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New Poll - Chicken or the Egg?
This week's poll comes from Karonhioktha. Since you're on this site, I'm assuming you're part of the fandom of anime/manga. Looking back, how did you originally begin getting interested in this stuff? Maybe a specific series if you remember?

For me, it was definitely the anime that aired on Kids WB. It was the original Pokemon series and Cardcaptor Sakura! Didn't have cable TV, so no Toonami/Adult Swim, and I missed out on Gundam and Dragon Ball Z.

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: April Fools' scanlator jokes or false releases
Choices:
Hate them - votes: 1652 (25.5%)
Annoying - votes: 1757 (27.2%)
Funny - votes: 723 (11.2%)
Don't mind - votes: 1067 (16.5%)
Ignore them - votes: 720 (11.1%)
No opinion - votes: 548 (8.5%)
There were 6467 total votes.
The poll ended: April 8th 2017

Compared to 2 years ago, more people dislike the jokes.
Posted by lambchopsil on April 8th 3:14am Comments ( 24 )  [ View ]  [ Add ]
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» RoxFlowz on April 8th, 2017, 12:56am

Guess it'll be anime for most. Dragonball, Pokemon, Digimon and a lot of older stuff I can't even remember the name of.

I've started reading manga quite early since my sister had a lot of them, but I doubt that was before I watched anime on tv.

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» VawX on April 8th, 2017, 1:55am

Hmm... I'm not too sure mmm...

As far as I remember the first time I read a manga was when I was 5 years old and it was Doraemon vol 8, and I believe the anime of Doraemon already aired the time I was born (1992) in local station, so I guess anime is the first thing that got me into this fandom mmm...

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» tactics on April 8th, 2017, 2:55am

I mean, sure I watched the pokemons and the digimons and the yugiohs on TV but they're not the reason I got into anime/manga. I wasn't even aware "anime" existed as a kid. It wasn't until one day I stumbled across a manga online and I got hooked, I found onemanga (rip) and then my decent into hell began and I'm still here.

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» calstine on April 8th, 2017, 3:21am

Anime, and I'm guessing this time I'm in the majority for a change. We got cable when I was around 14, and it aired Animax for a couple of years before various contract problems made them withdraw their services entirely from our country. My first anime was Gakuen Alice/Alice Academy, but the one that made me really get into anime/manga as a major pastime was Get Backers. Both the anime and the manga are still among my favourite shounen series, and not just because of nostalgia, either.

I haven't watched more than a few episodes each of DBZ, Pokemon, Gundam and CCS. And the only Yu-Gi-Ou I've ever seen is the abridged series. Well, I don't live in the US or Europe, so I guess that makes sense. The only "anime" that air on local channels are Avatar and Bakugan Battle Brawlers, which aren't even real anime, though they advertise them here as "Japanese cartoons."

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» residentgrigo on April 8th, 2017, 3:29am

Anime in form of childern´s shows back in mid 90s Russia. Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures may have been the first. Sailor Moon was the first time i discovered the term anime in 1998 (?), though a female friend. The first manga i bought was Eva btw. but i read random online scans before that. I am a 2 decade vet of the industry, baby.

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» MinatoAce on April 8th, 2017, 4:25am

Anime!! Started watching it on TV as a 2-3 year old kid on TV along with many other cartoons(yes).
Which was first, I can't remember. I can remember watching Dragon Ball, then afterwards Pokémon, Digimon, HxH, Monkey Typhoon, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Nadia, YuYu Hakusho, Bayblade(it was a huge trend and passion among us kids to battle using Bayblade that were new on market at that time; the smaller the better; bigger ones were quite lousy). Watched many others like Renma ½, Samurai X / Roroni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop and so on. AniMax came afterwards, with it came a boat load of new unwatched(by me) Anime. Cartoon Network(older one; not the lame CN) used to show a decent amount of nice anime too. Before changing One Piece came around on Cartoon network. So many names, I can't even recall at a time sadly. Ah! Childhood was so much full of adventures.

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» KaoriNite on April 8th, 2017, 5:07am

The Sailor Moon anime. I first saw it when I was about 6 years old. Of course I didn't know it was anime then. I also the watched Dragon Ball Z when I was around this age. Some years later, Cartoon Network started their Toonami programming and brought back Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. That's when I found out these shows were anime, and I got into them again along with finding other anime. Then I believe Toonami ended or changed, and I forgot about anime. Then in college I decided to try re-watching Sailor Moon and after I realized I was still into it as an adult, I decided to try looking for other anime. And then a couple of years after getting into anime again I got into manga.

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» CuthienSilmeriel on April 8th, 2017, 7:37am

My first anime was the original johto league Pokemon series when I was about 10. I was also obsessed with the game around the same time, much like everyone else I guess. It's hard to say which was first.

I didn't watch any anime again until my friend introduced me to card captor Sakura she picked up by chance in s second hand video shop (way back when videos were still a thing). That was when I was around 12. Shortly after Spirited Away came out and I was obsessed. From then on the flood gates opened and I discovered Naruto, bleach..all the usuals. I think only Dragonball, one piece and sailor moon slipped through the net out of the super popular series, mostly because the manga/anime revolution was slow to come to the uk and I was already a university student by the time it became easy to get hold of manga/anime. As a young teen I was limited to chance finds in second hand shops or whatever I could find on the Internet. Kingdom hearts and final fantasy also became part of my life at this time, so I'm not really sure which got the ball rolling.

Manga wise, the same friend also discovered fushigi Yuugi, which she bought because it was the cheapest one. I was always more into reading than watching, so gradually switched to mostly manga from mostly anime. Now I rarely watch anime at all.

My obsession with Japan started much earlier, from watching old Godzilla films as a young kid.

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» ebisu on April 8th, 2017, 7:51am

Anime I guess. I did not know how to read with 2-4 years old, but I did know how to press play on the VCR... Cartoons and Dragon Ball and TMNT. cool

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» Smillo on April 8th, 2017, 8:13am

I did the whole evolution backwards XD.
It began with Anime, then came Manga and now Light/Web Novels.

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» uzumakiwalid on April 8th, 2017, 8:33am

Anime is the hook that got me into this carving of another world stories. At the early 20th century, manga in my country did not have much covering because of the price(i was too poor to buy them) and quality of the prints. The anime while barely much got licensed(only distributed as CD's), it became rather popular than manga which is why anime is the one that got me interested.

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» sasxxitaga on April 8th, 2017, 9:44am

I did watch Pokemon and Naruto when I was a kid but I never knew they were anime.

The biggest contributor was when I started watching Ao Haru Ride. I had this massive crush on Kou and when the anime series ended (they had adapted only the first season of the manga into an anime), I wanted to know where did Touma (the second/rival guy) fit in.

I ended up googling it and discovered that anime are adapted from something called manga. Did a lot of research and ended up finding the manga of Ao Haru Ride.

Stayed up all night to finish it.
Yeah, I liked Mabuchi Kou that much. bigrazz

So here I am.
No regrets.


biggrin

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» Karonhioktha on April 8th, 2017, 10:16am

It was manga for me. Probably why I still prefer it to anime today.

I was watching anime since I was probably 8, but didn't actually know it was anime, just thought it was another cartoon. Then my friend gave me a copy of Inuyasha and I was hooked on all things manga.
And despite it being my first manga, I never finished the series.

Video games actually came close to introducing me to the fandom as well. Super Smash Bros. Melee introduced me to Fire Emblem, so I would look up the artists, which also led me to discovering manga.

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» Mamsmilk on April 8th, 2017, 10:23am

Inuyasha was my first anime that I watched knowing it is anime. I had seen stuff like Totoro and Taotao before and so on, but never really thought of them as anime. just cartoons.

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» Identity Crisis on April 8th, 2017, 10:41am

I watched things like DB and Pokemon growing up, of course. The first thing that really got me interested in the genre, though, knowing what it actually was, was manga. A friend of mine in middle school let me borrow a few of his, and it just sorta took off from there.

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» im_uni on April 8th, 2017, 11:07am

Sailor Moon, it was definitely SM (anime). Later I watched Cardcaptor Sakura and Digimon, but when it came to manga, the first one was SM again. And from there it all went downhill...

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» zarlan on April 8th, 2017, 5:19pm

Though I had seen a few other anime before, what actually got me into it was Digimon.
First series/season
...and not that American dubbed shit. (I watched the, fairly accurate, German dub. I shun dub, generally, but... that's where I started)

I got totally hooked (having expected it to be shit, and just checking it out for the lulz) and found it far superior and having far greater depth of story and characters, than pretty much anything else I watched on TV, and I though "if this is what they make for kids..."

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» darkraiders on April 9th, 2017, 12:24am

I have watched anime and read some manga since i was really young, but didn't know it was anime or manga until a decade or so ago.

I don't remember what got me interested in anime/manga at the beginning, but i am pretty sure it was because of video games, i probably was searching things about a video game i was playing and ended up finding about anime/manga related to that video game.

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» docdesanta on April 9th, 2017, 2:44am

Anime wasn't really that hard to get into where I come from. What with the reruns of locally dubbed versions of DBZ, Yu Yu Hakusho, Voltes V, etc. Then there were the cable channels with english subbed and dubbed ones. I watched a lot of them when I was young but never really cared for what anime as a medium was then (I doubt any kid really did, they were there and so I watched them).

Watching Rurouni Kenshin (esp the Kyoto Arc) changed my passive interest into a more active one. I remember it being really different, it wasn't focused on trying to sell toys, didn't shy away from the violence, themes my little child brain was trying to understand, theme songs that were good and didn't sound cheesy, and some references to historical people and events. I don't really watch anime as much now that I've transitioned into manga, but I'll always remember that show and how much I loved it.

Oddly enough, I got into manga through playing a Naruto game in my GBA. At the time I didn't know anything about it but I liked it so much that I looked up into it's "lore" and somehow it ended up introducing me to the medium that is manga.

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» WonkaTastic on April 9th, 2017, 6:41pm

I'm not proud of it, but it was porn ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Here's my story: I was a kid, I discovered the internet, and with it, porn. My first video was 'One: True Stories'. It was tragic, more than that: depressing, like really emo. Perfect for a teenager. I was hooked. I wanted to see more. And here I am, though I dropped those genres years ago.

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» mikako17 on April 9th, 2017, 8:33pm

I was one of those kids who woke up early every Saturday and couldn't wait to get home on the weekdays to watch Pokemon, Digimon, Cardcaptor Sakura, and Shaman King, but I had no idea that was anime. It wasn't until middle school when I saw friends reading shoujo manga and when Naruto was really huge, that I found out what anime and manga was.

Anyway, I'm pretty sure manga got me in the fandom first since I was, and still am, a voracious reader, though I have no idea what that manga was; my memory of it is a deluge of CLAMP stuff, plus shoujo stuff, plus random shounen the library had. I definitely remember what really got me into anime though: The Visions of Escaflowne and Mushi-shi.

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» licorice on April 12th, 2017, 2:32pm

My friend introduced me to manga in high school, but fandom came years later.

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» silvarion on April 13th, 2017, 2:33am

I don't know, I forgot.
it can be an LN: To Aru Majutsu no Index
it can be a Manga: Love Hina
it can be an Anime: Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu

I don't know which one I did first. those series above ignited my passion in anime/manga fandom. I think it was the manga: Love Hina, after that was the LN: To Aru Majutsu no Index (tamni already has 20-ish volume at that time). reading tamni took me months to catch up to the latest volume, and around a year after that that I took interest in other series. I think.

of course it all started with the usual: One Piece, Shaman King, Rave Master, Pokemon, etc. those anime aired in my country when I was a kid. but those did not make me want to read/watch other manga/anime.

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» ssgshallrule on April 17th, 2017, 7:44pm

For me it was anime then someone mentioned the manga was further ahead so I checked that out then I heard there was a light novel so I checked that out, then I heard of web novels. When VR stories get better and cheaper I'll be in that too [ VR games = VR stories].

TL : DR?
1 anime.
2 manga.
3 light novels.
4 web novels.
5 waiting on better[cheaper] VR media.

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