If you were to ask me what was my first anime/manga, I honestly couldn't tell you. Having been a part of the Otakudom for so long, I vaguely remember my starting years as a Otakuling... Which got me thinking... Just HOW did I enter the vast world of anime/manga? If I remember correctly, it all started once upon a time... on a sunny day...?
For as far as I can remember, my great love during my elementary days (starting approximately the 3rd grade) was Sailor Moon. Ahh, Sailor Moon. Despite everyone loving Mercury for her intellect, I was a sucker for Mars and her beautiful long black hair and heels. Yes, I was quite the rebel. Shortly after Sailor Moon, I graduated to Pokemon. While it was not as captivating as Sailor Moon was for me, I was still intrigued enough to get excited when new episodes of Jigglypuff came on WB. At that point, not only could I rap the songs at the end of the episode, I also had a chart of all the pokemons introduced to date. But of course, Pokemon was soon overtaken by the greatness of Yugioh. I spent days collecting and playing the cards, dueling with friends for petting things like candy. Shortly after, I graduated (in real life) to high school.
High School Saga
After Yugioh came small anime segments like Beyblade, Monster Rancher, Tenchi Muyo, etc. While none of these struck me as epic, I continued to feed my addiction to anime, still unaware of manga's existence. Shortly after my sophmore year in high school, a good friend (bless her) introduced me to scanlations and scanlation groups... and thus the beautiful world of manga. I was stunned to discover that I'd been missing out on such a level that I quickly learned photoshop and became a part of the scanlation world. It was during this time, I read my very first manga: Flame of Recca. I was blown away both by the art and by the storyline. Soon, I began reading yaoi titles, discovered the existence of hentai and all the other forms of manga. Of course, during this time, I continued to feed my need for anime with titles such as Prince of Tennis, Hunter X Hunter and Slam Dunk (while reading Slam Dunk yaoi doujinshi done beautifully by Yamane Ayano). Lets not forget Bleach and Naruto, two Shounen giants. At the time, online streaming had not yet taken off (or even existed) so I could only rely on the snail pace of bittorrent. Near the end of my high school years, the anime world began to speed up in terms of viewership and soon, the explosion of internet video streaming began.
Once I entered university, I suddenly discovered that, while I spent less time in the classroom, I had to spend more time studying at home. This reduced the amount of time I could spend on anime/manga... it was a great shock. Soon I realized that, despite all the time spent studying, my marks were fairly stable and so, I did as any Otaku would do, I began squeezing in more time for anime/manga. Soon, I was back to my regular time spent... if not more with the introduction of sites like watchanimeon.com and animefreak.tv. Of course, with the introduction of Onemanga.com and Mangafox.com, I was hardly spending any time studying. The bulk of my watched list happened in this saga... hardly a surprise.
Having read mangas such as Rurouni Kenshin and reading manga as epic as One Piece, I now reminisce the years that have passed. As I near the end of my years as a university student, I see happiness on the horizon. A bright future of Otakudom and days full of anime/manga. Its been my companion for over 10 years and will continue to be a part of me for many years to come! To the Otakudom...yoroshiku onegaishimasu!