I started watching anime when I was about three, but I didn't know I was watching anime then, so I don't think those count. The first time I found out about anime was when I started watching Gundam Wing and Yu Yu Hakusho (tagalog dub) on a local channel, so I guess those 2 are my first anime series :D
First anime I saw was one of the Macross movies. Alls I remember is some girl singing in some stadium like place as if it was a concert or something. Of course I've seen Inuyasha and other Cartoon Network animes over the years,but just recentley statred collecting anime series. The first full series I watched was Rune Soldier and it was a great and good introduction of sorts to anime...well I'm not entirely new,but still a novice :)
I loved Pokémon when I was younger, but I didn't really know that it was anime. The first anime I got into that I actually knew was anime was InuYasha on Adult Swim. I was flipping through the guide late one night (Christmas break, probably 3 years ago?) and I just thought it was the weirdest title I had ever seen, so I had to check it out. I got addicted for a while, though I never really finished it...
I don't really count Pokemon since back when I watched it I didn't know it was an anime. InuYasha was the first anime I watched, Saikano was the first series I completed and Spirited Away was the first anime film I watched.
From what I can remember, tekkaman blade was my first experience with the glorious world of anime... and even though I was just a 5 year old I really liked it. After that, it was samurai pizza cats dbz and pokemon.
The funny thing is, it wasn't untill last summer that I came to know the name of my first anime. ^_^
For 90% of older generation is usually sailormoon for the new generation it usually DBZ, i love how the people say sailormoon or DBZ even though the time gap between them is quite big.
Im a sailormoon beginner.
pokémon probably u.u but I didn't go searching for other series then yet~
It was after I saw Rurouni Kenshin during vacation in Spain that it started. Downloaded all eps when I got home and after I finished watching I went to look for new stuff, which was AMG I think, then Love Hina, etc, etc,...
I'm really not sure what my true introduction to anime was. I don't count Voltron, Transformers, etc since I only learned the truth about them many years later.
I can narrow down the year to 1993, and I'm still not entirely certain which came first.
The one I tend to spout the most, and the one that had the most impact on me in terms of recognizing and desiring anime, was an old issue of TurboForce magazine (which I still have actually) that I had gotten along with its SNES and Genesis counterparts to help determine which system I'd get. Toward the end, that one had a review of Bubblegum Crisis, which would become the first series I'd ever track down.
This was also the year where the Sci-Fi Channel's First Annual Festival of Anime appeared, so that's an obvious one. I know this came after the magazine, but is worth mentioning since it's something I actually watched.
However, I think that sometime before that, there was a late-night triple feature of three films: Vampire Hunter D, Robot Carnival, and Twilight of the Cockroaches. I don't remember the channel, nor can I really be certain it came before the Festival of Anime. Heck, if not for the fact that, some 12 years later, extra copies of Twilight popped up at TRSI (which I bought for nastalgia's sake), I might have written it off completely.
Note that I slept through Robot Carnival, as well as parts of VHD and Twilight.
I know the first anime I owned was Evangelion Vol.9 (VHS), followed by New Dominion Tank Police Vol.2 (also VHS). Both were Hanukkah gifts the same year (Eva 2 days before Tank Police), and also proof that my mother has absolutely no understanding of chronology. I would discover TRSI (thank the lord) and get my Bubblegum Crisis the next year, with a number of others. That would be the end of 1997, which I know because I still have the catalogue that came with my order.
Edit: I can also say that the first subtitled anime I ever saw was Bubblegum Crisis Episode 3 (Blockbuster was inconsistent)
I'm pretty sure mine was Dragonball Z. I used to wake up at like 6 am on Sunday mornings to watch it on UPN 9 (I think). I still remember Goku getting crushed by the giant ape Vegeta and getting all bent out of shape thinking he died. I was like 10-12 years old and I'm 21 now.
I used to watch the old Transformers as a kid. An interesting thing is that my dad used to watch the Astro Boy dubs when he was a kid. Of course he had no idea that it was anime, which is the same for me with Transformers. I think its cool that anime has been in my family for two generations.