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How did you get hooked?
Topic by: kenegda
Posted: December 16, 2003 - 7:59 AM PST
Last Reply: December 21, 2003 - 5:42 AM PST

author topic: How did you get hooked?
post #1  on December 16, 2003 - 7:59 AM PST  
Okay, all this talk about top ten must sees and guilty pleasures has taken me down memory lane and made me curious. Just what shows got you hooked on anime? How did you get started? Who introduced you? Let's give credit where credit is due (even if it means a few trips to the confessional to pray for forgiveness from the Megadeus)!
post #2  on December 16, 2003 - 9:08 AM PST  
As an adult, a friend gave me copies of My Neighbor Totoro and Heisei Tanuki Gassen Pon Poko, and another friend who I got hooked on the internet around the mid-90's who was still a grad student started to attend anime club meetings. These are both white middle-class American friends from college whose primary introduction to Japanese food and culture was moi (we're all in our 40's now...)

By the time my daughter Mao-chan was born, in 1995, my anime-clubbing friend was a fledgling otaku, and I had become aware of the interest in Japanese anime by US college students. Over the next 3 years or so I began to explore anime-related internet sites, and looking around local video stores for any anime tapes, preferably subbed. Back in the early days, a fair size Blockbusters would have about 20 titles, and about half would be subbed and the other half dubbed.

I was interested in exposing Mao-chan to stuff in the Japanese language, so I rented many subbed tapes, previewed them for content, and watched the ones I deemed acceptable with her... Ayane's High Kick, Gunbuster, Bubblegum Crisis, a bunch of Ghibli titles (Kiki, Totoro, Mononoke)... Meanwhile my otakufied friend would come to visit and he'd always bring some tapes he got on fansub, many of which were sophisticated-kid friendly (Escaflowne, Rayearth, Please Save My Earth).

So, I'd say it all began with Totoro and Bubblegum Crisis, and after Escaflowne I was hooked. So here I am now, serving the MegaDeus!
post #3  on December 16, 2003 - 10:01 AM PST  
I was first introduced to anime back in the early 1990's (when I was in highschool) by a friend who had the internet (yeah, it was a rarity back then!) and had ordered a copy of "Akira" from somewhere. Well, it was IN Japanese and not subtitled, but we watched it anyway and I thought it was really incredible. At that time, I was unaware that animation was made that: 1.) looked so cool, 2.) had mature plots and complex story lines. Several years later, I saw it again (and again, and again) subbed. During my early days in college, a friend of mine and I would rent anime from the local video store. There wasn't much of a selection unfortunately. We saw most of the classic movies, Vampire Hunter D, Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, etc. For some reason they had all the Project Ako series. "Legend of the Daemon Womb" is another title that rears its oh-so-ugly head!

It wasn't until two years ago when my husband showed me the Neon Genesis Evangelion series and E of E fansubs he'd downloaded from the internet that I developed my obsession with anime outright. We actually watched the whole 15+ hours non-stop. Yep, I'm a geek!
post #4  on December 16, 2003 - 11:29 AM PST  
battle of the planets / gatchaman and a little starblazers / yamato as a kid, then later after being not totally blown away by akira, it was probably the sailor moon dubbed show that got me thinking about it again - even super-kiddified, the visuals were interesting. then i was swept up in the princess mononoke hoopla in 1999... i'd already seen a lot of movies from a more critical viewpoint, that year, so, i took a lot away from seeing most of the ghibli catalog over a couple of weekends. all other anime i've seen has been since then.
post #5  on December 16, 2003 - 12:07 PM PST  
I got started at Science Fiction Conventions in the 80's and 90's. Someone was usually showing anime at 3 in the morning and if the parties were going slow I would wander around the theater area. They had such good storylines, and humor, that I would stick around for more. I think Dirty Pair was the one that really caught my eye. And I still check out the anime room at the cons, some are running 24 hours now. But I can't be otaku because given a choice of Party or anime, the party wins out.

post #6  on December 16, 2003 - 12:42 PM PST  
> On December 16, 2003 - 11:29 AM PST dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> it was probably the sailor moon dubbed show that got me thinking about it
> ---------------------------------

Thinking about what, you dirty old man! I have a little daughter, so my alibi is covered, but what's your excuse? Because it was foreign and that was around the time you started watching foreign films? (I actually thought DIC did a nice job with the dubs, especially the replacement music... I have a soft spot for "Power of Love" from the R Movie dub, although "Moon Revenge" is one of my top 10 greatest anime songs...)


AFleming: Anime Geeks in Love Awwww... that's so sweet!

Hey, kenegda-san, you forgot to tell us your story!!!
post #7  on December 16, 2003 - 2:23 PM PST  
i had plenty of skirt action already thanks... i was thinking about the way the trees were purple, the sky was green, and the buildings all had soft, watercolor and pencil edges. her world was so soft! without being fluffy. it wasn't until i saw the first movie that i realized how other people were taking that whole "i will punish you" thing. (which really is a good joke)
post #8  on December 16, 2003 - 3:26 PM PST  
I got in to anime in my freshmen year of high school. I was in class and a guy I knew was talking about Final Fantasy 7 or 8 (cant rember if it was 7 or was on the play station) and talking about Tenchi Muyo in Love and Ghost in the Shell. I went out that Friday night and rented both movies and have been hooked since then.
post #9  on December 16, 2003 - 6:20 PM PST  
I watched a few episodes of Gundam Wing on CN and have been an addict ever since. That was maybe three or four years ago methinks...
post #10  on December 16, 2003 - 9:17 PM PST  
Well, I remember watching Robotech back when I was a little girl. After I was out of college, I started watching Sailor Moon on Cartoon Network. I enjoyed it, even if it was rather silly. Then I started reading about Sailor Moon online, and got even more interested in it. Gundam Wing got me hooked too. I started watching all anime that was on Cartoon Network. And now I watch all the anime I can.
post #11  on December 17, 2003 - 7:25 AM PST  
It started at an independent theater in Austin back in the late 80's. It started with "Akira" - in Japanese with subtitles. Whoa. I when back about four times. Besides the obvious reasons, I remember the incredible use of silence in that film.

Then I was introduced to Miyazaki for the first time, with "Laputa:Castle in the Sky". Look for it without that L-word that Disney dropped so not to often our nieghbors to the south of us. I was always careful to put the emphesis on the first syllable, not the second the way ZZ Top says it. As it turns out, Miyazaki got from Jonathan Swift (Gulliver was there) who actually DID pick that vulgar noun for his political satire! HA! But man, the artwork was so wonderful.

This was following by others like "Barefoot Gen" and "Twlight of the Cockroaches" (which is STILL not avialable, darn it!). The first one that I did not care for as "Ghost in the Shell" - just too dark for my taste (at that time).

I rented an early "Vampire Hunter D' and it turned out to be even darker and reeks of the Hanna-Barbara doublescan syndrone (12 frames per seconds instead of 24) and didn't rent anymore anime on VHS.

But then, my schedule changed as did my age and I need to get up very early and indulge in my new drug of choice - coffee, the Middle-Age friend. I discovered this silly little "cartoon" that came on at 6 a.m. with pretty sailor-suit warriors and a talking cat. After a while, the story settled into a pattern (the "youma-of-the-week") but then reached an amazing climax with a monster battle with life and death in the balance and a 14 year old ditzy girl ready to give her life to save her friends and our world. I was amazed to find that I was getting into it, and was actually moved. Whoa.

I have been supremely addicted every since. Just in time for the DVD revolution and the Internet rental service to solve the number one problem that keep me from ever renting VHS regularly - returning them on time! The fact that DVD's are so cheap to mail coupled with the unlimited time, limited by number at time model, was really changed by viewing habits!

And now I discover more anime that I probably will EVER seen in my lifetime.

Blessed Be.

And as Naoko-hime always says, the password is...

post #12  on December 17, 2003 - 3:22 PM PST  
> Hey, kenegda-san, you forgot to tell us your story!!!

I didn't forget :), I was just thought I'd let other people start.

I got hooked on anime in college. I had a friend who was obsessed with Gundam Wing to the point where we had to stop whatever we were doing and sit down and watch it. The show confused me so badly that I started watching it on my own in the hopes I could figure it out. (Wasn't he on this/that side?) Her roommates also watched Tenchi, Sailor Moon and whatever else was on tv at that time (I forget). It was Tenchi, actually, that hooked my interest and Princess Mononoke that cemented it (it was the first anime I ever saw in a video rental store and DBZ doesn't count).

I guess you could say that the rest is history. I attended my first convention this summer and have been dubbed the 'supplier' by my friends now who like to borrow from my collection and ask for title suggestions.

post #13  on December 17, 2003 - 6:21 PM PST  
I can actually thank an on-line comic called Megatokyo for my addiction. I was bored at work at stared reading the comic because I really liked the artwork. The author kept mentioning anime that he liked and including links. It was at that point that I realized I might really like anime and thankfully Greencine was there to help.
post #14  on December 17, 2003 - 8:43 PM PST  
The series that got me hooked was Serial Experiments Lain. A local video rental store had the first volume on the shelf and I was intrigued by the cover artwork.

I vaguely remember seeing shows like Gigantor and Speed Racer when I was young, but they didn't make much of an impression on me.
post #15  on December 18, 2003 - 7:18 PM PST  
Oh credit is due to my older brother!!! Robert, thank you for being sooo into Robotech that you took over the living room (or any room with a television) and went as far as to record every SINGLE episode on VHS, then thats ALL we watched when we had no cable, for weeks and weeks and weeks....
I blamed my brother, but now I thank him. My obsession remained dorment until I watched Vampire Hunter D Blood I spend way too much on anime. I think I may have to sell my sister to keep up with my addiction. :P
post #16  on December 19, 2003 - 2:04 PM PST  
Saturday Morning Anime on the SCIFI channel way back when. They showed Akira, Venus Wars, and Wicked City among others. All of them where severly edited.
post #17  on December 19, 2003 - 7:16 PM PST  
Miyazaki was responsible for my interest in anime, though I didn't know it then. As a kid, I caught a broadcast of "Animal Treasure Island" on Saturday afternoon TV, and fell in love with it. But I didn't know what it was called, and have never seen it since -- I only figured it out by deduction once the Internet came along.

Years later I ran into guy named Michael Wright at the old Austin Books and Fantasy (or whatever it was called, jeesh...) in Austin, Texas about 1986. Mike was the current president of the Cartoon/Fantasy Organization or C/FO for short, and the local Austin chapter met about once a month at the Decker Lake Inn, about ten miles out of town. So I decided to check it out, and found eight fanboys with VCR and a broken-down old color television and some untranslated, fiftieth-generation VHS copies of various shows; the "original" Dirty Pair, Gundam, Harlock, Nausicaa, and so on.

It's hard to explain just how frantic we all were to figure out what was going on in the shows, in those days. We would watch whole movies without a clue what any character was saying. A show like Orguss or Dancouger just makes no sense at all when you can't figure the dialog. When Toren Smith and Miyako Graham provided synopses for a couple dozen shows and movies at the 1986 Baycon, their booklet became so popular that the C/FO arranged for a reprint to go out to all its members, and for a couple of years that was the "bible of Japanimation" in America.

In those days, certain people gained an enormous reputation for being "anime fan gods" who had secret sources of new tapes from Japan and wielded a lot of influence by their ability to make copies for their favored friends. Later, the C/FO disintegrated amid squabbles and intrigue of the sort that are all too common in tiny volunteer organizations. Somebody was whispering this and that about someone else; certain people weren't talking to each other. A couple out in California started a for-profit "library" of pirated tapes which they called the "Anime Archive" and squeezed a little money out of desperate fans for a few years by making tape copies, until that shut down also.

Funny thing was, when I think back to those days, it seems that the people who went on to actually start the companies that brought professionally dubbed anime to America and got us to where we are now, they were never the "anime fan gods" with their hoards of tapes and their little cliques. Those people have mostly faded away.
post #18  on December 20, 2003 - 10:26 AM PST  
Well as for moi, it was Bubblegum Crisis and Kimagure Orange Road that really got me back into the "anime" world in the early '90s. There was a REAL otaku who was kind enough to befriend and feed us during my first year of college. He had a HUGE collection of fansubbed VHS (and some fandubbed - *Shiver*) for us to borrow. Though he graduated just as our addictions were starting to set, the damage had been done. I won't ever be able to call myself a true otaku in reverence to that guy...
post #19  on December 21, 2003 - 5:42 AM PST  
The day will come when one has the true otaku nature and not a single bit of video tape!

But she will have about six formats of digital media.

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