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Introduction to anime

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I have seen Speed Racer and recommend it!

I also recommend Gintama, Witchblade and Afro Samurai.

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First japanime I saw in TV was Vickie the Viking in september 1977  (Chiisana Viking Vikke). I was unaware that it was japanese production.

Vikke or Vickie, or Viki is a character born by swedish author of books Runer Jonsson.

I believe it was a German or even far north TV cartoon production (Danish, or Swedish, or maybe even Finnish)

Then it was followed by Heidi (Alps no Shojo Heidi) in Jan 1978. The great Hayao Miyazaki was the character design director, and then I knew Heidi was japanese due to the main titles in the openings and endings.

Heidi was created by swiss book writer Johanna Spyri.

And third one in Italy was a great surprise for me... Goldrake (Grendizer) serialized in april 1978.

The name of the tv serial was "Atlas Ufo Robot", and when I spotted the name on the TV magazine, I became curious, because I was really  addicted by UFOs in '70s as any kid, and more addicted into the phenomenon of UFO due to english TV serial "Invasion: UFO Spacecommand S.H.A.D.O." a live TV serial by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the two people who created puppets of Thunderbirds and Stingray, and then they were dealing with real human actors and magnificent PVC and metal models stop-motion special effects.


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Both Goldrake and UFO were a real revolution.

I never regret my curiosity that made me follow first episode of Goldrake.

Until the arrive of Goldrake on italian TVs were running only american (Hanna & Barbera cartoons were the best) and east-european cartoons. There were also some french one, and little italian cartoons like Calimero the little black cockrobin. Other countries were poorly represented.

Goldrake was a real event here. All kids all joung people stopped their activities, run home to see Goldrake in that half an hour.

A true revolution! Giant robots, Mecha, Real characters, stunning evil aliens well depicted, and more... the hero killed for real his enemies.

We kids were AMAZED!

Then it came a rampage of anime in Italy.

Due to the phenomenon of free-private local TVs (over a thousand private TVs transmitting in locations not great than city limits or "county" limits), and the raising of private networks we italian kids consumed from 1977 to 1989 all japanese anime productions starting from 1959 upto 1989.
(Then we got in pair with japan productions because there were nothing left of ancient cartoons).

I remember that even 2 or three cartoons still in "Black and White" were recycled from japanese to be sold on italian market.

It was a real bonanza for us kids, because TV copyrights were sold "once and for all" in those times, so any broadcast nation-wide private TV could run a cartoon for literally dozens of times, and then they sold it to little local TV broadcast who runned it again and again, and again for years and years.

But true it was also a MASSIVE ATTACK BOMBING of japanese culture.

Since then I was really addicted by japan anime.  ;010

The top clue of all my career of Otaku was with Gundam 0079, when I saw this historical scene:

Damn! I finish all bullets!

No more infinite weapons, rockets and bullets in anime!  o_o

In that precise moment I realized that the anime world was at a turning point. Not anymore just only fantasy, but also realism!

Gundam was not only a cartoon. It was a possible true war story represented in anime!

;019  ;019  ;019

Since then I saw almost anything coming from japan in both form of anime and manga.
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Wow, you really do remember your roots XD

Actually, a similar phenomenon also involving Gundam was my intro to anime: Since I can remember I've watched anime alongside American toons. For every GI Joe and Transformers there was Grendizer and Mazinger, and a smattering of Miyazaki (not to mention most of the World Masterpiece Theater). As American animation fell to the wayside, I was getting my anime fix through such generous channels as AXN and various local dubs.

The first turning point though was my introduction via model kits to Gundam Wing in 1999. Now here was an anime that despite having Super Robot like mechs, had them in a realistic war setting, no longer Earth vs Aliens, but man against man, not to mention the various political twists kept us (and the rest of the country) on their seats. I've been hooked to Gundam ever since XD And leading from there, in my quest for more Gundam did I run into the incredibly large world of otakudom XD

-War is hell, and I mean to make it so. - William Tecumseh Sherman


My first anime is Saint Seiya I watched it when I was 5 on free TV
That excited me, and in 2002 it came back and gave me some great memories once again


Thankfully, my first anime was Dragonball Z. And to me and I quote tononami, "Until the sun rises on a world without anime, [to me] dragonball Z will remain the first, and still the best"


Pokemon, digimon, dragonball z and such.


Ara, i haven't seen this thread before i think...^-^;

Anyways, aside from the Pokemon frenzy of my early childhood, and my comparison of the DB manga with the DBZ anime (the manga clearly much better than the dubs I found on Kazaa), I got my real start by downloading fansubs of One Piece episodes at the age of 13 when i got impatient for waiting for the books to translate. From there on, it's been escalating rather rapidly.


I guess the first "anime" I saw was Pokemon...I became a big collector of the cards and a fan of the show, although I never was too big on the game itself. But it was my older brother who taught me about real anime.  When he lived with us, we'd watch Adult Swim...Cowboy Bebop, InuYasha, Trigun...my dad liked watching, too. Now when go to visit him, we usually watch whatever anime he just bought (saw a few episodes of Samurai Champloo a while back). Besides the action and  innovative storylines themselves, I consider anime a real art form.

I found out about OS-tans while researching OS advocacy. I instantly knew I had to do drawings of these characters, because I love computers and different OS's, and I love "humanizing" intimate objects (Just ask Cherry Red, my phone, K8, my computer, or Silver, my car ^_^), and OS-tans bring these together.


As with many other here the first animé I saw was Pokémon. But that did indeed not get me into animé. Something about three years or so ago Bíórásin (A local TV channel) viewed Princess Mononoke, that was probably the start for my older brother who watched in total amazement, shortly after that he bought almost all of the Hayo Miyazaki films. But I didn't really start watching animé 'till I saw Neon Genesis Evangelion, that was about a year ago. Since that fateful day I have downloaded gigabytes off animé and bought alot.

I would say that my favourites are:
Neon Genesis Evangelion (of course)
Gunslinger Girl
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.


When I was young, my aunt showed me the Miyazaki films when I was staying with her. Granted, at that time I didn't realize it was considered anime. I stayed in Taiwan for a while on vacation, and they've some  Japanese influences, so I'd occasionally notice these "really pretty cartoons".

Back at home, there was sailormoon of course. It used to play waaaay early in the mornings. And then around here, all the girls had a sailormoon card phase, where we'd all collect the cards and trade with each other. That lasted a good few years. At this time, my brother started reading Slam Dunk Mangas, so I saw those. He also previously had some Ranma 1/2 videos. Then, we finally got cable, so I managed to watch DBZ too. Eventually, they started airing Tenchi Muyo. Gundam Seed, and some other stuff.

Then, of course, there was Pokemon, including the card craze and whatnot. Following, there was Digimon. And luckily, they started airing CCS too.

But at this time, my brother started getting anime from his friends, so I had access to that. He also started downloading it for me. Though, now, I'm the one DLing most of it for the both of us.

The first time I started DLing by myself was probably... 4 years ago. Beforehand, I would ask my brother to dl stuff for me.


dragonball Z was the first anime i watched. it was my favorite back then.