In part three of our three part series on “The Significance of Our First Anime,” JP (Japesland), Casey (CutsceneAddict), and Jack (R86) share the first anime they watched because it was anime. No one will argue that anime is, indeed, a unique medium, but what specific shows illustrated this to our panel? Listen in to find out, and feel free to comment with your answers, too!
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CN’s Toonami, particularly DBZ and Gundam Wing, dubs of course at my friend’s house around 2000-2001. I got hooked on them right away (particularly GW’s plot and action), though now looking back I see the various flaws (especially recycled footage) and I would rate them a bit lower. From that I actively looked for more, especially during college.
It’s very easy to get hooked on the childhood anime traps, mostly because that is quite literally what they are intended to do! Regardless, I do feel as though I missed out on becoming more a part of the anime community by not watching either of those entries! Important pieces of anime history, to be sure.
I feel ashamed to admit it (I was an ignorant otaku at the time), but the first anime that I watched because it was anime was Sword Art Online. Compared to my first official dive into anime, Shaman King, the show had amazing animation, exciting action scenes, and a setting that I had never seen before in a medium.
I think we’re starting to see another generation of anime fans who were thoroughly introduced to the medium by anime like SAO and SNK. I once was a snob, but hey, I can’t blame a show I don’t love for introducing people to a thing I do love!
I watched a little FMA when I was much younger, but I never got around to finishing it and didn’t bother looking further into anime for a long time. It wasn’t until a few years ago, when I suddenly decided I wanted to “get into” anime, that a few online reviewers directed my attention to Cowboy Bebop. I caught a couple of episodes on Adult Swim, rented the movie, and was immensely impressed with what I saw. It’s still my favorite anime of all time.
I should probably mention Spirited Away and the film version of AKIRA, too, which I sought out because I knew they were also considered “gateway” movies and cultural touchstones. I still love them both, but they haven’t stuck with me quite the same way Bebop has.
Cowboy Bebop definitely has a type of lasting power that most anime don’t!