This is a tag I’ve been wanting to do for a while but have been wondering if I really qualify to do. Why, you ask, do I say that. I’ll get to it. But first, thank you Merlin at Merlin’s Musings for giving me the opportunity to do this.
There are always rules to a tag so I’ll give you those before I’ll take you on a journey back in time to when I was a little kid.
- Write a post about why you love anime. It could be your favourite thing about it or one of your favourite things about it, it doesn’t matter which, but just pick one!
- You can get as personal or as impersonal as you like. You might want to write about how anime helped you through a tough time or something that it has taught you or you might want to write about just how much fun you’ve had watching it over the years. Your choice
- Nominate three bloggers to do the same
- Link back to (the original) post. Ty would love to see what you’ve written and may compile a list of favourite entries further down the line.
I’m gonna do the nominations first (and if you have done it or don’t want to do it just ignore this):
Davedalessiowrites at Confessions of an Overage Otaku
Bento at Yahari Bento
Ya Boy Jack at The Aniwriter
Let’s see, where does my journey with anime start? I actually remember it quite well. At the kitchen table in my last apartment a November night in 2015. I’m just a n00b in this world, there is no ‘still’ to me yet. I have no history with anime, I am just a newborn baby when it comes to anime. This is why I am wondering if I actually qualify. Then again, let’s just decide that I do because in the end, I love anime period. Scrap the still.
My childhood consisted of one hour of children’s programs five days a week. There was no TV for us kids on the weekends. Tough luck kids, go to bed, mom and dad are gonna watch V or Dallas or Falcon Crest or some other 80’s soap opera. Life’s hard when you are an 80’s kid. Cartoons were a rare thing, you either watched it once a year on Christmas (yeah, we have a tradition in this country where we all sit down, the whole country, at three o’ clock on Christmas Even and watch one hour of short clips of Disney movies. Yup, it’s tradition. To us 80’s kids it was the happening of the year. My kids, born in the 2000’s are not as thrilled as I was when I was their age. Wonder why.) or you rented a VHS at the local video store (along with a VHS player because no one could afford to buy one. Yup, they were a luxury and if you had a friend with a VHS player that friend was you best friend.) So the likelihood anyone had ever heard of anime was slim, and watched one even slimmer. And truth be told, if anyone had they would most likely not even know because in the end, what did we know about Japanese animation, everything was a cartoon anyway.
My first encounter with anime was Pokemon. At least as I can remember. That was the year 2000. That’s the year they started to air those little rascals on TV here in my country. I was way too old to enjoy a bunch of kids running around throwing balls. I was too occupied with my chaotic life to be able to concentrate on kid’s shows. (however, I did find myself watching Swedish children’s programs now and then but that was/is more nostalgia than anything. If Pokemon had been a part of my childhood I had most likely been watching that too.)
Let’s fast forward a bit, all the way to 2015. That’s when it all started with Sensitive Pornograph. I have written about it when I did my 30 day anime challenge. That is my first anime (since I don’t count those I actually can recall when I googled but you can read about that in that post). That anime saved my sanity that night. I rewatched it three, maybe four times, probably more, I can’t remember clearly. I was in a hypomanic state, going into a mania, and I didn’t know what to do or where to go. I couldn’t sleep and I couldn’t be still but something about that anime caught my attention. In the end I managed to calm down enough to not cross that fine line between hypomania and mania.
Anime isn’t a cure, it doesn’t make my hypomanic episodes disappear. It was that one time and never again. But it sparked something inside me. I wanted more and so I searched for more. I found all the boys love out there at that time. When I had seen all I kept going, finding other stuff. Good stuff. Interesting stuff. I still find new stuff every day. Stuff I didn’t know I would love. Some of you *cough* Matt *cough* know that I am still searching for a cute girls anime that I can like. I want to find that and add to all the awesome anime I already like. I don’t care if it is new or old, I don’t discriminate (I actually find it stupid to do because once upon a time all anime was new. So yeah, what’s old now… You get it. Never forget that when you sit there on your high horses and look down on people who like seasonal anime.) I just love whatever I want.
You know what the best part about anime is? That you can love whatever you want. There is something for everyone. That’s why I love anime so much.