If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it does it make a sound?
Think about that for a minute, I’ll wait…got your answer? Okay good! Well let’s take this same scenario and apply it to anime.
If a child watches an anime but doesn’t know it’s an anime, is it still considered their first anime?
Like many of you my first exposure to anime were those shown on Cartoon Network’s Toonami or on Kids WB after school. You guys know what I’m talking about, the big three: Sailor Moon, DragonBall Z, and Pokemon. Just about every 90’s kid remembers plopping down in front of the TV after school to watch one of these three shows, but back then they were little more than your typical cartoons. Sure the art was different, but for all intents and purposes, I thought they were cartoons. I didn’t find out until much later that they were even called anime, let alone what an anime was in the first place. So even now it’s hard for me to even think about them as anime, I still think of them as cartoons… So when I read that I had to talk about my first anime, I was at a bit of a loss for what to do. Sure, I could write at length about Sailor Moon or Pokemon, which are technically tied as my first anime, but that doesn’t sit well with me. I consider my first anime to be the first show that I actually knew was an anime when I first watched it, so my “first” anime is…..