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How were you first introduced to anime?
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17 / M / Salt Lake City, Utah
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Posted 6/6/14
Well when I was younger I watched shows like Pokemon, Digimon, Yu Gi Yoh, and some Gundam, but I didn't know that was anime

Then in about 6 grade I watched The Dragon Ball series and gradually worked from there. After in 8 grade I started Naruto.

After finishing the series and catching up to Naruto Shippuden I

Now back in mid-February 2014, I decided to try out one of the shows on CR and found Fate/Zero after I just worked my way up from there and here I am today.
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When I was 6 I watched mew mew power on 4kids. Then in 4th grade my friend introduced me to manga
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I love cartoons. I remember seeing Sailor Moon and Card Captor Sakura on TV but didn't know what they were. I just realized that they both had similar art styles and were really cute. <3

In seventh grade, I met a friend who drew anime characters, so she told me about anime and manga. I originally started reading manga from my library. I didn't get into anime until many years later when I had internet in my house.

So I looked online and stumbled onto crunchyroll and was like OMG THERE IS FREE ANIME HERE!!!!

So that's how I got into anime. Looking back at my old childhood movies, I had some Japanese anime movies that where dubbed into English that was sold in America like "The Sea Prince and the Fire Child" and "Unico".

I think I always loved animes/cartoons, but I didn't know anime was its own thing.
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Its a long and complicated story. But basically it started in seventh grade. My friends liked anime and I didnt really care about it, they were big anime fans they would always talk about it. At the time I was intrigued by it, but I never tried watching an anime. It was summer and I was bored so I decide to watch avatar the last airbender. After I was done watching avatar I was in love with it. I loved it so much I wanted something to fill that void. Since avatar was like an anime I tried watching some anime. I watched roasrio vampire on netflix, I thought it was really weird but interesting. From then on I started watching anime as a casual thing, I only watched it when I was bored and since I only watched anime though netflix there wasnt that much options. Ever since I discovered crunchyroll I began loving anime so much.
Posted 6/6/14
my first anime was heidi im surprised no one talks about heidi / remi / fly or is it dai? ( Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken)
but the one to introduced me to anime was my older brother ,one day after school he was waiting for me with an vhs tape on hand saying "Evangelion eps 1-3" after we finish watching it he told me he was going to get the next episodes next week and see what other ANIMES he could find /
Posted 6/6/14
I grew up with it, because my brothers already liked anime and i would just watch with them. Basically it all started with toonami.
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Posted 6/6/14

stridersix wrote:

was 12.
came across light x l yaoi. (YOLOOO)
did some research.
the end.


What a way to be introduced to anime at 12 XD

I first saw anime on TV when I watched CardCaptors Sakura as a kid! That show was my childhood! The anime that probably got me addicted however was Death Note! :3
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Posted 6/6/14
I have always been into anime, I guess, even when I was still a child. There was this anime I always watched on TV, but I didn't mind it much.
I got into it way later tho, 4th grade, I think. My cousin was so up and high about Pichi Pich Pitch, so we watched it on TV. Then more anime shows came on. Then whenever I missed anything, I'd be searching it up on youtube.
Obsession for anime came when I was introduced to crunchyroll in 2009. I started watching Shugo Chara. And then, photo-collecting became a hobby. I got all sorts of stickers at first. Levelled up to posters and other anime souvenirs I can buy from Comic Alley in the malls.
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It was all thanks to my mom. After that, I kinda just adapted to animes that were available to me at the time; things like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Digimon.

My mother and a childhood friend of mine used to watch Sailor Moon all the time. We'd have marathons together. We also watched a raw copy of FLCL when I was 5 or 6, over and over again. It was in Japanese, and it wasn't subtitled, though. My mom got it because she was friends with the creators of FLCL, I shit you not.
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24 / M / The Dark Continent
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Posted 6/6/14
Saturday morning cartoons.
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23 / M / New Jersey
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Growing up i had toonami on cartoon network and Saturday morning cartoons. That was pretty much what i lived for as a child, their was nothing better than waiting for Saturday morning waiting to see what happens next on your favorite show. That was pretty much how i found out about anime.
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It was fun reading everybody else's stories.

For me, I watched a small amount of Pokémon and Digimon episodes as a kid, but I didn't even know what anime was back then. I guess when I was still in highschool I randomly decided to blitz through the first season of Digimon for nostalgia's sake and had a great time doing so, then my mother watched Howl's Moving Castle, but throughout all of this my awareness of anime was still pretty low and I was kind of hostile to it, because it looked to me like some kind of idealization of the white race (I know, I know...) and didn't appeal to me on a very basic level.

It wasn't until spring 2011 when someone posted a Black Lagoon clip on my old forum ("Balalaika being awesome" IIRC) that I decided I wanted to see more of this show. This was a very hikkomori-like stage of my first year at uni, in which I spent more time nocturnal than I did diurnal and watched a lot of stuff. I ended up streaming and watching all of Black Lagoon, finding it really fun and refreshing, plus it defied my prejudices against anime so I think it was just right for my case. Not long after I happened upon a gameplay video that featured a really catchy tune, which turned out to be the Cowboy Bebop OP, and people were praising it in the comments area, so I remembered that name. For the summer holiday of that year I was back in France and decided to start looking for some anime there, finding a Love Hina box-set in a second hand place and randomly deciding to grab it, plus a Cowboy Bebop set in a manga store which I also grabbed and saved for when I was back at uni. So yeah, that summer I decided to give Love Hina a go and enjoyed it, it was a bit out there and felt childish at times, but really different from what I was used to (in particular the slapstick and perversion - those I found great despite myself).

From there onwards I watched Cowboy Bebop during winter when I was back in England again, then Shigurui (which I found in a HMV after someone on my old forum recommended it), Redline and The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, during which a friend introduced me to Crunchyroll. After finishing that show and Sword Art Online here, I was converted

EDIT: God that was longer than I expected. Oh well, don't judge me!
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24 / M / Iowa >.>
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Posted 6/6/14
Running home every day to watch pokemon, Ahhhh...... those were the days
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Posted 6/6/14
I was on youtube one day and then I saw Mion from Higurashi choking Shion and then I was all like "Holy shit where can I sign up?"
Posted 6/6/14
I grew up in the Philippines. Kid shows were mostly from Japan. Then Dragonball and Yu Yu Hakusho (we called it Ghost Fighter) came and life was never the same after that... Lol
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