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Apr 29, 2012 11:15 PM

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- What Did You Think Of Anime *As A Genre* Before You Got Into It?

For Me, I Thought It Was Sick, Perverted, A Sign Of Weakness And "Low-Life-Ism", Super-Duper Cheesy, And Only For Super-Nerds... There Were Exceptions Though, I Had Always Liked Movies Like Princess Mononoke Or Kiki's Delivery Service. The Above Is What I Thought Of The Hard-Core Anime Nerds... *I Also Told Myself That I Would Never Ever Become An Anime Nerd* ... Of Course I DID Become An Anime Nerd =/ And See That I've Been Very Naive About The Whole Thing... *Though I Guess I Wasn't Completely Wrong :P It Can Be Very Pervy Sometimes* ...

-Yeah, I Know I Was Alittle Harsh T'wards It, But For Some Reason It Was A Large Point I Made That I Only Liked "Very Realistic" Things... Also I Have A Childhood Friend Who Is An Anime Nerd And I Might Not Have Liked It Because He Did... "Friendly Childhood Rivalry" Sort Of Thing...

Apr 29, 2012 11:18 PM

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I thought I would enjoy it, but I just didn't know where to start, and I was more into video games. It wasn't until 2011 I decided to get started on one, and the rest is history!
Apr 29, 2012 11:30 PM

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I thought it was just cartoons with very cute/hot character designs.
"What has two arms, two legs, and is alive? Not your favorite character thats for sure!"
Apr 29, 2012 11:33 PM

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Nothing. I had no idea what it was, until i watched Death Note because some dude said it was a good show.
Apr 29, 2012 11:35 PM

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Apr 29, 2012 11:51 PM

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I didn't know what anime was.
Apr 29, 2012 11:51 PM

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I watched Yu Yu Hakusho and Pokemon alongside Ed, Edd, and Eddy and Johnny Bravo. At the time, they all seemed the same to me. Didn't even know the word anime until I was in high school.
Apr 29, 2012 11:54 PM

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I thought they would be childish and boring.

I started cause i couldn't find any decent TV series to watch and because there's less than 5 movies / year worth watching. So i was really bored and thought "what the heck lets give it a try" and right now i'm really happy that i did :)
Apr 30, 2012 12:10 AM

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Found out what it was only after I'd watched a lot of Pokemon, Digimon, and Dragon Ball Z on the cartoon channel. Then I sought out others and became an anime fan. I didn't have an opinion because I didn't know it existed.
Apr 30, 2012 12:12 AM

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Can't remember exactly what I thought of anime, but I know I didn't like whole "manga style". I thought it was unnecessary because you were just copying an already existing style, thus being unoriginal. Or something.

That had more to do with drawing manga, though.

...Heh, how fun it is to look back to after a 180° turn :P
Apr 30, 2012 12:13 AM

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I'd always loved it, weather I knew it or not.
Growing up without cable TV, I had to rely on VHS tapes. Strangely enough, my video rental had a lot of children's anime. I had no idea it was anime, but I always loved this "certain design".

The ones I remember most were anime adaptations of Tom Sawyer and Thumbelina. I also remember owning one named The Little Bits and Macron 1 (Goshogun)
I don't think I caught on until I was collecting Yu Yu Hakusho tapes that I realized they always had "funny" names.
Apr 30, 2012 12:14 AM

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I wasn't particularly aware of it.
Apr 30, 2012 12:31 AM

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Honestly speaking, anime had been growing up with me. Watched it since I was 4 or 5. It had been a part of me for the longest time I can ever remember.

If I am to precisely state my perception towards it, there's only one word I can use to describe them - "different".

Apr 30, 2012 12:34 AM

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I didn't even know it is anime when I was very young. I only have the knowledge that all the animated things I am watching are cartoons. But I discovered some of them are anime. I always think they are cool
Apr 30, 2012 12:57 AM

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I watched Pokemon, DBZ, Digimon and all that growing up so watching it was just natural for me. As I grew up I just moved away from shounen and started watching other anime. Judging an entire medium without even looking into it is silly. It's like saying "I heard Justin Bieber and thought it was horrible, so music must be horrible." Or "I read Twilight and hated it, so books must be horrible." I could go on but I'll stop before I make people mad. >.> The point is, 90% of the time there's going to be something out there for you within each medium, if not several things. The trick is just in knowing where to look.
Apr 30, 2012 1:11 AM

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Chinese cartoons, my opinion hasn't changed :3
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Apr 30, 2012 1:17 AM

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I had no particular preconception of what anime was, I think I uncounsciously thought it was just another entertainment medium, which it is...
Apr 30, 2012 1:48 AM

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Since really small, I had access to anime, with Cantonese dub(don't live in China BTW, and anime in HK never had their openings remade as far as I can tell). The thing is that everything that seemed to me which had the better and more complex plot at the time(most of it still do) had Japanese song openings or endings instead of a generic BGM before a cartoon.
So to me Japanese animation were always superior in comparison, technically I shouldn't actually comment on this topic as there was never a part of my life "before" anime.
The funny realisation about it is that the best cartoons tend to have a better soundtrack, like how old Woody Woodpecker cartoons are much more interesting than most children's cartoons today and have great tunes at the same time.
Apr 30, 2012 1:57 AM

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my earliest memories involve lots of mega man and ps1 rpgs, then there was dbz...
ive been exposed to this style way before i even knew it was called anime and iv always loved it, RL, to me is merely a secondary reality compared to anime
Apr 30, 2012 2:00 AM

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I was neutral towards anime. Watched Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Naruto, but not much else. I just thought of them as just another form of cartoon, nothing more.

Wasn't until 2009 when i watched Chobits that i got serious about anime.
Apr 30, 2012 2:28 AM

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I grow up with manga... Romance, Shonen, Shoujo, Seinen... Ecchi(Since the age of 6, though back then, I always wondered why the main characters like tits and ass so much...)

So yeah, anime is always anime. But I didn't think anyone over the age of 20 would watch anime. I myself pretty much don't watch anime till around 19.
Apr 30, 2012 2:35 AM

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I didn't really think of DBZ as anime, but I remember thinking it was overrated and stupid when I was 8. It just seemed like endless scenes of characters and never actually fighting which is what the show was supposedly about.
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Apr 30, 2012 2:37 AM

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Nothing I think. I started watching when I was like 3 or 4.
Apr 30, 2012 2:41 AM

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Never really knew the word "Anime" till I was a teenager. But when I did I thought it was fine, just another type of cartoon. But a friend bugged me to watch Code Geass...all I can say is the rest is history! ITZ SHOOOO GOOODSS!
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Apr 30, 2012 2:43 AM

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Well Honestly speaking, Anime was born with me.
instead of watching cartoons Like Dexter ecc. , at the age of 4 i watched Digimon and Pokemon. You know both were truly a masterpiece for me.

but then , if we speak about on-going anime ecc. , the first one was Bleach and before i got into it. i thought that anime were cartoons and a usless way of wasting time. But i was wrong, because you can learn a lot from them. Like what to do before eating! Ittadakimasu~! xD, and how to enjoy your free time.
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Apr 30, 2012 2:45 AM

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When I first saw anime I just think of it as a cartoon.
Apr 30, 2012 3:19 AM

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Can't remember, it must have been while I was between 3 and 6.

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Apr 30, 2012 3:51 AM
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First, GAHH! The way you are writing is annoying!

Second, I was into anime ever since I saw anime and cartoons on tv xD Loved them then, loved them as I grew up and loved them when I realised some of what I was watching were anime and not only cartoons and generally what anime is!
Apr 30, 2012 4:07 AM

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I thought it was possibly the greatest thing ever, I underestimated it.
Apr 30, 2012 4:10 AM

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I thought that it was mature entertainment for mature people.

Fuck I was wrong.;

Apr 30, 2012 4:12 AM

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I just thought they were more cartoons.

The idea of 'foreign entertainment' didn't really hit me for a long time. I'd been watching stuff like English verison of Asterix since I was a little kid.
Apr 30, 2012 4:21 AM

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I was guilty of associating the entire medium with Pokemon and DBZ both of which I hated. Pokemon annoyed the crap out of me and DBZ just seemed stupid. All of the techniques that are specific to anime, even outside of other cartoons (the over-exaggerated facial expressions, the change in the eyes due to emotion, the movement markings, everything), made me hate it more.

Even when I finally started watching Bleach and then Fullmetal Alchemist, those aspects still annoyed me. As I watched more, I began to appreciate their value. How in one frame they can communicate an enormous amount of emotion and give a punch of laughter stronger than without those techniques. Now I love them.

I'm glad that I got into it later in life because I think that I'd have missed a lot of the subtle humor that is geared toward a mature mind.
Apr 30, 2012 4:49 AM

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Hmm pretty cool with it, my bestfriend used to watch it and I didn't think much of it, until she let me borrow some of her DVDs and things led to another.
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Apr 30, 2012 5:47 AM

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I just thought they were cartoons. I started watching anime at a pretty young age with Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball/Dragon Ball Z, and Digimon (wasn't a Pokemon kid, thought the show was stupid). I got more and more into them and I started to realize the distinct difference between anime and traditional cartoons.
Apr 30, 2012 6:44 AM

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"Oh ma gawd Pikachu looks so coool" And then I watched pokemon. I was like 3. :3
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Apr 30, 2012 6:47 AM

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I was always interested in the medium, because I liked the art and stuff, but I just couldn't be bothered with searching any sites or finding anything to watch. Until I just randomly watched Lucky Star and Full Metal Panic last year.
Apr 30, 2012 6:48 AM

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Never was really into watching any sort of Anime or Cartoons when i was young (since i was not allowed to do so), so when i first found out about anime was when i stumbled onto a video about it, so i thought it looks interesting and here is where i am today. Never did i think anything about Anime since it was another form of entertainment, but the only thing i thought all this time from the beginning i that i need subs until i understand Japanese in the near future.
Apr 30, 2012 6:50 AM

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I thought they were cartoons that were better than ours. Like, I really don't like our new cartoons because they hold no story or anything like that. But the first anime was Naruto Dubbed, which I find Japanese voices better, but yeah, Naruto was basically another cartoon to me that never had new episodes so I looked them up, found the awesome cartoons called anime, and now I am addicted to them...
Apr 30, 2012 7:08 AM

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It always drew my attention, always liked the art when I saw anime pics anywhere on the internet but never bother to start watching.
Apr 30, 2012 7:09 AM

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I actually did not know that anime existed . I got into it in third grade and I lived a REALLY small town so... ;^^
Apr 30, 2012 7:43 AM

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I found it absolutely ridiculous that my sister would spend time watching cartoons at her age. Oh how little I knew back then. Nowadays she only watches One Piece while I am an anime nerd xD

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Apr 30, 2012 7:50 AM

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Well, I've watched stuff like CCS, DBZ and Inuyasha during my childhood so I always had a positive image of anime. I watched it on and off during middle school (Death Note anyone?) and I really started getting into it last summer. So yeah, I've always liked anime.
Apr 30, 2012 8:32 AM

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I didn't think much of the medium or the subculture. To be honest, I still have a mixed opinion for a variety of reasons, but unlike before, I do acknowledge that, even taking into account my peculiar tastes, there is a lifetime supply for me to enjoy. Occasionally, I'll even be moved provocatively.
Apr 30, 2012 8:52 AM

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When i was young i love watching cartoons and when i first saw Sailor Moon, i'm like 'omg, that's so cool!'. I was a big fan of Sailor Moon at that period of time. Now, all i can say is, ANIME FTW! >3<
Apr 30, 2012 10:02 AM

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My brother would always watch anime on CN. I didn't think much of it before, just kind of "meh whatever". I'd call him a nerd about sometimes. He doesn't watch anime much anymore, and now I do. Lol.
Apr 30, 2012 10:20 AM

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Before... past-time
After... addiction
Apr 30, 2012 11:06 AM

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I didn't think of it at all. I wasn't aware of it but I was always attracted to the less "cartoony" Disney offerings and stuff like Johnny Quest, Superman, Spider Man, X-Men, etc., also things like Heavy Metal. When I discovered anime, I was absolutely smitten. BTW, I was an adult when I discovered it.
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Apr 30, 2012 12:09 PM

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I thought it was completely badass, and I admired whoever knew the "right animes" to watch, because all I could find before I got into it were the overly popular, overly overrated ones.

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Apr 30, 2012 12:13 PM

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I didn't know what anime was...i thought it was just a cartoon and i liked cartoons since my childhood :')

Apr 30, 2012 12:29 PM

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I actually saw pretty mature rated anime when I was still in grade school (Wicked City, Crying Freeman, Ninja scroll, and many more I cannot remember titles too). I always found myself more attached to watching anime or shows similar to anime than the generic everyday cartoons. Though sadly, I didn't have cable tv as a child (nor do I have it now), so I didn't have any Toonami or Adult Swim as I grew up. Though I had other channels... that aired more mature series.. again... (Uncensored version of Dragonball Z and GT <- omigawd so mach blud, Descendants of Darkness <- Shounen Ai , Fushigi Yugi, Record of Lodoss War, Slayers, etc.).

tl;dr: I was aware of anime but didn't take it as serious as I do now.
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