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I'd seen anime before, but the Sci-Fi channel's Saturday Anime was what got me. Recorded it every weekend while it existed - Project A-Ko, Fatal Fury, Record of Lodoss War, Galaxy Express 999, etc. Overlapped with some of my time in college even, which made for some amusing moments with my roommates, who really didn't "get" anime at all.

But I got hooked, and had the VHS tapes I'd recorded from back then until my last move a couple of years ago (because my VCR died and I'd replaced most of them with DVDs by that point anyway, decided to finally let them go).
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hmm.. hard to say. First anime i ever saw (which i didnt even know was an anime) was Pokemon,I was 6 or 7 and was watching the spanish dub on tv in 1998. I even remember the episode, it was the one with Gastly Haunter and Gengar . So that began my obsession with pokemon.. Then i got off it but got into Ghilbi movies... Then I went off anime and it only started years later when I started watching one piece, cowboy bebop, etc..
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It started with the US runs of Astro Boy, Gigantor and Speed Racer. I didn't get back into it till a friend showed me Ranma 1/2.
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Robotech/Macross and Voltron when I was younger, kind of missed about a decade of cartoons, then Evangelion got me back (prefered the look of the mecha over the plot ). Lots of anime since then, though the trend seems to go less from plot and epic awesome to cute girls or comedy harems (don't get me wrong, I laugh) but it is getting tedious last 2 years when with MORE cute/annoying/clueless girls and the annoying idols they keep inserting (like Macross Delta, gives me a migraine since its Sailor Moon with Mecha when it should be an epic space opera).

Been staying away from the likes of anything that runs in the multiple of hundreds of cartoons over several a decade where the episodes are pumped out like mating rabbits with little plot and more of a marketing scheme if you know what I am talking about
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Started off watching Pokemon when I was young. Then one day I became friends with a girl who told me anime was just like Pokemon. She gave me Vampire Knight to watch, went through a chuunibyou phase, then I became a normal anime fan. (Unless you consider watching +20 simulcasts per season not normal. )
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Dragonball Z on Toonami haha. I used to get the parents to race me home after school in time to run across the street to my Grandma's who had cable. I'm pretty sure I was 8 about at the time. Now, 17 years later, I'm still watching and also supporting as much as possible(buying anime and manga).
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I watched TV growing up....now I watch things online. Some of it's anime.

Edit: Don't recall the first anime I watched but Paranoia Agent was awesome. That was later on though.
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omg my home country had a channel that would put anime at night, and I would stay up and watch it as a little kid. They put stuff like Tokyo Mew Mew, Hamtaro, Card captor Sakura, etc

and I've been watching shows like Pokemon and Dragon ball since I was a baby
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watched the regular anime kids grew up on when I was younger (pokemon, dragon ball, yu yu hakusho etc). Didn't REALLY get into anime till two years ago after watching death note. Not my favorite series but will always be a little extra special to me because of that
Posted 5/17/16
Went to a friends house and his younger sister was watching anime in the living room. I remember sitting down and watching an episode of Rurouni Kenshin before my friend got pissed because I was supposed to hang out with him. Ever since then it intrigued me.
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Technically started with Pokemon and digimon but I remember being around 13-14 and seeing ghost in the shell, .hack//sign, ghost in the shell, paranoia agent, and samurai champloo on at night and loved it ever since.
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I'd spent a lot of my early childhood watching shows that were most certainly anime. Thing is though that those shows were Beyblade, Yu-gi-oh, Pokemon, and Zatch Bell. My young age, localization changes, and the fact that these shows were geared more towards kids made them seem indistinguishable in my head from your average children's cartoon. Even though the art style was different. Though looking back on it, I think my child brain did recognize that these shows were still different in that they were less episodic and more geared towards telling a continuous story.

However, the big changer was when I watched Gundam SEED as an 11-12 year old. This was the first time I recognized anime as being different from western shows. It blew me away that a cartoon would deal with themes as dark and child-unfriendly as war, politics, and genocide. It completely changed how i viewed animation, and as a result I hungrily devoured more of these miracle shows. My view of anime has changed since then from "miracle shows" to "just another medium of entertainment". However the diversity of choices anime offers, and the regular seasonal releases of new shows means anime can still scratch an itch that western media can't quite get at yet.
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Jecht67 wrote:

Interesting read guys, keep em coming. But i'm starting to wonder if getting into anime as an adult is extremely rare lol.


Probably depends on the person. If someone is into animation in general, anime is just another thing.

For myself, I won't tell you my age, but AARP will be knocking on my door soon, so I grew up with things like Speed Racer, Kimba and so on. We didn't call it anime then, either "those Japanese cartoons" or more likely "the cartoons with the big eyes". Home video didn't necessarily make it easier to get new anime since it was relatively specialized and expensive. Most of the stuff was big name movies like Akira or the Fox version of Totoro. For me, the original Nick Toons and the early Cartoon Network filled the need for animation, until streaming became the norm.
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My first exposure to anime happened quite a while ago, back in the mid- to late 1970s with old
shows dubbed for American audiences like Mach A Go Go (Speed Racer) and Science Ninja Team
Gatchaman (Battle of the Planets / G-Force). But the turning point was when I saw the Space Bat-
tleship Yamato (Star Blazers) TV series, and found myself learning about the origins of that show.
Once the Harmony Gold company combined three separate anime (Superdimension Fortress Ma-
cross, Superdimension Cavalry Southern Cross and Genesis Cimber Mospeada) into its Robotech
series, I was hooked!
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First watched the most popular names like Dragon Ball and Pokemon without even knowing that they were called anime. Only knew about this world when I went to visit my cousin (only get to see him about 2 times a year) and he talked about Death Note. So after watching it I got really excited and did some research and then followed FMA and Gintama.
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