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What was your opinion of Anime before you watched it?
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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I had none.
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16 / F / Texas
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As a kid, I was attracted to the art style. I watched some of the studio ghibli movies, and my friend got me hooked on another show. Then, after that I was obsessed.
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Anime?
Oh yeah,
Ye, dos are dem Korean cartoons, right?
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24 / M / Elephant
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Didn't have any because I was maybe 4 or 5 years old when I started watching anime even though at that time I didn't distinguish between Japanese cartoons and American cartoons. To me I was just watching cartoons that I liked on TV.
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38 / M / Reno, NV
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Being a bit older than most on here, I first really got exposed to anime in the late eighties, around the time that Akira and Wings of Honneamise came out. I guess my main thought from that was that anime was mostly science fiction, and that mostly only sci-fi fans were into it. Of course, I was exposed to it at science fiction conventions, so I guess that perspective was skewed. Besides, most of what we'd gotten in terms of anime in that time period were things like Robotech, Voltron, and the like...come to think of it, I guess there was a lot of sci-fi anime back then.
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I didn't really have an opinion, I was a kid... just assumed they were the same as regular cartoons.
Posted 5/31/14
I don't really have an opinion of it before watching it... it was something that I was familiar with, but never delve into further. I mean after Sailor Moon and Pokémon, I kinda got off animation for a while.


Until one night when I was 15, I accidentally saw Spirited Away on TV in English subtitles... it was on one of those Indie channels here in Australia (known as SBS). Let me just say this, it blew me away. Its bizarre and fascinating world... was just breathtaking.


The next day, I went to the local video store, and just grabbed every single anime DVD they have on the shelf--which included Berserk, Fullmetal Panic/Alchemist, Vampire Princess Miyu, Howl's moving castle... those were the popular titles that were available at that time.
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Grew up watching it in the Philippines where Anime was (still probably is) the bomb lol. Some of the titles from my childhood: Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter (the original series, not the remake), Doraemon, Mojacko, the list goes on and on. Then I kinda stopped during middle school and got into sports and stuff but still saw some titles on the side (Fruits Basket in particular). Then what got me going again was School Rumble because it was on Netflix. Now, Anime is a constant in my life haha
Posted 5/31/14
I didn't know what it was, so my only exposure was the stuff they played on Toonami and Adult Swim, so my initial thoughts were

"Cartoons aimed at adults? I'm sure they're filled with unnecessary violence and sex in order to draw in that demographic.No thank you."

I essentially thought it was stuff like Family Guy but with less comedy and more gore. Never really got interested.

Then I started watching stuff like Death Note, Code Geass, and FMA and I thought "Oh, ok, so anime is like cartoon action and suspense and stuff. That's pretty cool, I guess. Still isn't for me though. I don't get how people can get all into this stuff. Its cool every now and then, but its nothing special."

Then I saw Fruits Basket, Lucky Star, TMoHS, and Ouran. That's when I finally said "Ok - there's really something to this anime thing. I can see why people love it so much and I can see myself becoming a fan of this"
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22 / M / Norway
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I didn't know what anime was.
When i was little, i was at my friends house, where Dbz was on the TV, so i caught a glimpse of Goku vs Frieza which i thought was amazing.

Like 5-6 years later i bumped into the series again, and decided to actually look it up and watch it. After completing it, i spent some time on youtube watching Dbz related stuff, when i saw a comment war on a video where One piece was included. After that, i continued to Naruto, Bleach and then some less mainstream ones. I was the biggest Narutard back then...

After discovering Death note, i realized the endless potential anime had, so i never went back to Tv series.
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23 / M / Beyond The Wall
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It blew my mind the first time I saw DBZ, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho and Gundam Wing on Toonami with my older brother. And ive never gone back since
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18 / F / Pooh Corner
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I didn't have much of an opinion.
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I grew up watching anime but I never really recognized a lot of them as anime. For me Mazinger Z, The Dog of Flanders, Voltron, Voltes V, Princess Sarah, Superbook, Flying House, etc. were all just cartoons.

Probably the first animes that I was able to recognize as anime were Dragon Ball Z and Sailor Moon because well... they looked very different. After seeing those 2 I was on the look out for other shows like them and thankfully caught a good number on them on local channels(Yu Yu Hakusho, Slam Dunk, Time Quest, Saber Marionette, Rayearth, etc). I still don't know the term anime but I recognize them to be different from the usual american cartoons I used to watch and I found them to be much more advanced. Also back then the means of watching anime is very limited. The were no internet back then so we can only watch whatever is on TV and whatever is available on VHS tapes. If we wanted information about more anime we have to buy magazines dedicated to anime like Animerica.
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30 / M / Duckburg
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Considering I first watched anime in like 1993 when I was 7 ish and had no idea it even existed before that, I really had no opinion.

My initial opinion was that the art style was much more detailed and attractive than american cartoons. First anime I ever saw was Dominion Tank Police 2 btw.
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My experience with anime goes back to Pokemon in the... late 90's I think? Other than that, I knew of those anime (like Digimon) that used to come on Saturday mornings. I never got into Dragon Ball Z and that used to be the most prevalent anime around for a while as a kid. I didn't become aware of other anime until I started catching late-night episodes of Bleach, Samurai Champloo, Paranoia Agent, and some other shows on Adult Swim. After that I got hooked.

I used to think most anime was corny/cheesy and that it really just wasn't my thing. I didn't think anime was childish or looked down on people who watched it though.
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