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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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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Funnily enough, that's also the trip that introduced me to pen and paper role-playing.
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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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"!indoneko wrote: I didn't know if it was called anime or if it was made in Japan
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Honestly, my interest comes and goes. I tend to watch a whole series when I do regain interest though.
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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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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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After hearing my friend mention this show so many times I noticed the title "Ouran host club" in a TV guide at one point and curiously tuned in to watch it, but that's not actually where things really began for me. After watching Ouran host club for a few weeks I sat down one night to watch it five minutes early so I wouldn't miss anything and there was this other anime show on the screen at the time. I saw the last 3 or 4 minutes of this other show and was drawn in by this moment where a girl was apologizing for damage she'd caused to someone's house and opening up about how she was worried that some other girl had come to live in the same house as the guy she liked... shortly after that I saw a sweet scene where the other girl in question brought her some rice balls to eat and helped her fix the door as they worked into the night coming to realize they could probably get along with each other quite well
That show was "fruits basket" and next week I curiously sat down half an hour earlier than usual to see what this new show was like...
I fell so completely in love with it that I watched the first five episodes five times that week
I was into anime after that
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I always used to love Pokémon and I remember watching it when I was about five. Back then, I had no idea that it was an Anime and I remember thinking the eyes of the characters looked weird.
Then, at about 11 years of age, I got the first few issues of Detective Conan from our local library and read through them in one afternoon. Sadly, I lost them a few years ago.
I forgot about Manga and Anime for a while, until a friend of mine reccomended Death Note to me, stating that I would love it (I've always been into thrillers and the like)
So she gave me the DVD and I sat down that afternoon, intending to watch the first 1-2 Episodes.... well, when I stopped it was midnight and I was halfway done.
That was probably the point where I fell in love with manga and anime.
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There were certain shows I found I liked more than others, and every single one of them, upon later research, turned out to be anime (as I would describe it - made for a Japanese audience, given that a lot of it is actually made in Korea for the last decade or so.)
So I started intentionally looking for it to watch.
Then, one day a Playstation magazine which I subscribed to at the time, came with an "anime sampler" DVD - apparently a joint promotional venture with Madman entertainment (Australia) where the free episodes found on the internet (usually episode 1 and sometimes episode 2), were placed on a DVD and given out free with the magazine. I believe this was around 2005.
I guess that about sums it up. After that I spent quite a small fortune on amassing a collection of various shows - all of which I've liked to a certain degree. Some from Madman, some from Siren Visual, some from E-Bay due to OOP/never sold in Australia and some from RightStuf USA. I don't think I ever bought any actual anime from Amazon, but I have bought anime music CDs from Europe.
Oh, and CDJapan. Importing directly from Japan is easy as with that website, but it'll cost ya, and you better be prepared to pay in Yen.
Though, now that I'm nearly thirty, I prefer to just pretend I didn't waste so much money on what was essentially softcore porn. >.>
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