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Updated: August 2018    
Back in the early 1990s, Anime in the United States was extremely rare, and when I was able to catch glimpses of Japanese Animation (Anime) cartoons, I was entranced and clamored for more. It seemed like hard-to-find underground stuff at the time.

When two popular shows Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball became syndicated for U.S. television, I instantly became attached. March 1996 was when I fell into the whole anime craze, shortly before the rest of the United States caught on. I made sure to record every episode on those contraptions we called VHS players. Nowadays you can buy the entire series on DVD/Blu-ray, something I never got around to finishing.

As Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball were mainstream, I expanded into the more adult-oriented series to see what else was out there, with my first find being the (original) Dirty Pair. I also met some friends that had their own favorites, and happily let me borrow series such as Saber Marionette J, Visions of Escaflowne, Those Who Hunt Elves, Jubei-Chan, Kenshin, Video Girl AI, Cowboy Bebop, and others.

Most Anime fans prefer their episodes in "subbed" (Japanese dialogue with English sub-title) format, as opposed to the "dubbed" American dialogue that most people abhor, due to the bad voice acting and politically-correct inaccuracy (read: censorship) of what they're REALLY saying. Despite this, I usually pick dubbed over subbed because trying to read subtitles distracts me from the action going on. Sometimes I'll turn on both dubbed voices with english subtitles, and it's rather comical to see the vast difference between the (sometimes crude) Japanese translation vs. the completely different direction the American dub takes. Only if the American voices sound really bad/annoying will I watch a sub.

Anime today has drifted into different look than what I'm used to. I still prefer the 1990s when it comes to drawing styles, but it doesn't really matter since I don't really watch it anymore. Dedicating a part of my life to watching an entire series is long gone.

Even though it's far from finished, take a gander at my Anime page. If I ever get around to finishing it, I hope to let it age as a bunch of shrines.
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