Every single person on this planet that likes Anime always gets asked one of a few questions by either non-anime viewers or even veterans that have been interested in the medium for a very long time.
That question is ‘How did you get into Anime?’
Now, each individual story told by each person is different from the rest so I would love to hear how you got into anime down in the comments below, but first, let’s here how I got into the wonderful world of kawaii girls and tentacles.
It all started when I was a little child around the age of seven when I was actually allowed to stay up past my bedtime (lucky me!) and came across this show known as Mew Mew Power (or Tokyo Mew Mew) and I was absolutely hooked on the show! I remember pretending to play as the characters from the show at school even though I didn’t have any clue what anime was – I always used to play as Renee/Zakuro as she was my favourite out of the 5.It became one of my favourite children’s TV shows ( I ended up watching the full 50 episodes when I was 13 and it gave me so much nostalgia)
Fast forward a number of years later when I was around the age of 12, I was talking to my friend Deanne, who is still a massive anime fan to this day, and I remember the conversation going something like this.
Deanne: I’m gonna go and watch some anime now.
Me: Um, isn’t anime that Japanese stuff? Also, how do you watch it, is it on tv or?
Deanne: No no no, I watch it on (insert website here).
Me: Cool! What should I start with
Deanne: *insert 2 page list of anime to watch*
Me: Wow. That’s a lot, what’s like your favourite anime?
Deanne: FAIRYTAIL, I LOVE FAIRYTAIL
Me: Oh okay…
Thanks to her I fell down the never-ending spiral of Hell and began my addiction for Anime and also for Fairytail (which I then gave up because there are too many episodes). I even ended up doing a presentation on Fairytail at school as I loved it so much.
Anime is a medium that has shown me a wider view on the world of fiction (and some non-fiction) and has brought me some of the most tear-jerking, inspiring scenes that I haven’t experienced through reading a book or watching tv shows, that is one of the main reasons as to why I really love anime.
Thank you for reading.
I hope you have a wonderful day.