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Posted 8/16/17 , edited 8/17/17
I didn't really start getting into anime until my friend made me watch DBZ in the early 2000's. After that, I'd watch anything that aired late night on the old Adult Swim.
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Posted 9/17/17 , edited 9/18/17
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Posted 9/17/17 , edited 9/18/17
I don't know. Half the time when I look up old Saturday morning cartoons I used to watch as a wee one in the late 80's and early 90's I find out that they were produced in Japan.

I do remember when I first discovered DBZ when it had its first run syndication in 1996 as being pretty momentous for me. I had an old tv in my room I used to play NES games at the time and no cable. So I would set my antennae up and wake up early to catch episodes of it on some random broadcast channel; maybe even a Canadian station. We must not have gotten the show on any of our cable channels at the time, because I remember having to go through that whole process any time I wanted to be able to catch an episode. The art style and all the cool powers totally blew me away.

Since I had only been able to catch a few episodes and had to watch super early in the mornings I forgot about it a little over time. But then a few years later we expanded our cable at the house and started getting Cartoon Network, and rediscovering the show and being able to watch the whole thing from the beginning to the Frieza saga was probably one of my best times watching anime. I had thought I had dreamed up watching this show about people flying and shooting each other with energy, but it turned out to be quite real
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Posted 9/17/17 , edited 9/18/17
Voltron back in the 80's but had no idea it was Anime until I was an adult.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/18/17
If Voltron counts, then around 1984.
Then probably a big leap into the late 90's when Toonami was airing Tenchi Muyo and Dragon Ball Z.
Then I lost interest again until Naruto and Bleach.
Then I discovered the Funimation Channel around 2008 and broadened my anime pallete. Then FiOS ditched Funimation and I only watched whatever Toonami was showing.
Then this year my CRT TV went bad, I upgraded to a Samsung LCD and got an Amazon Firestick and downloaded the Crunchyroll and Funimation Now Apps and have been watching a bunch of stuff.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/18/17
i started watching anime in 2010 my first anime i watched was pokemon then yu gi oh now i just like to watch one piece and romance anime
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/18/17
I started with Naruto when I was like 11 so in like 2012 but I properly got into other anime shows when I got Crunchyroll in 2013.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/18/17
I swear I watched some japanese produced shows (anime, I guess? I remember it had a distinct art style to it) when I was 3 years old back in '94. Maybe my memory is super hazy, but all I remember about the show was there was a dog and a professor and they went on various adventures. Searched for years and could never find what it could be. Aside from that, I was a toonami fan in the 90's, and then went on to watch the licensed adult swim shows.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
December 2014, 332 anime watched since then.
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27 / M / Canada
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
First time I watched an anime was when I was little I used to watch Sailor Moon, even though I wasn't allowed. I started to really get into anime after watching Fullmetal Alchemist, which was maybe 6 years ago.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
Since I was 7. My sister made me get addicted to it at first and we continued watching stuff together in weekends when she was free until I became 13 and I started watching/reading my own stuff.


So yeah my sister put me on this weeb sjit
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
July 2011, when DBZ kai was still on nicktoons
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
Since I was 4 or 5 maybe? I have memories of Dragonball Z, Pokemon, Samurai Troopers, and other anime from as far back as I can remember. Didn't realize it was all anime until I was 13 or 14, though. Around then, Naruto, Case Closed, Negima, Code Geass, Death Note, Tactics, and Gurren Lagann were airing on various channels and I started getting more interested. Got strongly hooked on anime and manga then.

I can say I've watched over 160 different anime series since then. It might be closer to 200. I left out series that I can't confidently remember watching a full season of.
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
i have an older brother that absolutely loved naruto/dragon ball/pokemon so naturally i liked anything he obsessed over as a kid. i still watched more main stream anime as i grew up (eg: beyblade, pokemon, bakugan brawlers, yugioh, tokyo mew mew) but never really got into the community until i was around 11 when i went through an (embarrassing) romance anime phase where all i watched was rly bad reverse harem shit jdsjdsj then at 13 i saw death note for the first time n found a taste for more mature n (thankfully) diverse genres... now im a mess
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Posted 9/18/17 , edited 9/19/17
Technically, my first anime movie I watched was my Neighbor Totoro when I was 5 or so and anime series being Poke'mon when I was 7.
Then I became a very sporadic anime fan starting in high school, would watch a series once every few months. (Full Metal Panic! being the first).It wasn't until sophomore year of college until I became a true anime fan. Back then fansubs were quite popular and my roommate got me hooked. We'd follow 3-4 shows a season keeping up with them weekly. 2 years later I made my way over to CR and the rest is history.
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