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My Gateway Anime: RONIN WARRIORS

The one that started it all. What's your Gateway Anime?

It was a lazy summer vacation. I was 10 or maybe 11, and had spent the last several hours watching television not because anything good was on, but because gosh darn it it was summer and I could do what I wanted!

Suddenly, out of nowhere, something new came on. Something the likes of which I had never seen before, which seemed to resonate deep within my soul; satisfying a need I never even new I had. That show was RONIN WARRIORS.

It was like nothing I’d ever seen before! The art style, the armors, the Japanese folklore and iconographic motif… Everything was so new and different!

It was absolutely the coolest thing I had ever seen. I was forever changed.

The Titlecard OF DESTINY
The Titlecard OF DESTINY

I watched every episode of the show that week, but the encroaching doom of summer day camp was looming. As much as I wanted to go to camp, I knew it would prevent me from watching RONIN WARRIORS! What was I to do?

You learn how to program your VCR, that’s what! And so I did, and was able to finish out the series.

Do I remember anything about the show? …Not really. The theme song is the only aspect that really sticks out in my mind, aside from some really cool sequences of the various armors fighting. But RONIN WARRIORS was my gateway anime nonetheless. It opened up a whole new world to me that I didn’t even know existed, and after that I sought out anything remotely like it.

Next came DRAGONBALL, and SAILOR MOON, and then DRAGONBALL Z for a time. They were all enrapturing, but nothing was as shockingly awesome as RONIN WARRIORS.

So what was YOUR gateway anime? We’d like to hear about what got you started, old school or no. Leave a comment in the talkbalk below!

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jj_jacksonon Nov. 6, 2014 at 6:36 a.m.

Mines was pokemon/dragonball z but i remember ronan warriors my brother was big into this show. so was i i even had the action figures. I actually watched alot of adult anime when i was younger as in evangelion, cowboy bebop and samurai x, i couldnt understand why everything didn't have an happy ending like american tv lol

lentfilmson Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:11 a.m.

I guess my gateway anime, like many others, was Dragon Ball Z although I had seen some anime before then. However I feel that the anime that made me a fan of the medium was actually G Gundam, it wasn't until I watched that show that I really started to seek out other stuff to watch.

Kino88on Nov. 6, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.
well if were talking TV shows here than it would have to be Pokemon, however my first encounter with Japanese animation Actually began with the movie "My Neighbor Totoro", And I remember that one very fondly, I was only a kid Maybe seven years old, and my grandmother owned A copy on VHS, so while the other kids wanted to watch Crap like Beethoven( the dog, not famed composer) I was spellbound by Totoro, and watched it over and over, There was something about the characters, they felt alive, they Behaved like genuine human beings, but it was a subtle kind of Realism, even the Totoro creatures had an authentic quality to Them, despite being fantasy creatures that did not exist, It had an emotional honesty and depth, after that most American Kiddy junk didn't cut anymore, and even a lot of Disney seemed Curiously lacking to me, there was no turning back.
Wraithon Nov. 6, 2014 at 4:33 p.m.
Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and Ronin Warriros for me. Actually all these shows were shown on the CW when it was called UPN I believe
Destinyheroknighton Nov. 6, 2014 at 5:01 p.m.

Man, I remember Ronin Warriors. That take me back

Anyway, the one that really got me into Anime was the Slayers. I watch show like Ranma 1/2, Pokemon and Dragon Ball, but Slayers was the one that got me really into Anime. I remember it was on an channel call International Channel that show sub Anime sometime. That was the time I become an Anime fan that seek out shows

zaldaron Nov. 6, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.

Heh. Ghost in the Shell, Eva, Vampire Hunter D. My gateway and still the best!

videodragonon Nov. 8, 2014 at 7:13 p.m.

defintly robotech was my gateway as well as ronin warriors and tekkaman blade aka TEKNOMAN in usa

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