To be honest, it feels like I’m one of the few anibloggers who hasn’t done this challenge yet, so I decided I needed to give this a try. And I’m glad I did, because it really made me think back over the various anime I’ve watched over the years. So let’s get this started…
Hmmm… I basically have to have two answers for this one.
When I was young (back in the late 1970’s), my father was in the Navy. He was stationed in Japan from the time I was one until I was five years old. Obviously, being in Japan, I would have seen anime on television at the time. But I only have a very faint memory of seeing Candy Candy when I was like four or five. So, while in all technicality, that was probably the first one I saw, I’m going to also include here the first anime that I truly have a memory of watching.
When I was five, my father was stationed in Hawaii, and we stayed there until I was nine years old and my father retired from the military. During the last year or so we lived there, the independent station on Oahu started airing Star Blazers, an English dub version of Space Battleship Yamato. I fell in love with the series when I saw it, and I think enough other viewers on Oahu did as well. It originally started airing every Monday through Friday afternoon, and after a little while, the station added another airing on Saturday mornings. Star Blazers obviously still holds an important place in my heart, since I’ve been watching the episodes of Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 as they become available on Crunchyroll.
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