二つしかなくても。 by たいよー
Being an anime fan for over ten years now, I’ve gone through quite a lot of firsts. Since anime is such a complex hobby, encompassing many different branches of fandom, there are a lot of potential firsts besides just “first anime.” So today I’ll be listing as many of those firsts as I can think of…
First Anime Watched (English dub)
Might as well start with the most basic one. The first anime I ever watched was a dubbed episode of Sailor Moon, specifically episode 59, “Much Ado About Babysitting.” It was 1995, I was in elementary school at the time, had no idea what anime was, and only had a very vague idea of what Sailor Moon was about before watching it. But little did I know that I would become a fan of these kinds of shows several years later.
First Anime (Japanese with subs)
While Sailor Moon was the first anime I ever watched, as well as the first dubbed anime I watched, episode 1 of Cardcaptor Sakura was the first anime I ever watched in Japanese. After buying volume 1 of the VHS release of uncut CCS, I was surprised at how different it felt from the (butchered) dub, Cardcaptors. Surprisingly, it didn’t take me long to get used to the sound of Japanese voices, even the many high-pitched ones in CCS.
First Seiyuu Heard
As mentioned above, since Cardcaptor Sakura was the first anime I watched in Japanese, the voice of Sakura Tange (Sakura’s seiyuu) became the first seiyuu voice I ever heard. The first line I heard her say was her first line in episode 1 “だれ…私を呼ぶの？” (“Who is calling to me?”)
First Non-Kids Anime
Since I didn’t have cable TV or high-speed Internet until mid-2005, most of the anime I watched on TV were dubbed kid shows. The first anime I watched that wasn’t specifically marketed towards kids was the 13-episode series, Jubei-chan. I watched it dubbed on VHS in 2000 I think. It might have also been the first anime series I completed, but I honestly don’t remember.
First Anisong Heard (TV size)
Once again, since Cardcaptor Sakura was the first anime I watched in Japanese, the TV size version of “Catch You Catch Me” performed by Gumi was the first anime song I ever heard.
First Anisong Heard (full version)
This would be the Jubei-chan ending song, “Forever,” performed by 0930. God, I loved this song back then and I still love it now~ I downloaded an mp3 of it in 2001 on my old iMac computer via Napster…how old-school is that? XD I believe this is also my first anime download (though that honor might have gone to a random Pokemon or CCS picture).
First Japanese Video Game
The Sonic the Hedgehog line of video games was the first Japanese series I got into. The first Sonic game I played was Sonic Triple Trouble on the now ancient Sega Game Gear.
First Anime Obsession
To make a long story short, Pokemon, starting in late 1998 and still going strong today =P
First Anime Movie (franchise-based)
The first Pokemon movie of course! If I recall correctly, I saw it four times during its theatrical run in the U.S. in 1999.
First Anime Movie (original)
Princess Mononoke, not in the theater unfortunately, but dubbed on VHS. Still my favorite Ghibli movie to this day and one of the best dubs I’ve ever come across; I actually like it better than the Japanese version.
First Anime Ship
If anyone remembers my post about shipping, my first would be Rocektshipping – pairing the two Team Rocket characters Jessie/Musashi and James/Kojirou. Unlike my other ships, I don’t care a thing for Rocketshipping now, but boy was I obsessed with it for roughly three years back in the day.
First Character Obsession
Technically it would be the above mentioned Team Rocket duo, but I was more into them as a pairing than individually. My first obsession with a particular character from an anime would be Washu from Tenchi Muyo!. She was the first character whom I actually sought out pictures of online and preferred only episodes where she was the main focus. My love for her was also one of the reasons I like the Tenchi OVA and manga more than the TV series – she’s much more developed and appealing in the former two.
First Product Bought (non-video)
The strategy guide for Pokemon Red and Blue. I bought it even before I knew I would buy the game just because I wanted to have available pictures of all the pokemon XD For a non-Pokemon product, I could be wrong but I think it was either some Digimon toy or a plushie of Kero from CCS.
First Figure (Japan imported)
I haven’t been collecting figures very long, so my first would be the Haruhi nendoroid, which I bought sometime in early 2008.
First Video Collection
For VHS collections, it would be a box of the first 13 episodes of Slayers dubbed. For DVD collections, it would be the 26-episode box set of Tenchi Universe (I remember when I bought it too, March 2001).
The 4-volume Pokemon manga series by Toshiro Ono. Besides Pokemon, I just can’t remember but it must have been either Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth, Love Hina, or Fushigi Yuugi.
First Japanese Learning
I first dabbled in Japanese study by learning some random vocabulary words used in anime during my early years as a fan (I think the first word I learned was “neko” for “cat,” but I’m not sure). I built up a fairly decent vocabulary from being involved in anime (mostly nouns and common phrases) before I began my formal study of the language in mid-2004 through college courses.
Anime Expo 2005. Even though I only stayed for one day, I had a blast. Definitely one of the funnest days of my life~
Some of the anime screened for my high school anime club was probably a fansub, but as for one I got myself, it would be Naruto sometime in 2003/2004. Since I didn’t have high-speed Internet yet, a friend burned the episodes onto CDs and gave them to me.
The first AMV I watched that I actually remember (there may have been a few more before this one) is “Right Now Someone is Reading This…” by doki doki Productions. I watched it in my high school anime club and found it very clever and funny. It’s still among my favorites today. It’s pretty outdated though as it only uses scenes from 90s anime – wish they would make an updated version with the same song and idea but with newer anime.
First Fan Fic Written
In 2003 I wrote a humorous Pokemon fan fic where the pokemon were the trainers and the humans were the ones that battled. You can read it here. My interest in fan fiction was very short-lived; I only wrote a total of four, all in 2003, and haven’t read any since then either.
First Long-Running Shonen Series
That would be Inuyasha, which I first watched in 2002. As for my first long shonen series that’s still ongoing and that I still watch, that would be Naruto.
First Slice-of-Life/Comedy/Moe Series
What defines this kind of anime can vary depending on who you ask, but there’s a general acceptance of what it is. In this case, my first one of these would be Azumanga Daioh, which I watched sometime in 2005 or 2006.
First Mecha Series
Evangelion – it’s interesting because Eva is also the only anime to this date that I bought the DVDs for without having watched it elsewhere first. I decided to buy it solely by my classmates in high school pouring out praise for it. I first watched it in late 2002.
First Anime Web Site Made
My first and only anime web site, which still exists today obviously, is AnimeYume, first created in June, 2002. This blog is also hosted on the AnimeYume.com domain name and was made in October, 2006. The domain name was originally from GeoCities but I’ve since moved it to Yahoo!’s general web hosting.
First Anime Blog Visited
Before I even knew about anime blogs, my friend pkjd created the blog that is now moetron. I was one of its first visitors before it became as complex as it is now. This was back in 2005 I believe.
I’ll probably think of more firsts categories but I’m gonna stop here. Also, some potential categories will apply to certain fans but not others. For example, “First Doujinshi” wouldn’t be a good category for me since I don’t read/buy dounjinshi, but for someone else it would be.
Anyway, feel free to share some of your own or point out any that we share =)