I keep seeing various thirty day challenges popping up on blogs, so I figured, why not try a few myself? This being anime week, I figured that I’d start with that! Now, I won’t be posting a new piece every day with this. Rather, you’ll get one or two a month, thusly drawing out the whole process a little. Still, it should be fun!
So … The very first anime that I watched. This actually took me a while to figure out how to answer. You see, in terms of watching stuff that I knew was anime, that began with buying a handful of VHS tapes in one go. Those tapes were Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Ninja Scroll, Project A-Ko, and the Fist of the North Star OVA. Given that this was back in 1997 when I was thirteen, it took a while to figure out which one it was that I watched first. Now, I may be wrong here, but I believe that it was the Fist of the North Star OVA.
Released in 1986, this was a condensed version of the 1984 TV series. While it took liberties with the running order of events (and of course missed large chunks that the 152-episode series covered), it was actually the more violent adaption of Buronsen and Tetsuo Hara’s manga. If I’m being objective, I’ve seen far better anime since this one, but I would be lying if I said that it didn’t still have a special place in my heart. From the iconic, “You’re already dead, you just don’t know it yet,” to the awesome Heart of Madness, it had some wonderful moments in between all the weird growing/shrinking bodies and ultra-violence. Sadly, I don’t believe that it ever had a DVD release in the UK, so I’ve been unable to grab a new copy and enjoy the nostalgic goodness. But there you go.
Like I said though, which anime I watched first is a complicated issue. You see, there are several other shows that I watched long before this, though I had no concept of them being anime at the time. I started watching Ulysses 31, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Starvengers (Getter Robo G) and Spaceketeers (Starzingers) around the same time. On top of this, the original ThunderCats was also animated by a Japanese studio. This being the case, it could be said that my first anime was actually one of these and viewed way back in 1990.
How about yourselves? What were your first series? And should I class the old anime that I didn’t know was anime as the first, or the first that I was aware was anime?