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Thirty Days of Anime - Day 1 - Very First Anime 
13th-Aug-2010 09:24 pm
Open Road!
Okay I'm still working on the topic list (suggestions are still welcome here) but I want to get started on this. :)

So, my first anime? I guess the question is which first anime? The first anime I saw without knowing it was anime? The first anime I saw in Japanese? The first anime I bought?

Ah, heck with it, I'll answer all three. :)



The Anime I didn't recognise as such: Robotech.

I suspect that the first anime I actually followed would have been Robotech in late high school / early university.

I started noticing it on Channel 7 in Perth and soon started noticing something new to me for television: continuity. If it happened, it was important and not forgotten.

There has been a lot of criticism levelled at Robotech, particularly of some of the censorship, that overlooks how much they did get past the radar. This is a kids show (bearing in mind the animation age ghetto) where characters die, and the deaths matter.

For all the changes that were made, the core of Macross was preserved and linked into a multi generation saga that works remarkably well as a coherent story. The overall arc does have problems, but at least it is there.

The first anime in Japanese: Gall Force

Sometime later there was an introduction to some anime at a friends house. This would have been in the late eighties and I think it involved an unsubtitled episode of Gall Force, possibly Rhea Gall Force.

That was a strange experience but there was...something about the storytelling, the pacing that drew my attention. The presence of female action heroines (plural, most of the cast in fact) would also have been unusual enough to draw my attention.

From there I drifted in to looking for this stuff more and more.

The first anime I bought: Vampire Princess Miyu

It wasn’t too long before JAFWA started up in a church hall with one VCR feeding poor quality copies to three televisions.

Sometimes there were synopses. If we were lucky there were fan subtitles of...varying quality.

Somewhere in there I saw a fan subtitle of the Vampire Princess Miyu OAVs and that must have been the moment when I was hooked for good.

To quote from my review some time back: Possibly the best aspect about this series is that you aren't spoonfed with answers. Drowned in questions perhaps, with the few answers provided spawning only more questions.

The Vampire Princess Miyu OAVs were probably the first Laser Disc I bought (and I certainly bought the discs before I had the player for them), and I’ve never regretted it. More here.

Day 1 - Very first anime: Robotech, Gall Force, Vampire Princess Miyu.
Day 2 - Favorite TV series
Day 3 - Your anime crush
Day 4 - Favourite Film
Day 5 - Anime character you feel you are most like (or wish you were)
Day 6 - Most annoying anime character
Day 7 - Character you’d most like to slap
Day 8 - Most epic scene ever
Day 9 - Saddest anime scene
Day 10 - Favorite slice of life anime
Day 11 - Favorite mech series
Day 12 - Best instalment of a franchise you don’t like
Day 13 - Worst instalment of a franchise you do like.
Day 14 - Current (or most recent) anime wallpaper
Day 15 - A reality check for a genre you like
Day 16 - An anime classic that simply doesn’t work for you.
Day 17 - Best Background Music 
Day 18 - Best Five-team (?)
Day 19 - Change you’d like to make to any one anime
Day 20 - Favorite shoujo anime (?)Most ambiguous anime character
Day 21 – Favourite OAV Series
Day 22 - Animation studio you'd most like to slap.
Day 23 - Anime you think had the best, or most intriguing art
Day 24 - Favorite anime hero or heroine
Day 25 - Best anime villain
Day 26 - Your favorite harem anime
Day 27 - Favorite anime opening theme song
Day 28 - Favorite pokemon (?)
Day 29 - Best Anime Music Video
Day 30 - Favorite anime ending theme
Comments 
14th-Aug-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Was a bit busy when you posted this one so didn't comment then.

First I saw and didn't recognise was almost certainly Battle of the Planets (aka Ninja Science Team Gatchaman) cleaned up for the western children's audience.

First anime in japanese was I think either Laputa (or part thereof) or Ranma 1/2 at one of the early Swancons. 17 or 18. Probably 17. Being at a Swancon my memory of which I actually saw first is a little vague.

First I bought: I haven't actually bought a huge deal of anime. I don't remember which was first. Wings of Honneamise or Dominion Tank Police. In terms of DVDs rather than VHS I think my first buy was Spirited Away.
15th-Aug-2010 12:09 am (UTC)
And oh boy was Gatchaman cleaned up. As I recall in its original form that was one of the shows with a bulk discount on red ink. And Princess, ah, got around a bit.

Laputa would have been a good introduction and I think your timing of SwanCon 17 (Ascot Inn?) sounds about right. I think that's where Steveg got introduced to it.

My opinions on Wings are rather well known in the SwanCon community. :)

Dominion Tank Police certainly has its moments, particularly the argument in the opening scene about appropriate weapons for police. :)
15th-Aug-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
To be honest from memory Wings may have been one I won as a door prize or similar. And I may have selected it purely on the basis of the fanvid someone did to 'Learning to Fly'
It's not one I tended to rewatch.

Tank police was more fun, but don't plug VHS player in much these days.

I do however now own quite a lot of Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli stuff.
15th-Aug-2010 01:06 am (UTC)
The "Learning to Fly" AMV is fabulous, enough so that it would work as an official film clip. I do rewatch Wings fairly often simply because it is full of awesome.

Doesn't everyone own a full set of Miyaxaki these days? Releasing those locally was one of the best things Madman has ever done. :)
15th-Aug-2010 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm still missing a couple I think. Still don't have Kiki's Delivery Service or Pon-poko (sp?). I'd also quite like at some point to get the non-Miyazaki but Ghibli still Whisper of the Heart, while being fully aware that it makes 'Country Road' go through my head for days afterward.
15th-Aug-2010 11:35 am (UTC)
Pon-poko is probably the weakest of Miyazaki's films to date: I found it to be somewhat preachy.
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