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Is Anime making a comeback?

The responses to my Twitter question, "Is anime making a comeback?" were surprising. A flurry of "Yes", "No", "It was never gone how could it make a comeback!?", and at least one "what is anime?" So today's post is about the state of the anime, the unique stylistic animated shows from Japan that took the world by storm. Also, we will talk about Manga, which is Japanese comic books.

Attack on Titan
 
*chuckles* If you laughed at this image you are both an Otaku and an AE gamer. Currently, the most popular and talked about anime series is Attack on Titan. The lead developer of our game EpicDuel is also named Titan. (I see what you did there.)
 

An brief history of anime (not by Stephen Hawking)

I grew up in the USA where animated cartoons were widely regarded as childrens shows. The idea of animated series aimed at teenagers and adults was a pretty weird concept. 30 years ago, there were shows like Speed Racer and Voltron on TV, but it was not until Karl Macek brought Robotech to US televisions did the masses see what anime really was. I have seen every episode of Robotech at least twice. It was a space drama filled with action, love and true danger. It was serious. Main characters died in it. It was serious. It also had giant transforming robots -- so there was that. I always felt it was was really weird that the series was in three sections with three different art styles and a very illogical overarching plot. Later I found out that it was actually three seperate series that Karl stitched together in order for it to be long enough for a network to pick it up. That, along with Sailor Moon, Voltron, Speed Racer and other imported shows, was how many of us got our first introduction to anime. Of course, the really serious anime fans had somehow aquired VHS tapes of the movies Akira or Ninja Scroll. These two movies created the first wave of anime fans here in the states. They spreaded like an infectious plague. Mostly because WE HAD NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THEM BEFORE! There were not for kids like Pokemon. They were bloody, filled with impossible action, horrifying, at some points downright gross, and the storyline was meant for teenages and adults to watch. As the demand for anime increased, we saw more and more series and movies emerge. But it was still pretty hard to find anime titles here in the US.... especially in those days long before things like Netflix and streaming video. 
 
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Adult Swim & the Anime/Manga Explosion

I was living in San Fransisco, California, two blocks from Japan Town, in 2000. They had a video rental store and I lucked out! My girlfriend and I at the time used to rent things like DragonBall, Escaflowne, Berserk, and sometimes we would get things that were in Japanese... no idea what the title was... and just watch them for the awesome matrix-style action. Well, actually voice act the different character's parts in real time to be silly (I got quite good at it... but it turns out the plot of Bubblegum Crisis was not to find their missing hair dryer).
 
It was after moving here to where the Lab is located in the Tampa bay area of Florida that anime really hit the mainstream. I believe it was very largely due to the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Block. Starting late at night they showed crazy awesome anime like Cowboy Beebop, Inuyasha, Trigun, Outlaw Star, Yu Yu Hakisho, and later amazing titles like Bleach, Paranioa Agent and Samuari Champloo. It started a boom. Our games were heavily inspired by these anime which edgy by appropriate for most audiences.
 
Around 2007, Anime and Manga hit critical mass. You could tell by walking into any book store or video store (remember when there were still video stores?) I judged anime's popularity by the number of shelves they took up. Even the major book stores didicated up to 10 shelves of front store space to manga. Death Note was always my favorite. I feel good for having spotted that one early... they did a sample of it in a the monthly "Shonen Jump" magazine. The same place many popular manga like Naruto, Soul Eater, Bleach, Fairy Tale and Once Piece apeared prior to being made into manga, then into anime. Many of the conventions suddenly had a heavy anime presence. Anime influenced art filled games like Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior. New titles were coming out faster and faster.... and if you were a fan of anime like myself, you probably noticed the quality just kept getting lower and lower. Companies were falling all overthemselves to get their DVDs on the market to sell for $20 to $40 (which only contained a handfull of episodes each.)
 
By 2009, everyone under the age of 25 knew how to get videos and comics for free on the internet. Torrents and other file sharing sites had hit critical mass. Need a video that has not even appeared in theaters yet? Just ask the neighbor's kid... he will have it for you in less than an hour. (Actual quote from a neighbor.) Nobody bought videos from the stores any more. The anime bubble burst nearly over night. I could tell. I was always watching the shelves. Every week I would go to the video store and book store. I knew ever cover by heart and noticed every time they got something in. New stuff was coming in, but nothing was selling. The new stuff that came in was really low budget with terrible animation. At this time, Adult Swim's ratings had dropped and they put Family Guy and Futurama in their key spots. A pretty rapid switch from anime to "funny/dumb purposefully terrible animation or live action" had taken hold. Shows like Aqua Team Hunger Force, Children's Hospital, etc. Do not get me wrong, I think these shows are funny. But this post is about anime.
 
I was really depressed as every time I returned to the stores. The anime & manga sections kept getting smaller. They got puched to the back. Distributors were going out of business and a lot of imports halted. In fact, all of the video stores here went out of business. Anime was also getting a bad wrap. There was one type of anime that was apparently still selling. The whole "moe" thing (pronounced: "Moe-Aeh") which is the idolization of ultra cuteness can be.... really creepy. It is also important to note that anime let us see action and crazy supernatural things that were simplly possible in real life. After the Matrix, special effects in film and TV have been on an exponential rise and now (especially with the new Super Man movie) it is possible to do anything that we had seen in anime with real people!
 
It felt like anime died the death of an unneeded, disgraced politition.
 
In 2010 I went to Japan. Anime and Manga was still huge there. I went to Comiket, a 500,000 attendee ultra indie-comic convention. It had over 45,000 artists contributing. That is more artists than the total number of people who went to DragonCon last year. (Think about it.) There is a town called Akihabara (aka "Akiba" also aka "Electronic Town") It is basically Otaku paradise -- an entire town of anime, games, music, robots, arcades, computers and ultra geek stuff. There were a lot of indie game shops. Every week they had new game releases and the lines went for blocks! It was so inspiring. At this time they were just releasing the new Neon Genesis Evangellion movies so that was pretty huge in the shops where they sell figurines and models. I was so happy! When I came home we built Yokai Island in AdventureQuest Worlds based on a random combination of things from the trip. You can learn a lot about Akiba and Japan from Danny Choo's site. He is a really interesting fellow. I tried to meet him but no luck... (yet.)
 
Back home, there seemed to be no interest in Anime. The conventions I went to dropped down to only two booths that sold anime. (Same two that were at DragonCon this year.)
 
I went back to Japan in 2012. Akiba had changed. A lot of the shops I looked forward to, including the indie game shop, were gone. All fo the arcades were now owned by either Sega or Taito and people I talked to said they were not doing very well any more. With mobile games the way they are, how could they? The entire way we consume media has changed. We watch video on Netflix, Hulu and streamed off the web. We get our music from iTunes. We even get our books digitally now. While Akiba still had a lot of great shops -- the shift that I saw at the old video stores was definately taking place. Currently I am watching Steins Gate. The anime series takes place in the town of Akiba and is really interesting. I highly recommend it ages 13+.
 
Over the past year, two interesting titles have emerged. First is Sword Art Online. An anime about a video game that is a little simliar to Dot Hack, but far more interesting. Second is Attack on Titan. Which, is reaching the level of popularity that InuYasha and Bleach once held. It was pretty much the only anime people were cosplaying as at DragonCon this year. Perhaps the series is strong enough to bring the interest back to the art form?
 
When I asked on Twitter if you thought Anime was making a comeback, many people said something like , "How could it? It was never gone!" It dawned on me that while all of the ways that I used to experienced anime (DVDs, Adult Swim: Toonami, etc) are gone... that so many of you watch the shows on the Cartoon Network, Netflix, Crunchy Roll and other online video streaming websites. To many of you, it has always been this way. That makes me really happy. Because this means I was wrong. Anime did not die. It just changed form. Granted a not very profitable for the anime companies perspective form, but a new form never the less. If a high quality series like Attack on Titan can show the companies that you need to build something with heart -- not just shovel the same-ol-same-ol out and slap a $20-$40 price tag on it. Then maybe the world is doing the right thing. It is natural selection in process... weeding out the anime.
 
Anime & Manga exploded five years ago and I was really happy. Because the things I built are inspired by the stylistic creativity and action of those animated series. Anime & Manga continue to thrive as a niche for people who are passionate about great art, animation and stories. Which makes me happy... because you are the type of people I want to be building things for.
 
QUESTION: In the past, I asked what your favorite anime/manga was, but now I want to know.... what was your FIRST anime/manga and how did you see it?
 
 
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slimjim15
slimjim15: My first anime was Dragonball Z. Me and my brothers would come home every day from elementary school and go straight to the TV.
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Kamikampi
Kamikampi: Ah Mine was One Piece (is my now second favorite after Berserk). I found it by luck, all thanks to my grandmother who gave me the first 2 volumes as a birthday present. Buy I got stuck. Now I have all volumes available where I live and several other. The first anime was Wolf's Rain which I found on the internet and later bough because of it's awesomeness. It still remains in my heart as the best anime I've ever watched!
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: That's one awesome grandparent you've got.
Saber1234
Saber1234: Wow u got a really cool grandmum
MoXAriApph
MoXAriApph: My first anime was Dragon Ball Z and I first saw it in 3rd grade, someone pulled it up in class. As for my first manga that I chose to read (Not someone showing me out of a book) Was Rosario + Vampire.
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Dream Warden
Dream Warden: Anime is still such a rare thing here. Despite having Cartoon Network, such shows were never shown there. And even rarer is actually places to purchase Manga or Anime with only 7 stores selling them in the entire country.
No, anime has never been mainstream, and thus it cannot make a comeback.
I really wish it had though.
Well, onto the question asked. My first Manga was DragonBall, which was something entirely different from the comics I had read before (Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse). It was so exciting, and comics being more than just short stories, and an actual story was entirely new to me. My first Anime must have been Pokémon, but we had no idea it was Japanese.
Since then, I have found many more, better and more intriguing Animes and Mangas.
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: Yeah... despite my own personal objections, I guess you're right. One would have to go out of their own way to find out about anime/manga since American media doesn't generally promote this kind of stuff. But for the people who have had previous knowledge of anime/manga are definitely staying for the most part.
Dream Warden
Dream Warden: Master_Yi> I should perhaps add that I do not live in America, and American media were nonexistent here until just a few years ago.
Master_Yi
Master_Yi: Oh, forgot that AE gaming is a global community. Thanks for the correction!
Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: My first anime was Digimon followed by Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh. Being a toddler of the 90's, I grew up on anime like Digimon. Two things popped out at me as I read Artix
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Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: *Artix's post. One, Artix glossed over the only Anime titles I care about and focused on all the ones I don't care about. Two, Artix said Sword Art online is far more interesting than .Hack//. HERESY! .Hack// is a masterpiece. As for manga, I'm not a fan of comic books. For Lorithia's sake! Why read action when you can watch it?
Artix
Artix: Which are the titles you care about? (LOL, I thought I glossed over everything equally.) Many anime fans are extremely passionate about the titles we love because we relate to them so much. I enjoyed Dot Hack a lot for the record.
Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: It IS fair to say you glossed over most everything, though I would say you gave special emphasis to Inuyasha for example while making the 90's seem like a golden age and glossing over Pokemon entirely in such a way as to demean it.
Megalus Doomslayer
Megalus Doomslayer: Also, for the record, too, Sword Art Online is second to .Hack//. It is but a shadow of what .Hack// was.
quadrakiller
quadrakiller: my first anime is Dragonball Z,me and my brother love that and we see all the series(seriously,all episodes)
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zeldarocks
zeldarocks: I don't know the first anime I saw as a kid, I remember seeing Naruto and Inuyasha on TV as well as one piece, I could wait to watch it when it came on. I was probably 8-10 when this was, anime pretty much disappeared from TV after I got into it D=. It wasn't until I was in Grade 9 that I actually got into anime to the extend to which I could understand it. I went by a anime con, I remembered seeing things on TV of these con and I was immediately memorized by all the people and cosplayers. as this was going on I remembered the anime that i saw as a kid and decided to watch the whole series from the start. I 1st watch Naruto online because that's what I remembered. so that would be my 1st anime that I watch.
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Tenzan
Tenzan: The first anime series that I really got into were Pokemon and Dragonball Z. It was mostly just the series that were on TV that I watched, especially the ones on Adult Swim. I didn't really get into more recent and new titles of anime until a couple of years ago, but during those few years I caught up with a lot of anime that got me loving it more and more. The recent one that I'm watching now are Blood Lad, Attack on Titan, Danganronpa, Servant x Service, and A Certain Scientific Railgun.
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Artix
Artix: How is Blood Lad, I have never seen that one.
Master_Yi
Master_Yi: Danganronpa is actually based off of a Japanese PSP visual novel. Scientific Railgun (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) is based off of a light-novel series called To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index) for those who didn't know and are interested. You can get translated light-novel from Baka-tsuki.org
Tenzan
Tenzan: Blood Lad creates an interesting setting with the separation of different levels of the demon world. The story goes deeper and deeper in the pasts of some of the characters. The story includes some crazy action and fight scenes, even to the point of imitating a certain Saiyan. It has loads to comedy, and it has a hint of ecchi. Overall, it's a really funny and good series, something I would recommend to anime fans. If you're really into the comedy genre, try Servant x Service. It has a unique brand of comedy that can be found in the workplace and public service.
Itsuki_Minami
Itsuki_Minami: i just finished Index 1,2 and the ovea. not the railgun. yet. im also watching an anime called baccano, IT'S REALLY MIND BLOWING! if you guys don't know it, then PLEASE WATCH IT!
Acceelerator
Acceelerator: To Aru series huh... have you read the Light Novel of To Aru Majutsu no Index?
Urzy18
Urzy18: My first anime was Dragon Ball Z, my first manga was Naruto
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Artix
Artix: Did you read Naruto as part of Shonen Jump or on its own?
Darexius
Darexius: Same here, I read Naruto as a part of Shonen jump my brother (Not blood brother) left laying around the house...I didn't even know how to read it back then but when I did I enjoyed it, way before that though I found out about Dragonball Z from playing a game on PS1.
drakolio
drakolio: Well, the first anime movie I saw, was Silverfang, but at that time I didn't know it was an anime. The anime I first watched and got me to continue watching was Dragonball and even more, Dragonball Z!
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MondezX
MondezX: Yu Yu Hakusho, DBZ, Sailor Moon, Akira, Beserk, etc. I've watched so many anime pretty much majority of everything is my favorite. Anime won't drop dead anytime soon nor in the future because if you go to Otakon in Baltimore you'll see a growing population of anime lovers. Anime Forever!!!
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Neshen
Neshen: My first anime was Bleach I was searching through Youtube for shows to watch and then I found Bleach. So my brothers and I spent like 2 hours a day watching the show; then we found out it was on Toonami and now we're watching it on toonami every saturday.
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Whs123
Whs123: My first anime was probably either Dragon Ball or Pokemon. But manga for me came way before those. I can't remember it exactly but it was published in shonen jump years ago and it was what drew me into the Japanese anime/manga culture and I have been hooked since, though the transition for me was so much easier seeing as I hadn't been in the manga/video age for so long but it was still weird seeing my favorite pictures/characters moving talking and fighting before me.
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Chalto
Chalto: I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Swort Art Online! :D I don't quite remember what my first anime or manga was but I used to be really into it back in middle school/early high school. But then like you said it sort of died out and I lost interest. But recently I saw an episode of SAO on Toonami (thank goodness that's back!) and I fell in love with it all over again! Immediately went on a anime-binge and watched every episode on CrunchyRoll in two days! XD
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drclarko
drclarko: SAO FTW!!! Since it premiered on Toonami I've already hooked two of my friends on it!
Porkyteen
Porkyteen: My first was either Sailor moon or DB/DBZ. ik i did watch Pokemon,Digimon, Card Captor Sakura, and Monster Rancher as a kid. eventually watching toonami for all yhe good shows. i eventually stmbled apon .hack in my mid teenage yrs and fell inlove with the 7 games, all the animes, and mangas. now for first manga i would hafta say either +Anima or Ranma 1/2
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Artix
Artix: OMG Ranma 1/2 is so funny. That is where the "anything goes" that I keep putting in everything comes from. They had the "anything goes martial arts school" and it really stuck with me.
Saber1234
Saber1234: Ranma 1/2 was really funny but i was 9 when i saw it xD I grew up faster than my friends due to unrated anime like Ranma n Magicano 0.0 But its cool right
Dmage12
Dmage12: It Didn't necessarily die, it just dropped off of being mainstream. theres still always tons of New anime every season and plenty of places to get information/watch them. First Anime I watched was probably pokemon. first DVD I bought was the 1st season of Rurouni Kenshin I think.
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Fuzzyink
Fuzzyink: I remember sailor moon and candy candy... (mom wasn't fond of them -especially candy- but she let me watch sailor moon) I was 9 or 10, saw them on tv. I didn't know they were anime then. We dont have a wide animation industry in my country, so I assumed they were of the same origin like he-man and she-ra. My first realization of anime would be pokemon. It was after I watched blood+ when I started looking into related anime/manga. Wow, I spilled the beans about candy and sailor mooon! now if you'll excuse me, I'll go into hiding (^_^;)
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Vekyo
Vekyo: Sie sind das Essen und wur sind de Jäger! I'm of the Toonami generation, so either Dragonball Z, Sailor Moon, or Gundam Wing. The first one I dove headfirst into though was Rurouni Kenshin
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Torang
Torang: My first anime is probably the humorous BoBoBo-Bo Bo-BoBo and my first manga is One Piece, and I'm really enjoying the current gladiator arc. Fear the mighty Gladiator Lucy!
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RyGeTzU_Games
RyGeTzU_Games: My first anime was Bobobobobo Look it up. It was the funniest anime i had ever seen.
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kabimarta1
kabimarta1: Now that I think of it, my first anime that I can remember watching was probably either short sections of Sailor Moon or at least four episodes of Dragonball Z.
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kabimarta1
kabimarta1: Not that I remember, but I think I remember watching these four episodes on two Saturdays in a row during my earlier years.
Kurtorath
Kurtorath: My first ever exposure to manga was naruto. I was walking by a book store at my mall and Naruto was on the front shelves. I was drawn by its odd reading format and art style.
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Winnie
Winnie: I definitely agree with you when you say that anime has changed form. Your point is well made.
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Dragonmaster Flynn
Dragonmaster Flynn: I really got into anime when my friend introduced me to Neon Genesis Evangelion, and the Rebuild of Evangelion. Best. Anime. Ever!
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Dream Warden
Dream Warden: That anime is fabulous! I do not understand the ending at all though.
Dracomon
Dracomon: Aaaaah, My first anime would be either be Dragon Ball Z, Yu Yu Hakusho, Gundam Wing, Samurai X or...Sailor Moon, I can't remember, it was a long time ago. Like most I got my first anime experience from Toonami. I think Dragon Ball z impacted me most, even when the times changed and I got only Latin American cartoon channels here, I'd still watch it in Spanish. Cha La Head Cha la~~~~! It was action packed and filled with wonder and even though we laugh off a DBZ death now, I learned later on the pain and sorrow of losing a great character from other anime.
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Dracomon
Dracomon: The first manga I ever tried to read was Naruto, but the first manga I ever read from beginning to end, which is to say without continuing from the anime would be Air Gear.
Apolonir
Apolonir: When I was a kid I saw random animes like Dragon Ball, Pokemon, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and maybe InuYasha but I never followed so much them, maybe seeing some seasons and never touched them particularly again. Recently I saw completly Sword Art Online, the best anime in my opinion (and also reading his novels from where them were based on) and now I want to continue with other anime and novels from Reki Kawahara as Accel World.
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tery818
tery818: I guess my first was dragonball z on tv but I didn't watch much of it I would actually say then, I started with Naruto which got me I to all the other anime I've watched and am still looking forward to watch!
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tery818
tery818: First manga was probably bleach since I already seen most of naruto by then I just started with something different I had seen a few AMVs and pictures of bleach and though it looked cool so I started reading it and watching it after naruto.
Tonemaro
Tonemaro: I had always heard about Anime, and I knew what it was, but I never really watched it. I saw a few late-night episodes of Bleach once, but... it never caught on. Then this spring my brother introduced me to Sword Art Online. I ate it up. It was awesome. I've watched and rewatched it many times, usually focusing on the beginning (which was far superior in my point of view). However, I haven't yet made the leap to other anime. Some of my friends are really into it, but I guess that I've been reluctant to branch out. I really like SAO and I suppose that I would enjoy delving further into the genre. I guess that I spend too much time on other things to really do so, such as playing AE games. Anime really is something special, though. Maybe over winter break I'll look into another series.
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Leonard
Leonard: My first anime was full metal alchemist OMG so meany good memory's now my favorite has to be attack on titan Both anime and manga. :3
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iinfamous
iinfamous: Toonami and neon alley 2 channels fileld with anime goodness. IT'S STILL ALIVE AND KICKING!!!! best anime ever is gun x sword.
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Gareon
Gareon: The very first Gundam. I am a true mecha fan at heart.
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Artix
Artix: Do you remember which version of Gundam?
Itsuki_Minami
Itsuki_Minami: if it's gundam, then mine would be gundam 00 =)
Acceelerator
Acceelerator: Mine is Gundam Seed
Fabrizio
Fabrizio : I don't even remember my 1st anime, but after keeping up to the One Piece anime, I started reading the manga. It really is an awesome manga/anime; even if it's longer than Bleach and Naruto, it's worth watching/reading.
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MRamazing
MRamazing: hmmm my first anime was naruto. Manga is where its at, but some anime is a different experience. Everyone needs to watch at least one anime, and that is
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MRamazing
MRamazing: arakawa under the bridge... funniest anime ever!!
raveolot86
raveolot86: Speed Racer was my first anime but DBZ was what got me in to anime
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: Besides Pokemon and that none-such? I would say Infinite Stratos was my first real anime series I watched. While on the slightly questionable side about content safety, it is still among my favorite series coming out with a second season this year! My top anime, I would say Hellsing/Hellsing Ultimate. Absolutely LOVE IT! That amazing hat and vampire-slaying has always interested me. Occult is a big interest of mine, so seeing a story about vampire slaying is always great to me, like Vampire Slayer D (which is where I assume Vampire Slayer E came from in the original Adventure Quest). Another of my faves is Bakemonogatari with an interesting style and way of telling the story. I probably shouldn't flood the comment section, so I'll end it here. Is anime making a comeback? I think it has always been here with us. We are the ones who create it's presence, and from what I've seen it will definitely be staying regardless of how it changes. I hope you all feel the same.
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Bubblewee
Bubblewee: My first was blue seed lol was canceled in America about 2 months after it premiered and by then I was addicted and cried when it didn't come back on T^T all those nights staying up till midnight waiting
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Shadow Ravena
Shadow Ravena: First anime, easy: Yugioh/pokemon, Saturday morning on Channel 4. REAL first anime: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (thanks to my practically-otaku friend), and on a streaming site. Currently, I'm watching Soul Eater on Funimations site. I think that is how anime will survive, if not thrive- having everything on the web, but with the ads for revenue.
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Master_Yi
Master_Yi: I'd say I really didn't get involved with the anime/manga culture until I started playing the original AdventureQuest. Now, I draw anime stuff everyday (though not as an occupation YET). Thanks for making this possible for me, Artix and AE team.
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Dragonmastah221
Dragonmastah221: My first anime I remember watching was Naruto. My cousins loved watching the show a lot and got me watching it with them but, sadly that show had way too many fillers for me. Even so I still continue to watch anime.
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Jackal
Jackal: Shaman King on 4Kids!
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Adiblackstar
Adiblackstar: my first was pokemon my dad said he sat down and watched it with me when i was 3 he also said we watched dragonball z
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iamthefatheroflies
iamthefatheroflies: Well, my first anime was actually a the Ranma 1/2 movie, "Big Trouble in Nekonron China". We also had a Ranma 1/2 game for the Super Nintendo, which only solidified my love for the series. My first manga, however.. was Dragonball Z. But it was the early 90's when they had a lot of manga series in the sizes and shapes of actual comic books, instead of those thick square books people get today. My dad gave them to me, since he was a HUGE DBZ/Dragonball fan, since he actually grew up with it more so than I did. They were the issues where Goku and Piccolo fought and killed Raditz. Ah.. the good memories. :')
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BladestarX
BladestarX: My first anime's gotta be pokemon and yugioh. I was like 4 when I started to watch it. From that, I kinda quit watching it till 2 years ago. Attack on Titan is an amazing anime (even though one of the more gory ones in my opinion) but the story is very good. First manga would have to be bleach (Shonen Jump).
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drclarko
drclarko: My Anime my Fullmetal Alchemist (The original). I streamed it of Hulu.
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drclarko
drclarko: Woops, accidentally hit the enter key...anyway, that was my first real anime. I'd seen Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, and Digimon, but I didn't realize it wasn't american (yay child me). My first Manga was Pokemon Adventure. By the way Artix, Steins; Gate is one of my all-time favorite anime!
thundeman2
thundeman2: My first anime/manga would probably be Naruto. I began watching about 3, 4 years ago; now i'm up to date. i watch every new episode that comes out. When i first watched it, i found it pretty entertaining, it was very humorous. Then after i watched e few more, i began to see how the story developed and i must say, there have been times that i almost cried. I've also tried to convince some of my school mates to watch it. Overall I highly suggest the rest of you to watch/read Naruto, it is my favorite manga!!!
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Argentis
Argentis: My first anime was Sailor Moon, back in the early 90s when shows screening in the US took a couple of years to get to NZ, if ever. My first manga was Oh My Goddess which I found at my high school library during the early 2000s, which eventually drew me towards the manga section in the public libraries in my city because I wanted to read them all and the school library only had the one volume.
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Ed12
Ed12: The first anime that I actually saw from beginning to end was Soul Eater. I REALY got in to anime after that but alas time does not stop, and the last anime that I watched was Death Note.
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Stealth
Stealth: my first is detective conan :D
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Dream Warden
Dream Warden: I am watching that now. At episode 651. It is quite good!
Rasdor the Bloodthirsty
Rasdor the Bloodthirsty: My first anime was Digimon growing up in the 90s.
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YamiKakyuu
YamiKakyuu: This is probably going to be a very long post so bear with me. My initial reaction to your post on twitter was the "Anime never left so how could it be back?" Then I realized Anime has been part of my everyday life for the past 20 years.
I did the same thing back in high school and college, go into Blockbuster and rent every anime they had. I believe my first anime was Voltron but since it was the 1980s I had no idea what anime was, I just remember seeing it on television and thought it was cool. Vampire Hunter D was the first anime movie I saw back in 1993. First series, that I knew was anime, was Sailor Moon in 1995. Akira was the first anime were I realized there was a big difference btwn the sub and the dub. I fully admit being a sub snob, I cannot watch dubbed anime, it doesn’t sound right to me. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
Now back to my reaction to twitter. Since I follow the Japanese releases of anime each season, it truly has never gone for me. I pick out what shows I’m going to follow and watch. Sometimes I finish them, sometimes I get disinterested, sometimes I find stuff recommended to me which I never would have thought I’d like, Code Geass falls into that category, I’m not a fan of Mecha. I was told to watch it since the character design was done by CLAMP. Ended up loving it.
I don’t think anime left since it has always been around. What I do feel is that the quality of more recent series of anime has dropped. 6-7 years ago I’d have 7-10 shows I’d be considering watching and usually end up watching 5-7 of them. I joined several anime forums to talk with others about series. I remember when The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya came out and the huge buzz around it since NO ONE knew what was going on after watching epi 1 (technically was epi 0). Same with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. That first arc punched me in the gut. I couldn’t wait til the next epi came out. I still get that today, espc now with Attack on Titan. I made a lot of friends on these forums, most who I still talk to today. Ghost Hunt alone, I met 6 very good friends who just from this anime got to know them and build our friendships around this and other shows we were watching.
But in the past maybe 3 years I’ve seen a decline in anime that seems appealing to me. I’ll admit I’m not the easiest person to please either; I’m not that into a lot of genres of anime. I like mystery/horror/weird anime or action. Good action, not a bunch of “dead” people talking for 20 minutes and two minutes of fighting. FMA:B or Attack on Titan action. It seems lately that most anime is being geared towards guys, with many all-female casts. Nothing wrong with it but again not my style.
I will agree with that fact that nowadays the manga/anime section of stores is much less. I know many manga publishers have gone digital as well. I believe many got in over their heads and licensed way too much when anime peaked about 4-5 years ago. TokyoPop is a great example of this. They went licensing crazy and sadly ended up going under and left a lot of the licenses unfinished. Thankfully publishers like GoComi and Yen Press did pick up from of their unfinished titles. I’m glad since I was going to be very mad that I would not have a complete collection of Heart No Kuni No Alice.
I think because of the other licensing fiasco that happened a few years ago, publishers and companies became more aware of “just because we license something popular doesn’t mean it’ll sell” , one thing have you seen some sets that are put out? $40-50 for maybe 3-4 epis? That’s insane. Today, though anime is still expensive, companies like Funi put out surveys to hear what their customers would like to have licensed *cough* Mononoke *cough*, so there’s a more hands-on approach to it.
I do feel that anime like Attack On Titan which is doing extremely well in sales and streaming will help bring back more quality anime. This summer season has been one of the better seasons of anime in recent years. Sadly though looking at Fall, I’m not seeing a lot I’m interested in, it’s a lot of 2nd or 3rd seasons to anime I never saw season 1 of. But I disgress.
In closing, anime will always be around, it may not be mainstream but then I don’t have a problem with that. As long as manga is drawn and novels are written and someone decides to adapt it into an anime we’re good. Everything waxes and wanes, the true fans stay true. Anime has been my hobby for 20 years and I’m not leaving it any time soon.
Sorry for the long post but I like talking about this subject. Here's hoping I didn't hit the character limit....
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Artix
Artix: <3 Long posts
 Nick_Pyro
Nick_Pyro: My first was truly Pokemon, I literally grew up with it as a baby as my mom bought the videos and we would always watch it whenever, but at the same time I also watched Yu-gi-oh on TV. As for first Manga, that's a good question, my first manga was a Shonen Jump Manga. So got I got a taste of Rosario + Vampire (I love it and its sequel. ^_^), Bleach, Naruto, and a few others. I have a bunch of titles I'm reading under my belt, like Maid-sama, Shinshi Doumei Cross, and Attack on Titan.
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ThunderAE
ThunderAE: my first anime was dragonball z, then i went on and read/wantched naruto, naruto shippuden. after that i watched swordart online, and lastly i watched hatekio hitman reborn. this are the best animes i have watched, i might be watching that inuyasha.
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Rune_knight80
Rune_knight80: my first anime was dragonball z but my first good anime aka amazing anime that got me into anime was
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Rune_knight80
Rune_knight80: code geass
Bladebrawl
Bladebrawl: I've never really been a huge anime person. Not because I didn't like it, but I never found anything that called out to me. Though I have recently started Attack on Titan and Dragon Ball Z. And I now see why you liked DragonBall so much. Something about Goku really is inspiring to be honest. Thanks for making me want to watch the show! :p
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Xellos
Xellos: My first anime was Fullmetal Alchemist. I was watching it on a streaming site that my neighbor told me about.
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DerpSonic
DerpSonic: The...the PINK POTATO OF XELLOS!!
Pygar 2
Pygar 2: Hmm my very first anime...that's pretty hard to tell. My mum let me watch Outlaw Star (I don't remember ever watching it but me and my family are rewatching it), Tenchi Muyo (Yup, the King of Harem anime that didn't use ecchi alot). My first manga was definitely a tie between Naruto and Zatch Bell. Though I have to agree with Artix's statement about things like AoT (or SnK if you want to use the jap title) and SaO being the two big things that are cosplayed from anime because they are so popular. Things like Bleach and Naruto still have a strong arm at anime cons (along with Pokemon of course). But what I find more rewarding is cosplaying from things that are not well known or cosplayed.
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Pygar 2
Pygar 2: Cosplaying from series that arn't real known and having people recognize them is one of the best things ever. Last years Colossalcon I cosplayed a Tech-priest from Warhammer 40,000 (or 40k for short). A couple people recognized my cosplay and I was really ecstatic about it! I've even done upgrades to it (which I pulled out at this years Colossalcon) and it's more awesome (and my back doesn't hurt as much from the power pack!). I've looked at a couple of AE characters and went 'Hmmm I could do that' such as Ash or our lovable dragon slayer!
Artix
Artix: /Agree.
DeathGuard
DeathGuard: One of my first anime were Inuyasha, Shaman King, Trigun and Digimon when I was a kid, then I started watching and downloading anime along with my brother with conscience, then I saw Bokurano and Gundam Wing. I grow up being a fan of Gundam series, having in mind Gundam 00 is one of the coolest ones they have released yet. Also I got into Shoujo with the anime & manga of Vampire Knight. Bought some of its volumes, watched anime and then followed manga by reading it online. Some weeks ago it finally finished so it is quite sad good series last a bit :c
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Botzit
Botzit: First Anime I ever watched was Naruto then DBZ then I start to watch other animes like Fairy Tail, Clanned, Death Note, Full Metal Alchemist and Soul Eater and some others. My Grandma would always watch them with me.
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Evermore33
Evermore33: My first anime was Soul Eater, and it is still one of my favorites. One of my friends showed it to me, and I was instantly hooked. I agree that anime never really lost popularity, and I have always watched it through the internet, so I guess the way most people watched it just changed. I also read manga online too, so that might be one of the reasons why you don't see it in bookstores all that often anymore
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: ATTACK ON TITAN!!!! Its my favorite, along with History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi...(18+ Age). Attack on Titan was very interesting when I got that that boy could be a Titan... That thing you did instead of the giant titan frowned me :( (Sorry). Anyways my first Anime I think was Dragonball/Pokemon or Digimon...
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Hurricane150
Hurricane150: Just to tell Attack on Titan and ATTACK ON TITAN!!!! Its my favorite, along with History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi are Manga :D
Boom U Doom
Boom U Doom: The first anime that I really liked was Naruto. The whole idea of turning into a mysterious beast was pretty awesome for my mind back when i was in 2nd grade. After years, I think I started to hate all the filters that made no sense at all...Especially Naruto and Bleach ones. For me, Bleach was exciting and all that until Aizen was defeated. I feel that the author just wanted to continue the story when it could of end nicely.
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Boom U Doom
Boom U Doom: Recently I fell in love with Code Geass and Attack on Titan. I know Code Geass is kind of old, but i just saw it this summer along with SAO. One thing I really liked about Code Geass is the mysterious Geass. You see, I really like mysterious things.
Aeon
Aeon: I know that you guys have always been a fan of anime (I can remember a similar post on DragonFable's Design Notes)...but I feel as though YOUR very own games have slowly been drifting away from the anime genre as well.

I liked the original AQ because the player art was drawn in an anime-esque style I really admired, but your more recent games (like EpicDuel, which I guess you guys technically acquired) and the content in your games (seen in AQW with the NPC-art revamp and even in the the original AQ) seem more...Western in design, than before.

I don't know if that’s your goal, if you guys are trying to move away from anime-styles due to your current artists’ preference, but having a reference item here or there just isn’t the same as letting it influence your games a bit more.

My silly opinion aside, I think you guys have done a great job with what you guys do, and you’re still going strong. But as a childhood fan of Anime & Manga (and of your games since 2005), it wouldn’t hurt to see you go back to your roots more often.
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frozonex
frozonex: My first anime was digimon, me and my best friend used to watch it every sunday on a local tv network.And my first manga was Yu-Gi-Oh, i have all of the volumes except for volume 23.
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SiennaReborn21
SiennaReborn21: My first anime that I knew was an anime was Naruto. I remember my brother borrowed a dvd box set from a friend, and we would make it a daily thing. :D Technically my first would be either Pokemon or Digimon, but I didn't know they were anime back then. Actually, I had never even heard of anime back then. My first manga was Digimon. I got several Digimon manga books for my birthday/Christmas (can't remember which) one year.
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Tiamaat
Tiamaat: My first anime was probably Voltron on tv back in the early days. My first manga is harder to pinpoint since I started reading those online and mostly to get ahead or read more on an anime series. Like you said, anime and manga haven't died, they've just changed formats. Some artists seem to have realized that already and are licensing their stuff, but there's always another website. It more manga went digital and anime had licensed sites, I think the higher grade products could slow down the free sites. But everything evolves, that's the fun of it all!
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icefang5
icefang5: My first was Pokemon honestly but I prefer stuff like dragon ball and DearSto that any day.I really do not like that anime which is all cutesy like (but DearS is an exception).I like things like naruto and _e_losing are the best kinds for they have true intense stories with such wonderful cliffhangers which (Sry artix) I believe are better than shows like voltron for those kinds of shows do not have enough action.Anime I believe is like a good novel...a great story which anyone could understand,twists and turns working behind the early action in the series...and beautiful extremely detailed animation by true artists,and funny little bits and pieces to give it some more flavor...the one and only fatal flaw is how short every series is...
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Zagito
Zagito: The first anime I watched is Voltes V. I didn't even knew that Voltes V was an anime. I really love robots when I was a kid. I cried back then because my mother won't buy me a toy robot, then my mother turned on the TV and changed the channel to Voltes V show, the reason why I got addicted on watching Voltes V when I was 5 years old. I still remember the OP of Voltes V lol.
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Deguff
Deguff: My first anime was Sword Art Online. Me and my brother watched that anime, it was very popular anime.
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Derpyfire
Derpyfire: The first anime I properly enjoyed was... DRAGONBALL Z KAI!!!
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Ark_Zong
Ark_Zong: My first anime was Inuyasha, I was preety little and I stayed up late and saw it on TV, I thought it was cool and weird, then after that that I saw digimon, then pokemon, then dragon ball z, and then when I went online was when i found the term for all those shows "anime" and I've loved anime ever since. recently I havent watched any and I plan on watching attack on titan now. also the first manga I could get my hands on was a pokemon manga. ( I misspelled some things here )
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ben14715
ben14715: My First Anime was "Astro Boy" in 2003. And I watched all 50 episodes in front of the TV. :D
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: Mine was probably pokemon. I watched that in second grade back when it was still somewhat geared towards older kids. Now it's more for really little kids. So I guess my first real anime would be DN Angel.
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redpanda2016
redpanda2016: I found it when I was watching a fan made anime for Warriors which is one of my favorite book series. The theme song was the theme for DN angel. I thought the theme sounded really cool so I watched the anime :D after that I was hooked on anime. The next anime I saw was Ouran Host Club then High School of the Dead, Monster and Fairy Tail. There's this new anime that came out this summer which I am currently following call Dog and Scissors. It's awesome :D
Rumble2
Rumble2: My actual first was Dragon Ball Z(Since it was already mentioned a few times, I had to think a of second) At one of my cousin's house when I use to visit in the afternoon.
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Demit
Demit: While I'll admit that I don't really like Attack on Titan, and only liked the first volume of SAO, the thing I like about titles like these are how they can draw people into the larger world of anime. I myself started by consuming massive amounts of Naruto, Bleach and later Onepiece, every day. It was only through these (and Cardcaptors ;), that I got into anime at all. Besides, while SAO and SnK have very obvious flaws, they still have entertainment value, which is all you really want sometimes. I don't think anime is really making a comeback, but just that we now have the next-gen entry level anime out :D
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Russo
Russo: my first anime was Mirai Nikki and Guilty Crown anime these if 3
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protronicus
protronicus: it was when i was in junior public school. i had this crazy obsession with dragons. so, while i was walking around the school's library, i saw a book that had the word "dragon" on it. i went over, picked it up, and was surprised to read that the thing read in the opposite direction. thinking that this was a prank book, i put it back on the shelf. but a month later, i picked up the book again, and started reading it. and that's when dragon drive hooked me, and i was hooked into anime.
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Nutrone
Nutrone: My first anime was bleach ^_^! My first Manga was Naruto^_^:)! These two are still my most favorite.
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jakemaster1390
jakemaster1390: Sailor Moon was my first. Used to watch it on TV after school on a "childrens station." never knew at the time that it was a Japanese anime because I knew it was something my mom would approve of me watching so I never discussed it and also I didn't know the difference between American and Japanese made "Cartoons." The first manga I ever read and knew it was Manga was one piece and bleach from a shonen jump magazine in my high school library. from then on I prefer Manga because the story is so much deeper than most North American animation that I watch today.
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Joanaker
Joanaker: Pokemon, on TV when I was younger, when Ash first started his adventures with Misty, Brock, and Pikachu.
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alphachurch
alphachurch: Mine was Dragonball. the original. I was inspired by that so much and wanted to become an artist soon after. sadly I am not out of school yet but I plan to open a bookstore selling manga. maybe have a few paid apps to watch anime and read manga and sell these things online. The evolution of anime is really surprising. Look at how the animation in the original Dragonball was so simple, then you look at the animation from AoT aka Attack on Titans aka Shingeki no Kyojin and it is so amazing that a long time otaku is paralyzed
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alphachurch
alphachurch: I also have an idea Artix, I think you should try to make a short story inside of one of your games, like AQW where it is based off of one of your favorite anime, or you could start a poll to see which one you should base it off of. If you have already done so I apologize, I have not been on in a few weeks and have missed a little.
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Acceelerator
Acceelerator: My first anime is Dragonball Z! I still watch it even if I'm working! All hail Dragonball!
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Acceelerator
Acceelerator: My first manga is Toaru Kagaku no Railgun(A Certain Scientific Railgun).
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Acceelerator
Acceelerator: (Is it me or does everyone noticed that many players have their first anime is Dragonball?)
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Xero
Xero: it's pretty cool anime and it will be more cooler if there is an armor for this :D
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Nivlac Hood
Nivlac Hood: I remember watching Dragon Ball Z and Naruto at first and some One Piece showed up but since they've stopped I've only really been watching RWBY (which may or may not count as anime) P.S. searching up something for DBZ found me DragonFable and AE so, ORIGINS
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Nivlac Hood
Nivlac Hood: I just need to say that Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has changed my thought pattern in so many ways
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Itsuki_Minami
Itsuki_Minami: If you were to ask me o my very first anime, it would Airgear, set on a futurstic world of sports! I pretty much got into the series and decided, I'm not gonna stop watching anime till I DIE! and if i do die I WISHED I WOULD GO AND BE REINCANATED INTO THE ANIME WORLD!!! pretty stupid wish doesn't it, but not for me! =)
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korangar
korangar: My first anime was Pokémon, but I think is was Bleach that really got me hooked on the stuff.
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kartron
kartron: my first anime was Dr. slump, it was a good show, and my first manga was one piece it seemed boring in the start but it got better little by little that made me a fan of one piece
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Danis delaverdy
Danis delaverdy: my first anime is One piece me and my little brother always see on TV,then Naruto and Bleach :-)
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PowerJack
PowerJack: Between Tenchi Muyou, Evangelion, Sailor Moon or Dragon Ball I don't really remeber... I do remember waking up at5am to watch every single one of them :D
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Dragon1472
Dragon1472: my first anime was cowboy bebop, which I caught odd glances of sometime during my early childhood, a fact that I realized after I started remembering how episodes ended when I started watching them for the first time.
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Warai-san
Warai-san: My first anime was either Digimon or Yu-Gi-Oh or Shaman King...can't remember which, as all three of them were found on TV. As for the first manga...Pokemon! That was four-grade when a classmate borrowed it to me :3
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ligtning
ligtning: i have watched nearly more than 300 anime series my first anime was digimon then dbz then one piece my most favorite is hellsing and devil may cry :).. in aqw i have seen really a lot of anime manga fans
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Kazan Dragneel
Kazan Dragneel: Artix...amongst the millions of typos this is your worst. Even worse would be if you thought it was spelled like that.
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Kazan Dragneel
Kazan Dragneel: Artix...amongst the millions of typos this is your worst. Even worse would be if you thought it was spelled like that. Fairy Tale = Fairy Tail. Tail. Not a tale, a tail. .-. And gotta be Laputa: Castle in the sky by Studio Ghibli. Seriously, been watching it since I was about 5 and I'm 14 now :3 Can't believe it came out in 86! Sword Art Online and Shingeki No Kyojin are amazing. (BTW SnK is attack on titan, just the kanji version)
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Xanaomin
Xanaomin: My first Anime was either Pokémon or Dagonball Z. Frankly, I can't remember which came first. ^^; However, the anime that amused me the most and was my favorite was a silly american anime that sort of mocked the industry in a fun loving and totally hilarious way... Bo Bo-Bo. There's a very basic silly plot set up, and everything else is hilarity and randomness. I'd bet that you'd enjoy it, Artix, just because you're a funny, punny guy~
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goldy36
goldy36: my first anime that i watched is tekkaman back in 96 when i was only 7 years old yeah i looked it up last year cause i was remembering a guy using a green crystal to transform and that is it :D then it was pokemon i guess and yu-gi-oh and the dragonball z and that's where it all started that me and my brother were looking for anime
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undeadarti
undeadarti: My first Manga was Fruit basket (Don't laugh at the name) and Anime, Pokemon BE:Rival Destinies.
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jaredjuh
jaredjuh: i could be wrong because i grew up in a time when most cartoon tv series could be considered as anime but i think the first anime series i've seen would be pokemon, digimon or yu-gi-oh, but the best anime i've seen at this moment was just recently: Fairy Tail
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Clergy
Clergy: My very first anime was Sailor Moon on cassette, first manga was Dr. Slump. Now, I watch anime on a pretty much daily basis, with Neon Genesis Evangelion and Psycho Pass being a few of my favorites. Also like Berserk, K-On!(moe ftw), and Madoka Magica. I'm watching Attack on Titans also, but I find it a bit boring as the plot is awkwardly paced.
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Reaper12
Reaper12: My first Anime war FMA (Full Metal Alchemist) when i watch i was in awe, sorrow, laughter and at times Horrified....it was like real life :)
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Gjappy
Gjappy: My first anime/manga... hmm must be Naruto. And I 'm still not done with following that one..
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Silver_crow
Silver_crow: My first anime was Accel world,Sword art online and Fairy tail
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Dwightt96313
Dwightt96313: The first anime that I watched was Death Note. IIRC, my friend was talking about it a lot and I had never really gotten into anime all that much before, so I decided to give it a shot. I instantly fell in love. After Death Note, I began watching all kinds of different animes, including my favorite anime Bleach. If it weren't for Death Note, I probably owuld not be an anime fan. :)
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gerkapopalot
gerkapopalot: My first anime was Code Geass and is my favorite. Afew other awesome animes ive seen would be Elfen Lied, Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, Pandora Hearts, Tsubasa Chronicles, Death Note, Sword Art Online, Zatch Bell, Mirai Nikki, are all some good anime you guys could look into....if you haven't already
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SouL_Prisoner
SouL_Prisoner: Anyway thnx for the info about this anime and other great anime's. I was wondering what should i watch next after being totally disappointed with big talk "Fairy Tale". The series could have been a million times better. Great concept(that to probably copied from some game.. Like Fable or something...), but poor story line.
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Kinzvlle
Kinzvlle : Oh, Artix? Did you know they put Toonami back on Adult Swim, on Saturday nights? They still play anmie Sword Art Online, Eurke, Naruto, One peice etc. \
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AVFC807
AVFC807: As an Otaku Im Glad To Have It On AQWorlds
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SouL_Prisoner
SouL_Prisoner: A little confused here. Who is this??? (I mean who is the author on this post??? Is titan or Artix himself??)
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OrthanoDarkmoon
OrthanoDarkmoon: I believe my first anime ever was Sailor Moon. My grandparents introduced me to it. Along my life, I started watching Dragonball and some other older animes, and the fifth one I had ever seen was Soul Eater (still one of my favorites). Still, my favorite would be Blue Exorcist (or Ao No Exorcist).
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wingedway
wingedway: My first anime/manga was Death Note, and I came by it by mistake, since I was on the internet and my mouse slipped and I clicked on something which turned out to be a description about this manga/anime. It was something really different since in England most cartoons are either old fashioned or animated, and the only anime I was aware of was Pokemon, though I didn't know what it was till later. I got reading and started watching the anime, and I liked the style, it was new and unique. It's probably the best mistake I've ever made.
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Shadyf0x
Shadyf0x: sward art onlane is my favorite currently but i seen too much anime to remember c;
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OrthanoDarkmoon
OrthanoDarkmoon: It's Attack on Titan~~!!!
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musbah
musbah: Well honestly I've been watching anime since about 2005 (at least that's when I started extensively) my first one before that time was probably dragonball.
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Kinzvlle
Kinzvlle : Yaa, Anmie!
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Lightningninjastorm
Lightningninjastorm: My first anime, naruto, was found on cartoon network's tsunami jetstream. I watched all of the stuff there, cartoon network took it down and went all crappy, then when I was later in my elementary school years and changing houses, I came across Naruto Shippuden, then things like Bleach, Fairy Tail, One Piece, etc. I am now all caught up on ALMOST ALL anime, and now I am caught up on most manga, as well.
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ExodusRaven
ExodusRaven: Well... The first anime I was exposed to was Dragonball Z. Because it was on Nicktoons or something.
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ExodusRaven
ExodusRaven: The first anime I actually /watched/ and paid attention to/liked was Soul Eater. And I actually got into it because a friend handed me a copy of the first book of the manga and told me to read it. First anime I liked, although it was probably the last I will like.
Hynox
Hynox: I love attack on titan and im also a AE GAMER
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Acceelerator
Acceelerator: My first anime is Dragonball Z. Me and my cousins always watch it even right now I still watch Dragonball Z. The first manga I ever read is Mayo Chiki. well, it's to funny and it has PLOT! My favorite anime Is To aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun! I even bought the Light Novel of To Aru Majutsu no Index. (Volumes 14-22, SS1 and SS2 and To Aru Majutsu no Index New Testament Volumes 1-7).
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Cae11
Cae11: My first anime was Megaman NT Warrior. While it barely counts, it inspired me to late discover awesome things like Death Note, Sword Art Online, Naruto, Bleach, Full Metal Alchemist, and World Embryo!! (I still have yet to get to One Piece, Dragonball, or Attack on Titan)
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Cae11
Cae11: I should also add that I'm a 90's kid, and discovered anime at about the age of 8.
FujinLegend
FujinLegend: my first was ranma. made me laugh a lot but it is strange a man becomes a woman with cold or hot water?
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Z Man
Z Man: My first anime was FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Such a great anime. I watched it subbed on Youtube. Not the best way to watch it, but it's still a way. I just started watching Death Note to get over the depression that soul eater was such a short series.
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Saber1234
Saber1234: Man i can name soooo many anime series that i watch until now. I really love both old and new anime series. you can name over a 100 animie series i you have the time to do so. Well i have watched over 80+/- anime series until now.And the best thing about it is I'm 16 ^.^ And Artix.....Have you ever thought of making an AQW Anime cuz it would be awesome. i tried doing so but i ost my storyboard while moving my house T.T. If you guys do so it would be really awesome.
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Saber1234: Well my first Anime was Dragon Ball/Card capturer Sakura. I was around 4-5 years old when i first watch anime. Well i saw it on the Indian branch of Cartoon Network but to my bad luck it completely went into the hands of India n all my favorite anime series were cut off. But 5 years latter Animax was introduced to India and from then on I've been gettin my anime from Animax ^.^
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Saber1234: Ive never heard of attack on titan until now but samurai champloo is a personal favorite.And yu yu hakusho is a very unique anime which was really cool n a first of its type i still love it .
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Saber1234: Well looks like there are Otakus everywhere its just difficult to find them cuz they tend to keep it to themselves.The people of today may or maynot accept you for who you are.
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MasterClay
MasterClay: I cant remember very well, but i think Dragonball Z was my first. What i do remember is that i used to watch it when I was in my brothers room when he wasn't home. Though i really love Dragonball Z, Fairy Tale has to be my favorite.
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*tchua09*
*tchua09*: My first anime is Digimon and hearing the intro music leaves me with tears!! Manga? Fist manga is katekyo hitman reborn but I read it from the internet (sorry!)
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chocolate milk
chocolate milk: My first anime was Fate/Zero i found it by looking up random stuff on the web .
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