Today, I wanted to do something a little different and talk directly to you guys. If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you know that I love anime and Asian culture (otherwise I wouldn’t be here writing stuff), but you probably don’t know how I got into anime in the first place. Which, TBH, is kind of surprising given that I’ve been blogging for almost a year now. So today I wanted to share my anime story, short as it might be, and then open the floor to you guys to share your own experiences with anime. How did you start watching anime? What was your first series? What’s your anime story?
For me, it was in 2014. Around March, when the hype train for the Oculus Rift was really taking off as the second Developer’s Kit had been announced and released to the public to buy, try, and write software for. I loved the idea of virtual reality ever since I watched Spy Kids 3 in theaters at the age of 5, so the concept of a real-life virtual reality experience was just mind-blowing to my 16-year old brain. I are up every bit of news I could find about the Rift, from news articles to demonstration videos, but there was one common thread that I noticed in all of the comments sections of the media outlets: there was always mentions of this thing called “Sword Art Online”. People would compare the Rift to it, say stuff like “Sword Art Online is almost here!”, and it seemed almost synonymous with virtual reality.
Repeated occurrences of this showing up in comments assured me that SAO wasn’t just the idea of one crazy Internet-dweller, so I did some research. Which is just another way of saying I did a quick Google and looked at what came up. At first I was somewhat skeptical about the show since it was an anime: as a homeschooler who grew up in a church full of kids who went to school, I knew what anime was but I hadn’t seen enough to form an opinion on it. Or rather, I hadn’t been allowed to see enough to form an opinion on it, as my parents didn’t let me watch stuff like Pokemon or Yu Gi Oh! growing up. Thus, I really didn’t know what to think about SAO.
Crunchyroll, the great equalizer.
Enter Crunchyroll, the most legit-looking anime streaming platform that enticed me to begin watching the show. Since it looked too clean and modern to give me a virus, I gave the first episode of SAO a go. 24 episodes later, I was a full-blown SAO fan, and budding otaku. And the rest is history.
That was my story, but what’s yours? I’d love to know how you got into anime, and what kept you around. Sound off in the comments below, and I’ll see you on Friday. 🙂