I've never been a fan of revealing too much about myself. Offline, I rarely ever mention videogames (well, at least my knowledge of them), and any anime talk is limited to me and one other person.
Online, I obviously enjoy discussing games with other gamers, which is why Ive been here so long, but anime is mostly a newer thing for me, or at least a new public thing...
Lets start with my anime history:
As a kid, when i used to visit Mexico, I used to watch some anime shows on Canal 5. Ranma 1/2, Speedracer, DragonBall, a soccer anime.. they all used to pass at 7pm in this channel (non cable!) and so Id use to watch with my cousin. I couldnt say i was a fan of anime, mostly because I was 5 and didn't really spend time thinking about what made Ranma 1/2 different from the Flintstones or Ren and Stimpy.
Anyway, zoom forward a few years, and I never watched Anime in any real dose...for one, I stopped watching cartoon network and besides DragonBall, which i had watched years earlier, the channel didnt pass much anime anyway. The vacations i spent in the US are when i had most time for TV, and then here anime wasn't mainstream yet, and so there was even less of it then in Venezuela or Brasil.
So come last Summer (2003), i was in the US and began to watch Adult Swim.
Why? Mostly because I love sleeping late, and basically, there was nothing else to watch at this time. Except 1 hour cooking utencil specials.
So I watched because of Futurama and Family Guy, which I had enjoyed previously, and stayed for the rest. I became introduced to Lupin 3, which art style reminded me of the Speed Racer I used to watch so many years ago. Not the deepest show, but still fun. I also became aware of Cowboy bebop, whcih caught my eye immediatly because of the great art direction and incredible detail given to the animation. I stayed for the story, and was entertained. Drama, action, philosphy....basically, a great show, one id watch every night. A few vacations later, and Ive watched every episode (and I rented the movie, which i didnt like that much)
There were two more shows on....Inuyasha which didnt catch my eye (demons, magic attacks? I havent like Dragon Ball since Z started...) and Yu Yu Hakusho, which I did enjoy (and contineud to watch until that storyline turned more into hunting down evil demons.
Note: i have nothing against demons, I just didnt like that stoyline....
So my summer continued and Id watch every night, rekindking my enjoyment of anime, and doing my braincells a favor, since the only other TV show on at 2am would be MTVs undressed. And of course, the never ending super knife commercial everywhere else.
So break ended and I came back to Brasil. Because of school, my TV time was more limtied, and anyway, theres no Adult Swim on CN here. Even if there were, staying awake until 2am every schoolnight for a cartoon? Nope.
TV was kept very casual, with maybe a Raymond here, and a CSi.
Basically, I dropped most anime until Christmas 2003 (to January 2004), when i was off to the US again...
This time around, I knew what to expect from AS, and so watched a bit more. Shows had changed when I arrived, but if i remember correctly, it was Trigun, Inuyasha, Bebop and something else. Family Guy and Futurama remained, and I continued to watch both.
Hre I watched Bebop much more constantly, repeating some episodes from Summer and watching many i had missed, It wasnt in rotation the whole time I believe...However, now id stay up just for the episode, and lay some Advance Wars 2 as I waited for Trigun to end.
Trigun, I watched a couple of episodes and then ignored it. Same for Inuyasha, although I gave it more of a chance then the Summer. If I had nothing better to do, id watch, but it wasnt something I set my clocks to.
i had come in the middle of the story, with no idea why these characters were together, what had happened before, or basically anything. Worse of all? I didnt get why Saturdays episode went off on a tangent.
I did love the animation however. And the dubbing wasnt bad. Definitly more interest then 6 months before.
All this anime even led me out to buy Spirited Away on DVD just for the hell of it.
So in conclusion, i was back into anime. Hell, i even liked Hamtaro (well, the show is for kids, but the way the hamsters are drawn...!). Now, my mind was a bit better then 10 years before, and so the animation, story and character development of anime vs american cartoons was much more obvious.
American animators are way too lazy... Static backrounds vs lush worlds with individual blades of grass.
Sounds like Im comparing PacMan to BC here...
And obviously, the stories are much more mature (and not in the South Park way)
I still think Cosplay is scary though. And hentai is still wierd. As ChronoSquall14 put it....why are tentacles in my porn?
Thanks for reading, Soon:
Part 2: Summer 2004: My appreciation for Anime expands exponentially and I admit to loving - no, being adicted to -Inuyasha
Part 3: Audio tracks (dubbing): English vs Spanish vs Portuguese
Part 4: Die Cartoon network, die!
Part 5: Happy Easter! (fine, i promiss not to take THAt long)
(I havent written any of these, so I have no timeline for when theyll be up....thats hoping someone reads all this...)