How did it start?

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  1. Clover

    Clover Bananya!

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    As a kid, you probably watched your fair share of cartoons, including some anime here and there.
    Which title(s) specifically started your interest in anime? Do you remember why they piqued your interest to look further in to Japanese animation?
     
  2. latro

    latro Anime Editor
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    My grandad had a video of castle in the sky he'd taped off TV and I used to watch it onsessivley.
     
  3. -Danielle-

    -Danielle- Whore dollas all over the place...

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    pokemon was my first but escaflowne and sailor moon on fox kids peaked my interest. Would of been for the stories and how i'd of been able to connect to em. From there I discovered the late night anime on scifi channel. Theyd cramp 4-5 episodes of an anime and make it like a film so I got to see vampire princess miyu, megazone 23, blue sonnet and the red fang and bubblegum crash/crisis.

    After that it was cnx with cowboy bebop and outlaw star. Then i hit the google and it went from there as i'd purchase animes with my favourite voice actors in :D

    Because of all the above this is why I am and will always be a dub fan and preferer and why people at uka stock will probably not see me watching anime with em as I be the minority haha.
     
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  4. Just Passing Through

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    I watched Battle of the Planets, Willy Fogg, Ulysses 31, Mysterious Cities of Gold and a couple other Euro-Japan coproductions, never realised they were anime, but the animation and storytelling style primed me for later. In the early nineties, I watched Akira and The Wings of Honneamise on BBC2, and that was it, I wanted more.

    Found it on Channel 4's Late Licence, and started buying videotapes (Legend of the 4 Kings, Cyber City Oedo 808 ). Took a break for a few years when the VHS scene died, then started writing reviews for DVD Reviewer. A couple of years in, and after some dodgy experiences with some Warners Dragon Ball Z discs, and MVM Sailor Moon, I got sent check discs for Love Hina, Vampire Princess Miyu, and Kiddy Grade. Job done... I was hooked again and have been ever since.
     
  5. Shadow Cat

    Shadow Cat HelloKittyIsMyWaifu

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    Looking through my Amazon order history, May 2009 I purchased Pokemon the First Movie, so clearly had some interest in Pokemon

    But looking at other Anime, August 2011 was when I purchased Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood Volume 1, a series that got my totally addicted to Anime

    Along with Haruhi Season 1 and Brotherhood Volume 2 a few days later

    Thats when I joined the NeoMag forums as I'm pretty sure my next purchase, Highschool of the Dead, was front page in the magazine

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    My uncle got me into Ghost in the Shell and Akira

    My Brother owned the original Elfen Lied set, hes a huge Gundam fan and he also got me into watching Dominion Tank Police and Sailor moon many years ago

    My mate got me into watching K-on and kept linking me to Azumanga stuff, its funny as we spent over a year talking about K-on. This is the same mate who if I link silly stuff like Kiss x Sis OP's will go crazy at me, then a week or so later start random conversations about it (I've tried watching this show multiple times and dropped it)

    (There is also some Yaoi back in 2008, I'm not sure why..)

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    One of my first streamed shows was Shugo Chara if you wanted to know that

    And my boss brought me Ouran Highschool Hostclub
     
  6. Necro

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    Early influence was Toonami with Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, DBZ and of course everyones favourite Pokemon. Properly started watching it with Elfen Lied, Evangelion, Chobits and Lucky Star, which was the first thing I watched Subbed (and I never turned back).
     
  7. Jamtea

    Jamtea Bee cool

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    Bubblegum Crisis on The Sci-Fi Channel at some point during the late 90's.

    Of all the anime to kick off with, I think I lucked out with that one :)

    Of course there was all the Pokemon and Digimon stuff on TV before then, but I don't really count that as they're edited and localised to the point where they're more just cartoons from Japan for kids.
     
  8. Manning

    Manning The Lunatic Fringe

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    I think it was Megazone 23 on Sci-Fi when I first heard something animated being called Anime. A week later I tuned in again for Space Adventure Cobra and I just carried on from there. Devilman, Lensman, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, Wings of Honneamise, Bubblegum Crisis, AD Police, Tank Police, Monster City were all among the titles I saw around my first year thanks to Sci-Fi channel.

    Like 'Just Passing Through', I watched TV shows as a kid not knowing they were stemming from that genre.
     
  9. -Danielle-

    -Danielle- Whore dollas all over the place...

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    Manning I forgot about Monster City and Tank Police! The former was actually my first glimpse of s*x. That's back when 11/22 year olds were still focused on playing out and having a childhood instead of makeup and s*x like this generation hahaha.

    Necro I forgot about Toonami! Tenchi and The Big O! I didnt watch much of the latter but was all over the former!!
     
  10. Chrono

    Chrono Legendary Devil Knight

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    I remember getting a world of the talisman vhs from makro (which was kind of the precursor to Costco) and wondering what the heck it was. From there it was pokemon, digimon and teknoman on cartoon network and Fox kids. Then on to gundam wing and dragonball z, as well as big o. The big one for me was evangelion and gundam wing. Slowly getting those dvds, ah, those were the expensive days!
     
  11. Weirdo

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    Same here actually.

    The late night Sci-Fi anime slot was on just as I had my early teen insomnia issues.

    I was so happy when I discovered Megazone 23, all three parts, was on DVD about a decade ago, and I have enjoyed diving into it on an annual basis.

    I remember rather nicely the wonders that was Macross Plus coming up on the channel which is still up there in my favourite movies of all time :)
     
  12. Unknownfate

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    Poor sexually repressed 22 year olds :(

    Mine was Sailor Moon I believe, excusing Ulysses and the like which were "cartoons" Then it was either Violence Jack or Blue Sonnet.

    Think my first purchase was Ghost in the Shell or Akira, first series was Excel Saga I believe
     
  13. Manning

    Manning The Lunatic Fringe

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    While I did enjoy the others I mentioned, they got me watching on a weekly basis and they were great, still are to this day. Macross Plus was the first to really blow my mind, it was (is) a visual and musical masterclass, it was probably the most influential of my earlier days of watching anime that really got me into seeking out more.

    Orguss 02 comes into it some where...and the rest, is history.
     
  14. duoinchains

    duoinchains t'other resident yaoi fan

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    Battle of the Planets (G FORCE!) on the tv (Saturday morning and weekday mornings during the summer holidays) in the early-80s. So very different from the usual Hanna-Barbera fare. So very brash and exciting.

    And then really just the odd movie here and there, Akira, Fireflies, Totoro, GitS.

    Only really got into manga and anime (in that order) in the late-90s (my mid-30s) via a roundabout route involving *cough*yaoi*cough* :oops:


    ummm... yeah.
     
  15. CrimsonScholar

    CrimsonScholar Uka-no-Mitama-no-kami

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    Grew up on Pokemon, Digimon, Cardcaptors, Yu-Gi-Oh, Medabots and Sonic like a lot of people without realising it was anime but what made me actually look into it more was Princess Mononoke and the FMA original series.
     
  16. -Danielle-

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    Lmao I meant 12 not 22!
     
  17. supremesoph

    supremesoph I'm turning into a foooooool.....

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    I think the first ones for me were sailor moon and Cardcaptors Sakura, picking up the vhs of that series in a charity shop was the happiest thing for a chibi soph. Of course the usual pokemon/digimon was a thing, but what got me back into it was when I rediscovered the magical girl genre with Tokyo Mew Mew. From there I pretty much went evangelion, akira and anything super dark...
     
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    Did i ever mention I saw Akira on it'[s initial release ? Wikipedia and the like say it would have been 1988, however I'm certain it was 1987 as I was no longer in Wolverhampton when the 'Net says it came out, so all I can think is there was a limited test release - where I saw it was a brand new specialist art cinema.

    Of course before that there were the usual Franco-Japanese coops like Mysterious Cities of Gold, Ulysses (, Ulysses, flying through the galaxy, in search of Earth, ....) though I would watch virtually any cartoon before then (preferring European ones)
     
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    The first time I remember seeing it as a separate genre was when Pokemon first aired on CITV (G-G-Gary!!) and my friend who just moved from South Korea asked me about it. For some reason I decided to record an episode and draw out Ash and Pikachu from a paused frame to show her what I was on about.

    She introduced me to Sailor Moon images (before I had Sky and got into the original dub) and it progressed from there. I'd say Evangellion was my first more mature one that my friend lent me. Another friend said there was this guy who hung out at the library who also liked that stuff, he was reading a newspaper if I remember right. Newspaper guy knew what Evangellion was and now, 16 years later we're married and our nearly 4 year old is a huge Clover Z fan and demands the Moon Pride opening on Youtube.
     
  20. Tora-kun

    Tora-kun Trying to improve

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    I was part of the generation who had Ulysess 31, Dogtanian, Willy Fog and Samurai Pizza Cats, but they were more like regular cartoons on TV as opposed to stuff that was openly promoted as Japanese animation. Seeing Akira subbed on BBC2 in the early 90s was the one that got me into it proper.
     

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