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I "technically" discovered anime via toonami is a kid around 1997 (at age 7). Although I didn't have any knowledge about the term "anime" nether do I know what it is. I just thought of it as a regular cartoon action show at the time. It wasn't until late 2004 (7 years later) as a freshman in highschool (9th grade/14 years old) when a friend of my brother's introduced us to drawing anime (and eventually anime/japanese music in 2005 by letting us borrowing some of his burned CDs. We would then use his CD's and save the songs into our Xbox lol). We eventually watched anime via Adult Swim as well. A few more years passed by (hello 2007 and 2008) and we were introduced by one of my father's old college friend who happens to have a son who loves anime as well. He introduced us to LimeWire (which, as you know today, does not exist anymore), ecchi anime (Tenjou Tenge and Jubei Chan), and more anime music. As more years passed, we just keep gaining more and more knowledge and discovered more ways to download episodes in HD (MegaUpload being one of them, but of course that's gone too). There's....more complicated details to address here and there, but that should be enough information.
P.S: While we discovered anime as kids, actually getting into anime came much later (that includes visual novels/eroge as well).
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There was a girl back to the high school who always used to be sweet with me. She was already addicted and back then I didn't understand her feelings for "those things". One day she recommended me three series: Mirai Nikki, Gosick and Full Metal Alchemist. She brought a flash drive with all of the episodes in kind off messy quality but didn't care about such things. It started something... something new yet familiar.
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I remember walking through a video store, and I noticed a cute anime girl on the cover of a VHS tape. When I flipped it over I was impressed to see an evil sorceress, demons (or what I thought were demons), and colorful and cute anime girls. I asked my father to get it for me, and he just gave me this look like "Are you suuuure you want that?"
I brought it home and was hooked immediately. To this day I can't the theme out of my head.
~Fighting evil by moonlight, winning love by daylight. Never running from a real fight, she is the one named Sailor Moon~
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I was twelve years old and silly enough to accompany my cousin, uncle, aunt and her side of the family on a beach-side camping trip in the wilds of Oregon. Her side which, it must be said, are very nerdy. It's genetic, must be. Anyway, my aunt's brother, Ross, was watching this weirdly animated show called Trigun that caught my attention. We binge-watched the entire show in the three nights of the trip.
Funnily enough, that's also the trip that introduced me to pen and paper role-playing.
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Long time ago, I was introduced to anime by watching it on the evening TV cartoon show of the only channel that our TV has at that time. Some of them were magical girl animes (no, not Sailormoon... this is much older than that). At that time, I didn't know if it was called anime or if it was made in Japan (because most of our TV cartoon show at that time were re-imports from the western distributors who has altered the content so much, including awful english dubbing and re-arrangement of the op/ed music).
One of the "cartoon" show that I followed at that time is a mahou shoujo anime called "Gigi" (American translated version of Minky Momo). It has an hour OVA which I liked better than the series. Up to this day, I can't really forget it's soundtrack but I've had hard time trying to look for it anywhere on the net (let alone the full video of the OVA). I wonder if anyone here can help me or knows someone who still has it...
Anyway... I grew up, enter school, and lost interest in anime... until one day I saw Sailormoon on TV. My passion was re-ignited, and I ended up starting collecting many anime series after that (there was time where I used TV tuner cards on PC to record certain anime TV series because I couldn't find the anime on the internet let alone VCD stores).
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indoneko wrote: I didn't know if it was called anime or if it was made in Japan
Oh (nostalgia strikes)! Back in 1969 I used to watch an afternoon TV Show which showed lots of animated series. I didn't care were they come from, but they were all great. Now I know many of them were japanese: Marine Boy, Go Speed Racer, a series about a man who nearly died and had most of his body substituted by robotic parts (The Six Million Yen Men? LOL, I just can' remember how that series was named) but my favorite cartoon (sorry... anime) was a series named (here in Brazil) Samurai Kid (now I know it was originally called Shonen Ninja Fujimaru). Samurai Kid attracted my atention because it was different: that series had some violence, black magic, swordfighting, shurikens, warriors being forced to cross a river full of carnivorous salamanders... yay! Curiously, Brazil was under a military dictatorship at that time, and TV shows were all under severe censorship. Looks like censors simply thought "ah, that's only an animated cartoon. Cartoons are made for children, let's just approve it". I was 13 then, and I loved it. "Cut off his head! Yay"!
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I usually lounged in my room watching Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z with my older brother when we were younger. I had no idea who made it or anything like that, but it was something awesome in my mind. After that, I really didn't watch anything for years. High school was when I really got back into anime with the usual stuff like Spice & Wolf (recommended by someone I knew on a gaming forum) or Toradora. After that, I met a couple new people through someone at school and began watching a lot more anime, and recently I've been going back to older shows, like Slayers and Ranma. Funny thing, but true, is that they are the reason I got into stuff like Kill la Kill, JoJo's, and Berserk. I got into the game late, but hey, its better than never getting into it at all!
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Through Pokemon and Digimon......then I lost interest.....then it was Death Note, Monster and Cowboy Bebop.....lost interest again.... now it's Gintama, Samurai champloo and One Punch Man.
Honestly, my interest comes and goes. I tend to watch a whole series when I do regain interest though.
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I was very young when I got into anime, mostly through watching it with my aunt and my dad while other times it was through Saturday afternoon cartoons. I didn't know what anime was back then, this was during the time when Sailor moon was popular and had just been dubbed, but I just generally enjoyed watching anything animated. I would copy what I would see (usually the eyes, I wasn't sure why I would draw eyes first) in a little notebook. I would even get little crushes on the characters (Tai from Digimon, Ash from Pokemon and Yugi from Yu-Gi-Oh!). I've always had a love for cartoons no matter where it came from, I honestly am not sure why? It may have been due to my ever growing imagination and creativity.
I have always been watching anything animated, though my interests expanded over time. I still like to go back and watch the early episodes of Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh! and Digimon because it just brings me back to my childhood watching it Saturday afternoon on 4Kids! Haha. Even Dragon ball and Dragon ball Z, a show I would watch with my dad and my brother.
Anime has always been a part of my life. And probably always will be.
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My brother was a fan of Pokémon at one point, and he had a card set. Intrigued with all the different "creatures" (as I called them back then), I decided to watch the show dubbed. I didn't know back then it was called an anime nor did I know it was originally in Japanese though.
When I was in third grade, a friend of mine introduced me to an anime called Mermaid Melody. At first, I wasn't interested in it, but after role-playing it, I got into the mermaid and singing gist. It was then I realized the existence of anime, and after I finished that show, I started looking deeper into anime and started watching more because I absolutely loved it.
And now, to this day, I'm still a big fan of anime!
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