30 Day Anime Challenge- Day 1

Very First Anime You Watched

Clannad

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But this is not entirely true…Let me explain.

I was a fan of animation throughout a lot of my life and in the 90s I did watch a very scant amount of anime but never got into it because it was always at the rental store and was super hit or miss. So I got discouraged throwing money at titles I didn’t like and gave up.

 Fast forward 15 or so years. I now have children. They are starting to get into anime themselves. Dragonball, Naruto and the like. I still didn’t watch it with them.

 It wasn’t until I got a Kindle Fire that I had more own little way to watch shows for myself (after years of watching what the kids watched). I was browsing through my Amazon Prime video app that I came across Clannad.

 I thought: “Why not?”

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It caught my attention.

But it was strange. It was slowly paced. The storytelling was different to what I was used to. It grabbed me in a quiet controlled way. It made me cry.

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I started to watch it with my boys. By the time we finished Clannad- After Story we were all sobbing emotional wrecks. It is something I shared with my boys and something I continue to share with them to this day: anime.

 Clannad was my gateway into becoming an anime fan and holds a special place in my heart. I have watched, and enjoyed, both the subbed and dubbed versions. Have met a few of the English voice actors for the show and last year got to see a panel by Key (the animation studio responsible for the VN and show).

 I recently just purchased the Visual Novel on Steam: more feels, more fun.

I usually re-watch it once a year.

 Still to this day I still get a bit emotional listening to the music from the show.

 

 So I consider this my first anime.

Watch it if you haven’t. It’s a treat.

Until next time: Happy viewing!

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5 thoughts on “30 Day Anime Challenge- Day 1

  1. Anime_Girls_NYC January 1, 2017 / 9:10 am

    I like clannad a lot, but I’m glad it wasn’t my first anime. I would have cried away from the whole anime world. Hahah

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  2. The Otaku Judge January 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

    Clannad is exceptional. I wouldn’t recommend it to a first time anime viewer though. As NYC already stated, the emotional parts could drive some people away from Japanese animation hehe.

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    • madreceiver January 2, 2017 / 12:41 am

      True, true. It is one the got me into it…I must be a glutton for emotional punshment. 🙂
      I’ve been lucky I have gotten to meet a couple of the English dub cast: David Matranga (Tomoya) and Greg Ayres (Sunohara).
      And a big highlight was seeing the Key panel at ACEN last year.
      It’s got a special place in my heart.

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