What got you into anime in the first place, /a/?
Haruhi and Lucky Star in 2009 or 2010.
I was too impatient to wait for Naruto weekly
Found it online in nipponese
Eventually joined a Naruto RP forum and the folks there introduced me to a bunch of anime.
I regret nothing.
The cool uncle that lied foreign stuff let me borrow Urotsukidoji. That was an experience for me 10 year old self.
The DM of my RP group worked a Dearh Note reference into our game.
I assumed it was going to be like DBZ, only edgier. It was edgy as fuck, but the story was actually focused, concise, and gripping.
Now i'm a fucking weeb with a waifu, a body pillow, and a few dozen figs. My god what am I doing with my life?
The cute/moe aesthetic was instantly appealing to me. It's eye candy in the most literal sense of the term.
I live in Asia where people grew up collecting tankoubon and watching classic anime shows so everyone under 35 by default has a certain standard of power level, higher than western standards.
What got me started in a journey to increase my power level and actively learn nip was this game from 15 years ago.
more than 5 minutes episodes
american cartoons ended too fast
I started off browsing /b/ and eventually found /a/. I regret nothing.
My uni had an agreement with a local theater to show foreign movies as a "cultural event" with student discounts, and had Nausicaa and Mononoke Hime, and I got to see them multiple times on the big screen for like $2 a showing. Rest is history.
Aria wasn't my first, but after watching it that I started to enjoy it more and watching it frequently
Sexy girls. My first anime was Love Hina.
There was a latter period where I only watched "serious" anime but nowadays I've returned to only watch it for the girls again, plus I read more manga (TLR, Boku Girl, Minamoto-kun Monogatari, etc)
This stolen adult magazine a friend of mine gave me when I was 13 had a list of recommended erotic websites that I checked, and one of them featured hentai, which I found interesting (Misty "riding" Starmie, fuck yeah).
Eventually, I began to become interested in where the characters came from, and that's how I finally ended up here.
Honestly? Boredom. I always hated anime because the only experience I had had with it was seeing the fat Narutards at the bookstore be obnoxious shitheads. One day, I just decided to order an anime disc from Netflix, and that was it. I found /a/ a little while later, and I've been here since.
One Piece in 2004.
And Haruhi in 2006.
The ride never ends
My eternal nigga
Would you like to be friends?
Chobits was the first non-mainstream anime I ever watched, but I didn't watch a lot of anime back then. Fullmetal Alchemist was probably around the time I first started watching anime specifically. I was still a huge casual back then though. There was a guy on TorrentSpy (a now defunct bittorrent site) that would remux the Japanese DVDs with the English dub tracks every week and I'd end up watching those. You see, I cared about quality and would much rather see it in DVD quality than SD broadcast. But I would still only watch dubs. Death Note was around the time I started watching subbed anime. I didn't want to wait for the series to finish dubbed, so I started watching it subbed. By that point I had enough exposure to Japanese to not really mind it. And then I started watching shows as they aired in Japan. Well, as close to it as possible because you still had to wait a week for subs to show up for most things.