addicted to anime, but I'm at that nice equilibrium where I can balance schoolwork, not having a life, and sleep. It's more difficult than it sounds, guys.
I've watched Pokemon ever since I can remember, but I didn't consider it anime at the time. I just viewed it as a show with a different kind of artist.
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Posted 12/1/13
I was a kid and it was on TV.

They were showing robots and the music was fun and engaging.

Then, I had a crush on Sailormoon and I ended up here in CR.
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Posted 12/1/13
Akira, Vampire Hunter D, Fist of the North Star and Voltron started the whole anime craze for me. Back in the late 80s early 90s
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Posted 12/1/13
I began to watch it because it was on TV and that is what my cousin wanted to watch when we picked him up from school. Like most people I know I began watching everything that was on Toonami. Though throughout I was on an Anti-Anime kick from Middle School up to my second year of high school when some friends showed me Cowboy Bebop and I became addicted again.
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Posted 12/1/13
It's actually a really funny story. I grew up watching a bunch of anime that was on fox kids (yugioh, digimon, ect). After a few years though I fell out of anime and became heavily entrenched in the scifi genere (stargate, babylon 5, doctor who) and I took up a snooty attitude to anime (I often called it adult cartoons and said that it was filled with mindless violence). However my sister (who was a huge anime fan) made me agree to a cultural trade of sorts. She would watch a few episodes of doctor who, while I would watch Steins;Gate. Steins;Gate blew my mind, I was suddenly made aware of how much of a jackass I was and quickly looked through the internet for more anime.... and the rest is history.
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Posted 12/1/13
I grew up with Pokemon/DBZ/Digimon - the works but the interest didn't stick. Fast forward to a couple summers ago when I watched Witchblade on some obscure independent film channel and watched it religiously. Believe or not, Witchblade and later Elfen Lied got me into anime.
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Posted 12/1/13
Little did I realize I had been watching anime for years with Voltron, Robotech, and Transformers from my childhood but I really took notice when the Scifi channel had their Japanamation weekend. Lensmans caught my attention while Vampire Hunter D blew my mind. From their the seed was planted and I pursued it ever since.
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Posted 12/1/13
in the late 90s had no idea they were called "anime" but started watching cause i knew there was a difference but didnt know what it was that attracted me. Then before i knew it as i recall now that the majority i was watching was anime on tv o-o
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I remember seeing DBZ one night and was amazed at how awesome the action was, it was much different from the american tv shows. So kept on watching it every night it came on along with other anime featured on the famous "Toonami" including Naruto, Yu Yu Hakusho, One Piece, and Zatch Bell! (also Bobo bo bo bo bo BO BO BO!!! (yeah that bobo anime haha ))
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Posted 12/2/13
My dad introduced it to me when I was a kid. He was military and would always bring stuff back from overseas every deployment. I hated everything about anime when I was a child.
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Posted 12/2/13
Same here, watched Gundam Wing as a kid, loved it, tried to watch it again later in life. Saw some manga at my high school library and that got me started on manga. A friend recommended Onemanga and that got me hooked but at the time wasn't interested in anime.

When Onemanga closed down I decided to try anime since the artwork of Black Rock Shooter OVA really stood out to me (which was a random video I found on youtube). Absolutely loved it and then I wanted to give some series a shot.

Hulu and youtube were the only places where I knew they had anime (didn't want to go looking on random maybe suspicious websites). First series was Guilty Crown and it blew my mind...... then a friend recommended cruchyroll to me. GO GUILTY CROWN!!! yes, I'm a more recent anime fan lol
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Posted 12/2/13
In elementary school, I think 2nd grade I got my start on Pokemon.
However I didn't really get into anime until much later, when I discovered Yu Yu Hakusho. I think I was in 5th grade then. It used to be on adult swim and I first watched it at a slumber party, I was always the last kid to fall asleep at those so I'd get free reign of the remote. Anyway I saw the fight between Yusuke and Ranbo and I got hooked on it. I would sneak out of bed to watch after that. So I consider Yu Yu Hakusho my "gateway" anime I suppose.
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Posted 12/2/13 , edited 12/2/13
I was 7-8, and busy watching American cartoons. My interest arose from anime's introduction to mainstream kid's channels in the late 1990's. I didn't know that those awesome cartoons were foreign, or knew of the term "anime" until I was roughly twelve. Prior to middle school, what took priority over anime/manga was dinosaurs, monsters, dragons, big cats, some video games, and outdoor rough-housing. For a long time, anime was just "more-grown-up" and more pretty than just about all of the other cartoons that I was also watching. My access to anime was extremely sporadic during my childhood. Aside from Pokemon and classic Yugioh!, that is, because they were available on cable. Other shows, like Digimon, DBZ, Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo, and Inuyasha were only available to me when I visited my paternal father, which was a few weeks a year before I reached middle school. My 8th grade arrived with Mom getting DirectTV, fortunately, which allowed me greater anime freedom, however briefly. DirectTV was removed about a year or so later. By then, however, I had started buying some manga, anime magazines, and whatnot elsewhere. I mostly read pirated manga at school, or randomly looked up anime pictures. Getting my own laptop back in 2008 (I think), and Netflix broadened my horizons further.
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