Funny story actually, I first started to watch anime when I went to my friends house in about hmmm I say in grade 6, when I went to see what he was doing. I ended up finding him watching Naruto episode 95-96 special, I think it was the 3 great legendary sannin battle for those who watch naruto, it was pretty epic. I told him " aren't you kinda old to be watching cartoons" and he was like "This isn't any typical cartoon, actually it isn't even a cartoon. It's an anime. It's got blood, swearing and all kinds of cool things" so then I said alright cool what ever I'm going to play some FFX and play some cooking mama after, is that cool? of course he didn't really care at the time while he was so into that episode. Later on he left the room, so I took the liberty to actually watch some of it and ..... basically I got hooked with my friend calling me a hiprocrite in the end. XD yeah... lol funny story, whats yours? If you got one.
Hmmm mine is nothing special. I'd been off sick from school for the day and was bundled up in bed watching cartoon network.
Just happened to be a day a Dragonball Z marathon was airing so I saw the second half of the Cell Games Saga and thought watching SSJ2 Gohan caning Cell was epic so I looked into the rest of the series and found myself hooked. I slowly blended into the anime world through mainstream anime like Naruto and Haruhi. Eventually finding my favourites in the shape of Kanon, Higurashi and most recently Code Geass.
I'm sure my "story" isnt finished yet, more like a work in progress =)
The first one I allowed myself to watch was Inuyasha... before that I was kinda a snob when it came to anime... I didn't like it because I had never watched it. I've since learned better then to judge a book by it cover....
speed racer, battle of the planets, astroboy, COPS and many others I was watching in the 1980's, pokemon and so forth I started watching in the 1990's though there were alot of repeats happening as well
8th Man. My parents got tired of the limited choices in televison, heard about this new-fangled thing called, "cable TV", and got us connected. It was amazing having more than 3 channels available to us. Even better that we had one of those brand-new "color" TVs. And when those new-fangled "TV remote controls" came down in price, we were going to get one of those, too!
(Why, yes: I did wade through hip-deep snow to school, uphill both ways, beating off the wolves with my school books. Why did you ask?)
Flipping through the wealth of channels - ~15, I think - I found "8th Man" on an afternoon kids' TV show and got hooked. But alas, my parents decided the cable TV experiment was too expensive so about 3/4 of the way through the series they canceled and I was left with our 3 local broadcast channels again.
...I have vague memories of some horrific 5:30AM show called, "The Daily Farm Report", in which a certifiable zombie rattled off the current market conditions and weather reports for the farmers returning from early morning chores. Yes, at 5:30 AM. You started your chores early on a farm. It wasn't anime' but it shows what I had to look forward to on local TV after my parents had the cable unplugged.