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Post Reply When did you first fall in love with anime and what shows prompted that discovery ?
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Posted 1/18/15
Marine boy in 1969. My dad was stationed in Korea, and it was on the local TV. I stopped watching Anime after finishing Kimba. Then it was about another 40 years before my kids got into Pokemon, Naruto and Bleach. I hated anime because of Pokemon. Then I saw the episode where Kakashi kills Haku....so...here I am. 5 years later. With more than 60 series finished...sigh.....40 years of wasted time, I coulda been watching more anime.....
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I can't even remember how old I was when I first saw an anime. I was pretty young, probably around 4-5 years old. There was a german channel that always showed anime during the afternoon and as I far as I can remember those included:

Dragonball
Dragonball Z
Yu-Gi-Oh
Pokemon
Sailor Moon
Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne
Ranma 1/2
Inuyasha
Case Closed

and probably many others. When I was a child, I couldn't tell the difference between American cartoons and Japanese anime, for me, everything was the same. I thought that there was a big factory charged with the work of creating cartoons. Only later I found out that those were actually from Japan and that was also the starting point of my passion for Japan and Asia in general.
Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
Well I remember I started watching anime when I was 8 years old. Sailor Moon, Beyblade, Digimon, Saint Seiya, Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne and Pokémon were the series that open the door to the Anime World for me
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Posted 1/18/15
I find it interesting how certain anime shows, in the,'80's, 90's and early 2000's, were only aired in Europe or Asia, and never made it to the States until later.
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The only anime I had ever seen until my mid-30s was Voltron when I was a kid, and then a smattering of Yu Gi Oh and Pokemon episodes when I was a young adult (my then-girlfriend-now-wife and I used to watch Sat morning cartoons sometimes, during a period when I didn't have cable). Nothing against those shows, but that wasn't really what I was looking for. And while I was vaguely aware that there was more out there, I figured it was probably mostly more of the same (although I did have a vague understanding that there was anime porn as well, but again--not what I was really looking for).

Then about a year and a half ago, I got curious about the world of anime and manga for other reasons; curious enough that I decided to read a few manga and watch a few shows and see if I liked them. I started with Netflix, randomly picked a couple shows based on their description, and was mostly disappointed: I think the first two things I watched were Sekerie (which barely held my interest for its first season) and Rosario x Vampire (I gave up after the second episode).

Luckily the first few manga I ran across included Ai Yori Aoshi and Love Hina; both of which I enjoyed quite a bit. So I figured anime had to be better than what I was seeing; so I started doing reading reviews of anime. I think that the next half a dozen shows I watched included:

- Myself; Yourself
- ef: Tale of Memories
- Please Teacher!
- Kanon (2006)
- Bunny Drop

I really liked all of them; mostly because of the way they blended light-heated comedy and serious drama, and also because of their portrayal of love and romance that wasn't overly burdened with "love at first sight" tropes.

But it was Bunny Drop that especially made an impression on me. Here was a show that just wouldn't be made in the US. Hollywood would have made it into a slap-stick "Mr. Mom" type show, or possibly a rom-com (with Kouki's mom), or maybe a wrenching drama about a custody battle. But as an anime, it was this perfect little slice of life show, with spot-on animation, and a great moral (that raising children is it's own reward) that wasn't overly preachy.

Since then, I've been hooked.
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Posted 1/18/15 , edited 1/18/15
Hmm.. Lemme think on this.. Well, I'm positive Astarotte's Toy was very influential to me, regarding anime..

I certainly knew about anime-style art, as well as games that incorporate such, but never really got into anime until after Astarotte's Toy.

I know, great first anime (that I really watched as anime).

I'm just lucky nobody walked in one me then (a very distinct possibility)..


Of course, I always avoid the most popular stuff, for reasons I cannot fathom.


"Oh, I'd recommend -Random Popular Anime Here- if you haven't seen it!"
Actively avoids said random popular anime, opting for very obscure titles.

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Posted 1/26/15

Firedestroyer wrote:

Of course, I always avoid the most popular stuff, for reasons I cannot fathom.


"Oh, I'd recommend -Random Popular Anime Here- if you haven't seen it!"
Actively avoids said random popular anime, opting for very obscure titles.



I can appreciate that there will always be people that go against the grain, and I feel that often times, some of the obscure anime titles can be truly remarkable at times ( Golden Boy, or Battle Angel ), for example, however with out word of mouth, publicity, or recommendations how are those series going to make it to the masses.
Back in the day, there were many Anime shows that faltered and failed due to poor awareness, or marketing. A lot fans never knew those shows existed.
Thank the Anime Gods that things have changed. We didn't have CR and its community, then.
but now its seems the opposite is true. We have access to so much, that its hard to find the truly great shows amid the flood of mediocrity.
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Being only seventeen my history with anime probably started at the same place as a lot of my generation: Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon. My brother was huge into anime when he was going through his childhood, so some of it rubbed off on me. Toonami was our meat and potatoes, but eventually he started gravitating towards the Adult Swim saturday night stuff. When I was younger I didn't really appreciate anything in that time slot like Death Note or Bleach.

My fondest memory of watching anime as a kid was the first time I saw FLCL. Adult Swim decided to air all six episodes in one night, and me and my brother sat there watching all of it. It was just so damn engrossing and fun. For a long time I couldn't decide if the show was real or one of my craziest dreams. Then I rediscovered it around four years ago and my love for anime started to grow again.
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