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What was your opinion of Anime before you watched it?
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Posted 7/12/14
Well, for me I didn't know what was anime until I started watching anime. I watched stuff like Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z back when I was young thinking that it's just another cartoon like everything else. And then I got into anime by watching Ranma 1/2 having been introduced by a friend, and that is when I realized that there was something quite different, something that's superior to the American counterparts. So pretty much, I wasn't exactly aware of what anime was until I began watching it. But the one thing that really changed me when I began watching anime is that cartoons are not just for kids. Heck, there are even cartoons out there that are not created with kids in mind like hentai and King of the Hill.
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Posted 7/12/14 , edited 7/12/14
At the time I didn't really have one till afterwards, back when I discovered anime [which was by chance one weekday morning, just before going to school I'd always watch some toons during breakfast and found one while channel surfing] Anime was somewhat obscure at the time so I didn't know what anime was or where it came from, I was also age 9 then. All I knew was that it was different and I liked it. I started with Sailor Moon in 1995-1996 [before toonami came out and Pokemon craze helped bring Anime into the mainstream ] as well as DBZ, Samurai Pizza Cats, Gatchaman [Battle of the Planets] Astroboy. Gigantor, and many of the classics, then I started renting anime a year later and by then I knew what anime was and loving it, still am. [I should point out that back then I was watching animated shows not meant for kids like Aeon Flux and The Maxx -etc]
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Posted 7/12/14
There was no anime where I grew up.(North Dakota) The closest thing were the shows produced by Rankin/Bass... a lot of their work was done in Japan. There is a reason Studio Ghibli shows character designs look like old Rankin/Bass shows to me... At the time I had no idea that anybody called it anime.
I saw anime before I even knew what it was... 1980 Star Blazers... (It was produced for America in about 78 or 79, I think.) I thought it was a really cool show. Nobody called it anime at that time, at least not anyone I knew. 1981 I went to a double feature with a girlfriend I had at the time, we wanted to see Popeye with Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall. The second feature was Galaxy Express 999. I did notice Leiji Matsumoto's character designs and even though I kind of wanted to stay and watch the show, the ex-girlfiend...(sic) "didn't like the shows with the character's eyes were so big like that," so we left.
Years later I found out it was anime and I also found that I missed out on a really great show. Quite a bit better than "Popeye."
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22 / F / North Carolina
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Posted 7/12/14
Yay! Cartoons are on.
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25 / F / New Jersey, USA
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Posted 7/13/14

SockmyRock wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

I had none.


My thoughts exactly



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28 / M / California
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Posted 7/13/14
I was born in Venezuela and over there anime was mainstream so I grew up watching anime. I never really noticed a different between anime & cartoons until I came to the States because over there everything cartoon or anime related were called "Muñequitos." I've noticed that the people that tend to bash anime/cartoon are the same people that go watch Pixar movies in droves so they're closet idiots that like anime/cartoon but are too afraid to let their public image be "hurt" by watching something that was "made for kids."
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29 / F / United States
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Posted 7/13/14
Considering I got into the whole thing with Sailor Moon and Pokémon way back in the 90s, I'm another one who didn't even know there was a thing called "anime" till well after I'd already watched it.
Posted 7/13/14
I used to think anime always ended up being kids shows, or shows for weird perverts. May be the case in some instances, but now it's like one of my biggest obsessions. Anime is such a great media for storytelling.
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I grew up watching things like Voltron, DBZ, Sailor Moon, and Batman: TAS (not anime). I always just judged cartoons and anime on their own merit and never really had an overarching opinion about them. If it was a cartoon I enjoyed, I watched it. I also never had the 'cartoons are for kids' opinion because my dad would be right there watching DBZ with me. He still watches Saturday cartoons. I also caught part of Heavy Metal at a fairly young age, so between that and Simpsons/South Park/etc, I knew that there were cartoons/anime aimed at adults. My mom is actually the weird one in the family because she doesn't watch anime/cartoons. XD
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Posted 7/15/14
I was too young to remember.
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17 / M / Brisbane, Australia
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Posted 7/15/14
The first anime I ever watched like many people was Dragonball Z. Of course because I didn't know about anime I thought it was your typical western cartoon. After a while I learnt that my dad actually watched Neon Genesis Evangelion. He pretty much introduced me to anime when I was like 6. From there I learnt that anime is not just for kids and that there is a wide variety of it. When my mum and dad divorced I drowned myself in animes that were heartwarming like Ai Yori Aoshi and as such. I guess from there anime has been a large part of my life
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16 / F / somewhere rural
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Posted 7/15/14
I grew up watching anime (Pretty Cure, Totoro, other kids anime) from a young age because my mom is Japanese. I never watched western cartoons during my childhood because I thought it was strange. I got into watching anime during my first year of middle school because of family problems and stress from school work. It helped me forget about bad things. My friends watched it so I guess they influenced me too. I never thought about anime being only for kids. I think it's for all ages (It depends on the anime of course)
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Posted 7/16/14
i was 9 and called every anime character 'pokemon people'
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27 / M / Near a peach tree.
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Posted 8/8/14
I was just all curious and asking questions to myself then I got hooked to some decent series.
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17 / F / Tokyo, Japan 20th...
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Posted 8/10/14 , edited 8/10/14
I grew up watching anime so i never had mixed feelings about anime like others saying it's "weird". Personally I think it's weird if you never watched something like sailor moon as a kid considering how popular it was. I also feel like people who hate on anime are just hypocrites because they usually like other types of animations like spongebob or avatar. (Seriously... It's the EXACT SAME THING -.-")
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