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Why did you start watching anime?
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Posted 12/3/13 , edited 12/3/13
Samurai Jack got me into it when I was younger, along with reruns of Bebop and Gundam on Toonam when it still ran midday.
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23 / M / Kaguya's Panties
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To fill the void in my life, and god bless my all wise decision!
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Everyone here has cool starts; watching Pokémon, DBZ, etc. while I'm just sitting here starting with Shugo Chara.
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Posted 12/3/13
sakura card captor, Dragon ball and Digimon got me into anime when I was a kid
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A bunch of years ago I was on YouTube and I wanted to search for comedy videos. So I searched "laugh" and the first link to come up was to a musical video for a song called "Laugh Away", the artist name is YUI (no last name). I immediately fell in love with her voice -- right in the first verse, and I loved the video, the sounds, the lyrics (I did look up the translation). After spending some time in a fan site, one day someone said that if you didn't know Morning Musume (MM) then you could not say that you knew Japan at all. So I checked MM, and I loved some of their songs (but not all). Their main videos are currently on their official "site" http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAAEA82D2950BC77D listed from most recent to least recent. There are other videos on their official "site" I recommend official dance PV for 「One・Two・Three」 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzvwlrLkQIs and official dance PV for 『ワクテカ Take a chance』 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWkAVXm0wtE Anyway, at some point I discovered that MM was part of a larger label called Hello! Project (H!P), which had several groups and I was checking out some of their PVs when I came across a PV for one of the songs of Shugo Chara. (Buono!, a group under the H!P umbrella, did a lot of the Shugo Chara songs) I read that Shugo Chara was an anime and I decided to search for it, that's how I found Crunchy. I watched the first episode and I loved it, and so I kept watching. At the time, a bunch of episodes were already available but the show was still ongoing. I'm now watching it again for a second time, and I still keep hope for a 4th season. Needless to say, I wandered around Crunchy some more and now am a hardcore anime fan.
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I started when my friend introduced me to sword art online and that's how it started for me!
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This past May, after I attended a local anime convention.
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21 / F / Balmer, Murlin
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Posted 12/3/13
Because all my friends in middle school were otakus. I conformed. Also, Pokémon.
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Did a friend recommend it? No my oldest Sister was a huge Marine Boy/Ultraman/Godzilla freak and anything that came from Japan. She introduced me to it VERY early (about 2 years old) and my first big hook (even moreso than Speed Racer) was Space Battleship Yamato in 1979 (USA - known as Starblazers). By then I had already seen a lot of "Japanimation" but this was the series that made me run home from school to not miss.

Were you interested in the art work? Yes/No. I knew it was from Japan and it was a lot grittier than most of the cartoons (same violence though LOL) but Starblazers you had people committing suicide.. I couldn't believe how raw it was and I was hooked since it seemed nothing was sacred. I loved drawing (even if I sucked at it) and my sisters would draw (much better than me) the females in Starblazers in particular. I loved how strong the women were portrayed in anime and loved to draw them.

Did you see news on a popular anime? There was no news back in the 1970's.. it was well before the internet and it was all word of mouth.
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I started watching anime because I grew up in Japan and it was all I knew.
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I was reading about it on TV Tropes and it seemed cool enough, so I decided to try it out again, glad I did.
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This is a crazy story and I actually wrote it down to make sure I remember why I watch it now. It started with me finishing my freshman year and I had a lot of spare time with finals coming up and me already knowing the content well, I have a good memory, so I thought "now I can watch the show my friends and teachers both mentioned watching "Lost". I started and finished it within a month or 2 probably 2. All eight seasons, I think it was eight, and now I thought I still have a lot of time since its finals week. This part gets blurry but within this period I started watching Naruto, Death Note, and Sekirei. Those were my first three shows. I liked, no loved them all. It was very different and so I started watching more, and more, and more, until I have now seen almost every anime on Netflix and now I watch through Crunchyroll, and other sites now.
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My main drive came from the drastic decline of Warner Bros. animations on television.
Before, I watched OVA x&y, a few Ghiblis, and watched TV anime a&b while waiting for different Saturday cartoons to air.

Now with television & internet streams I'm torn between anime, live action detective shows, and cartoons that have been around for 15+ years.. Avatar, Korra, and some PBS shows are the few exceptions. Almost fell into that MLP thing. Something about Canadians and animation does wonders.
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I started watching anime before I knew it was anime, and I just thought it was morning cartoons. DragonBall Z, Sailor Moon and The Ronin Warriors would come on every morning before school along with The Go-Bots and Thundercats. I was about 10 or 11, so that was back in 1991-1992.

I didn't even understand that they were two different things until Toonami came out in 1997. By then, though I understood that there were definitely more mature types of cartoons, because I had seen The Record of Lodoss War and Heavy Metal. But it was 1997 when I truly understood what anime was and started to actively search it out. It wasn't so easy back then, because there was no free anime streaming on the internet back then. Thank God for Cartoon Network, G4 and Sci-Fi.
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I was attracted to animes before shows like Dragonball Z and Trigun appear. I started way back with my first animes I watched was Wicked City, Bubblegum Crisis, Tank Police and Venus Wars.
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