Anime Talk: Your Story!

This weeks Anime Talk is all about you! That's right YOU! I want to know how you got into watching anime? What was your very first anime movie or series you watched? and do you have a personal all time number favorite anime? Leave a comment below giving us the scoop and why you like anime or why you hate it!

My story is rather simple. I had a friend named Goose ( his actual name was Rob be we all called him Goose ) who was an avid fan of anime. Whenever I went over to his house he would try to get me to watch Anime. Truth to tell I actually hated the stuff at first for as I have mentioned before that first thing he ever showed me was Akira which BORED ME TO TEARS!! Well Goose was a very persistent man and after a long struggle to get me to change my opinion on the subject he finally hit upon a series that peaked my interest. Red Photon Zillion! ( Expect a mini review on the series in the near future )

After that first chink in my stubbornness armor was created I found myself slowly but surely watching more and more Anime and I became a true fan of the stuff. So that is how I was introduced to Anime, by a friend who turned out to be even more stubborn then I was, and while Zillion is not my favorite anime ( my current favorite is Kaze no Stigma ) it still holds a spot in my heart as the gateway drug that got me hooked on this particular form of entertainment!

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9 Responses to Anime Talk: Your Story!

  1. punkjay says:

    My first Anime was Speed Racer. I loved Speed Racer. I was
    5 or 6 and I remember watching the episode about the car acrobatic team. Then the mammoth car. I Akira was my first movie. I remember watching the kid explode with energy and thought how we all kind of go through that stuff as teenagers. I was hooked at that moment on.

  2. Arioch says:

    Here, we were lucky enough to have a national TV that actually bought anime for its children programs.

    That’s how I was first exposed to Space Captain Harlock, Captain Future, grendizer, Candy and such.
    And when that stopped? Well, we had a private channel run anime by the buckload, with Dragon Ball and DBZ, Ranma 1/2, Hokuto No Ken, City Hunter, Saint Seiya…

    I mean, here, everyone around my age, boys and girls included, has been exposed to anime and has at least some basic knowledge of the same shows.

  3. Renxin says:

    Speed Racer was my very first anime as well, and I loved it too. At the time I was unaware of any distinction between western cartoons and anime (all cartoons looked like, well, cartoons to me). Later on I got the whole anime/western thing figured out, and at about this time I began watching Toonami (back when Cartoon Network had more than two good shows, but that’s a rant for another time).

  4. Quark says:

    I’ve watched anime ever since I was a toddler, so I can’t really recall which was my first one. I reckon it was either Dash Kappei, Speed Racer or Dokonjō Gaeru. Now that I think about it, many channels aired anime back then…

  5. Prof. Abercrombie Q. Anthrax says:

    Way, way back when, it started with Speed Racer and Prince Planet.

  6. Vampyrist says:

    My first was on either Cartoon Network or 4kids with Pokemon (Which I still have on VHS), or DBZ, or Naruto. Despite these being the first anime I watched, my true first anime, the first anime I sought out was Monster. I had been wanting to watch a real anime series, not the butchered 4kids version, and I had heard Monster was good. And it was.

    My first movie was either a Miyazaki or Pokemon the movie. I remember getting the Mewtwo card after seeing the latter in theatres.

    My favorite anime series is Baccano!. It is the perfect blend of fun, seriousness, and comedy that just makes it a joy to watch. It is on Netflix Instant. Watch it, you will not regret it.

  7. Myro says:

    First anime series I watched was Battle of the Planets (the westernized version of Gatchaman), back when I was still a fairly young kid, and I remember being very attracted to the art style. After it went off the air, anime was kind of hard to find at the time, mostly occasional episodes of Robotech (westernized Macross series) and some Speed Racer and Astro Boy. It really wasn’t until the ’90s that finding anime both on TV and video tapes became more prevalent around here.

  8. Calvary_Red says:

    My story is the same as Renxin’s. Started with Speed Racer way before i knew what anime was, then watched Toonami as i got older. Voltron, Cyborg 009, Zoids, lots of Dragon Ball Z – good memories. For a while anime was pretty easy to find. Now you’ve got to be nocturnal to see it on TV. On the other hand it’s pretty easy to find online, so just about anyone can find an anime they’ll enjoy.

    Later, Toonami faithful.

  9. Xephyr says:

    When I was a bit younger, my brother was watching Naruto all the time on his laptop. I never watched it, but he gushed over it. Once, I was checking to see what shows were on late at night in case I wanted to watch them, and I saw that there was a show called Naruto. I remembered my brother talking about how awesome it was, so I told him, and he immediately freaked out while also deciding to record it. The next day, he forced me to watch it with him, and since then I’ve been completely hooked.