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Old January 24th, 2018 (10:57 PM).
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Pokemon was my first anime, I think? My first anime knowing it was an anime.... uh... either Lucky Star or strawberry panic... 2008 is very fuzzy for me. Now I want to watch everything and anything except hentai.
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Old January 25th, 2018 (12:03 AM).
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    Growing up, I would like watching Yu-Gi-Oh, Sonic X, Kirby Right Back at Ya and other things that aired on 4kids. I don't remember much of Pokémon, but I do know I watched some of it before it moved to Cartoon Network. We never had cable growing up so that I was all I could see. When I got older, I still didn't have access to cable and have never used Netflix, so watching Dragon Ball Z Kai and Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's and later Yu-Gi-Oh Zexal were my only options, because there wasn't anything better to watch. After that, I started checking out Dragon Ball Z manga from the library. Later, my elder sister starting watching a lot of anime and getting lots of manga. While I sometimes saw some episodes and (in secret) read a little bit of manga she had, I claimed that anime wasn't very good. Later, I stumbled upon some cosplays and fanarts of anime characters (particularly Kantai Collection, Touhou, and Pokémon. I have always played Pokémon games though). Then I started becoming interested in the series themselves. I officially watched my first non-childhood anime when I was 15 and that was Puella Magi Madoka Magica. After that, I watched more and more anime. And that's how I got into anime. To be fair, it seems like I had always been into anime just that the reasons and context changed.
    tl;dr I watched some anime growing up and discovered anime girls.
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    Old January 25th, 2018 (12:04 AM).
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    I always enjoyed anime, though a bit more casually than lately.
    Steins;Gate is the show that really opened my eyes to how great anime can be.
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    Old February 27th, 2018 (4:50 PM).
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      My first anime was DBZ, and I still love the Dragon Ball franchise. InuYasha is likely the first anime I got into while knowing it was anime. I promise that, while I'm not enough of an elitist to pretend I don't like a good Shonen (Hero Academia has quickly become one of my favorite anime/manga and it and One Piece are the only manga I try to keep up with) I have expanded my anime horizons in recent years.
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      Old March 11th, 2018 (8:37 AM).
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      The first "anime" I watched were Cinderella Monogatari and The Legend of Zorro. And Fushigi Yuugi too, iirc. These were back in the days when I definitely was too young to know what anime was (I called them cartoons with "sharp chins" haha) but I definitely was a fan of the aesthetics. Definitely knew there was something special about them even as a 4-5 year old kid. Something about these attracted me in a way Tom & Jerry never could.

      A few years down the line, Toonami started and I finally started getting into it a little bit more with Pokemon, DBZ, One Piece etc. STILL didn't quite know what anime was but I knew I liked them. Fast forward 3-4 more years (I was probably 12? Or 11. I'm not sure) and Animax started their broadcast in India - this is when I finally was exposed to a whole range of shows I never knew existed. And a whole new world. Some of the earliest shows I remember watching include exD and Inuyasha. Definitely loved those - ironic how I never managed to actually finish any of those despite them being some of the first shows I watched knowing they were "anime".

      Anyway, yeah, same ol same ol. Got into it with mainstream stuff and then eventually got into the broader category. The only thing that differed was the fact that I started watching SUPER old anime at an age when I couldn't comprehend english and watched them only because they had super attractive characters and nice romantic stuff going on (Fushigi Yuugi, Cinderella, Diego x Lolita was my first ever goddamn ship before I ever knew what ship was haha). Even as a kid, always was a hopeless romantic. Sigh.

      Should probably get around to at least finishing Inuyasha, yeesh. :b
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      Old April 17th, 2018 (2:17 AM). Edited April 17th, 2018 by LadyJirachu.
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        Probably Sailor Moon xD I first saw her at age 7, and got really into the whole style to the show, then, years later, at age 10, I started going on webpages about Sailor Moon. They linked me to sites about other cute anime, too. I was pretty fasanated by all of it.

        Years later I started admiting to myself I love Pokemon and Digimon too (i deneyed liking them as a kid and would rather not get into WHY....).

        I also got into shounen anime for awhile, but cute, girly stuff seems more my style. Though I wouldn't say i'm against the shounen stuff either (for awhile, i might of been, but i'm softer on things I don't like now thanks to my crush on korrina. She's a fighting type specialist and uses more 'macho' pokemon, so.....)
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        Old April 21st, 2018 (5:42 PM).
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        Same as any other guy my age; DBZ on Toonami back in the day.

        I think it was the old Ocean dub that I first saw, and even a filler episode that got me entranced.
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        Old April 22nd, 2018 (1:19 AM). Edited April 22nd, 2018 by pixelani.
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          Well, the lead-up to me really getting into anime was a slow, slow burn of Tenchi Muyo, Sailor Moon, DBZ, the odd Naruto episode, and some other assorted things - it's always been a part of my greater entertainment experience. And then, of course, I binged all of Ouran and that was a true experience, let me tell you.

          I would have to say that the thing that tipped the scales, though, was probably Code Geass. It had just the right amount of mechs, mysterious candy-colored-haired semi-goddess women, Pizza Hut product placement, and pseudo-psychology in it that it became one of my favorite series, and remains so to this day. But all it really did was inspire me to get off my butt and watch all of Evangelion, and that's the one that really hooked me, since it actually demonstrates the artistic efforts of its creator and in general is just pretty amazingly well-done. Plus, it doesn't hurt that there's vaguely implied symbolic gay romance for like one scene!

          So yeah, Eva, I guess. Now I spend my days literally agonizing over the fate of a pink haired oni girl in a blatant, um, spiritual successor to Eva - everything really does come full circle.

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          Old April 22nd, 2018 (8:01 AM).
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            shugo chara! and shakugan no shana were my first shows watched independently, but my genre preferences quickly took a turn to the "edgy" side in secondary school, and what ultimately drew me into anime was death note, closely followed by code geass.

            i started following anime season-by-season around when tokyo ghoul s1 was released. have enjoyed since then excellent shows such as durarara!! and samurai champloo and steins; gate :^) took me time to get to those, but i got there eventually.

            note about anime films: i enjoyed ghibli films immensely growing up, never aware that they fitted the term "anime films". for this reason, they aren't included.
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            Old May 16th, 2018 (9:11 AM). Edited May 16th, 2018 by Starry Windy.
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            When I was a very small kid, I was watching one of the cartoons that I have no idea what it is, even though I still remember a certain scene in particular. Years later when I watched some videos, for some reason I watched that scene again and finally realized it was from Nekketsu Saikyou Gosaurer.

            As I grew up, my childhood was filled with Doraemon, Chibi Maruko Chan, Ninja Hattori, Perman (known as P-man in where I live), Beyblade, Pokémon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Let's & Go and occasional Digimon among others, even though as a kid I used to thought of them as regular cartoons like Tom & Jerry. As years gone by I started to hear the term anime, and it turns out I have watched anime for long without me realizing it at first.
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            Old May 16th, 2018 (5:59 PM).
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              Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and then stuff like Digimon, Pokemon, and Toonami later on. My dad had an uncensored (so pretty gory) Ruroni Kenshin VHS too that I watched a lot lol.

              I used to be way more into anime but I just really don't sit down and watch things much anymore because I'm so busy with college and work. Last anime I finished was re-watching Madoka (the first series) and Kemono Friends.

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              Old May 17th, 2018 (1:10 AM).
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              My old YouTube friends were really into anime and kept bugging me until I gave it a shot. They made me watch High School of the Dead and some other show I can't remember the name of. I hated it at first honestly, but watching Full Metal Alchemist and Stein's Gate changed my mind. There's still some things I don't like about anime, but it's starting to slowly grow on me now.
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