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How were you first introduced to anime?
DrNope 
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Was introduced to anime when the Sci-Fi Channel used to show anime movies on Saturday mornings. I was changing channels looking for cartoons when I changed to Sci-Fi and they just happened to be airing "Robot Carnival." Never seen anything like it and to this day it is still a favorite of mine. Following Saturdays they went on to air "Roujin-Z" and "Project A-ko". Those three movies are responsible for my liking anime to this day.
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True story at the gym my homeboy was like "Yo what you doing?? I replied nothing why?? "He said you should watch this show called Naruto"!! and from there its history... :)
Note: In a good way Anime <3
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Electraheartayy wrote:

I watched Sailor moon, Pokemon and inuyasha when I was 5 with my older sibling... Not the best choice to watch inuyasha at that age, is it?


Me too!! I also used to watch DBZ and Saint Seiya lol XD
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Love Hina was the first anime I watched more than a few minutes of. At the time I thought that being an anime nerd was a bad thing.
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I guess I always watched americanized anime like pokemon and stuff. But I really got into japanese subbed anime like a year ago after I watched Dusk Maiden of Amnesia with this girl i liked at the time lol
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Always watched Americanized anime since I was a young lad without realization. Went out on a limb to research more and discover what anime was when I first watched Bleach (whenever it came out on Toonami). Moved on from that after... Ulqiorra... (<.>)
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DrNope wrote:

Was introduced to anime when the Sci-Fi Channel used to show anime movies on Saturday mornings. I was changing channels looking for cartoons when I changed to Sci-Fi and they just happened to be airing "Robot Carnival." Never seen anything like it and to this day it is still a favorite of mine. Following Saturdays they went on to air "Roujin-Z" and "Project A-ko". Those three movies are responsible for my liking anime to this day.


I thought I was the only person to remember that Sci-Fi used to run an anime movie on Saturdays. Technically for me, I was first introduced to anime from Dragonball and DBZ airing on the weekends on a local channel(no idea what anime was at that point), but then I discovered the above quoted Sci-Fi channel airing anime and had my mind blown. The first movie I saw on that channel was iria zeiram the animation. To this day, it is still one of my most favorite anime movies. Shame that Sci-Fi channel stopped showing anime.
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BASICARRY I WAS VERY RONERY IN MIDDRE SCHOOR
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I would watch pokemon, digimon, and spirited away as a kid but i didnt fully realize them as anime until later on. I officially got into it when i decided to watch something on funimation channel back when it was still on tv. The anime was Ouran High School Host Club and it was the episode where Kasanoda tried to get Mori to be his mentor. This caused me to decide to get the first books of Ouran, Chibi Vampire, and Fruits Basket from the library and i've been hooked on anime and manga ever since.
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My girlfriend first introduced me to Sword Art Online when I was a freshman in high school and my love for anime grew from there. I've lost track of all the anime shows I've seen, but some of them include the following: Death Note, Fullmetal Alchemist, Evangelion, Gundam Seed, Fairy Tail, Toradora, and just finished Nisekoi!
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My first anime was dragon ball z then it was pokemon before it went down hill, and so I began watch more anime titles that includes: gundam, zoids, yu-gi-oh series, trigun, cowboy bebop, and fooly cooly. From there my elder sister introduced to anime movies like: spirit a way, howl's moving castle, my neighbor toturo, princess monoka, and ponyo. My share of anime movie's were ones that interest my taste for action and adventure along with drama and romance in the mix. And for dessert a slice of life with a lot of comedy at the top. I'm also interest in shonun, mecha, horror/suspense, and sports. I would love to read manga novels once when I am more depend on my own to provide for myself and have any free time to do so.
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I grew up with the big names of anime like, Dragon Ball, Pokemon, Digimon, Sailor Moon. Stuff like that. I eventually decided to branch out, and here I am.
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Had some friends who watched Pokemon and Naruto who introduced it to me. But after I stopped watching both, I didn't watch anime for a couple of years. Then around 2012 I just started watching Fullmetal Alchemist, but I don't even remember what motivated me to watch it, but from that point on I got hooked to anime.
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Pokemon and Hayao Miyazaki's movies, obviously.

But I was never really into it in a big way. I never paid much attention to it until after I watched Inuyasha occasionally on Adultswim and watched Love Hina with a friend whenever I went over to visit. Not long after, I finished my first anime series (Azumanga Daioh) and started being a little more interested.

I don't consider myself much of an anime-watcher, though. I've seen little compared to what most anime fans have in the same amount of time (around 15 years?). I don't usually keep up with anything other than One Piece and the Monogatari series.
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That is a difficult one. Pokemon was definitely the first, mostly because I was playing the games and gained an incredible interest in the franchise (which, even with some turbulence, has managed to stay with me to this day), but my particular story doesn't really start there, but rather sometime in the future (because, like any other 5 year old, I couldn't tell the difference between "anime" and "cartoons yet).

I'd actually say my interest began in about 7th grade or so when my sister began reading manga and since we are on good terms, I was curious as to what she was reading. I began getting into manga, trying out a few series before I got invested in "Future Diary" (or Mirai Nikki as many know it), which is an odd choice considering my age. I began looking more into manga, and my first major series (since Mirai Nikki's manga was discontinued due to the unfortunate event of Tokyopop going out of business and the internet wasn't riddled with fan translation sites yet, so at least I wasn't aware of their existence until many years later) would be Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, a excellent series that spanned 28 volumes of manga. It was a huge investment and I could only afford it because I was loaded with 40% off coupons from Borders (oh how I miss those excellent deals, Borders...if only you didn't close). After finishing the series (and with no regrets to the amount of money spent), I found out about the existence of anime and thought to myself "Well, I can get the same good material without spending some $200+ on getting it, so I should look into it (this is not to say I stopped buying manga; I simply just bought manga with less volumes, and many of those manga would eventually lead me to their respective anime)

A small, but excellent anime that I would consider my gateway anime into better things would be Romeo X Juliet, a redux of Shakespeare's classic, but done WAY BETTER than the actual plays. Brilliant plot, actual development, but more so, it provided me with the brink of what anime can offer. I also has Verizon FiOS, probably the best cable network to provide anime back in the day (considering Toonami no longer existed), and so I would watch the Funimation channel to see what kinds of anime were available to me to preview. There is when I came across Ouran Highschool Host Club, yet again another "gateway anime" (although it really doesn't seem like a "gateway anime" to me, that's how it was viewed by the community. It's a good anime, but it's certainly not something you'd show someone to get them into the community without prior exposure to anime) that proved to be a fun piece. I would watch it with my sister and I found the show amusing. I began seeing other works and my interest only grew from there.

I continued my quest by pursuing an anime convention back when I lived in New Jersey, Anime Next. There, I learned about all kinds of anime and I managed to expand my knowledge and have a lot of fun doing it. From there, I began doing research, steering clear of the Big Three and gateway anime in hopes of finding some still popular, but less known titles to those outside the anime community. I began watching titles like Code Geass (which, I actually read the manga to first -- now I know the manga is terrible in comparison to the anime -- and so I bought the anime in dub, a choice I will never regret with the voices of Yuri Lowenthal and Johnny Yong Bosch), Hetalia (read the manga before it too) Fullmetal Alchemist (2003 naturally; Brotherhood would come later, which I preferred, although 2003 was good in its own right) and many other titles.

By now, I was getting into highschool and was taking more risks with anime, learning about less known titles. A friend of mine in Freshman year (still a friend to this day) recommended "The World God Only Knows" to me, which proved to have an excellent anime, but this is about the time I started learning about fan translation sites because The World God Only Knows does not have an english translated manga, so I couldn't get the manga without a translation site. The manga for TWGOK turned out to be far superior (as I would learn later as they skipped 70+ chapters when making Season 3 of the anime) and I began balancing my anime and manga simply because they oftentimes can be very different. This I would learn when I read the Bakuman series after watching a fair amount of Death Note -- who have the same creator behind both series -- and the author explains (though the characters actions) that manga is the creators original vision; the anime more or less serves an adaptation that can be better or worse than the original content (he would also explain that manga oftentimes turn out differently than the creator planned because of serialization and that anime can oftentimes reflect that, as I would understand though the events of Death Note and the implied messages suggesting that Death Note didn't end as the manga creator intended via Bakuman)

Around Sophmore year is when I was majorly into anime (even more than I was in the past) and the rest basically evolves through the discovery of Crunchyroll (a major asset into seeing more anime), the elimination of a dub only policy with anime without falling to the pure, elitist desire to only watch sub, which allowed me to gain a balance of dub and sub that allowed me to choose one or the other based on Voice Actor quality and availability, the uncovering of the anime provided on Hulu and Netflix (yes, even Netflix, which allowed me to see Fullmetal Panic!, Kaze No Stigma, Spice and Wolf, and most recently, Eden of the East), the discovery of simulcast seasons (for I had no idea about simulcasts beforehand), an anime called Gintama (the first long anime I would ever attempt), a Premium Membership to Crunchyroll (best investment ever, period) and the eventual rise of power and the rebuilding of an entire club to become the President of my High School Anime Club.

Now, as an upcoming Senior, I would say my knowledge is at its best and it is ongoing. And that is my origin story.

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