Day 1: The Very First Anime You Watched

The very first anime I watched is very near and dear to my heart. This special anime is Pokemon: Indigo League. I remember watching it with my older brother when it came on Cartoon Network. Pokemon had everything I could want in an anime: silly villains who always failed, cute animated creatures, a lack of responsible adult characters and fun adventures. I remember being 10 and telling my Mom I wanted to go out and search for Pokemon. While everyone wanted to be a Pokemon trainer like Ash, I wanted to be more like Brock and be a Pokemon Breeder. I wanted to be the very best like no one ever was.

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I also loved Misty – she was so cool! I mean, she was 15 or 16, so I can see why I liked her so much. I hope I can cosplay her in the future! Pikachu is so cute and precious; I wanted a Pokemon of my own. As of right now, I have a very cute Eevee plushie that I received as a gift. I also have a weird love for Pidgies. I still like to call pigeons “pidgies”. Also, who could forget Team Rocket? I just love how dimwitted Jessie and James are. They’re not exactly model villains. They also had a variety of disguises which were always easy to see through. Their motto was perfect. Here it is in video format on YouTube for those who don’t remember it:

Also, the Pokemon opening was THE BEST! I still know all of the lyrics to it today. My favorite pokemon is Clefairy. Ever since I saw Clefairy and the Moon Stone, I was intrigued by them. I also enjoy Eevee, Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Togepi. Who didn’t love the PokeRap at the end of every episode? I was getting good at naming all 150 pokemon. I can remember a good majority of them to this day. I associate this anime with a lot of happy memories. It was my first introduction to anime on cable TV. That led me to discover so many more titles. I didn’t fully become an anime fan until I was in 7th grade but Pokemon was my first mainstream introduction to the genre.

I feel like a lot of people first were introduced to anime by watching Pokemon. I also enjoyed collecting Pokemon trading cards though I never knew how to play with them. I really liked the holographic ones too. That could be my young preteen self talking. I even got my Mom to watch Pokemon with me since my brother and I enjoyed it so much. I’ll play Pokemon Go from time to time. Comment below or tweet @allthingsannak with the very first anime you watched! I’d love to know what title introduced you to anime.

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