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How did you first get into anime
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I have a very vivid memory of my first experience with Anime. As a kid, I had an older brother who played a lot of video games, and he had Chrono Trigger for the PSX. The cutscenes in the game were all anime, and that got me intrigued. Years later, a youtube letsplayer by the name of Vash12349 was explaining the origins of his name, and talked about Trigun and other Animes. So after watching Trigun and then Bleach on Adult Swim, I looked to the net for more. I watched some stuff that was popular at the time like Elfen Lied, Dragonball, etc. But I eventually stopped for several years. It wasn't until 2 years ago when I began playing a lot of JRPGS that went full force and watched everything that I had missed out on, such as Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, all the Studio Ghibli films, and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
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dbz as a kid...many years passed... in college came across fairy tail.. been lost since then lol
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My friend introduced me to Soul Eater. I've been addicted ever since.
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i was looking up a picture of a fruit basket for a school project and found Fruits Basket...
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I got started with anime by stumbling across it on Adult Swim one night back in 2004 or so. The that initially got me interested were Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell, and then a few others as they aired on Adult Swim (and recording them - with a VCR, since that's the only way I had to record late night shows back then, and the internet wasn't an option since my family only had dial-up back then).

But the series that did the most to pull me into anime was Inuyasha. It was a longer series, and the first series I watched that ended without wrapping up the series (because it caught up to the manga, but I didn't know that at the time). A while later I found out about the manga, and read the whole thing as my first manga (at that point the manga had ended, so I was able to finish the series, which was nice). And then later , in 2011 I found out that there had been a second series finishing the story - but when I found it it hadn't been dubbed, but the subbed version was on Hulu. So the last season of Inuyasha was the first subbed anime I watched - and it showed me that there was a lot more anime out there then what was dubbed. Shortly after that I found Crunchyroll, and now most of the shows I watch are anime (and anime related things are responsible for several other non-anime series I watch now.)

Funny thinking back on it all, and how I only discovered what's now one of my main sources of entertainment because fourteen year-old me got bored of watching some cheesy Sci-Fi channel movie of the week, and flipped through channels until I happened to land on Adult Swim (I'm pretty sure it was Cowboy Bebop, but it may have been Ghost in the Shell, as those are the first two anime I remember watching).


Sorry it got so long , I just thought back and started writing and it got kind of long.
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I've been an anime fan longer than I knew what anime was... I remember being a little kid and I got my parents to rent a movie that ended up being a subtitled anime. I was too young to read the captions very well, but I was fascinated nonetheless. I wish I could figure out what that movie was, but my memory is too hazy at this point. Something to do with pirates I think... Over the years I watched several more anime that I just thought of as cartoons. Such as the Unico movies and a obscure little movie called Twelve Months. I had no idea they were anime until many years later.

Another thing was my being a huge fan of Japanese role playing games in the mid 90s. Those, I knew came from Japan. So it piqued my interest in Japanese entertainment as a whole.

But the first anime that I watched, knowing that it was anime, was Escaflowne on Fox Kids. As much as I raged when it was cancelled just a few episodes in, it was the catalyst I needed to push me over the edge to becoming a full blown anime fan. I bought the DVDs so I could see the rest of the show and on those DVDs were previews for other shows. I was hooked at that point.

As for your other questions...
1. If you find a good community to talk about anime let me know... I have a couple of friends I talk to about anime, but they never seem all that interested in the shows I love. Of course the opposite is also kinda true. I can never convince them to give Natsume Yuujinchou a shot, and they'll probably never fully convince me to watch Guilty Crown.

2. Liking sports is not mutually exclusive to liking anime. I played football in high school and watched Excel Saga and FLCL with one of my team mates back then /shrug.

4. Shows I would recommend to a new fan... Some good gateway anime would be stuff like
Death Note
Black Lagoon
Baccano
Full Metal Alchemist

As for less mainstream stuff:
Kino's Journey (Seriously, this show is amazing and more people need to know about it!)
Steins;Gate
Puella Magi Madoka Magica

There are a ton more shows that I could recommend, but these are the ones I can offer knowing nothing about your tastes. And I'm pretty sure they're all available for legal streaming either here on Crunchyroll or on Hulu.
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for me when I was in middle school I use to watch saint seya and dragon ball then came dbz then dbgt but back then I didn't know about anime I was just watching cartoons then I got a Netflix subscription and it opened my eyes to a lot more shows that otherwise I would have never seen, after I saw just about all anime Netflix had I started searching for sites and finally discovered what anime actually was since then I have seen easily over 300 shows and then afterwards came manga now I keep waiting on updates in quite a few but im always searching for more new shows/manga to read/watch I kinda started with ecchi and harem but I have tried all kinds after

just to name a few; highschool of the dead, to love ru(all of the shows and OVA), zero no tsukaima (all 4 seasons), clannad, shuffle, unbreakable machine doll, girls bravo, boku wa tomodachi, angel beats, freezing, another, btoom!, princess lover, elfen lied, nyan koi, highschool dxd, aesthetica of a rouge hero, asobi ni iku yo, kokako no regios,
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i used to watch my little pony so i guess i started from that
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Beer and time. Binge on the first time of watching anime. DON'T STOP.
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A few events led up to my obsession with anime. When I was around seven or eight, I used to love going to the library. I would borrow tons of books and sometimes a few movies if any caught my eye. Well, one day I happened to pick us Spirited Away. I didn't know what it was, but honestly, when I popped it in, it kind of scared me while also fascinating me. I had never seen anything quite like it. I sort of forgot about it until I joined a little-known art site.
I would RP with characters I drew which got me hooked. I came across many anime drawings and could recognize the style. About a year after, I was at the library and picked up a manga book titled "Rurouni Kenshin". It matched the anime style I remembered and figured I could try it out. I ended up really liking it and starting to watch the anime. Eventually I got bored and left anime alone for a while.
Maybe a year after that , I found a group on the art site dedicated to Studio Ghibli fanart. I had heard the name before and decided to check it out. I recognized some Spirited Away fanart and instantly remembered the movie. I ended up marathoning Ghibli movies over the span of a few nights and when I had watched them all, I looked for more. Finding no exact equivalent, I turned to anime once more and began watching Bleach since it was really the only other anime I had heard of.
I grew addicted and started watching Ouran High School Host Club. That's when my love for anime really kicked off. Another year and I've watched 50+ anime titles ^.^
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1. Is there a way to keep in touch with the community? (ie. Twitter, Facebook groups, specific forums) I like to talk about the anime/manga I watch/read but none of my friends are even remotely interested so it's almost like speaking to myself.

There are hundreds of groups on Facebook that post anime news and pics 24/7 try looking for some (sorry don't use Twitter). A lot of streaming sites have a forum or chat box you can be active in. Chrunchyroll being a great example.

2. I don't really fit, I guess you would call it the stereotype of typical anime fans (nerdy, anti-social) I like sports and like hanging out with friends and what not, and a few of the people I've met that are heavily into anime act sort of...resentful I suppose is the right word. Is that an issue?

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Many of the fans, myself included, are shy because while everyone else is talking about sports and stuff that happened with friends or on the news we want to talk about video games, anime, or manga. I'm lucky my entire school plays video games and a lot of them also watch anime.

It depends on how the area treats anime, where I live most people don't care if someone likes anime or not but some places people may shun those who do watch it, kinda like how Japan views otaku. Just try to talk about anime and manga and they should open up. For all we know they could just be tsundere!

3. I am very heavily interested in how all of you stumbled upon the anime/manga scene and why it interests you so much.

I've always watched the anime that was on Cartoon Network, the kids animes, but about 3 or 4 years ago one of my friends told me about Fullmetal Alchemist so i started to watched it then moved on to Toradora! then Haruhi Suzumiya and now here I am.

4. If you could recommend things for me to watch, that'd be great since as of now I just pick what title that I can understand (as I only speak English/Spanish)

Ask someone who doesn't love every anime he's seen and has seen over 100.



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My neighbor gave me the very first season of Pokémon on VHS when I was in 1st grade. After that I started watching it on TV and found Naruto, One Piece, Zatch bell, Shaman King, etc...
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I used to watch stuff like DBZ,Shaman KIng, Digimon and Rave Master on T.V but was unaware this was anime, but after watching an episode of Naruto online I stumbled on many other anime.
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This'll actually officially be my first post on an anime forum, so I guess I'm just as new, if not a bit newer than you are good sir. I grew up watching it, but I never considered myself a fan. Grew up with Pokémon, Dragon Ball, DBZ, Sailor Moon, etc. on Cartoon Network. I've been a fan of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki's animations for probably about 7-8 years now, but again I never considered myself a particular fan of the genre. It wasn't hard for me to get into dubbed/subbed anime, because my father likes to watch foreign films often, so that was no big deal, and I always loved Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts and such. I'm a huge sci-fi and fantasy geek, so that no doubt layed some serious foundation on the matter (I LOVE Star Trek, LotR, and my fav series of all time is Doctor Who (you should see my Classic Who DVD collection)). It's funny because my father is a professed hater of anime, but I've gotten him into a few animes over the years (namely the more mature stuff like Death Note). A good friend of mine began telling me of this new show Attack on Titan, but I didn't know where to watch it, and he suggested I catch it all on Crunchyroll. Little did I know it was the greateast thing know to man - I bought a membership that night. That had to be around the very beginning of the Fall 2013 season then that I officially entered the fandom. And it's mostly all I've been watching ever since. I'm doing a volunteer work in Costa Rica for two months currently ( it's so incredibly beautiful here right now), so when I have my downtime I'm on my iPad watching me some anime and loving every second of it. Currently finished with most of my 2013 fall lineups except Log Horizon and Kill La Kill, so I'm catching up on SAO and Saki to be ready for the new stuff this winter So far I'm having a great time. Much of this stuff really is gold.
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when i was in grade school, i can't really remember ... but my older bro has a lot of influence on it ... we used to watch yuyu hakusho and dbz ... i always asked him to draw me some salor moon stuff ... now we still talk about animes/manga mostly sports stuffs
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