My Anime History

Okay, I thought it would be interesting to post my anime history so you can get a better idea of me as an anime fan.

Obviously as a child I watched Pokemon and children’s anime that were popular at the time and I’m not really going to discuss that.

I clearly remember the first time I watched a studio Ghibli film. I was at my friend’s house, I must have been 7 or 8, and we decided to watch a film. The film my friend put on was Spirited Away. At first i found it very funny, it was the dub and I was amused at how their mouths didn’t match up to the words, but soon I was captivated by the magic and atmosphere of that universe. It was refreshing to see a female protagonist that wasn’t a passive princess, waiting for her prince, but a tough and scrappy young girl who felt developed and dimensional. Although these thoughts didn’t resonate with me in any profound manner and only became apparent upon further watching as a teenager and young adult, I still remember thinking Chihiro was so much cooler than any of the girls in Disney films. I then watched many of Ghibli’s films and I hold the very close to my heart, even still.

I didn’t realsise that what I was watching was anime at the time and so I never reaised there was an entire world of similar animation style out there. I knew that the films were from Japan but didn’t realise it was part of an entire industry. This changed when I was introduced to Death Note. In retrospect, Death Note isn’t anywhere near to being one of my favourite animes but, at the time it seemed amazing. I loved the dark story, before it quickly went down hill, and this led to my introduction to manga too. From there I explored anime a little. I watched Black Butler, Ouran High Host Club and Fruits Basket (the latter still remaining one of my favourite animes). Those three are the ones that stick out to me most from that period, if I had to put a year to it I would say 2010/11, however I did watch a fair few anime that were quite popular at the time.

After a while though, I gradually stopped watching anime as my attention turned to western live action shows such as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead and Korean Dramas. Thus began my anime hiatus, the ‘dark ages’ of my anime viewership which would not see sunlight until 2014 when I watched Love Live: School Idol Project. I won’t go into too much detail about this multimedia franchise in this post as I’d like to dedicate an entire post to the subject but, it’s safe to say, it sent me into anime overdrive. I watched all the popular animes that had popped up over the past few years, and started to develop a more distinct taste in what I like to see from a show.

That brings me, more or less, up to date. Currently I’m attempting to watch more classic anime from the 80s and 90s, as this is where the biggest gap lies, as well as keeping up to date with current anime.

If you have any suggestions of older shows to watch, do leave a comment!

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