Disclaimer: Okay, so apart from my reviews, I plan on creating little segments where we can just sit down around an invisible table around buttonsmashersblog.com and just talk about stuff pertaining to anime and otaku culture in general. These little segments can be about anything, and it will be a lovely little cotton field where we can each share our opinion. As such, everyone has different opinions on a particular subject, so please be mindfull of that fact. Without further ado, I would like to welcome one and all to DivideByZer0’s little anime segment: the T.A.R.DIS, or “Thematic Anime-Related DIScussions” (yes, I am a Whovian).
So, shall we begin?
A lot of anime fans eventually run into the topic of what was the first anime you have watched, or how did you discover anime, or something else pertaining to your initial thoughts. There’s just something about our history with anime that really lets us reconfigure how we came to love this Japanese medium of art, and we, as otakus, eventually relate to each other pertaining to how we have come to love anime. Thanks to the different forms of media that we have, more and more people are getting into anime, may it be from Toonami on TV, or from Crunchyroll (or some other anime-streaming site) on the Internet, etcetera. Some people have a more colorful history with anime, some don’t, and some have rather unique experiences with it.
As for me, I had a pretty…average history.
When I was a kid, I watched whatever “cartoon”(because I did not recognize them as anime at that time) was on TV. I watched the usual Pokemon, Dragonball Z, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, and so on and so forth. I remember seeing bits and pieces of old sports anime like Slamdunk and Prince of Tennis. However, I really didn’t get into any of them in particular. The first anime I recognized as an anime was Naruto, and I loved it as a kid. I would run around the school park, weaving hand signs and running ninja-style like there was no tomorrow. Towards the end of my days in the Philippines (my home country), my cousins introduced an anime that they couldn’t stop talking about: a shonen called Katekyo Hitman Reborn, and, after viewing a few episodes, I started to love it for being action-packed, funny, and, well, badass.
Oooooh, what’s this “anime”-thing people have been talking about? Looks pretty cool…*this was my initial reaction, btw*
After I migrated to Canada, I still liked KHR and was even able to convince a new friend to watch it. Eventually, I don’t know how or why, I thought to myself: “Hmmmmm…what if I tried a new anime? I guess it won’t hurt”. And I did. Boy, was I a genius. Fairy Tail captivated from the first episode. I marathoned that thing until early mornings. After a while, I started to wonder what other awesome anime may I watch. Then, I discovered this anime called “Sword Art Online”, and, again, its first episode captivated me. Upon my classmates’ behest (and hype), I tried more and more anime, from Angel Beats to Toradora. From then on, watching anime ,and anime in general, became a good hobby of mine.
Whatever your first anime was, what matters is the journey that you have, and are still, taking.
So that was my story. I would like to know yours, if you don’t mind sharing it. What was your first exposure to anime? Leave a comment down below pertaining to your thoughts on this review, the topic discussed, or if you would like me to discuss about anything. And, speaking of “liking”, give the T.A.R.DIS a like if you enjoyed it.