Anime... Love at first sight?

What is the first anime you really got into?

What about it appealed to you? How has your taste changed since then?

5 years, 3 months ago
jim
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for me it was pokemon... and I have to say I'm quite different now ;) I can't really watch pokemon anymore

The first anime I really got into as a (more) mature um... human was gundam 08th MS team. I don't know what it was, but I watched the entire series on cartoon network at 1AM on week nights :)

I still really enjoy gundam 08

5 years, 3 months ago
jim
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@jim was it really Poke'mon? I remember waking up really early every day to watch that show, and even back then it was a guilty pleasure. I really haven't had that much joy, especially in waking up early, in a long time!

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5 years, 3 months ago
GooieGreen
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It might have been the original Dragon Ball series when I was really young... or Mobile Suit Gundam. Honestly, who can remember such things? Not me!

Assuming it was Dragon Ball, I'd have to say that I loved the silly conversations and interactions that every character seemed to have. Meet someone new? Kid Goku acts like a knucklehead while being threatened. Playing off of his naive nature, it is no wonder it was a hit with me.

Of course, there is the other side of the show, which was the fighting. Who DIDN'T want to be a bad ass? I grew up on a steady diet of Ninja Turtles, Batman, and Wolverine (we're talking around the age of 2 years old). So I'm really predisposed to comedy being at the core of anything.

Today, I still really enjoy the series, but I can't say I've seen it through more than twice since my teenage years. In general, I don't watch anime anymore, but I'm still partial to Gundam, Dragon Ball, and (of course) Cowboy Bebop. It really depends on my mood, but I tend to drift towards more sophisticated comedy shows... and Crayon Shin-chan.

5 years, 3 months ago
GooieGreen
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The first anime that I got into that I knew was an anime was Slayers, but the the series that set the tone for me forever was Fushigi Yuugi.This was my true start into anime otakudom because it was also my first subbed anime that I was watching over my senpai's house (he introduced me to the fandom). What appealed most was the voice acting, the storytelling, and the style of art that differed so much from American art. I think as soon as I saw that, my prior viewing experiences of Sailor Moon, Gundam Wing, and DBZ naturally fell into place. It really was a deep love relationship.

Because I started with shoujo, that has been the basis of my tastes. However, my exposure to Gundam Wing and DBZ set the foundations for mecha and shonen anime as well. My tastes have become fine-tuned to finding most enjoyment in well-done shoujo (e.g. not just boy-meets-girl crap), shonen humor, mecha, and psychological action.

5 years, 3 months ago
Nina
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When I was little, I religiously watched the Israeli version of pokemon every day at three o'clock but never knew it was Japanese. The first time I became interested in anime was when I watched this block of cartoons at night called telemanga. All the anime were in Japanese with Hebrew subtitles. I at first liked watching inuyasha because it had a simple plot and was different than anything that I ever saw. after that was Ranma 1/2 which I turned off because none of it made sense because of the japanese culture included in it. It seemed silly. Once when my friend came over and the show came on, he told me that they show a girl's boobs (they edited all nudity and made the bathhouses blurry in Israel). I watched a full episode and became a little interested. Then, I watched the first episode online and was shocked when I saw the girl ranma completely naked (and unedited). Wow! By researching online, I found out what manga is and became interested in japanese culture.

5 years, 3 months ago
apf1
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My first-ever encounter with anime was the movie Kiki's Delivery Service. I watched it nearly every day for at least a year...then I got a pokemon tape that I also watched constantly. I don't know why I never actually watched it when it was on tv...then came inuyasha and yugioh. It wasn't until I moved that I really got into anime. I started to watch naruto a bit, and then, one lonely summer night, I was sneakily watching tv at 2 a.m., and that is when I discovered Fullmetal Alchemist. That was when I became completely obsessed. I watched it every saturday until school started, and when I looked it up on the internet it lead to discoveries of many other greats...

5 years, 3 months ago
Kayla
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I first really got into anime when my brother would watch dragonball z like everyday. Therefore, so would I. At the time I didn't really know it was "anime" but I still loved watching it. Then, I went over my aunt's friend's house. They were sort of "baby sitting" me but I didn't really know at the time. My aunt's friend's son had an obsession over Go and apparently along with this came the obsession with the hikaru No Go anime and manga. I was like, "wow this is awesome!" and continued watching the whole series. The I moved on to Keroro Gunsu cus my other friend was obsessed with it and on to Reborn! Cus my brother's girlfriend reccommended it. And of course before this I was a pokemon' / totally spies / Gamtaro fanatic. Anyway, as you can see, there were many factors and different influences leading to my love of anime and manga.

5 years, 3 months ago
maria
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Before I actually knew what anime was, I loved Sailor Moon, Tenchi Muyo, SD Gundam, Dragon Ball/DBZ and Pokemon.

Not making the connection there, I used to believe my first anime was InuYasha. Fell in love with Sesshomaru's character.

5 years, 2 months ago
kage_ayumu_sakushi
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I Remember watching Speed Racer and Gigantor on tv. The First real series i gotten into was Sailor Moon. I Have gotten hooked on sci-fi series like Galaxy Express 999 and Captain Harlock. And Then as i grew older I started watching series like Cowboy Bebop, Tenchi, Hellsing, Neon Genesis evangelion. I have a large eclectic tasste when it comes to anime. I have a decent collection ranging from NEgima, to Excell Saga, Akira to goldenboy. I Gguess I have seen alot.

5 years, 2 months ago
naota
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Hello Jim! Lets talk some time! :D

2 years, 11 months ago
kawaiiotaku
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I think it was two or three years ago. Some guy at university suggested watching Avatar and so I did that. I watched Season 1 in one go and was baffled. That was the first (TV) series I watched since years, I kinda threw away my TV as I realised I watched too much crap.

Well. Avatar isn't an Anime, but I was hooked to browsing the net for interesting series. The next was Death Note. From then on I explored this interesting medium a lot. I think the more mature and often darker tone of some Anime really hooked me.

Now, here I am. Eagerly awaiting the next bakemonogatari episode. Damn.

I have to say that with more exposure and curiosity in Japanese culture my interests broadend. I can't imagine myself watching Toradora a few years ago, but I enjoyed it. It's still a guilty pleasure sometimes - I have next to no friends who share this specific interest/obsession.

5 years, 2 months ago
phoku
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when i was in cartoon network i stared to watched sailormoon then dbz

i felted in loved by chi chi

hope goku doesnt get angry with me

5 years, 2 months ago
hobojaco28
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My first anime love was probably Pokemon, but I'm not entirely sure. I watched a whole lot of anime without even realizing it when I was child, all thanks to Toonami (R.I.P.). I remember me and my friends running around the yard looking for Pokemon, having mock battles and watching videos. I still play the games, as do some of my friends, but we've lost respect for the show ever since Misty left. lol

I also watched Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z a lot! I grew out of Sailor Moon because I started hating the whole ditzy magical girl thing, but I never grew out of Dragon Ball Z. There was also Yugioh (beat some older guy on my first try), Rurouni Kenshin (swordfights with my bud Charles every Sunday) and Tenchi Muyo (wanted my own cabbit).

Yep, anime was definitely a huge part of my life, and it still is. lol

5 years, 2 months ago
DemonHunterNinjaGrl494
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FMA was definitely love at first sight, and to answer Jims question Everything about it appealed to me the characters, the perfect voice acting, the plot, and most importantly the action.

5 years, 2 months ago
marcus
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i guess my first "anime love" was when i was rlly little. im pretty sure it was sailor moon and pokemon! i was always so exited when it was on, those were the days.

but my on-going "anime love" is naruto, and for a while now. when it first came out on CN i thought it was pretty stupid, but then i kept watching and got rlly attached! :)

5 years, 1 month ago
HeibiShinobi
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