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How did anime influence you?
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Hello all,

I was curious to see if anyone watched an anime and was impacted by it in some way.

What was the anime? How did it influence you?

For me, one piece had a huge impact on my life. I was pretty moved by the drive that Luffy and his crew has to realize their dreams all while never sacrificing their friendship. It made me take my dreams more seriously and also learn to value relationships with people that I had never cared to create before.

Hope to hear some stories!
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How did it not?

My Grandfather was forced to live 5-Years of his life in Japan following the Veitnam War, and he's a huge Japanese movies buff. Of course, he wouldn't outright show his Grandchildren Japanese movies, but we had more than a few Jackie Chan, Godzilla, and Toshiro Mifune film growing up.

My Grandpa was also the one who bought Anime VHS for us. Dragonball and the Cure of the Blood Rubies was my first entry into Dragonball, and supposedly one of the first dubbed. THAT was my introduction to anime.

Growing up with my siblings, my parents went through a divorce. My mom was always afraid of what we'd do if we wern't with her, so she forced us to spend the evenings in her room watching T.V. instead of playing around down stairs before we went to sleep. This leads to us being allowed to finally watch Anime, which my mom previously thought "too adult" for us after seeing a Hotsprings Episode that was a little to ecchi for her.

My mom loves the hell out of Inuyasha now, and sometimes walks into the room saying "Inuyahsaaaaaaa, Kikiyoooooooooo Inuyashaaaaaa" because she found that hilarious, and they did it every damn episode.

My siblings and I fell deep into Anime after that. Growing up on the entire Toonami-block. We got home from school to watch ourselves Dragonball Z and Ruonin Kenshin. Spend our nights with Yu Yu Hakusho, Cased Closed, Inuyasha, and Lupin the 3rd.
Weekends came around, and we saw Eureka 7 as it aired on Adult Swim. It took us FOREVER to watch Eureka 7. The final episodes were delayed by a whole week because of some event involving really really horrible American Adult Parody cartoon about some kinda hooker....it was the worse Saturday of my life.

We also saw Pokemon, Digimon, 4Kid's One Piece, and various other Staruday Morning cartoons as well. Digimon had a huge impact on our lives, as it's characters were some of the first we could relate to. I could never relate to Ash, Goku, Inuyasha, or Conan. But Tai and his younger Sister Kari? I have a younger sister and I played Soccer, of course I'd relate! Then you have Mat and Takeru, who's parents were going through a divorce just like mine, and I also had a younger brother! Digimon also had the first cool-adult character I ever saw. Mat's father was an awesome dad and a cheating manwhore, which is just like my dad!

By the time Naruto started to air, my siblings and I had ingested enough Anime to hate on the show with the smugness of Junior High kids.

Then you have shows like Fooly Cooly, Parinoia Agent, Kodokah-Chan, and The Slayers. Those were all great too. I actually started watching Anime online right around Naruto started airing, watched me Ranma 1/2 and had one hell of a time.

Back before I could talk about Anime with people, I could only talk about Video Games. I simply didn't have that many conversation topics to pick from. It felt amazing when I met people who shared this interest with me, and I've got several good friends now because of it. Like anything, it's just a topic in which I now share with other people, and I like sharing it with others.
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Last August I was in a critical state of mental stability, having both an incredibly stressful time at both work and home with my personal life. It was then that I started watching anime again, finally deciding to watch Attack on Titan and used this website to stream it since I couldn't find it anywhere else (I also really liked the comments section). Sure enough the show actually made me even more depressed and that's when I started exploring the site for other anime to watch, the first one that caught my eye was Hunter x Hunter (2011).

I heard very few things about the show, but I knew of it's existence and from what few things that I heard, it was good so I gave it a try. At first I wasn't really enjoying it, the first episode was pretty boring, I found myself skipping around a few times, and the 2nd episode wasn't so appealing either, but then I reach episode 3 and things got interesting, and then I reach 4.... by that time I started watching this show like crazy, finally deciding to make an account here and purchasing premium and ended up watching every episode up to 93 within 3 days, while also getting kicked out of the house. Luckily I drove over to a friends house and asked if I could watch some there on his console. While watching and constantly soothing my state of mind he got interested and started watching it too

One of the main reasons I absolutely love Hunter x Hunter is the friendship between the 2 lead characters, by far one of the most heartwarming friendships I've ever seen between 2 characters. Not only that but it was also extremely intelligent. Being that my favorite genres in anime are Shonen and Psychological this one was a complete package for me.

There are 2 things I am certain of that this anime did for me : 1. Saving my life by restoring my state of mind 2. Made me rethink my life and ultimately gave me a sense of reason to continue my college career again after a 2 year hiatus.

Probably much too personal, luckily I'm incognito thanks to the internet ^^
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I could write my life story here but here are some highlights

Rurouni Kenshin was the first anime that actually had an impact on me. It was the first manga I ever read and finished. I resonated with Kenshin's beliefs of not taking a life and I loved its romantic style.

Code Geass and Death Note(saw them at the same time) made me like the byronic hero archetype and I think the first one to make me seriously look at my own morality and beliefs.

I saw Kara no Kyoukai throughout my years in high school. I was really impressionable at the time and saw myself as Shiki. Whenever I got into a relationship, I sort of expected my boyfriend to be like Kokutou. It was probably one of the worse things to influence my outlook on love. That was also around the time when I was depressed about life in general. So the movies did not help at all on that matter.

Full Moon wo Sagashite and DN Angel were definitely the reasons why I like bishonen character designs.

Gurren Lagann is one of the most inspirational anime for me. Whenever I have to do something outside of my comfort zone, I still tell myself "Believe not in the people who believe in me. Believe in the me who believes in myself."

Guilty Crown was the first time I actually looked into the production of anime and the talent and work that has to go into one to make it successful.

Now, time for me to hide back into the shadows
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Anime itself has influenced my wallet, as it keeps getting thinner and thinner. Never before did I have interest in Japan but ever-since I indulged myself in the Anime world (Adult Swim was my Ground Zero for Anime) visiting Japan is now on my bucket list, especially the district of Akiba.

I was a 90's kid so the shows I grew up watching were Dragonball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Pokemon. It never crossed my mind that the shows I watched were anime I just thought of them as cartoons, it wasn't until I was 16 that I found out what anime was and was shocked that I've been watching anime ever since I was a kid.

Now I'm 19 and still enjoy anime to this day. I started supporting shows by buying DVD's/Blu-Rays and their manga's. I also bought my ticket for the Anime Expo here in my state, this will be my first Anime event and look forward to attending.

Posted 3/6/14
Caused me to reexamine what some people call cheap.
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I do believe we all have tried to go Super Saiyan at one point growing up. If you tell me you didn't, you're lying.
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I didn't realize people had stories like me, i mean anime really helped me through a lot

and yes i have gone super saiyan
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Blast of Tempest had a huge impact on me, and while I wouldn't say it informs my life daily, I still think about it frequently. It is, in some ways, sort of a mirror in which I see myself, learn about myself and find things I want to change about myself.

Kyousougiga sold me on anime's potential as an artistic medium. It was responsible for the shift in my view of anime as simply a medium of entertainment for myself to a medium in which I would like to work someday.

Other than those two, there have been a whole host of anime that have caused me to make small changes in myself or have influenced the color of a story I write.

I'm always trying to learn, and there's plenty to be learned in anime, from both a craft and a personal perspective.
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I'd say Death Note taught me just how easy it is for a seemingly just ideal to become twisted and warped. If you use too much black and white thinking, it can cause you to become just as bad, if not worse than those you try to fight against. Similarly, Code Geass taught me that sometimes, to win wars and bring about the greater good, a consequentialist mentality is sometimes necessary, and you should be prepared to pay for trying to make the world a better place, dearly.
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Well, the most obvious being that I'm oddly emotionally susceptible to j-rock and j-pop now.

Those opening theme songs, man.
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None really. Anime hasn't influenced me much throughout my years of experience. But from some of the series I did watch in the past, I came to appreciate cars more and more after watching Initial D, got into more into J-Pop after listening to OP/ED songs, etc. Probably the most general stuff rather than anything else.

If mecha did exist in our world, I might of been influenced by that quite a bit since my interest for mecha shows have increased quite a bit over the past few years.
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CauliflowerCurry wrote:

Well, the most obvious being that I'm oddly emotionally susceptible to j-rock and j-pop now.

Those opening theme songs, man.


I'm with you there.
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Anime is my life. ;-; Maybe not as much as active fandom people, like con-goers and all, but I started reading manga just a few years after I learned how to read, and I must have been three or four when I first saw an episode of Pokemon and it never went away. My moral standings, my tastes, my aspirations, everything ties back to anime and manga. I was lucky I was born in the nineties. Anime had already taken root in America, and while not mainstream or even particularly well-handled at times, there was at least a lot of it.
I've also been told I have really exaggerated facial expressions and body language, and I'm not totally sure whether or not that was a side effect of me losing my social life for a year and only having 2D people for company or not.
I also realized recently that my whole crushing experience in high school was a shoujo manga. Having no other example for love, I became a delusional girl, and completely fell in love like a shojo heroine, with the sparkly eyes and the background flowers, and the undying adoration that sprung from a single, thoughtless action that somehow moved me.

It's a little better than falling in love like Twilight at least. (;▽;)

xxJing 
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I am quite an analytical person, I tend to philosophically analyze just about anything I come across for which I don't already have a solid answer for. Anime of course portrays thousands of situations which you would never encounter in real life, and also probably never encounter in American TV, or if you did in smaller less intensified doses.

In short, anime has probably caused me to become more cynical and critical of cultural traditions, not just western but japanese as well. I think both westerners and japanese have ingrained cultural taboos and traditions that really limit their functionality and just increase stress. Being able to contrast those two cultures against each other has allowed me to see all of the crap that I couldn't before. At the same time though, being exposed to everything from the most gory violence to the raunchiest sex has probably made me a more tolerable person, the only thing that offends me anymore is ignorance and pride in that ignorance.
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