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The Anime That Turned You Into An Otaku
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I of course loved Pokemon when I was younger, but Fruits Basket and Princess Tutu made me a real fan 2 years ago
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I was never a casual watcher...when I jumped in, I jumped in head first. The first anime that I watched was Casshern Sins (a hell of a way to start!)...
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SAO, Campione, and accel world.
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I watched pokemon every now and then, but the anime that first got me hooked was Naruto. Then it was One Piece. Then it was Negima, then Squid Girl, then Fairy Tail. Next, Negima's double screening with Hayate the Combat Butler got me into that anime (I am not ashamed to admit I enjoyed all 4 seasons of it), whose crossover concert got me into The World God Only Knows. It was around the time that I watched every episode of the 1st season of Hayate in a month that I became an otaku. Now I enjoy the To Aru series, SAO, Kill la Kill, Nisekoi, and others. Don't underestimate the power of anime to patiently reel you in.
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I was only vaguely aware of Anime back when Sailor Moon and Teknoman aired in the early 90s, the two series that I remember most. However it wasn't until later in 1996 when I got into collecting Comics that I became aware of the greater world of Anime. I believe it was in a Diamond Previews magazine that I saw release information for ADVs Evangelion, Plastic Little and Blue Seed and promptly ordered the VHS tapes. At the time I loved both dubs and subs. After that I was hooked delving into Fansubs shortly thereafter.

I have so many great memories from that time, downloading endless MP3s of OP/ED themes, watching AMVs, discovering Manga and posting on the old Anime on DVD forums. Later on I went into a bit of an elitist phase importing R2s from Japan. Boy was that expensive! Eventually I got back to a more sane level of fandom returning to domestic releases. Still prefer the presentation and quality of Japanese releases but can't justify the expense. For the past few years collectibles, such as Statues and PVCs, have come to take up the bulk of my budget.
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For me it had to be Bleach. I thought all anime were like shounen and were very simple, however someone on the internet called me stupid and then prompted me to Death Note. I was to find out that I was sorely mistaken, and from then on out I sought out new anime, of any genre, to consume.
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I'm not yet a full otaku so I'm waiting for you special anime to turn me.
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Death note.
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Scrapped Princess
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28 / M / USA! USA! USA!
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Made mixtapes and VHS copies of anime in equal measure, but both were just hobbies: what is considered "otaku" for some nowadays is just what being a fan used to involve.......you had to be more involved in the culture, because unless you were in college and could access the Internet through your university, it was up to you and whoever else was in your town / city to learn about what there was to watch, join or start mailing groups / newsletters with other anime groups and publishers........

And picky? You think people could be PICKY???? Nope, you were gonna enjoy that dumb show about stealing pants from elves, because that was the only new tapes the group found at the recent 'con.

Some of us are really, really glad the industry has evolved to making it okay and easy to be a casual viewer of anime.
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Well technically it was Naruto but i really don't think thats fair considering i was a fan of the series while being completely oblivious to the ENTIRE genre.

Probably Sword Art, Anohana, and Higurashi.

Those shows showed me that anime could be so much more than just action filled shows with Fan service. (Not that there is anything wrong with that)

Sword Art Online showed me that anime could explore emotional areas and stories that live television wouldn't dare to go.

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day showed me that anime is so much more than the stereo types its given. It can be beautiful and emotional. This show, probably more so than any other I've ever seen (In any form of digital media) has changed me on an emotional level, and i will always cherish it.

Higurashi no naku koro ni showed me that anime can explore dark places and tell stories impossible in any other medium. To think that an animated show would ever make me have such a serious feeling of eerie suspense is truly amazing.

All of these shows made me the Otaku I am today and I love them all.

If your in any way interested in anime at all, you MUST watch these three shows.

If you could only watch one anime before you die however. It should, by far, be Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It is (arguably) the most amazing piece of animation ever created, and one of the best pieces of digital media PERIOD. (In my opinion)

But to answer the threads original question, It was Sword Art Online. lol
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i would have to say Elfen Lied i didn't think to much about anime until watching the horror and emotional attachment of this show i think this is the only show i almost busted out in tears and explained the difference between anime and cartoon until attack on titan that show i was like that person is not going to die next or that episode that person ends up died you dont see that on a cartoon
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Madoka Magica. Madoka Magica is the first anime I've watched and it has made me into an otaku
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Angel Beats, the first anime that gave me the feels.
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