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How, and when did you start your intrest in anime? If you watched anime for a long time, how do you consume it today compared to then? Any breaks?

I think this is an intresting topic, because as i have grown alot older, i dont consume it at all like i used too. I first started watching anime (Not counting digimon, pokemon/beyblade..) one summers night when i was lying in my couch and zapping trhough the channels. Voila, i was probobly expecting porn or something but i found Hellsing. I was hooked at watched the entire show on TV. Then i found hack//sign on the awesome channel called "tv400" which we dont have no longer... Then my friends at school started talking on how awesome Naruto was, and this was before shippuuden even existed. So i tried it and i gott even more hooked. And then, the rest was history...

This was all in 8th grade. Today, i am 23 years old, and i consumed over 100+ shows in total in like 9/10 years. Before i recently saw HxH from 2011, i hadent watch an anime in over 7 months. I read a manga back in december but thats it. Instead, i soley watched tv-shows. I blame Buffy, it was so good did not even consider watching anime, and i have yet found another show as good as Buffy, and i am pretty sure i never will. Buffy is a masterpiece that can not be rivaled.

Now, i am watching Ace of Dimond and i lke it, but i am not as addicted as i was before. I found it wierd compared to how addicted i was before, but, at the same time, it feels just fine. Because i now enjoy anime again, something i did not even touch in almost a year.
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I didn't have home broadband access until my early 20's, and I didn't catch on to the glory of streaming media until about 2009. So I didn't get heavily invested in anime until fairly recently. I was obsessed with the toonami glory days and I bought a few series when I could afford them, but all in all I had quite a few anime-light years.

I checked my anime planet profile and saw that since the time I made it (2012) my months spent on anime have been taking less and less time to accrue. So I guess my consumption started around 1998-2001 with a bit watched, then went down to a trickle for nearly a decade. Then around 2010 watched an immense amount, eventually slowing down a little by 2012 or so (started to run out of catalog shows to watch and turned to simulcasts), but still consumed at a very steady pace. And that pace has only been picking up over time.
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Hmm, for a long time I didn't have any form of internet connection at all. So I didn't even know you could stream things from the internet. Of course, I first started watching anime when I'd get up before school in the mornings just to watch Dragonball Z, but I never even knew that it was Anime or that Anime existed for that matter. One night I happened to be flicking through the channels since we had cable and eventually stumbled upon Inuyasha. From that point on I'd sit up each night to watch it but only seen a few episodes after that. I also happened to stumble across Vampire Princess Miyu when I was waiting for Inuyasha to come on. Of course, I didn't know when the episodes would be on so I simply ended up searching libraries for the DVDs. It was at that point that I actually got into Anime, but still didn't know the difference between it and cartoons. Compared to before, my anime consumption is through the roof but that was due to not knowing what Anime was.
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Well I started watching anime as a kid, but didn't start watching it like I do now until like winter 2014 or so. I knew what anime/manga was, and had seen it before, but I didn't watch everyday like I do now until then.

I started by watching the Anime Network. I watched Mikakunin de Shinkōke and got into the winter 2014 series' then into the spring and so on.
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I kind of understand what you mean. I didn't start really watching Anime until Winter of 2013. I watched Naruto as a kid but I didn't know it was called Anime or any others. It was just a cartoon to me. Then my freshmen year of college a girl I met that was pretty cool had a bunch of BLu-Rays of Anime in her room and I started asking about it then the rest was history. Gurren Lagann was probably my first Anime that I watched other than Naruto and I very rarely experience the same feelings I did while watching it but when I do it's great. Don't get me wrong, I have liked almost all the shows I have watched so far. but I don't always get the same excitement I used to for every show. It probably started once I had about 8-12 shows under my belt. Not a fan of Manga so i have no input on that (don't really enjoy pictures and stuff as I read). I do need to start getting some light novels though.
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Before, I just binged on older shows every once in a while. Didn,t like having to wait a week for the next episode.

Now, I try all simulcasts that interest me every season as it's much less time consuming then waiting and then watch in one chunk.
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Well, the first anime I watched were the dubbed and re-worked broadcasts of Starblazers, Battle of the Planets, Sailor Moon, etc. Later I learned they were actually animated series from Japan and I began purchasing VHS tapes of other, non-altered series. Then for a brief, shining moment anime enjoyed a surge in the West and you could rent shows from places like Blockbuster plus a select few like Evangelion were broadcast late night. Then the dark days began roughly the same time DVDs came about. For a while I cut back on my anime watching. Around then I started reading NewType and seeing awesome looking shows never make the leap to the West depressed me. Then the Internet gave us the wonderful gift of legal simulcasts and suddenly a floodgate of anime crashed up us in a wave I'm still giddily riding.
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I didn't know where to find anime when I was younger so I would just watch shows on TV or YouTube. Eventually I found a huge selection of anime on Netflix about a year or two ago and my first big anime was Attack on Titan. I found crunchyroll this year thanks to some friends and now I watch a lot more anime then I ever did.
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watched some shows before when i was a child. just got more into it over the past summer.
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I first watched anime as a kid on TV (during the kid shows, there were several animes each week like Grendizer, Captain Harlock, Saint Seya, Dragon Ball, Ranma 1/2, Cat's Eye and dozens of others) during the 80s.
Then during the 90s the number of anime on TV decreased and as I was more interested with more mature things by that time there was nothing more of interest on TV, so I switched to rent VHS (Evangelion, Escaflown, Armitage III, El Hazard, and many more).
Then with the DVDs in the late 90s I decreased again the number of anime I watched, but with the internet of the early 2000s you could find plenty of fan-subbed shows that were not licensed out of Japan yet and I started marathoning and binge watching.
Then we have late 2000s and now with legal streaming system where I find most of the anime I watch.
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Long time ago before internet it was Kimba the white lion and Speed Racer that got me hooked then more classics like Kenchi shows and big screen movies like Spirited Away and Kikis delivery service couldn't get enough of hand drawn stuff. Finally evolved to Hulu and CR also you-tube is awesome invention if your broke but have a Wi-Fi connection. First show that peaked my interest toward Japan was Johnny Sokko and his flying robot that came out in 1968 I think? talk about ancient history
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same as before.
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Robin929 wrote:

How, and when did you start your intrest in anime? If you watched anime for a long time, how do you consume it today compared to then? Any breaks?

I think this is an intresting topic, because as i have grown alot older, i dont consume it at all like i used too. I first started watching anime (Not counting digimon, pokemon/beyblade..) one summers night when i was lying in my couch and zapping trhough the channels. Voila, i was probobly expecting porn or something but i found Hellsing. I was hooked at watched the entire show on TV. Then i found hack//sign on the awesome channel called "tv400" which we dont have no longer... Then my friends at school started talking on how awesome Naruto was, and this was before shippuuden even existed. So i tried it and i gott even more hooked. And then, the rest was history...

This was all in 8th grade. Today, i am 23 years old, and i consumed over 100+ shows in total in like 9/10 years. Before i recently saw HxH from 2011, i hadent watch an anime in over 7 months. I read a manga back in december but thats it. Instead, i soley watched tv-shows. I blame Buffy, it was so good did not even consider watching anime, and i have yet found another show as good as Buffy, and i am pretty sure i never will. Buffy is a masterpiece that can not be rivaled.

Now, i am watching Ace of Dimond and i lke it, but i am not as addicted as i was before. I found it wierd compared to how addicted i was before, but, at the same time, it feels just fine. Because i now enjoy anime again, something i did not even touch in almost a year.


Josh Whedon directed and wrote and produced that show at 18 pretty amazing prodigy he did good job on the last Avengers movie but has lost some of his edge but I am still big fan!
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I watch a lot less then I did before but that's because it's harder to find good shows that I will like now and I'm reading more manga as well.
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I don't consume anime. It consumes me.

People of a certain age may remember when cable boxes when from numbers 2 thru 13, then letters A thru something (https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3375/3298454963_068a3b8b20_m.jpg). In my area, we got a feed out of Philly from a channel 48, which I think was letter K. Before they went off the air in 83ish, they used to broadcast stuff like Speed Racer, Kimba, and probably Astro Boy and the such.

After channel 48 went off the air, there were some NY franchises broadcasting Transformers (I'm a gen-1er) but I don't recall watching any other broadcast anime from the late 80s. That's just bad memory on my part.

Once VHS became a fixture, I collected a few tapes but those were still sparse. Most VHS huts didn't have a big collection of anime. Probably my best acquisitions of that time would be the Fox version of Totoro and a subbed version of Akira. The VHS tape had a special offer for a Totoro plushie, but I missed the deadline by like a month or some head-banginly short period of time.

When DVDs came out and everyone migrated to that, it became a bit easier to find anime. Of course with Amazon, finding stuff became almost a no-brainer and now with importing from places like CD Japan, there's no shortage of stuff. But it's only with streaming services that I was able to get my fill. I'll watch a lot which I might not necessary want to own...
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