Casual Friday: How I got into Anime

In the time I’ve been an anime fan I often look back to the old days of anime in the west.  I want to say that my love affair with anime started  with shows like Yu-Yu Hakusho or Mobile Suit Gundam, but I would be  lying.  Honestly, I had no idea what anime was at first.  In my six year-old mind my first anime, Ronin Warriors, was nothing more than a very detailed cartoon. .  Believe it or not, it took me seven years to truly become part of the anime fandom.

My gateway into the fandom came in the form of a very dear friend who started my journey by educating me in the different types of anime as well as its history.  Of course, back then I was what you would call a culture nerd.  So after about a month of learning where anime came from and what exactly separated it from western works I discovered that som of my favorite cartoons as a kid were actually part of anime boom of the 90s.

I instantly dove headlong into the fandom rewatching  classics like Gudam Wing and Cardcapturors and watching new things like Samurai Champloo I was fortunate enough to have borne witness to a renaissance of sorts with a flood of new   and interesting anime coming stateside,  These new title brought out my fervor spawning fanfictictions and  leading to a brief stint as an AMV maker on the forthcoming frontier of Youtube. I look back on these time fondly and you can even take a look down below to see a few videos I made.

It may be a little cliche, but even in my dark times anime was there.  Sparing many details, it suffices to say that my physical disability has often kept me ill, in rehab or socially indisposed. but I’ve made many a friend community both at home and worldwide.  Even from my sickbed or in rehab anime like Witch Hunter Robin and Air Gear inspired me to keep moving forward.  In fact, it drove me to create many things from films to a soon to be published novel.  In Short anime saved my life a few times and gave me a path to fallow.

So there’s the long and short of it all.  That is my time among you wonderful people.  So, How did you get into anime? Leave a comment below and subscribe if you like my material.  I look forward to hearing from you

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2 thoughts on “Casual Friday: How I got into Anime

  1. I’ve been watching anime ever since I can remember. It’s simply a regular part of my life. I used to watch it with family, friends, neighbours, playmates, classmates….now, I more or less watch by myself, with the majority of my discussions done on my own blog or online. I still have some family members and friends in real life who I can discuss anime with. Anyway, great topic. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!

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