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My first year of watching anime.
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I'd like to apologize in advance to moderators if this isn't the correct place for this thread, but I'm a bit overdue to thank the CR community, and this seems* like the correct place to put this.


Prior to September, 29, 2013 I would have never though I would become such a fan of anime as I am now. Of course, before then, I knew of Naruto, DBZ, and Bleach (which I finished back in mid 2012) but that was the extent of it. Last year a co-worker kept bugging me to watch this anime called Attack on Titan. After about a month or so of him bugging me, I took it upon myself to watch it during my lunch break. My natural instinct was to find a free streaming source (which I did find). But to my surprise, free doesn't always mean better. The stream kept freezing two minutes in (I was on my phone, and the internet at my job sucked). So after messing around with the stream I gave in and went straight to Crunchyroll ( I knew about CR because of friends I knew from Xbox live talking about it). I instantly signed up for monthly service thinking " I'll just finish the show and cancel the subscription".

About a week goes by and I managed to finally finish Attack on Titan, and I was blown away by it. After talking with my co-worker about the show, he then recommends me one more show telling me I'd really enjoy it.


This anime was known as non other than...





If you believe my Co-worker had set me up, you're wrong. He told me the plot, and ending of School Days, and what drew me towards it was the fact that
(One year in, and I'm laughing at how naive I was). After Finishing School Days. I read comments on the Cruchyroll forums, and comment sections of the last episode, and I felt unsatisfied because the reactions that people had from the entire show were nowhere near the same as mine (due to the fact that I knew what to expect). So I took it upon myself to try to relate to these people commenting on Crunchyroll by finding a show I thought would be similar to School Days.


So after searching around, I found a show that caught my eye, not just visually (the cover art), but by the description. This would be Myself; Yourself. After finishing this anime, I never got the reaction I was searching for, but I found that I enjoyed the show. The same day, I began searching for another anime that could give me the School Days-esk reaction I was yearning for. I found a show called "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day" Now, this show by far couldn't be related with School Days, but it was the description of the show, that caught my attention (that and the fact it was in the top 25 most popular shows on CR at the time). Finishing this show caught me completely off guard. Never would I have thought that a show let alone an anime could draw out enough emotion out of me to make me tear up.



It was after finishing Anohana that I realized there was much more to anime than what I knew.

From Anohana, I moved to The World only God Knows and then Sword Art Online (those first 12 episodes > the rest of SAO) to Mysterious Girlfriend X, and then the Epic Gurren Lagann.

I was absorbed by anime and it didn't stop there. I started following 10+ simulcast during that Fall/Winter season, and I couldn't stop. To hold me off between shows like Kill La Kill, Log Horizon, Golden Time, Strike the Blood and more. I was watching completed anime or finished seasons waiting to start up again. The worst feeling I had was finishing the Fall simulcast. Almost all shows ended within a week. I was left with a sense of nothingness.

From there I just continued watching as many shows I could find from recommendations on the forums, and from comment sections from other anime.

I know this was a long read, but it's thanks to you all, I'm now able to enjoy something new and different. I've seen a lot of shows within the last year. Some had amazing fight scenes, some killed me of laughter, and some destroyed any part of me that thought I was a man. ( I'm looking at you Clannad). A lot of the show's I've scene have all been from the forums, and I don't regret watching any of them.

My co-worker included, all of you were, and still are part of this experience that I'm having, and though I may not talk on the forums, or comment sections often, I'm constantly reading everything you all say (kinda like the NSA [not really])

With that being said, I'd like to leave you all with the list of anime I've finished or caught up to since 9/29/13. I know it may not be a lot, but it's a start, and I look forward to build on it.

(shows are in the order that I finished them)




-Attack on titan 25/25
-School Days 12/12
-Myself; Yourself 12/12
-Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day 11/11
-The World only God Knows S3-Ep9/S3-Ep9
-Sword Art Online 25/25
-Mysterious Girlfriend x 13/13
-Gurren Lagann 27/27
-My Mental Choices 10/10
-Fate Zero 25/25
-YU Sibu 12/12
-WATAMOTE 13/13
-Kotoura-san 12/12
-BTOOOM! 12/12
-Dog and Scissors 12/12
-Servant X Service 13/13
-HENNEKO 12/12
-Angel Beats 13/13
-Another 12/12
-Dragon Crisis 12/12
-Beelzebub 60/60
-Oreimo 28/28
-Recently, My Sister is Unusual 12/12
-Log Horizon 25/25
-Golden Time 24/24
-Hamatora 12/12
-Witch Craft Works 12/12
-Magical Warfare 12/12
-Kill la Kill 24/24
-Strike the Blood 24/24
-Claymore 26/26
-Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 11/11
-Elfen Lied 13/13
-Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions 24/24
-Emgaged to the Unidentified 12/12
-Baccano! 16/16
-Durarara!! 25/25
-Great Teacher Onizuka 43/43
-Nisekoi 20/20
-JoJo's Bizarre Adventure 26/26
-The Devil is a Part-Timer! 13/13
-Nanana's Buried Treasure 11/11
-The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior 12/12
-The Comic Artist and His Assistants 12/12
-No Game No Life 12/12
-Chaika -The Coffin Princess 12/12
-Blade and Soul 13/13
-The World is Still Beautiful 12/12
-MEKAKUCITY ACTORS 12/12
-Brynhildr in The Darkness 13/13
-Black Bullet 13/13
-Kanojo ga flag wo oraretara (If Her Flag Breaks) 13/13
-.Hack// 26/26
- Black Lagoon 29/29
- Canaan 13/13
- Clannad 49/49 + OVA
- Inu x Boku Secret Service 12/12
- Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea) 26/26
- Blue Exorcist 25/25
- Psycho-Pass 22/22
-JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders 24/24
- Re: Hamatora 12/12
- GLASSLIP 13/13
- Magimoji Rurumo 12/12
- The Irregular at Magic High School 26/26
- Aldnoah Zero 12/12
- Toradora 25/25


Thank you again for everything.

-Dentez


Edit: Thank you for all the support guys! Seeing all these replies makes me glad to call CR my home!
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When you get to anime #1200 ish you start to not give a shit.

Source: myself.

Glad you like anime.
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That's kind of the reaction I had when I started to watch anime, it was so different and much more appealing to me than most of the mainstream TV shit that broadcasts here in the states. It's got real emotions, struggles, and goals, not make out and lust every 5 minutes most TV shows give vibes of.

The first media that ever made me cry was Grave of the Fireflies, I shed many a manly tear and the second of Tokyo Magnitude 8.0. Those animes and many others completely changed my view of life and how a man should be, I hope for the better. My philosophies on life even changed.

I guess the main appeal of Anime is the diversity of the stories, characters, plots, twists, and limitations that don't apply to animation you just can't get in live-action shows and movie like here in the United States. The movies and TV shows are so shallow and superficial they're all just rehashes of the same thing over and over again.
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I guess the main appeal of Anime is the diversity of the stories, characters, plots, twists, and limitations that don't apply to animation you just can't get in live-action shows and movie like here in the United States. The movies and TV shows are so shallow and superficial they're all just rehashes of the same thing over and over again.


It really doesn't get much truer than that. I stopped watching TV because I was enjoying what Crunchyroll had more than anything else. I've seen so much anime, yet I've also seen so little. I have a list of shows I need to watch that are just as long if not longer than the shows I've already finished.
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Bro I have been watching anime since I was 6. Toonami 1997 and Pokemon on Fox kids
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I think there is definitely a difference between my first year in anime, and my first year as a genuine otaku. Everything started off so randomly; I never really thought I would enjoy anime, and the the anime that got me into it was one I had made fun of a year before. I mean, who could ever think of watching a show about a half demon helping some cute anime girl that keeps telling him to sit repeatedly? Then I noticed there was something different to anime; the characters struggled with who they were, they explored their own desires & fears, and before I knew it I was hooked onto Inuyasha. Of course I thought it was a fluke, but I gave Bleach a try and thought it would be the best anime ever made. (HA) Blood +, Fullmetal Alchemist, & even Trinity Blood were all airing at the same time. What a good introductory course into anime between all of them.

Of course this last year, my first year as what I would consider an otaku, has been so much more in depth. I can even glance away from the subs & pick up certain words/phrases! I have explored so many different genres, and came to a favorite that I never would have guessed. I was always about Gundams, Powers, and epic fight scenes, but the Mech's & Shonen lack in comparison to the good vibes I get from watching Slice of Life/Ecchi/Romance shows. For the first time, my background is a compilation of my favorite anime, I even joined Crunchyroll to be around fellow lovers of anime. When I watch a show I can't wait to look for collectibles to display, and experience the roller coaster of plot twists and emotional high's and low's.

My first year is still going, and I have only completed 37 series this year, I am still working on Fairy Tale, haven't even touched Log Horizon, and am just now in the final episodes of Clannad After Story (love it omg). The future looks promising, and the anime's on my watch-list grow day to day thanks to all of you
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Technically, I've been too. This post was more about me starting to watch anime religiously, and how my opinion changed on it.
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I was 3 when I started watching anime, so I've pretty much been a weeb loser since my toddler years.
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Are you dead?
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AiYumega wrote:

I was 3 when I started watching anime, so I've pretty much been a weeb loser since my toddler years.


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AnimeKami wrote:

When you get to anime #1200 ish you start to not give a shit.

Source: myself.


I hope to god that never happens to me.
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You know you are an anime fan when you can watch School Days and not give up on anime completely
You also watched Elfen Lied
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Man...i was 1 month old when i started watching anime.

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I was 6 when I first started watching anime, welcome to our Otaku world!
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You also watched Elfen Lied


And then he followed it up with Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions. I always say pulling those complete 180's is the best way to watch anime. No one wants to think about Elfen Lied for too long...
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