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Walking Down Memory Lane

March 24, 2009

Well, honestly, I got sick of doing nothing but Shugo Chara, but I found myself thinking to hard on what to write, when it suddenly came back. I had a tweet awhile ago about how I wanted to re-marathon Shugo Chara (funny how I just mentioned it…) during my spring break, and I accidentally misread something that gave me an idea on what to write! Re-thinking my history with anime, whatever sparked my interest in anime. Btw, this is a really sloppy post, just warning you, since it’s my first real rambling.

Early Years…Before I Realized I Actually Watched Anime

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I think the first anime I’ve ever watched was Pokemon, when I was just a little kid. Honestly, I think almost every little kid has watched Pokemon once in their lives. I watched it a lot, with my whole family, and I totally loved the show. I watched all of the movies, and watched with my friends. There really isn’t much to say about this time, since I barely remembered it, but oh well. Around this time, I also began watching Sailor Moon, which I thought was so totally cool as well, and I got tons of items, showing it off, etc. I began watching Yu-Gi-Oh! and a bunch of other stuff on TV that I didn’t know was an anime adaptation (Rurouni Kenshin), and I also watched Cardcaptor Sakura…English Dubbed. =_=

Anime Came to America…Manga

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Now it’s a time jump and the one anime that really sparked it for me was, Naruto. I hate to admit it, but Naruto was one of the reasons I got into anime. When I first saw the commercial I was like, “Lolwut?” but my brother said it was a pretty cool looking show. Me, being the gullible, always following my brother kind of person, I decided to watch it. I watched the show, and I totally fell in love with it. I thought it was the best thing in the world, and became one of those obsessed fans who have to be home at exactly 4 to watch a show. I jumped to the couch, and would ignore everything except for the show, and yell at it when it was done (creepy me). I even got a couple Naruto gifts for my birthday, which I went crazy for. And I found out about mangas as well. I guess I had opened my eyes to something new and was lavishing it. It was new, I was crazy over it. My uncle downloaded it everyday for us to watch, and around now I knew it was an anime. xD And from Naruto, I got introduced to YouTube so I could watch it whenever I wanted. I soon learned that Japanese dubs pwned English dubs. :D Also, unfortunately I got introduced to Wikipedia. Erm, I was wiki-happy (4+ hours reading Wikipedia =.=)? Naruto also had an influence on my username…>.> Haha, but I have an extreme short attention span~

I forgot how, but I began watching Cardcaptor Sakura. I sort of started losing interest in Naruto, and shifted it all to CCS. I watched some episodes here and there on YouTube, but I couldn’t find all of the episodes, and I guess I realized that Naruto wasn’t all that great, compared to the wonderful CCS. I got DVDs, stayed up late watching non-stop CCS, and found out my favorite types of anime. Romance~! I started learning Japanese here and there too! :D I found out how much I loved the show, and I could re-watch it without getting tired of it. And for the heck of it, I watched the English dub. That time, I learned that most English dubs are terrible. Too bad I started out with a classic though, so it’s hard to top it. This all happened over the summer, so when school came back around, I had to stop…

Shugo Chara…Otaku Summer

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Up until around this time I had always only focused on one of those really long animes, and I didn’t know that an average anime was 26 episodes long. I could safely say that I wasn’t that interested in anime anymore and I focused more on web designing and forums. So it was a big time gap when I got interested in anime again, but this time, I fell hard for anime. I could vividly remember it, haha. I was just at a restaurant when suddenly, my friend calls me up and gives me some great news. Excited, I ask what it is, and she tells me to go watch an anime. And I’m just asking for the name, and she tells me it’s called Shugo Chara. I go “Wth is with the title?” and I keep getting an image of Skip Beat in my head (but this is when I was an ignorant fool who didn’t want to read it) and think of it as some weird too-girly show. They convinced me to watch it and I was like, “Holy snap this is nothing like what I thought! It’s awesome!” and soon I was further than them. Ikuto was my favorite character (but before I watched the show I wiki-ed the show and thought that Ikuto was some other dude who was an old silly man, because of the way they described him), and I immediately felt the chemistry between him and Amu. I loved the show, and had to watch more and more of it. Reruns were fine, and episode 33 was the episode in which I got introduced to anime blogging, starting with Simplicity.

It was over the summer, and I had to fill the time on my hands with something that I hoped would be as good as Shugo Chara. That’s when I began watching other animes and opening up my horizons, and I also realized that Naruto can’t compare to most of these animes (no offense to any Naruto fans). I went crazy over all of these new animes, and found sites like MAL and CR for my anime needs. So then I started marathoning animes and the time for me to usually finish an anime was an average of two days for an average length anime. I fell in love with Full Moon, Fruits Basket, OHSHC, and Special A the most. By then I realized that I just loved anime in general, and it wasn’t all about Shugo Chara anymore. I watched these anime for fun, if I could finish them so quickly. Not just to fill up my time waiting for another episode to come out. But since this was only last year, I still have a small list of completed anime, compared to most people. I called this my otaku summer, and I had to watch anime every day. It was a force of habit. But unfortunately that period ended too, since school started and I started singing a lot (my voice sucks for anyone who wants to know).

Skip Beat!…Blogging

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I had started watching some ToraDora, Shugo Chara, and Skip Beat! but I started losing hope for many good anime. I felt as if I watched all of the good ones already, so I stopped looking for new anime. It seemed like a hopeless cause. I had gotten into blogging, but when I finally had the chance to catch up to Skip Beat!, my love for anime was revived. Obviously my first impression of Skip Beat was wrong as well, although I still can’t convince anyone else that Skip Beat is great. I had to watch the next episode, and it felt like the summer again. ToraDora also became better and better. I found more and more anime blogs, and since I was so stuck on what I wanted to blog, I decided to have an anime blog (actually, a blog on any form of entertainment, so if I got bored of anime, I could blog something else, but I doubt that’ll happen). And it has been a blog I’ve enjoyed the most. So here it is! Also, Maria+Holic somewhat revived this love as well. I can’t marathon though, since I have school, but I still enjoy it, even now.

Bleach was also an anime I went crazy for, but I forgot which period it was in, so I decided not to put it in there. I had to yell at the TV every midnight, but oh well, yay for YouTube.

I can seriously say that my love for anime went up and down, but I never permanently got rid of it. It’s stuck on, unlike some other things. Despite my short attention span, anime just seems to never get old with me. I also began to enjoy mangas along the way. So anyways, here we are. ^_^ I have a feeling that I won’t be getting tired of anime anytime soon. :D

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 24, 2009 6:02 pm

    I love nostalgic history of anime-watching posts. Oh how I love them~ I’m actually reminded that I have one of these I need to finish writing too. Silly me.

    I got reminded of quite a few periods of my anime-watching. I remember my YouTube period. That’s where I first watched Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne (which had some episodes missing) and I watched CardCaptor Sakura as well (like you said, with episodes missing). I searched long enough on google for those missing episodes and found direct download sites and for a while what I could watch was based on what was on those sites since torrents would work on my computer.

    Oh wow. Looking back is so much fun, isn’t it?

  2. amutorulz permalink
    March 24, 2009 7:22 pm

    Wow1!! heheh my first one to watch was pokemon too :D ohh and yugio!

  3. March 27, 2009 10:32 am

    Lol you went from being to a Shonen fan to a Shojou fan,lol it looks like. Pretty cool. I love Skip Beat and Shugo Chara and watch them too!!

  4. blossomgirl101 permalink*
    March 28, 2009 12:17 pm

    FuyuMaiden: I can’t wait to read your post, it’s going to be so much better than mine.

    You actually found them? I googled so much but I still couldn’t find them. But after I finished the series I found a user who had all of the episodes (for CCS). ^^;

    Haha, it is. ^_^

    amutorulz: Haha they seem to be the first for quite a few people! :D

    Maura: Well, I still am a shounen fan, but their usually just so long! I still watch my doses of shounen from time to time, but I guess you’re right, lol. Shoujo just appeals to me so well nowadays. But it really depends on my mood, sometimes it’s one, sometimes it’s another.

  5. July 26, 2011 1:19 am

    WATCH PANDORA HEARTS <3 It's a nice anime <3

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