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Shiisi 
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I first delved into anime in late 2004, I was actually only 5 years of age at this time period when I started watching shows such as Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and One Piece. After that, I took more of a keen to Naruto than anything else, so I started collecting the series in DVD ( which I'm still collecting to this day ). Shortly after, I became interested in more action packed anime and I completely stopped watching regular TV on a normal basis and started to dive into finding more series' to expand on. Now I've watched countless anime over and over and am still looking for good series' with interesting plots, action, and of course some tasteful values to quench my thirst if you know what I mean.
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I got into anime by watching Slayers sub on cable on a international channel at the time. If was the best thing ever.
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I started watching when I was a child. The earliest anime I remember watching was DBZ. Or maybe it was Sailor Moon. I also remember watching Toonami a lot.

I also had a VHS tape of My Neighbor Totoro and it was my favorite movie as a child.

I stopped watching for several years but just recently got back into it somewhat.
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I remember watching a lot of anime as a kid with my older sister. She used to borrow tons of manga and anime (and always get yelled at by my parents to go get some chapter books), and watch them with me. I think this was like around 1998 or something, and we watched Dragon Ball Z, and One Piece. There was a period of time where I stopped after my sister got over anime, and went into a huge obsession with Chinese Light Novels and KPOP. And then, in around third grade was when I started to check out some manga at the library, which grew into an addiction. I never really had a point where I got into anime that much. I think the first time I watched anime that wasn't like Dragon Ball Z or One Piece was probably watching Naruto.
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This is kind of a long story, probably longer than it should be.

I was flipping through channels and stumbled upon Naruto. It was really cool to watch even though I had no idea what was going on. I got some of my friends into it and we used to play pretend Naruto (we were in elementary school). Fast forward a lot of years and I kept watching Naruto and other shows, like One Piece and Fairy Tail, through streaming websites (side story: I also watched a bit of To-Love Ru which was kind of a blessing and desensitized me to ecchi). One of the sites had a Crunchyroll player available which was HD and I was like sweet I don't have to watch SD anymore. But, I needed a membership to watch so I continued watching SD. I went over to Crunchyroll.com to see what was up anyway and found out they had an app. I liked to watch old episodes of Naruto Shippuden which were free to everyone at the time so I downloaded the app. During the summer, I would sleep a lot later than the time I would go to bed watching YouTube, Netflix, etc. I ran out of things to watch including old episodes of Naruto so I scrolled through Crunchyroll's app and started to watch Battle Girls: Time Paradox (I was looking through the anime alphabetically and this caught my eye first ). It was pretty decent and cute so I wanted to watch more. I ended up going through the front page of Crunchyroll and ended up watching a bunch of anime that summer. Before I got really into anime I would marathon shows during winter, spring and summer break. If there was a show that looked really good I would watch it immediately until the most recent episode because I had to wait a week before it was available to non-members. Couldn't wait any longer and hated SD anime so I bought a membership to Crunchyroll. Now I have a few hundred anime under my belt.

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Saw Naruto on TV and ended up watching it online. Discovered Crunchyroll and the rest is history.
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The first real anime I remember watching (and even though I love it, I'm not gonna count Pokemon as an anime) was Cardcaptors (aka Cardcaptor Sakura). I first watched in on kidsWB i think? it was one of those saturday morning cartoons and I first saw it when i was in elementary school. From there I went into Mew Mew Power (aka Tokyo Mew Mew) and then Inuyasha, Full Metal Alchemist, etc.
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Its thanks to the first anime I ever laid my eyes on

First anime I saw was a mecha anime called Chōdenji Machine Voltes V
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4su21XRR8M

but it was already dubbed I was in 1978
then Mazinger Z
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MR7xA2JbNCQ
was also my first mecha toy

And then was revived many decades later when
I discovered anime again via Inuyasha one late night in 2006 during a ski trip in Teluride Colorado
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Warning: Another horribly long post by me. I type 120wpm and never learned the art of expressing myself in as few words possible so I get carried away a lot.

I have always liked anime. I watched several series and movies as a child and me and my brother just always like the artwork and storyline's and how they tended to deal with more adult themes than American cartoon's did. We also appreciated the fact that they had these huge epic continuous stories to them compared to the episodic fare of normal cartoons. My first exposure to anime was in several different series. Most of them were Americanized versions of other Japanese series or movies. Star Blazers and Battle of the Planets. Star Blazers had two really huge seasons (the third season was never released here, I think it was the Bolar Wars? You can get it on dvd now) and it seems like we watched that series for years. It would only air one episode each Saturday so it felt like forever. The same thing happened with Robotech and this was really THE show that got me into anime. Oh yeah, before this there was Shogun Warriors. I remember there were several movies that always aired on HBO. They were really good too but I haven't really been able to find them since then. I can remember Danguard Ace, Raideen and others. They had really cool die cast metal toys also.

And then as a teenager and in my early 20's I'd watch a few anime movies here and there like Akira, Battle Angel Alita, Devil Hunter Yohko, Ghost in the Shell and whatever I could get my hands on. There just wasn't a lot of options to watch anime back then. There was one really good video rental store that had a nice anime selection but even it was pretty small compared to the normal movie selection.

Now fast forward to last year and I don't remember why I even started watching it but I began watching this anime series called Shakugan No Shana. I think I might have watched it on Hulu, I don't really remember. I was just bored and clicked on this because I couldn't find anything else and I watched the first season and really liked it. Halfway through the second season I made my brother start watching it with me and he got into it also. He'd been sort of like me. We'd grown up together watching these shows and had always liked anime movies when we could find them but outside of shows like Robotech and Starblazers we'd never really watched any anime series. So we ended up watching all three seasons of Shana together which is just one of the reasons that Shakugan No Shana is my favorite anime. Not only did she reintroduce me to anime but she also introduced me to anime series in general and my brother had just moved back close to where I live after being out of the state for years so I really enjoyed the time we spent together. Even though I've seen better shows, so far nothing has come close to toppling Shana from her throne as my favorite anime and I don't think anything ever will. It's hard to beat a good show that left you with such fond memories.

So then I started watching more anime's. I got sick of the commercials interrupting them on Hulu and found out about CR so I dropped Hulu like a bad habit and I've been happy ever since. I found Funimation which I don't like near as much as CR but it does have a good show here and here, plus I like to support anime and would rather watch on sites like CR and Funimation compared to Netflix or Hulu. I'm just kicking myself because I could have been enjoying anime all these years. Ah well, better later than never.
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Posted 5/18/16
I became sick of the real world, that's how.
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Kids WB, Toonami. There you go.
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Posted 5/18/16
Porco Rosso, Nausica Valley of the Wind and others by the guy that did those.

If those don't count then Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, Naruto (Before Shippuden)
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well ok i don't exactly remember but i would watch dragonball z as a kid when i was very little and am now slowly getting back into it as an adult and i think at one point my cousin introduced me to pokemon and naruto along the way so basically i was into this stuff before i knew what it really was but yeah now it is LIFE.
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cool
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I watched some on tv when I was young then came across some more when I was a teen.
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