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So, I'm a pretty big anime fan, or at least I'd like to think but I notice everyone asks the same old
"What got you into anime"/"What was your first series" questions and for me its InuYasha, same old same old.
But what got you really into anime, like what was that one thing that got you deeper into the pop culture of it all, including things non-casuals do like read manga, go to conventions, etc.

For me I was looking for new stuff that wasn't just on Toonami since I was young and it only came on once a week late as hell, so I was on "demand" a pay per view type system on my cable provider which had some free stuff and I checked an option they had on the "adult" section, and I don't mean like porno or anything, just like adult channels like adult swim, spike, etc and they had "The Anime Network" and wow! I started Hell Girl: Two Mirrors, Samurai Harem Asu No Yoichi, and Highschool of the Dead so quickly and got into the rhythm of weekly updates. Anime Network was my gateway to becoming an avid fan.

Roleplay was also part of it, in a site called TinierMe that used to exist in the day (don't I sound old) lots of people could create little avatars, decorate their rooms, etc (like a more childish version of IMVU) and roleplay was common, I had a lot of friends who'd roleplay as characters from anime like Death Note, DRRR!! and more, and they became my first online friends that got me into new series.

So what got you not into anime, but deeper into anime.
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I was bored one summer. Decided to watch the show Bleach. Became my favorite show and the rest is history. Bleach still is one of my favorites. Sucks how it was handled. But now I guess I'm just an anime fan
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When I saw there was a deeper depth to delve.
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I've always been geeky hence I've always liked anime, I remember watching the popular ones like Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball / Z and some others I can't remember in Toonami, after that I watched the occasional anime, but what REALLY got me into anime was Re:Zero, watched it like 3 months ago and it was so extraordinary... At the end I was left with this HUGE emotional hole inside me (even though it had a happy ending, Subaru just suffered so much ) and I started to fill it with more and more anime...

It was a downward spiral and know I now some common Japanese word, have been saving for PVC figurines, read Light Novels and got into the Neptunia games, I also want to paint my hair dark blue and be a main character (I say this jokingly with my friends but I fear I might do it one day)
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Rozen Maiden made me wanna watch more, and it was the first one knowing what anime is. I started reading manga after my second anime, which was Gravitation (which, honestly, is proof I was completely unsupervised on the computer. slight homophobia from my parents aside, both anime and manga - especially the manga- had things a 11/12 yo should not be watching).
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Anime Insider magazine, which I found at a comic book store when I was really into Teen Titans (so like, 2003?)

My first non-adultswim anime was DNAngel, I think. Which... yeah.

That and Spiral.
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the very first anime I ever watched was Voltron. That was the sheznezz back then, then along came sailor moon and DBZ and Ranma
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Inuyasha was my first anime when I was like.... 5. But what got me into it heavy was when I watched Erased last summer. Ever since then I've fallen deeper and deeper in the anime well.
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It was the original airing of the Sailor Moon dub in North America that got me started for real. I'd watched things before that I enjoyed but didn't really click to me as being something different. They were just cool animated things as far as kid me was concerned.

Then it really came down to, of all things, BlockBuster video. Following on the success of Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball, BlockBuster actually started to carry some anime in it's own special section and that allowed me to try a whole bunch of anime in a bunch of different genres as the one I usually went to had one of the better stocked sections of it's type.They even had the entirety of the original Bubblegum Crisis plus the concert videos and ADP spin offs. That's what really sealed it for me.

I sort of dropped away from anime for a long time due to various real life things but was actually brought back by Sailor Moon Crystal coming to Crunchyroll, which I had never used or even heard of before that news came out. I never did end up liking Crystal as much as the original Sailor Moon series but CR did introduce me to Love Live and I fell in love with anime all over again.
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Well one summer, I decided to watch One Piece. I'd already seen stuff like DBZ, FMA, Attack on Titan, Naruto, but I hadn't watched anime for awhile. So I got into One Piece, and then got my brother into it as well. I was farther than him, though, so I couldn't really talk with him about it. So, I decided to let him catch up and watched some smaller series while I waited.

I started with the Fate series, and then I moved on to stuff like Parasyte, Your Lie in April (which I absolutely loved). I think the thing that got me really neck-deep into anime was when I got hooked on RomComs though. I watched Nisekoi and Toradora, and then I was just searching for any RomCom I could find. I never even got back into One Piece (that's why I started reading the manga from the beginning recently), but I've been watching anime religiously ever since.
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Despite seeing Sailormoon, Dragon Ball Z, Inuyasha, Pokemon, and Digimon on TV often when I younger, it wasn't these shows that got me into anime like I am now. At the time, these shows were airing alongside American cartoons so being the child that I was, I didn't think much of it although I did sense something different about them like the art style and the settings always looked Asian inspired. After these series finished airing on TV, and the re-runs started, I became distant with anime and didn't care for it for a few years. One night, I was switching in between channels on TV, and saw an anime I've never before which was Naruto. After that, I ended up watching each episode every night. I didn't think much of the series but it was still interesting enough to make me watch every night when it came on. At the same time, I started to use the internet more often and then I researched on Naruto, learned these types of shows were from Japan, which then lead me to similar shows and that's how I deeply got into anime.
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Inuyasha, Gundam Seed, Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakushou, and few other shows were the ones that really got me deeper into anime. Especially, Inuyasha, that show made me enjoy anime to the fullest.
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When I was in ninth grade (so two years ago) the game Yandere Simulator was really big on a lot of youtube channels I watched. I thought it looked stupid (since at the time I was one of those kids who irrationally hate and generalize anime) but one day I watched one of the videos because I wanted to see how dumb it was, and it was dumb, but the idea of a yandere sounded really interesting to me, and I thought that if this was a thing in certain anime, I should check out one because I thought a large number of good stories could be based around this archetype. So I came across Future Diary, watched it, loved it, discovered tsunderes, watched Toradora, found out about School Days and No Game No Life, watched them, and finally, the straw that broke the camel's back, I came across Higurashi, watched that, and absolutely fell in love with it. At this point I was just like, yeah, anime isn't at all what I thought or others said it was. So here I am, a junior in high school and pretty much all I watch now is anime. So that happened.
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For me it was finding friends in high school who shared my interest in anime and japanese culture in general. Having other people enjoy my hobby made it feel 'cooler' and made me feel less like a freak for watching what my dad called "those chinese cartoons" (he's not racist, just ignorant). That and the early 2000's rise of torrenting. Suddenly, I wasn't just watching whatever I could find on TV. I had unlimited access to every anime ever made and I was taking full advantage of it.
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