Friday, July 15, 2011

How long have you been into anime?

Here comes one of those articles that makes me feel old.  Anything that looks back on my life always gets me a bit depressed, just because I realize how quickly time flies!  At least I have spent a good portion of my life enjoying friends, family and all sorts of entertainment.  In more recent years, I've definitely gotten more into anime than ever before.  I slowly searched out more information on anime until I realized that I was fully immersed in the culture!

I definitely haven't been into anime all that long when you look at how old I am.  In August I'll be turning 29, and while I've been playing video games since I was about 5 years old, anime came way later than that.  I definitely caught some anime-related features when I was younger, but it wasn't until much later in life that I actually started to hunt out anime to watch.

If I had to put a timestamp on when I actually really got into anime, I'd have to look at about 8 years ago.  It was at that time that I was talking to a handful of people that were way more knowledgeable about anime than myself.  I'm sure that's still the case today, but back then I knew next to nothing.  I just knew that I ilked what I saw in some anime films, and that's what pushed me to learn more about this form of entertainment.

As the years went on I tried to pull in all the information on anime that I could.  I subscribed to magazines, hunted around the internet for info and talked about anime with anyone that would listen.  As the years went on, I became more familiar with the bigger anime TV series' as well as films, and the more I watched the more I could feel myself getting sucked into the universe.  Now, all these years later, I couldn't be happier to be labeled as an anime nerd!

How long have you bee watching anime for?  I'm sure some of you have been into anime fandom a lot longer than I.  I'd love to know how old you are, and just how much of your life you've spent as an anime lover!


  1. I'm turning 22 in 5 days, but I've definitely been interested in anime for about 17-18 years. I started with SuperBook as a wee little tot, and continued to watch anything anime that I saw as I was growing up. I always knew SuperBook was Japanese, so that stoked my interest in anything Japanese for years afterwards.

    I feel old now...

  2. I have been watching since 1998 or so!! I was 8 then and now am 21!

  3. I'm 18 and I've been watching anime since um...Well probably since 2001 or somewhere around there. But then again Sailor Moon was before that... Meeeeeh idk. Somewhere when early but not too early Toonami was around.

    And I've been a hardcore anime watcher for the past 2 years. Before then I never kept up with Japanese releases and such, and never watched anything outside of tv. Only maybe Naruto or Bleach if I missed one on tv.

  4. I watched anime shows in the morning before elementary school. This was back when I had no idea that anime existed, let alone that I watched it every day.

    I don't remember exactly when this was, but I would guess 15-16 years.

  5. Jeez, it has to be about 22 years now. I've been watching since I was a wee lad, when my uncle would show me stuff like Captain Harlock and Robotech.

  6. I've been watching it since 2007-2008.

  7. 1994 maybe, when i saw Samurai Pizza Cats. But I only started watching series that don't make to Canadian television in 2006.

  8. I'm 27 years old, and started watching anime in 2002. Actually, the first time watching anime was before that, I was sleeping over at my brother's dorm and I was still in highschool at the time. One of their friends let me watch this anime called Iria: Zeiram the Animation. I was really entertained by it. It wasn't until 2002 that I watched Princess Monokee, and Robotech. Those are the titles that got me into anime. :)