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Unread 05-02-2016, 03:02 PM   #1
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Happy Month of Ani-May

Although not a national holiday we could have some fun in the month of May reminiscing about Anime and how far it's come or how it has impacted us. What was your very first Anime you watched that opened the door for you to other shows? First Cosplay? This is a just a generally fun discussion talking about a topic that most are all familiar with. Looking forward to reading the answers you all provide. (> ^_^ <)
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Unread 05-02-2016, 04:23 PM   #2
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I used to watch animes like Minky Momo and Ulysses 31 when I was a little kid, then when I was in school I watched a couple more like Saint Seiya and Sailor Moon, but I didn't start showing real interest in anime until I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, from then on I started looking for more animes, in big part thanks to my otaku classmates.

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Unread 05-02-2016, 05:19 PM   #3
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Before I knew what anime was, I watched the Saturday morning dubs like Pokemon, Yugioh, Mew Mew Power, ect. Sailor Moon was actually my first of the dubs but I only got to see maybe a handful of episodes before Cartoon Network stopped showing it. I learned about anime from my friends in 6th grade but I didn't get into it until I was 14 or 15 when I learned all those dubs I watched as a kid were anime. I didn't become a real anime fan until I was 18. Throughout high school, the ONLY genre of anime I would watch was magical girl because I rediscovered Sailor Moon and rewatched Tokyo Mew Mew. I also went through a phase of rewatching Yugioh. In my senior year, some friends recommended me some anime that wasn't really what I'm used to which was Fruits Basket and Fairy Tail. On my own, I found the anime DNAngel and completely fell in love with it. After watching that I decided to give other non magical girl animes a try.

As for my first cosplay. It was Mew Ichigo because of my obsession with Tokyo Mew Mew in high school. However I really badly want to redo that costume. It was more of a closet cosplay mixed with some Halloween costume things I had lying around. Plus that was the same year I had to get a surgery done so for a few months i was stuck wearing sweat pants. Now that I've gotten wayyyyy better at making costumes, Ichigo is at the top of my list of cosplays I want to remake.
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Unread 05-02-2016, 06:55 PM   #4
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I remember watching Dragon Ball and Sailor Moon in the 90s when I was a kid. Then I watched a lot of different anime series and movies here and there throughout the years. One of the shows that brought me back into it was Code Geass, and the series that got me into following current season shows was Attack on Titan. My first cosplay was Mikasa becasue of that show ;D
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Unread 05-03-2016, 04:14 PM   #5
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Of course anime and I go back to my childhood when I watched stuff like voltron, tenchi, and cardcaptors. Though it wasn't till I got older that I realized that anime was a thing. The way I word is always is Yu-Gi-Oh unlocked the door and Shakugan no Shana opened it. As for cosplay ironically I found out about it by accident because I had manga vol 1 of comic party on hand back when I used to do the anime club. It seemed fascinating enough so I took a crack. My first known cosplay was actually Shana from Shakugan no Shana but I don't have any picture records of it because it was so bad and I had no sources, no knowledge no anything really xD
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I can relate to all of you. I started watching Anime (without knowing what it was really) from the early Dragon Ball Z, Yugioh and Pokemon days, but it wasn't until I turned 17 that I finally realized what I was truly watching. I don't give credit to those shows just because I wasn't appreciating them for what they were but rather looking at them as any other cartoon.

I can honestly say that my first full anime was Initial D. I was playing the arcade game at an arcade store by my house when I decided to look it up. My friend had the DVD's already and I was instantly hooked. My other friend had the Hellsing series and the rest is history after that. It was a chain reaction from that to Cowboy Bebop, Yu Yu Hakusho and so forth.

My first Cosplay was Itachi Uchiha. I loved the character but hated how it came out. We went to the Anime Expo in Los Angeles about Seven Years ago when we finally decided to cosplay. My friends were way more into Naruto than I was at the time and they decided to group up as the Uchiha Clan. They told me to stay away from the Akatsuki version of Itachi and go with the Anbu Itachi, but it was just bad. I didn't have the Sharingan's or anything. Learning experience I guess haha.

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Unread Today, 11:33 AM   #7
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Like some of you, the first anime I ever watched was Sailor Moon. Also, I'm pretty sure I can't call this a cosplay, but my mom dressed me up as Sailor Moon (complete with a moon stick made out of a paper towel roll) for a Halloween costume contest when I was about five. I don't remember a thing about it, just what my mom has told me. XD
About a year ago when I still had a Tumblr account (I've since shut it down), I learned about Hetalia and started watching it every now and then. I'm actually still watching it! Plus, I'd heard about Ouron on Tumblr and also these forums, but decided to finally watch the first episode a couple of weeks ago when I saw an ad for it while watching Hetalia on Funimation. I was hooked by about the middle of the first episode, and am currently about halfway through. My next cosplay I'm planning is Haruhi Fujioka, but I still have to explain to my mom what Ouron is. And why I'm dressing as a girl who dresses as a guy. That should be an interesting discussion...
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