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January 20th, 2013, 12:02 PM
What was your first anime? Why did you choose to watch it? Did it lead to you watch more/other anime or did it put you off entirely?

For me it was the Pokémon anime, but I never really saw that as being any different to English cartoons so the first thing I'd count would be The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya a couple years back. I chose to watch it after stumbling across the God Knows AMV and falling in love with the song, plus Nagato and Suzumiya's characters from the video looked very interesting/quirky, so after searching around and eventually asking a friend where it came from I found the anime and watched the first episode. Once the first episode had finished, it suddenly clicked to me why people watch this stuff and that it's not just a children's cartoon like I expected, so I watched the whole series in the space of two days and then continued on to countless more anime. I'm sure it would've happened sooner or later with all the anime lovers on PC, but this is what started off my love.

Sweets Witch
January 20th, 2013, 1:24 PM
Going along the same path, I watched Sailor Moon and Pokemon but just thought they were regular English cartoons since they were mixed in with such. The first anime that I watched that didn't air on a cartoon channel was actually a movie: End of Evangelion. Found it on the internet when I was around 10, watched it, didn't understand it, saw Asuka's scene, and got emotionally scarred for the rest of my life.

If we repress EoE like I've been trying to for the past 10 years, then my actual first anime was Alien Nine. I read the manga and watched it at my cousin's house when I was maybe 11 or 12 and then completely forgot about it (and anime in general) until about two or three years ago when I realized that I have a lot of free time that doesn't overlap with the free time of my friends. One day in 2010 I stayed up until about 4 in the morning when I found a clip of episode 6 of Deadman Wonderland on Youtube and I thought it was the most awesome thing I've ever seen so I marathoned it and decided to watch more anime.

Then I fell asleep and the next two years were all one big dream, during which I watched way more anime than I should have.

January 20th, 2013, 1:40 PM
Probably either Pokemon, Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura.

I was very young at the time so I even had no idea they were anime until years later.

January 20th, 2013, 2:03 PM
Practically all anime that were on Toonami, I think my first was either Dragon Ball, Pokemon or Yu Yu Hakusho. I didn't know that they were anime either until about '06.

When I was aware of the actual concept of anime, I think you could say that I watched either Clannad, Elfen Lied or The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. I watched the first episodes of both in one day so I wouldn't know....

January 20th, 2013, 2:15 PM
My first anime was the Pokemon anime. Obviously at the time I didn't know it was anime, but still. The first anime I watched where I was aware that it was an anime was Naruto, when it was airing on Cartoon Networks Toonami. Naruto was pretty much my gateway to the world of anime because after becoming a fan of Naruto, I wanted to see what other anime were around that was like it.

January 20th, 2013, 2:20 PM
As everyone else, my first was Pokemon, but I had no idea that was anime. My first anime that I knew what I was watching was Naruto, the original that was on Cartoon Network. Now I love tons of anime, haha.

January 20th, 2013, 2:21 PM
My first anime was Inuyasha, and it was because when I was younger, Cartoon Network had turned into Adult Swim around 10PM, and I had no idea what Adult Swim was at the time. This show called Sealab 2121, or whatever it was, was on and it was making me laugh, but it had ended just a couple of minutes after I tuned to it. Inuyasha came on right after, and even though it seemed kind of violent and... well, odd, for a cartoon (since I didn't know it was called an anime at that time) it was still pretty cool.

After that, I've always been into anime.

Captain Gizmo
January 20th, 2013, 6:09 PM
My first ones were probably Pokemon, Digimon or Monster Ranchers.

I really loved Monster Ranchers... I't sthe only one I never really continued watching, growing up. I might watch it again :)

January 20th, 2013, 7:45 PM
Sailor Moon was like the only thing on weekday mornings as little kid. So, I'd catch about 10 minutes of that as I got ready for school. Never actually liked watching it though. Thought it looked weird (I still think anime looks weird XD)

Pokemon was the first one I actively watched for a while. And then that was it. Nothing really after that

Patchisou Yutohru
January 20th, 2013, 8:58 PM
Probably either Pokemon, Sailor Moon or Cardcaptor Sakura.

I was very young at the time so I even had no idea they were anime until years later.
Probably the same for me. Dragonball Z was also something I remember watching. Of course, there were a few others like Digimon, and other Saturday morning anime that used to air.

The first anime I watched knowing it was anime was Fruits Basket.

January 20th, 2013, 9:01 PM
I believe DBZ was my first, along with the original Pokemon anime. I also didn't really know they classified as anime until later, haha.

January 20th, 2013, 9:36 PM
The first anime I watched knowing it was anime was Fruits Basket.

^See, points like that are the best! You may be watching Sailor Moon, but you have no idea it's classified as an anime.

For me, I had watched Pokemon and DBZ when I was young. But the first anime I watched- the first one where I went, "Okay, I'm legitimatly interested in this anime-stuff" was Lucky Star.
And I'm grateful for that, because looking back on it, Lucky Star- I feel is a wonderful anime.

January 21st, 2013, 11:26 AM
First seen: Tenchi Muyo!
First watched regularly: Dragonball Z
First watched 'as anime': Elfen Lied

January 21st, 2013, 12:44 PM
Yu-Yu Hakusho and Dragonball Z took my anime virginity. They just happened to air when I was awake, and I enjoyed them. Kurama was my first cartoon crush.

January 21st, 2013, 3:05 PM
Probably Doraemon, and up to today I still like it :)

January 21st, 2013, 3:07 PM
Dragonball Z

But I had no idea it was anime at the time.

January 21st, 2013, 7:02 PM
Pokemon, like many others, was the first anime I ever saw - but the first one I watched with the knowledge that it was an anime was Dragon Ball Z.

January 21st, 2013, 7:17 PM
Sailor Moon was the first anime I laid eyes on, but I later watched Naruto (and quit watching Naruto) as the first dedicated anime. To be honest, I started out on manga, as I never had a computer to use until a few years ago.

January 21st, 2013, 7:52 PM
Definitely Yu-Gi-Oh!. I watched that every night when I was like 4 years old on Toonami, and often times the old Orange Islands League Pokémon anime would either precede it or follow it. I hated Pokémon until the Advanced Generation came out, which I fell in love with then <3.

Starry Windy
January 21st, 2013, 7:58 PM
The first anime I watched was Nekketsu Saikyo Gosaurer, if I could remember. (Back then I was about 5 years old or younger). I saw this anime without knowing its name until few years ago.

The Amazing Justin
January 28th, 2013, 1:18 AM
Either Pokemon or Dragonball Z. Not sure which one.

January 28th, 2013, 4:44 AM
First Seen: Speed Racer
First Watched: Dragonball Z
First officially recognised Anime: Inyuyasha/Cowboy Bebop

January 28th, 2013, 5:04 AM
Pokemon was my first. Then Dragonball Z and Cyborg 009. I had good times with all of them. Maybe I should re watch some episodes? :D hang on a sec do you
count Moomin as anime? If so then that would be first for me.

January 28th, 2013, 10:25 AM
Yugioh all the way lol It's time to Du du du du du Duel!

January 28th, 2013, 10:06 PM
I don't think Pokemon counts, so my first "real" anime was probably Sword Art Online. Kinda recently, actually!

January 29th, 2013, 12:27 AM
The first one that I can recall watching was Sailor Moon, with Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon shortly after. I tried getting into a few other animes back in the early 2000's, but the only two I seemed to watch religiously were Dragon Ball Z and Pokemon. Aside from an episode here or there of popular shows like Yugioh, Inuyasha and Beyblade, I never did get into any more anime series.

January 29th, 2013, 7:02 AM
The "first" ones would have to be Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh, but I was so young when I started watching those . . . other than that, I have no idea, as I've watched plenty of anime. However, the first and only anime that I've actually finished and watched every episode of is Soul Eater, which was last Febraury.

January 29th, 2013, 7:17 AM
I don't really count Pokemon a whole lot, even though it is anime, I just don't really consider it...

But, my first anime was either Tenchi Muyo! or Zoids on Toonami, I saw them both around the same time so I can't remember which was first, but I have an inkling it was Tenchi Muyo!

January 29th, 2013, 4:49 PM
It was either Sailor Moon or Dragonball, can't remember but it was back when I was 4. I probably watched Sailor Moon because it was all my sister watched but I remember being really into Dragonball.

Ephemeral Euphoria
January 29th, 2013, 4:57 PM
Dragonball Z for me, was hooked on it like crack instantly around age 7 or so.

January 30th, 2013, 3:29 AM
It was most likely pokemon or Dragon Ball Z in the early 00's.

February 2nd, 2013, 8:27 AM
my first anime was kirby right backatcha! my brother was watching it and i just loved the kirby games so i watched too. to this day, every time i see a hammer, i can hear escargoon saying "its an alien invader! whack em with your mallet!"

Mr Cat Dog
February 20th, 2013, 1:10 PM
I think it was probably Cardcaptors. Not that I could tell the difference between Japanese and western animation when I was 9, but it's definitely the first that I can distinctly remember watching... right before Pokemon came along. I remember enjoying it quite a lot, not realising about how butchered the dub was or that episodes were airing out of order. Simple times back then!

February 21st, 2013, 5:25 PM
The first anime I have ever watched would probably be Pokemon if that's even still considered an .. anime.. anymore. :\

The first real anime I watched was the melancholy of haruhi suzumiya. I never did finish the series.

I find anime boring and all of them are about the same.

February 22nd, 2013, 3:51 PM
The first one I remember watching that I found out after was an anime series...Voltron (lol @ heavily edited dub, I know). I remember watching that on tv in the early 90's, or attempting to watch it, since for some reason I was really bad at checking the channels/time back then, so I often had to flip just to find it. Ah, the days when I didn't mind how bad a dub was, since I was apparently not a very picky child when it came to entertainment. And mostly why I chose to watch it..."it looked cool." That was about it.

I couldn't say what was the first anime I saw that I knew was anime. I'd say something on Toonami when it first aired, but honestly...it might have been before even that. It's been long enough that I don't even remember.

February 22nd, 2013, 5:19 PM
There were a lot that I watched at the same time, mainly Pokemon, Digimon, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Card Captor Sakura, Zoids, Yu-Gi-Oh, Beyblade, etc. I can't say which one came first.

February 22nd, 2013, 6:00 PM
The first anime I watched was Pokemon, though I didn't realize it was under that genre. The first anime that I watched that I realized was an anime, though, was Dragon Ball Z.

Sadly, my anime experience hasn't really progressed past the Dragon Ball animes. :x

February 22nd, 2013, 6:00 PM
I am not sure, but I am just gonna list my childhood animes...

Beyblade, Pokemon, Doraemon, Shin-chan, Zoids, Dragon Ball Z.

Those are just a few of them, you know, I can't remember all of them.

February 25th, 2013, 6:19 PM
Pokemon. I've never tried watching other ones. I don't even watch Pokemon anymore- it's awfully childish and repetitive.

February 26th, 2013, 8:22 AM
my first anime was sailor moon. i use to watch it all the time before school (:

February 27th, 2013, 4:28 AM
Although I don't really remember how much I liked it or what the plot was, mine was Slayers.

March 3rd, 2013, 10:21 PM
I can't exactly remember, but I do remember watching Pokemon when I was 4 or 5, but back then I didn't realise at all what an anime was, haha. Other than Pokemon, I think I also used to watch Naruto, don't as much anymore since it never really airs now, but it was a great show and I really liked the characters :3, although I think I disliked Sakura for a while XD;. I think I also watched Digimon as well from memory, along with Thundercats!

March 4th, 2013, 8:28 PM
Well, if no one minds, I'm just going to age myself right here. My first anime was the Noozles and the Adventures of the Little Koala. They were on Nick Jr. when I was three or four, and I watched them without any idea that they came from another country. They were dubbed by Saban. And I remember nothing about them because I was just a little kid.

As I grew up, I watched Sailor Moon and then the Samurai Pizza Cats and Speed Racer, slowly beginning to realize that they were different from American cartoons.

The first anime that I watched fully knowing that it came from Japan was Neon Genesis Evangelion.

March 4th, 2013, 9:23 PM
I don't really remember too well... I believe the very first anime I've ever watched was Sailor Moon. But I definitely recall watching Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Pokémon, & Yu-Gi-Oh.

March 5th, 2013, 12:44 AM
My first would have been the Samurai X OVAs and then shortly after Evangelion. I do remember watching Guyver as well as the more mainstream Dragon Ball and Cadcaptor, but for the most part I'd say I had a very uncut childhood haha.

March 5th, 2013, 2:27 AM
Good lord, let's see. Not counting Pokemon (which I watched when it debuted in America in....late 1998?) it might have been really old Dragonball, I think. I remember in 5th grade (2001) I felt "sneaky" for watching Adult Swim because it was like 17+ and I was 10 LOL. If it wasn't Dragonball, it was definitely Cowboy Bebop or Yu Yu Hakusho.

Iqid Loopz
March 6th, 2013, 10:00 AM
Idek what was my first. But it was on the line of Pokemon, Digimon, Sailor Moon (Yes, I'm a dude, and watched it back in the day) Medabots, Trigun, Card Captures, and Knights of the Zodiacs.

March 7th, 2013, 12:25 AM
The first anime I watched is Dragon Ball, I freakin' love it but now I ruined my love to Dragon Ball and love SAO instead.

March 18th, 2013, 5:15 AM
My very first anime is sailormoon and yuyu hakusho.

March 18th, 2013, 7:02 AM
My very first Anime(s) were Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon ^^

March 18th, 2013, 12:23 PM
My first animes are Pokémon and Dragon Ball, but the first one I saw completely, all chapters, was Rurouni Kenshin. Other than that, I usually watched Shaman King, Digimon, Ranma 1/2, Captain Tsubasa, Medabots and Yu Yu Hakusho before going to school or before going to bed.

March 18th, 2013, 12:40 PM
Well I used to always watch Toonami when I was younger and the first one I saw is hard to tell since I saw so many. The first one I really got into was Naruto and I watched it every week. I also saw some Gundam, Full Metal Achemist, Cowboy Bebop, Prince of Tennis, Bobabo, and some weird hamster show. Seriously does anyone remeber an anime about hamster's adventures in some back yard. I loved the action in them, when your a kid Dragon Ball Z is the greatest thing ever. I did have some moments where I wondered "What is happening?" in the more mature moments.

March 18th, 2013, 6:37 PM
I think it was Voltes 5, or Lupin the 3rd. Although the 1st anime I cherished much when I was little was of course Pokemon.

March 24th, 2013, 1:00 PM
(For those that don't know this is from yugioh)

March 30th, 2013, 4:57 AM
Dbz was the first one I saw. Afterwards it was mostly stuff on AS

April 8th, 2013, 4:43 PM
Pokemon. I started watching it when I was in first grade and have always loved it.

From there, I started watching Hamtaro, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Dragonball Z. But my favorite was Tenchi Muyo! which is still my favorite anime to do this day.

April 8th, 2013, 4:44 PM
Probably Pokemon or Dragonball Z.

Although Pokemon is more a cartoon and it's pretty garbage to be honest.

April 11th, 2013, 1:19 AM
If I remember right, it was Pokemon. I then got into more when Toonami was doing its thing back in the day (Dragonball Z, Gundam Wing, Tenchi Muyo, Yu Yu Hakusho). A friend of mine then showed me a few other anime movies and series (3x3 eyes, Spirited Away, Akura, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, Hellsing). The last anime I ever watched was Great Teacher Onizuka. I tried getting into Bleach in the beginning, but lost track of it after watching about 20 episodes of it.

April 11th, 2013, 3:04 AM
I wouldn't like to count all the ones I just happened to watch as a kid such as Pokemon or Yugioh so I'd like to think my first anime was Death Note.

April 11th, 2013, 3:50 AM
It was Beyblade. I remember I used to be such a fan and frisked my parents to buy me Beyblade toys and such; after which came Pokémon and DBZ.

April 17th, 2013, 7:31 AM
it was yugioh gx and to be honest it was my favorite out of the other yugioh series.

April 17th, 2013, 7:52 AM
First ones kinda consisted of Pokemon, Digimon , Monster Ranchers (mochi<3) and card captors :P first anime film was spirited away :D

The first anime that I watched online however was wolf's rain and my first film online was Origin: Spirits of the Past :)

April 17th, 2013, 8:15 AM
Sailor moon when I was in grade school! ^^; I still love the characters though I haven't gone back and watched it at all. xD

Dter ic
April 17th, 2013, 8:48 AM
I think it was Initial D. Bought the live action film first and then Third Stage on DVD. It was probably the coolest thing I've seen and have been hooked on the series and the iconic music featured on the series as a result.

April 19th, 2013, 2:42 PM
Wow, how to date myself....
Speed Racer aka Mach GO GO GO. Didn't know it was anime at the time.
Sailor Moon and Ronin Warriors were my first consciously-knowing they are non-American cartoon.

April 19th, 2013, 2:46 PM
My first anime is Dragonball, Ghost Fighter, and Slamdunk. I was like 2 or 3 back then, I didn't watched Pokemon until I was 6.

April 19th, 2013, 11:55 PM
Aside from Pokémon and something called Tanoshii Moomin Ikka, both of which I watched when I was very young, my first anime was Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.

May 5th, 2013, 3:44 AM
Excluding shows that I used to watch a kid on Cheez TV (Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, etc..) my first experience with Anime as a late teen was.. Bleach, certainly not the best Anime, but not that bad either.

From there, I think I pretty much jumped into Death Note and Code Geass, and haven't stopped watching since then. I'd estimate at least 50~ different series' being under my belt by now, including all the mainstream stuff (naturally).

May 5th, 2013, 5:06 AM
Well with the exception of pokemon and dbz (which i would have seen when i was 6-7ish i suppose back when cheese tv was around =3) the first show i saw that really got me into anime was Samurai Champloo, terrific series. Still remains among my favourate animes of all time.

May 5th, 2013, 5:39 AM
If I can remember correctly, it was Saint Seiya and I used to watch this a lot as a kid.