Who Was Your 'Anime Sensei'?

In a post I did a little while back about recommendations, several people who replied mentioned someone who was their ‘anime sensei’ so to speak. It got me thinking, all of us had to have a gateway into anime, and perhaps several gateways into different parts of the anime culture. You may have learned some stuff on your own, but I think a lot of us have someone who taught us all about anime culture (even if they didn’t really mean to.) I’m interested in knowing: Who was your anime sensei?

I owe my fandom largely to two of my older cousins – Funeral, and a much older counterpart who was to him basically what he was to me. The elder cousin introduced us formally to ‘anime’ with Ninja Scroll, and it just so happened that only a couple of weeks after we saw Ninja Scroll, Adult Swim was born and the revolutionary Cowboy Bebop started airing. Funeral and I were instant anime addicts and we both did plenty of research, though I wasn’t nearly as good at it as he was and most of what I knew came as hand-me-downs from him. In those early days, though, I didn’t so much have a sensei as I was one.

There was a kid who went to my bus stop in seventh grade who happened to show up with Inuyasha vol. 4 one day. I started talking to him about it and realized that he didn’t really know all that much about anime or what exactly he was reading. I immediately loaned him the first volume of Naruto (a limited edition one which the bastard creased the cover on, but I digress.) I got this guy hugely into anime, and it was cool because he had a lot of money and would buy series that I hadn’t seen yet. I moved away and haven’t spoken to him in at least 5 years except for once when I found him to be really into anime still. I can’t help but wonder how far he ended up going.

As you may know, I largely got out of anime between 2004 and 2007, and what got me back into anime was mostly my return to reading Megatokyo and exploration of it’s forums. At the time, Haruhi was huge, so I watched that and realized I wanted to get back into anime. I luckily arrived just in time for the AGP (which is about to start this year! Fuck yeah!) which gave me lots of great stuff, and I also picked up on people talking about current shows – I’ve gone through all this before, though.

'Anime sensei' in a far more literal sense.

There were a few people I could call an ‘anime sensei’ even though I don’t think any of them really made an effort to be such a thing to me. The first was Dagger from Otakuboards, the super-cool admin who was pretty much the only one on the site that knew anything at all about anime. She gave me tons of great suggestions and was the first to teach me about Revolutionary Girl Utena among many others. Then, from Megatokyo forums, I was equally influenced by Omo (who finally seems to be acknowledging my existence more) and Wildarmsheero (who has continuously put more effort into ignoring me completely.)

Omo has a way with words (i.e. I can’t understand a damn thing he says) but also importantly he is the super-cool mod of MTF. I don’t know why, but I’ve always really looked up to super-cool forum mods, so Omo always kind of looked like a king to me or something. Anyway, I learned many, many things about how to see anime from different angles and appreciate shows for different reasons than I might ordinarily. Studying his favorites list and following his (inadvertent) recommendations introduced me to a good chunk of my favorite shows. At some point, I created a list of all of his and dm’s (who you may know from writing on Drastic My Anime Blog) favorites list and decided that those were all of the shows I absolutely had to watch, and that list too carried me a good distance.

As for Wildarmsheero, he was great for helping me discover the depths of anime obsession and all of the wacky things it could bring. He was a lolicon pervert who wasn’t afraid to talk about dakimakura, doujinshi, and more, which I guess showed me that I didn’t need to be afraid of them. I think between reading him and watching Genshiken is what made my otaku balls drop and got me to be the full-throttle whacked-out fan that I am. It also helped that WAH and I had a lot of similar tastes, and often in things that other people didn’t like, so he kind of validated my appreciation of those things. Unfortunately, wah has always hated me and still hates me, even though I still admire him and agree with most of what he says.

That about covers all of the people who taught me about anime watching itself. I’ve had many, many more blogging sensei in the past couple of years, but as far as anime itself goes, I generally just have a lot more information than most of the people I talk to, and I do a hell of a lot of research to keep on top of things. In the meantime, I’ve played minor anime sensei roles to many others, most notably my 12 year-old brother who is quickly becoming as big a fan as anyone. I’m pretty excited to see how far he’ll come in his fandom over the years.

So, that’s my story – now tell me yours – who was your anime sensei?

36 thoughts on “Who Was Your 'Anime Sensei'?

  1. Oddly enough, my sensei didn’t know a thing about anime. It all started with a trip to Toronto to visit my cousin. It was kind of boring there and with the exception of hitting on a few girls, I had nothing to do. That’s when it happened. I was just sitting in his house looking through DVDs to see if there was anything to watch, then I found them. Gate Keepers vol. 1-3. Keep in mind that I had experienced a few anime and manga before, but it never stuck and I was one of those people who thought it was weird. I was a little embarrassed because I had just before not really liked anime. So I waited till everyone left the house to go swimming, then I popped that sucker in. I loved the art, the voices (english) and I loved the premise. I was sucked in immediately.

    When I returned home, I got into another anime, one of my all time favorites, Inuyasha. I also finished Gate Keepers and was completely taken by the culture. Even to this day I still love Gate Keepers, and even write fanfiction from time to time.

    • Haha, intersting story. I never saw Gatekeepers though I meant to several times in my early days. I did, however, see the end of Gatekeepers 21 which left a pretty strong impression – I still haven’t gotten around to actually watching it from the start, though I do intend to. Love your creepy Lain avi, by the way.

  2. my list is pretty short as i’ve always been the one to seek out new information and bring it to my group.

    my best friend opened up the door to new anime series for me when we were younger because my house didn’t allow internet in it at that time… lol… so I’d go over to his place and watch stuff with him all the time. aside from him no one in real life that I know has been interested in anime before I introduced it to them.

    On the internet I’ve always been a fan of Anime-Planet since it first started up. When I was younger I always dreamed of making a site just like it and there it was already done for me. It’s a small yet very good anime community (on the forums) where i don’t feel that I’m trudging through fanboy post after post like other sites tend to leave me with that impression. I didn’t join right away because I wasn’t really into connecting with people online at the time but eventually I took that leap and never looked back. The member on AP that I hold the most respect for anime wise would be a user by the name of Purplemo. He’s kinda bitter and everyone kinda hates him because of his know it all personality, yet I learned a lot from him and i’d go as far as to say became friends with. I’ve become very good friends with sothis as well. the owner of AP. it’s always fun going through rare weird anime with her that no one else has ever heard of.

    In the Blog world I’m still quite new so I don’t overly have a lot of peers that I could say have taught me stuff about anime yet but oddly enough you, digitalboy, you were the one that kinda inspired me to actually start writing a blog of my own. Along with my prodding from my best friend and support of my boyfriend.

    • Hahaha, purplemo. That guy was cool, the only person from those forums who really left an impression on me. He couldn’t be one of my sensei just because our tastes were so totally different that we could never agree on anything, but the guy was cool and definitely knows his shit. I’ll never understand him, though.

      • because our tastes are different (yet the same figure that out) I will always “understand” him and I love fighting with him about whatever we just kinda feel like XD the best battles take place on irc haha

  3. About 10 years ago, I was really into Chrono Trigger and started reading a lot of fan fiction. One of the fanfics crossed over Chrono Trigger with Ranma 1/2 (somehow I didn’t even realize it was a crossover at first). I had no clue what Ranma 1/2 was, but the fanfic was cool, so I wanted to watch it. I went to IRC to download some Ranma 1/2, and while there I observed some conversations discussing other anime. I started watching what I could on TV, and when I got a computer capable of playing something other than RealMedia files, I started watching subs. The rest is history.

    • That’s a pretty awesome story. I can’t even imagine the possibilities if I had known about IRC when I got into anime (or even fansubs or even downloads). ‘Chrono Trigger x Ranma 1/2’ sounds completely bizarre, hahaha.

      EDIT: FUCK THAT IS ONE LONG ASS FANFIC!!! That things a fucking novel!!!

  4. I’m sure that you will not be surprised to learn that I also consider Dagger an anime sensei. I was still a casual fan during her posting heyday (she barely posts these days, unfortunately), and many of her recommendations became immediate favorites of mine. Even today our tastes are frighteningly similar, even though she is so busy that she watches maybe one new series a season, if she watches anything at all. You probably remember Fasteriskhead, too — he is a new age anime sensei of sorts to me. He introduced me to some older series (Gunbuster, Rose of Versailles, etc.) and also got me to watch Eureka Seven, and I’ll always be indebted to the guy for that. It’s too bad that nobody posts on OB anymore now that I am way more into anime. The place is a friggin’ ghost town now. Damn it all.

    When I first started getting back into anime, there was a guy in my Spanish II class my sophomore year of high school who was into anime, and he prodded me toward the series that opened my eyes a little wider (most notably Cowboy Bebop). Don’t know if I’d call him a sensei, but he certainly influenced me. Really, we talked more about video games than anime since I was way more into those at the time, haha. We even made a badass collage of video game characters for the class. I have no idea how in the hell that related to Spanish, but there you go.

    • Dagger is awesome, and I’d bet that she probably doesn’t post there anymore because of the fact that it IS a ghost town. I left for similar reasons, seeing as I was interested in anime and, well, the boards really weren’t. There are plenty of other great anime communities out there, though – currently, the anime blogging scene is more than enough to hold my attention day by day. And yeah, I remember fasteriskhead – I believe his having Eureka Seven and several others on his list helped prod me into watching them, so I can thank him for that, too. I also think he was the one to convince me to watch Marimite.

  5. Was I one of the people who sparked the idea for this post, perhaps? Or did I never mention that to you, and only Ghostlightning?

    Anyway, the people I’d consider my Anime Sensei are two of my best friends, Anthony and James. They’re both eighteen, two years older than me, so it’s not hard to consider them more learned in anime in general.

    I actually met them both a couple of years ago, but didn’t really become good friends with them until last Halloween (2008) when we attended a local Animecon together. It’s not a stretch at all to say that was the greatest weekend of my life so far, and since then I’ve really begin to dive deeper into the world of being an Otaku.

    I had a small, general knowledge of anime, but I wasn’t anywhere near Otaku status. After that con, though, and another one soon after (That’s coming up again at the end of this month! ^_^) they’ve both really taken me under their wing and taught me how to be what I’m still becoming.

    The first thing they really introduced me to was Kanokon, which I’ve since fallen completely in love with and is one of my favorites to this day (partially because Chizuru is full of so very, very much win…). Next after that was Touhou, which I still love but is less important to the story. Then came the challenge.

    For almost a year at that point, I’d been teased with speak of ‘The Vault’. This was the special place in their hearts where they kept every anime truly dear to them, every one they were truly proud in. Then, they came to me with a challenge.

    If I could show them an anime, that neither of them had seen before, and that they both enjoyed, I would be inducted into their inner Council.

    Now, this was never to be an easy task. James enjoys Comedy, Slice of Lice, and Shoujo anime; Anthony, Mecha, Action, Comedy and Shounen. The only chance it appeared I had was with comedy. I first contacted an otaku friend of mine on the internet, who’s seen so many obscure anime it’s unbelievable, promising him one gigabyte of porn relevant to his favorite fetish if he could find me a winning anime. I broke the poor bastard’s spirit, I’m afraid; I left him in shock that they had seen so much.

    So, I decided to leave it to fate–remembering all too well how good luck has been to me my whole life–and just went Google Diving. I typed anime in the search box, went to some obscure page number toward the back, and began searching for one that would work. That was when I remembered that one genre that I’d forgotten about, that one neither of them ever paid much attention to enjoying: paranormal. Then I found it.


    I fell in love with it from the first moment I looked it up on Wikipedia. I watched the first few episodes, and eventually told myself, ‘To Hell with the contest, all I care about is enjoying this anime.’ And that’s what I did; and Bakemonogatari has not only become one of my very favorite anime, it’s also my pride and joy, that one anime I’m still keeping locked up closest to my heart.

    But as it turns out, neither of them had seen it, and they both loved it. James enjoyed analyzing Senjougahara’s character to no end; Anthony enjoyed the Persona-esque feel it gave off. From that night forward, I was inducted into the Hall Of Fame for them; and it was at that moment I felt I had truly begun on the road to Otakudom.

    I had learned how wonderful it felt when you found something on your own that was truly unique; why it was at times so hard to give recommendations on some of your anime, because it’s like giving your daughter away, and you don’t know if the other person will cherish it as much as you do. I learned that the anime we watch that are like stepping stones to our growth as otaku are more important than anything else, not only in shaping what we enjoy, but what kind of anime lover we are.

    Since then, I’ve been able to offer as much anime to them as they do to me; I’m known as the kid who somehow finds all of the anime that’s still in production and hasn’t been completed yet. I’m proud to consider myself close to their level now; I can have discussions on characters and amazing moments in anime with James, and just fanboy to no end with Anthony. I’m proud of the steps I took to grow into an otaku, but I know that I never would’ve come close without their guidance, and that’s why I consider them to be my Anime Sensei.

    The scary part is, I’ve recently come into knowledge of THEIR Senseis; David and Tristan. This shocked me when I’d first heard it; Sensei’s Senseis? (Not knowing the proper plural form of that is killing me. >.>) I found it hard to believe that there was a person out there who played more Hentai Games than James, or who enjoyed catgirls more than Anthony; but these two did it first.

    But when I think about it, I begin to realize that a lot of the reason they’re so eager to train a new generation is because of the teachings they recieved from their Masters. And when I thought about that, I began to think when it might be time to find an Apprentice of my own.

    So if we have a snow day from school tomorrow–with an OVER 9000 percent chance that we will–I’ve invited a good friend of mine over who’s extremely interested in watching anime, but rarely has the time. I’ve begun to think, maybe I can raise him to be an otaku as well? I know I’m still not all that well learned in the ways of true anime fandom; but I figure that, while some are more experienced than others, every anime lover is a part of some massive community, almost a hive mind. And each and every one of them has a right, a responsibility, to pass on their love for anime to others as well.


    …Why do I foresee this being copy-pasted into a blog when I finally set one up?

    • Wow, that’s a big comment! You know, it’s funny, because if you didn’t sound so happy about this, it would sound like some truly horrible peer pressure! The whole challenge sounds like getting you to steal something to be inducted into a gang or something! It’s pretty hilarious in a way, but I see that you had a lot of fun and certainly learned some great lessons from the experience, so it all ends up good.

      I also think it’s kind of funny to think about the ‘guy who knows everything’ because I’ve almost forgotten what it was like to feel that way about someone. I used to look to certain people whose wealth and depth of knowledge would utterly floor me and think that I’d never know that much about anime. And now, I do. I AM the guy with too much knowledge. I know a hell of a lot more than most people for the simple fact that I do a hell of a lot of research and watch a hell of a lot of anime. And you are very new, but trust me, you’ll be here one day. If you continue at the rate you’re going, I know that within a few years you’ll be just as knowledgeable as myself or anyone else.

      And it’s funny, because when you gain more knowledge, you find that the people around you tend to be people with that knowledge as well. In the blogosphere, I’m just another guy. I talk about anime that most people know about, and even if I break out the obscure shit, then someone’s likely to have heard of it, and we can discuss it like it’s no big deal. But you should see what happens when I talk to kids ‘in the meat.’ Some of the newbie fans flip their fucking lids when I tell them I’ve seen ‘700 anime or so.’ It’s interesting to see their reaction and think ‘I would have reacted that way back then as well, wouldn’t I.’

      And I think it’s good that you are trying to help people while at the ‘level’ you are at, because it means you’ll have companions. When I try to get people into anime, I get too frustrated. I don’t like that they can’t see shows a certain way or I give up hope too easily. It’s because I can’t really feel that sort of freshness that they feel towards anime fandom, and I end up scaring them too easily by showing them the sheer size of the anime mountain. I think that while you may not be able to tell someone what every good show is and tailor-make a recommendation to their interests, you can do a much better job of understanding them and guiding them through the excitement of anime fandom. Godspeed to you on that endeavor.

      Currently, I’m training my 12 year-old brother to be an anime fan, and it’s a huge success. I’m quite proud of him, and it’s great to feel like you’ve helped someone find something that touched their lives. I’m sure you’ll understand that pleasure soon enough.

      • I think becoming the person who knows so much and is just so experienced is probably one of my bigger goals. I want to enjoy every anime I watch to it’s fullest, but every bit and piece that I watch also feels like another step I take up that massive anime mountain. That’s all that really matters to me, is absorbing more and more anime, everything I can get. It reminds me of the fact that no otaku can explain why they love anime, really; I don’t know why I feel that way, I just do. And it makes me proud to hear that my pace will get me there one day.

        I don’t think I’ll ever take to your ‘in the meat’ phrase. xD But I know where you’re coming from. I take pride in not being the newbie who would completely flip out when I heard that though. When I think of how much anime I have to watch, from a logical standpoint, it’s depressing; it seems hopeless. But deep down, I know it’s nothing more than a challenge that I’m going to enjoy whole-heartedly every step of the way. I can definitely relate when you say that you get frustrated when people ‘don’t see anime the way you do.’ That’s what really gets me.

        As for teaching your little brother, all I can say is, bravo. I wish I could do the same with my younger brothers. I know they would enjoy things if they watched it. My 13 year old brother enjoyed a lot of anime a few years back, pretty diverse for a noobie such as King of Bandits and Fruit’s Basket. My youngest brother LOVED Spirited Away.

        And I hate how they’ve grown so far away from it; I feel like a bit of a failure as an older sibling. Because now, they just can’t look at it the right way. I fucking hate them for it; anything I would ever try to show them these days would be met with ‘LOLOLOL LOL ANIME PORN LOLOLOLOLOLOL.’

        It’s really depressing. I know my younger brother would love Bakemonogatari; my youngest would be amazed by Paprika. But they’ve just grown too far away from it, and so the situation as it is now seems more or less hopeless. I tried; and I’d love to try again. If only I could tell that they were intelligent enough to handle it. =/

        • Hahahaha, you really do remind me of myself from 2 years ago. As for the depressing feeling, sadly you’ll have to get used to it. I’ve never, ever met an anime fan who felt like they’d seen everything that they need to. Some people have seen such an insane amount to be relatively contended (No Name, who has seen approx 4 times what I have and probably Omo) but no one is ‘done’ watching anime. Even if you were, you’d still have to be keeping up with the new stuff, haha.

          I look forward to reading your blog a lot~ or your posts on SAD when you start makin em~~~


            Lolol. I still have to watch Sora No Woto myself. Might be able to find a way to churn out a post that’s worth posting after you posted yours.

  6. Actual post word count: 845 (Not counting the first paragraph and last sentence.)

    My comments word count: 1,035 (Not counting the first and last sentences.)

    …I’m proud of myself and ashamed at the same time.

  7. I didn’t have one.
    Around here very few people know about anime past Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, and Sailor Moon, whish was all I used to know about it until middle school when I started using the internet. When I was searching for stuff to pass the time I found some scans of the spanish version of Love Hina and I was instantly hooked, I found more manga and eventually (when the internet speed here finally went over 56 kb) started watching anime.
    On the other hand I’ve being a sensei to my sister, it started when I showed her Azumanga Daioh and a few others till eventually she started searching herself. Long ago I stopped watching spanish fansubs, so I don’t help her much these days past the occasional recommendation (like bakemonogatari).
    To this day, I’m still waiting for someone IRL with whom I’d be able to talk openly about anime, manga, games and doujins.

      • Alright if you must know. I grow up watching cartoons with my dad. At first I thought it was just that, cartoons, until I started to differentiate between anime and the standardized american cartoon. My dad and I definitely watched more anime than cartoons, and he introduced me to DBZ, Samurai X, Inuyasha and Saiyuki. Even if he and I don’t watch anime together anymore, we still exchanged anime DVD whenever I come to visit my parent.

  8. A VHS rental store close to my old house when I was young. My parents went there regularly to rent movies and they usually brought me to the kids’ section which conposed of anime entirely (I’m from Asia, obviously). I recalled a few series like Ranma half, Hatori Ninja, Kiba the jungle king(sp?) etc. So for me, animation always means anime. On second thought, should I thank my parent instaed of a VHS rentals?

  9. Hmmm, I don’t think I have a particular “anime sensei.” It started with Pokemon, which I got into from a friend (but he was never an anime person). Through Pokemon I just kinda got into anime on my own, though I owe a lot of influence in my early years of fandom from various friends in high school who would let me borrow their anime since I didn’t have cable TV or high-speed Internet back then.

  10. I think I’m too old to have an anime sensei, as I’ve been watching Japanese cartoons way before I heard the term anime (college in the 90s). But if there was, it’d be mechafetish who got me watching a ton of shows starting in ’05… Gunbuster, Diebuster… then a crapload of stuff I dropped then (Gundam shows, E7, Last Exile), then hitting gold with TTGL, Code Geass, and Gundam 00… then I discovered the aniblogosphere with him… then there was no looking back.

  11. This HAS GOT TO BE ghostlightning’s idea…

    As for me, it was faint, and I couldn’t remember if it was valid or not. It was during the Anipike days, where their forums are the only ones aside from individual shrines that offer sanctuary. Unfortunately for me, they taught me not just anime and manga, but also elitism, flaming, and ultimately, trolling. Now I can say that my past experiences, can be contributed to how I acted, how I was accepted, and how I’m being perceived according to said past experiences.

    And please, nobody mention Anipike as something enlightening or good, EVER, else I’ll kill you (in my own kind of way), kthx.

    • It’s not GL’s idea! I thought of it in the comments of the post I mentioned!

      Interesting story, and glad to see that you evidently escaped the hell of trolling, etc.

      • Well, that’s what everyone thought FMPOV. And he does open up this kind of topic A LOT, so I presumed much. Still it’s kind of interesting you’re on the same wavelength as his. Shows how “uniquely similar” you can be to others.

  12. Hhhmmm . . .

    No one introduced to me anime. I just saw it from TV and got hooked.

    But the ones who taught me “anime fandom” (as in going to websites, buying merchandise, etc.) were my cousins. A female cousin from my father’s side on my shoujo fondness, then my male cousin from my mother’s side for my shounen interests. Now I’m much more addicted than the two of them.

  13. Robert Rainey was my anime-sensei. Back in 1989, I’d never heard of “anime” even though I’d seen some domesticated versions of anime titles “Space Battleship Yamato” (known as “Star Blazers” in the U.S.), “Gatchaman” (aka: “Battle of the Planets”) and Macross (aka: “Robotech”). However, he was into anime and since we were both stationed in Japan and roommates as well as being best friends, I suffered through his watching anime on TV (“Ranma 1/2” was a brand new show back then) and all the VHS’s he rented/purchased. I also tagged along with him to places like Akihabara and other places looking for anime-related products.

    Amazingly, I didn’t get into anime until 2002 but Robert planted the seeds and taught me the difference between “cartoons” and “anime.” ^_^

    • Wow, that’s quite a tale! Is there any particular reason that you finally got into it after all that exposure? Just like the modern shows better, or what?

  14. My first taste of those crazy Japanese cartoons was with Toonami’s early run in the late 90s, DBZ, GWing, and Sailor Moon, along with the Pokemon show when I was big into the games. Naturally, I got more curious and looked elsewhere to satiate my thirst for more. While my sister was my anime ‘source’ who I’d leech all kinds of shows from (before I knew how to use bittorrent or IRC myself), my influences weren’t any particular person but two (now defunct) anime review sites from the early 2000s: Anime Academy and Anime Jump.

    The Academy was a team review site that focused on short write-ups and rated series on a 100% scale. I liked how they utilized the whole scoring range, unlike how many video game reviewing mags did and still do, and the different perspectives between the writers and sheer volume of their archives got me looking and reading all kinds of stuff, old and new, treasure and trash, just expanding my horizons without having to necessarily watch everything. They also featured some “who’s who” informative articles on the big names in the industry, like Hayao Miyazaki, Yoko Kanno, Hideaki Anno, and Megumi Hayashibara, the right kind of thing a fledgling fan like me needed then.

    From Anime Academy I graduated to Anime Jump, another team review site which specifically wrote about DVDs available in the US. Though sparingly updated even back then, their reviews were much longer, more detailed, and generally quite entertaining. I know one of the writers, Mike Toole, is still active in the US industry today, and Jump directed quite a few of my early ‘blind buy’ DVD purchases. Specifically, many of my favorites now I found by browsing their 5 star recommendations: Kare Kano, Kino’s Journey, Excel Saga, Alien Nine, Voices of a Distant Star.

    They didn’t just introduce me to the medium, they educated me and guided my sense of taste, and helped build my foundation of fandom. Some people say reviews and review sites are useless things, at best mere springboards for bigger and better discussions and at worst hypocritical, biased filth unfit for reading, but back then they were everything I knew of this little world of anime.

  15. I remember watching Pokemon on tv when I still lived in Cali but I don’t think I considered it actually to be anime. It wasn’t until my family moved and I met my Dad’s boss’s son at a company picnic. It was then that I learned that we both were playing fire emblem and after then we hung out a few times. It was a little while later that he introduced to me the first two anime I remember watching all the way though. Gundam Seed and Mai Hime. He then later introduced me to FMP and a few others, but now I defiantly over passed him in amount of anime watched.

  16. I guess my oldest brother would be the closest thing to this for me. I was introduced to anime and fansubs through him, though the relationship after that was mostly just me going, “Hey, can I borrow your CD binder?” and him going, “Sure, have fun.” I watched most of what he had in his collection, but to find out what series were like before starting them I did my own research on the net.

    It’s mostly been the same since then. I get some recommendations here and there from various people, and I browse through what friends have seen to look for shows I might like, but I still mostly just do my own research to find stuff to watch.

  17. my anime sensei was a friend of mine in 6th grade who always read manga online in computer class. he kept saying how awesome naruto was so (even though i thought it was gay) i started reading it. as soon as i finished the 1st chapter i liked it and kept reading until i caught up to him and people in japan. now i like at least 20 different manga (and anime) and want to be a mangaka.

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