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I was looking for a streaming service to subscribe to, then I came across Crunchyroll and decided to try it out :).
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I watched neon genesis evangelion and became addicted in the late 90s and then ive had some abnormal crushes since then lol
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Posted 8/14/18 , edited 8/15/18
Late 90s, at my cousins house, he got Blue Gender on VHS and we watched it and I was hooked.
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Way back in the day there was Akira which I saw as an early teenager, but what really got me into anime was back when the original Adult Swim used play it on late Saturday nights a little over 15 years ago. Back then I used to party pretty heavily and I would finally get home at like 2am and I would kick back watching that anime block until I crashed out a couple hours later.

That was when I realized there was such a thing as mature anime outside of feature films. Before then I had basically been only exposed to anime as a kids medium and I had assumed that it was the same as western cartoons in that it was mostly aimed at kids outside of the occasional movie like Akira or Ghost in the Shell. Shows like Cowboy Be Bop, Inuyasha and FLCL made me realize there was so much more to anime than I had realized. I still have some vivid memories of watching FLCL for that first time in some very altered frames of mind.

If I think way back to my childhood I can remember seeing the occasional anime like Voltron mixed in with western cartoons, but I wasn't really aware of them as anime at the time. It wasn't until much later that I recognized anime as its own thing and began to actively seek it out.
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Watching Star Blazers (Iscandar & Comet Empire arcs) while waiting for school in the morning. I had never heard the term anime before, but since tv animation was dominated by Hanna Barbera at the time, I immediately recognized it as something different from what I'd ever seen before. I would even set my alarm clock during summer vacation so I wouldn't miss it. I seem to remember a badly dubbed version of Galaxy Express 999 as my next exposure. And of course I remember Battle of the Planets, Voltron, Robotech, Sailor Moon, Tranzor Z, the first arc of Dragon Ball (before the Z) and Pokemon. I didn't really start broadening my anime horizons until the early 90's with vhs tapes of Ranma 1/2, Tenchi Muyo, Captain Tylor & Slayers. The rest is history.



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I used to watch Naruto and Dragonball with my cousin when I was younger. But, recently like in 2015 I made a friend who told me to watch SAO. After I watched SAO I really liked the whole Anime genera. I didn't watch it in Subbed at first but after the first year of steadily watching anime I started to watch anime that wasn't dubbed. Things like Food wars, and Erased. I really enjoyed that and ever since I've watched in sub, even if I have the option to watch dub. Me and this one friend don't talk as much anymore because they kinda stopped watching anime.
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Posted 8/14/18 , edited 8/14/18
Robotech, Voltron, Superbook, The Flying House, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Puss 'n Boots Travels Around the World, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz were all anime shows/movies that came out in the 80s I was hooked on as a tyke. Iirc the original G.I. Joe and Transformers had many Japanese animators working in conjunction with American animators, and the style just seemed so different from atypical American cartoons at the time that I was simply more drawn to those shows than Looney Toons or Hanna-Barbera stuff (not that I don't love those old cartoons in their own way). Of course, once the 90s hit, anime really took off and I've just never stopped watching it.
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I also had a dislike of anime until I actually watched it. It was at a party in my grad year when me and my friend were having an intoxicated conversation about TV shows, he brought up anime. I always thought anime would be too edgy for me to get into, I was wrong lol. He was spending the night at my place because he lived in the next town over, when we got back we decided to watch some anime he was suggesting to me at the party, specifically death note. It took me about 10 minutes into the first episode and i was hooked, i never realized how much depth there was. i was shocked it wasn't all people screaming in Japanese while fighting 24/7. I binged the whole series in a week, to this day death note still remains my top anime and i would suggest it to anyone looking to start watching!
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Posted 8/14/18 , edited 8/14/18
Hmmmm all my friends in highscool watched anime truthfully. Though ran into anime a bit more earlier without knowing it lol.

I had a friend in middle school that had a PS2 & would play the fullmetal alchemist games on them. I had no idea they where based off of a TV show but seeing the games I was hooked. My 2 Aunts took me to comic con every year when I lived in California. 2006 they had a fullmetal alchemist booth. Though was tiny & vic mignogna was signing autographs only for 15 minutes. Me in my aunts had gotten free fullmetal alchemist posters & had vic mignogna sign them. Also the voice actor of Al was there to & had him sign a few posters as well. Even learned how to play the fullmetal alchemist trading card game at one of the TCG booths & was given a free deck.

Only thing is I never knew it was a TV show or anime lol. I get into highscool & in my sophomore year, I discovered one of my friends is absolutely obsessed with fullmetal alchemist. So I decided to give it a go & loved it. Then eventually got more into anime, through recommendations from friends.

Ever since highschool I have been into anime though truthfully I can admit haven't really watch much due to work & the fact that if I try to watch after work when I come home it's pretty much like midnight & I try to watch I have trouble shutting the brain off & can't sleep at all. So just haven't had the time sadly.

Oh also before I forget & if anyone is wondering I lost the signed autographed fullmetal alchemist posters & the trading cards in a move lol. No idea if they where accidentally thrown out or what but probably was thrown out though could of sworn I stuck them in a box when moving but where not in any of the boxs. So blah lol.
Posted 8/15/18 , edited 8/15/18
It got into me. I was possessed.
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Adult Swim and Toonami happened.
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Watching Star Blazers and Robotech as a kid. Then I found Uchuu Senkan Yamato and Macross were Japanese anime not US shows and that started my spiral into anime.
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I got started with fist of the north star.
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My first fond memory of anime was around 1999. I was about 4 or 5 at the time and I remember sitting in my living room watching Dragonball Z on tv. I don't remember which episode specifically, but I remember it was an episode with Piccolo fighting in it. It was really epic! Soonafter, I got into Pokemon and Yu-gi-oh. But One Piece was the first anime I truly remember being obsessed with and started reading the manga. When I was in middle school Deathnote premiered and, as an 11 year old, I thought it was the most badass shows I ever saw (and still do to this day!).

Then, I started believing that my peers would see me as a loser and stopped watching everything around my 7th grade year. I really did enjoy anime and manga alot up to that point. I remember the market crashing around this time too and my parents had to cut the cable and i had no internet for a few years, so even if I wanted to watch the latest episodes I couldn't.

Several years passed without watching anime and during my senior year of college I had finished all of the tv shows that I was interested in and was trying to find something else when I saw Deathnote on Netflix and remembered how awesome it was back then, so I was like "Well, it's been a while so I'll start watching again" now with a fresh more mature perspective. I started binging the heck out of it. And since then, I love anime and watch almost daily.
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Posted 8/15/18 , edited 8/15/18
My older brother was introduced to anime and tokusatsu by a neighbor friend when I was 3 or 4. Whatever big brother did, I did. =D Same goes with playing Atari and Nintendo.
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