The Fandom Takes Off – During the years 2003-early 2004, anime was all I thought about, and not only were a lot more anime being aired on Cartoon Network, but Funeral was using his weekly allowance to constantly buy new anime DVDs (and I procured a few myself.) However, in late 2004 I gradually got into video games and mostly stopped thinking about anime so much.
Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X
From what I understand by these old lists, Rurouni Kenshin took a while to really warm up to me. I know that I liked it for being a show about a samurai with some badass moments, but RK always had a good deal more talking per episode than it did kicking ass. I liked Kenshin and Sanousuke enough, but the show took a while to really earn my love, and that happened about when Hajime Saitou showed up and quickly became my favorite anime character, especially since his arrival also invited the first really intense battle in the series. As a matter of fact, the first anime DVD that I ever bought was the one with the episodes where that fight took place. Then Funeral bought Samurai X, which blew me away. It still blows me away – only now it blows me away because it is a fucking incredible cinematic masterpiece, and back then it blew me away because Hiko cut a dude in fourths and Kenshin killed a shitload of motherfuckers. Regardless of the reasons, though, it made me into a true, hardcore fan of the show. To the extent that I even made a fansite using freewebs dedicated to Seta Soujiro – my favorite character upon arrival because I was always able to relate to ‘young genius’ characters (being as I was always told I was a genius growing up.) I would say that in my early days, Kenshin had my biggest fandom of any show.
Samurai Deeper Kyo
Just to clarify, Samurai Deeper Kyo sucks and is horrible. However, I enjoyed the show on the simple fact that it had samurai. The reason that Kyo got to be my favorite anime for a while is simply on the virtue that I was winding down. Funeral wasn’t coming over every weekend anymore because his life was consumed by high school football and pot smoking, and Cartoon Network’s Saturday anime lineup dissolved, sending most of the shows to weekdays, when I was never able to keep up with them. As a result, my main anime consumption had to come through my own DVDs, of which there were few. Samurai Deeper Kyo became my favorite show for a while because it was the only show I was buying (got through 3 volumes, most I owned of one series besides Jing for a while) and thereby only one I was watching. However, the favoritism was rather short-lived, as I got out of anime almost altogether shortly thereafter when Sly Cooper and Ratchet and Clank taught me the awesomeness of video games.
Now this is odd. I had seen plenty of Trigun for a long while before it became my favorite anime, and it became that almost as an afterthought to my anime fandom altogether. Some time after I’d really watched anything in a while, I actually sat and thought about all of the shows that I’d really enjoyed, and realized something: Trigun was the only anime I’d seen where I enjoyed every single episode. While there were parts of Rurouni Kenshin and Cowboy Bebop and others that were undoubtedly amazing, Trigun was the only one with zero boring episodes. The more I looked back on each show and thought about it, the more I became sure that Trigun was my favorite. I would really enjoy some of the shows that Adult Swim added later, such as FullMetal Alchemist and Paranoia Agent which had real favorite potential, but the whole time I was always quite sure that none of them was quite taking Trigun’s place. Even Trigun, though, was probably mostly faded from mind by 2006.
The Interstice – I didn’t start caring about anime again for real until 2007, but there was still one show that rocked my universe.
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Honestly, though, haven’t I written more than enough about this already? NGE really ruled my world, so hard that I had a hard time admitting that it had been overthrown by the next two…
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