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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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    Tom Pinchuk’s a writer and personality with a large number of comics, videos and features like this to his credit. Visit his website - - tompinchuk.com - - and follow his Twitter: @tompinchuk

    Sam Weller is a writer and actor who's scribed for shows like FIRST EDITION, GEEK THERAPY, and most recently BATGIRL: SPOILED. He also really likes anime. To know what is going to happen next, follow @cravesam

    sora_thekey moderator on Sept. 29, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

    I remember Doraemon!!

    I actually didn't know that origin story of your relationship... I DO TRUST YOU SAM! (Sometimes.) In my case my introduction to anime was Candy Candy and Digimon: Adventure (a bit later came Moster Rancher and Pokemon).

    JiCion Sept. 29, 2012 at 12:40 p.m.

    First anime ? My god... let's see: The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Captain Harlock and Nobody's Boy Remi were my first series, and I didn't know it was anime back then. Also, those three were popular in Canada, especially in French.

    Bigheart711on Sept. 29, 2012 at 6:43 p.m.

    The first anime I remember seeing was actually DragonBall Z back when it was airing on a local channel every Saturday alongside the Pokemon series days after I was given my first pack of Pokemon cards.

    Supermutant2099on Sept. 30, 2012 at 12:25 p.m.

    My first anime? Either Robotech, Transformers G1, Speed Racer, Astro Boy, or Voltron. That was when I was kid. First one I knew was anime? Probably one of the shows on Sci-Fi anime weekend.

    Newtype0079on Sept. 30, 2012 at 2:36 p.m.

    For me my first experience with anime was sailor moon. But I didn't really start to get into it until I started watching the Sci Fi Channel and saw their special Anime Week, hosted by Apollo Smile. Ah, those were the days, I loved watching that program and since then its changed my life forever! I continued to watch there Saturday anime line-up with such shows as Vampire Hunter D, Armitage, and Demon City Shinjuku, just to name a few.

    Chris207on Sept. 30, 2012 at 6:03 p.m.
    I grew up watching "Battle of the Planets" before I even knew what Anime was... 
     
    My first forray into Anime knowingly?...Ouran High School Host Club.
    isawachuckon Sept. 30, 2012 at 8:14 p.m.

    The first anime that I ever watched, and this was before I actually knew it was anime, was Star Blazers (Yamato) and Battle of the Planets (Gatchaman) in the early '80s on Fox 29 and Channel 48 respectively. The first anime films that I ever saw were Akira and Fist of the North Star, which I rented when I worked at Blockbuster in 1993. Ever since then, I have been a collector of all things anime and manga. Hell, I even learned (and still am learning) Japanese because of anime and manga.

    samweller999 staff on Sept. 30, 2012 at 11:53 p.m.

    @Daroki: Straight up, Shin Getter Robo is pretty dope. It's fairly adrenaline fueled, and the plot is a bit convoluted, but the animation and the action is extremely faithful to the original and has a huge "widescreen anime" feel to it. Give at least the first episode a shot, if it doesn't ride, let it slide

    @animehunter: I'm so happy to hear all these old mecha shows being integral. I guess for a guy my age my first mech experience was through Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (though that is more sentai than anything)

    @jj_jackson: Your Cowboy Bebop experience feels similar to how a lot of kids get introduced to different types of storytelling. It usually comes out of nowhere, you always remember your first time, and it's kind of surreal. Not everyone learns about MacGuffins, false endings, and the like through film school :)

    Marshal Victoryon Oct. 1, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.

    Robotech some time around 1984ish.

    Elfenlied1012on Oct. 1, 2012 at 4:47 p.m.

    Anime was always around my life since I was little even if I didn't recognize the different from other cartoons. Eventually it was Toonami and Saturday mornings with digimon and dragonball z eventually it got explained on. I first started searching out Manga in middle school where the tokyo pop boom hit in my home town. I only really got into anime however in my freshman year of college when I first moved been eating it up since then.

    Kuro_Sanon Oct. 1, 2012 at 6:15 p.m.

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