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What Was Your First Anime? - - THE VICE PIT

Sam & Tom trust you enough to open up about their secret origins. We talk about those old things called "magazines," growing up in foreign countries and that blue cat... DORAEMON!!! ALSO: Sam's acting reel included for all prospective producers & talent agents.

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    metalsnakezeroon Sept. 28, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.

    My first anime wasn't Dragonball Z or Saliormoon. It was actually Rurouni Kenshin in subpar subs. Me, my brother, and sister were watching it on VHS.

    NoOne_13on Sept. 28, 2012 at 4:40 p.m.

    Like most people my age my first anime was Sailor Moon and Pokemon but the first anime I ever watched knowing full well that it was anime was Inuyasha

    takashichea moderator on Sept. 28, 2012 at 4:54 p.m.

    I can't remember since back then, we only had mainstream TV.

    I think it was Pokemon during 5th grade (11 years ago) when I first watched it on channel 13, UPN. Then, Pokemon started airing on channel 5, Kids WB, on Saturdays.

    Once we had cable, Toonami was my gateway to anime even though I didn't know what hell was an anime.

    shelson Sept. 28, 2012 at 5:42 p.m.

    I think we had a similar Thread with this question in the forum not so long ago, anyway my first anime was Future Boy Conan, when it was broadcasted on TV during the early 90's.

    Fat_Magnumon Sept. 28, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.

    I guess if I recollect back far enough I would say Pokemon, though my first impulse would be to say Dragonball Z

    DBZ_universeon Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.

    Dragon Ball... when I was in 1st grade.... then Dragon Ball Z, and Pokemon...

    Dream moderator on Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:25 p.m.
    Iria Zeiram: The Animation, way back in 1994 when anime movies and OVAs would air on occasion on the Sci-Fi Channel.
    MarioRedfieldon Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:40 p.m.

    Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, and Digimon were all my firsts

    takashichea moderator on Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:43 p.m.


    Oh, I remember Iria Zeiram. I first watched it after salvaging a run down video store that was abandoned by foreclosure. Yeah, I'm that poor, but there was VHS tapes I haven't seen and more to sell for Swap Meet.

    Anyways, that anime was scary back in middle school. It was bloody, scary because of Zeiram who just slaughters everyone. I think I saw my first anime nudity scene with Iria in the shower scene or was that Tenchi Muyo Forever where he had sex with Haruna.

    Dream moderator on Sept. 28, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.
    @takashichea: Yeah, there was a brief shower scene in Iria Zeiram that showed some brief nudity with Iria.
    Guyveron Sept. 28, 2012 at 8:44 p.m.
    Guyver, Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Speed Racer, Ranma 1/2....those are some of the first, as far as I can remember.
    AgentJon Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:02 p.m.

    Gundam Wing. I grew up loving Beast Wars, so once I saw that Wing Gundam could transform into a jet, I had to know more. And now I'm a weeaboo. I guess commercials do work.

    animehunteron Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:05 p.m.

    My very first anime "about 30 years ago" as I recall was UFO Robo Grendizer, translated into Arabic as I use to live in Lebanon at that the time.

    Of course now I watch it and all other anime in its original form, Japanese with English subs. If I understood Japanese, I would watch it without subs.

    Edit - Thanks to Sonata, I remembered Maya the Bee was also one I watched all those years ago, also in Arabic, although I didn't know it at the time.

    Sonata moderator on Sept. 28, 2012 at 9:22 p.m.
    Maya the Bee was mine back in the day.
    zaldaron Sept. 28, 2012 at 10:11 p.m.

    This may explain some things about me don't know but my first one I saw was half of vampire hunter D at 3:00 am when I didn't know what it was (lord was it confusing but awesome at the same time). After that I saw Akira and was like man this is awesome but I wish it made more sense...then I saw the ghost in the shell movie (first one) and fell in love. My first flirtation with the sci-fi idea that a computer could gain intelligence and sentience. After that I was introduced to eva and I was set.

    GokaiRedon Sept. 29, 2012 at 4:41 a.m.

    My first anime...? either Devilman or Street Fighter II The Movie. i was about younger or as young as 7 when I watched them.Ecentually everything else fell into place

    sickVisionz moderator on Sept. 29, 2012 at 4:43 a.m.
    The first anime I ever saw period was Saber Rider in kindergarten. The one that I saw and could recognize as anime was probably Pokemon. The one that really turned me on to anime was Vampire Hunter D Bloodlust.
    Darokion Sept. 29, 2012 at 6:58 a.m.

    First anime was Danguard Ace followed by the rest of the stuff in the Force Five block including Star Blazers (which I saw on SyFy a bit ago and... yeah, doesn't hold up well.) As much as I wanted to watch the New Getter Robo I couldn't bring myself to potentially crush childhood memories.

    FrozenPeakon Sept. 29, 2012 at 8:29 a.m.

    inuyahsa was my first anime but never finished it, it just went on and on

    jj_jacksonon Sept. 29, 2012 at 9:40 a.m.

    Pokemon, dragonaball z, cowboy bebop. oh and for me cowboy bebop was my first experience with different thinking. I was all americanized and the end of bebop i was young and i thought wait can stories end like this?! i thought they were always happy endings. made me love the randomness or unpredictable content that anime offered. When any tv material is enough to get you emotional or thinking alot at the end of it i automatically think it was worthy of watching. Oh i also watched evangelion when i was probably just getting into my teens.

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