It wasn't a anime that got me into actually seeking out anime.It was animated movie Heavy Metal and I wanted to find animation aimed at adults. So I went to a Sun Coast video store in the 1990s looking for animation aimed at adults and came across the anime section. I bought Ninja Scroll,Akira, and Ghost in the Shell. Although there is no anime movie that can compare to Heavy Metal.
I think it was Love Hina, which aroused my interest in ecchi/harem anime, or Highschool of the Dead, those were the first two, don't really remember in what order, but I certainely had a boner most of the time while watching hotd.
Parents got me My Neighbor Totoro when I was born/a baby. Grew up being addicted to watching that film which naturally led to other anime as a kid. Then Toonami came around and that just solidified me as a lifelong anime fan with stuff like Yu Yu Hakusho, DBZ, Rurouni Kenshin, G Gundam, Outlaw Star, etc. and of course other stuff like Pokemon, Digimon, Yu Gi Oh
But to answer the question it was definitely Totoro.
R32 said: It was either One Piece or Initial D, I don't remember which was first or how long ago it was.
One Piece was also my first anime ever seen it was on tv and then I started watching anime on my PC, every summer I finish short animes that go from 1 to 30 episodes more or less in a week. I guess anime it's now an important part of my live.
I became an otaku after watching School Days(i had 30-40 titles on those times, maybe in 2010).
But i'm know, first anime in my life is "Flying Phantom Ship". In ~1997 year, on VHS. After this i completed Shaman King, and start watching Naruto(1st season) - this anime streaming on commercial TV, with full dub and of course censored(removes all blood scenes).
I had "known of" anime for a long time, and had a few friends who watched it, but I always figured it was just another weird foreign thing that wackos on the internet like. Hell, I still think it's some weird foreign thing that wackos on the internet like. I suppose that just makes me a wacko on the internet.
Anyway, I digressed.
About a year ago a friend of mine basically forced me to watch Avatar (yeah, I know it's not an anime). I ended up thoroughly enjoying the series, so much so that I kinda got that feeling you get after watching/reading a really good piece of fiction where you feel sad it's over. I was so desperate to find something else with that same kind of "style" to watch that I decided to try out the whole "anime thing" that I had for so long scoffed at.
I did a quick Google search for good anime and I basically just picked the first one I found: FMAB. I loved that series even more than I liked Avatar, and at that point I was hooked.
Obviously I'm still relatively green to the whole thing (I think I've only got like 30-something series on my completed list) but I've definitely found a black hole for my free time. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing, I'll let my future self decide.
I wrote a lot more than I intended. Kinda went off on a little spiel there...
TL;DR - Avatar (Again, I know it's not an anime...) -> FMAB
I think pretty much everyone that grew up in North Americas first anime were Pokemon, Digimon, Dragon ball series. At least anybody that grew up in the 90s. Although I didnt start actively watching anime til i got hooked on Naruto/Bleach a few years ago
It doesn't matter if you like LoGH,Monster etc.If you are a jobless or college/school dropout living in your mom basement, you are still an unintelligent loser. Taste in anime does not make you a better person.If elitist don't exist, casual pleb and shit taste also don't exist.