Classifying Kai’s First Anime
A little while ago, Justin made an interesting post detailing about his “first” anime. There are indeed quite a few different variations of “first”, especially to veterans of anime viewers. I decided to post about this subject too and break down my different “firsts”.
First Anime I Watched Without Knowing It Was An Anime: Various
Likewise with Justin, I always thought that anime was something akin to Western cartoons. With this misunderstanding, I had watched countless anime on TV like Sailormoon, Pokemon and others which I couldn’t remember the title.
I remember I was very fascinated by the designs of these “cartoons”, though it wasn’t until a little later that I could finally distinguish them as “anime”.
First Anime I Watched Knowing It Was An Anime: Akazukin Cha Cha
Indeed, an obscure choice just like Justin’s first anime. In my childhood though, I remembered it was Akazukin Cha Cha, which delivers the most impact within the realms of my memory.
Cartoon Network, which I still watched frequently at the time, started airing this anime out of the blue, and it instantly became my top priority of shows I catch up on TV. Looking back, it’s been so long ago I had no idea why I liked it so much. I had fun watching it though, and that’s all I need.
First Anime I Watched Subbed: Shaman King
Before this, all the anime I had watched are in awkward dubbed languages of English, Mandarin, Cantonese and even Malay. Shaman King was the very first anime I watched in original Japanese languages with English subs. I was ignorant of this before but after watching Shaman King, it finally makes me realize just how unfit and awkward unoriginal dubs are. Since then, it’s completely unthinkable for me to watch anime in languages other then Japanese with subs.
On that note, Shaman King was also the first anime I watched on DVD. Before that, I watched anime via less inferior mediums; Pokemon on CDs and even Ranma 1/2 on tapes (yes, tapes). The anime is already outstanding on it’s own, with an intriguing premises, great actions and interesting characters. Together with the decent quality and subs, it increases my attachment to the already great series so much more. Shaman King is an anime which turns me into a hardcore anime fan, and from then onwards, it’s an infinite hunting of anime CDs, DVDs, streamed videos and last but not least, hunting anime episodes for downloads.
So which was the “first” anime I can no doubt say it was my first? To me, the first anime is something that you had watched quite majorly (not just bits and pieces), something which leaves you with a decent impression and of cause, something which you actually knew it was an “anime”. So in that regard, I’m proud to say that, Akazukin Cha Cha was my very first anime.