Discussion Point: Growing Up With Anime

We all share fond memories of our childhood. They could be memorable places, events or people that we got the chance to spend time with. We are in a period of exploration and discovery and we often got a helping hand from the things we played with and watched. Growing up with anime is something that not a ton of people can say they had. Granted almost any 90’s kid can vouch for having seen anime but not many of them associate those titles, DBZ or Sailor Moon, to anime. Those of us that do have been ever thankful to those first shows we watched as, they have opened up a door that made us the fanatical, loving fans that we are today. They may have even had a part in our developing likes and personalities. I mean for one, I can say that I grew to love different cultures due in part to a history teacher in my wee early years of life. I would love to say that I grew up with an awesome childhood.

Growing up with Anime is like growing up with sports or growing up with something you genuinely enjoy. I can say that I have no clue where I would be or what I would be doing if it were not for anime. It has taken such a sizeable portion of my life that I feel as if it would be vastly different if I did not grow to be so influenced by the genre. I mean it would be like a die-hard sports fan wondering how they would have been if they had not been so involved with sports or at least a participative fan. These are always questions we ask ourselves because frankly, we do not know anything different. We wondering, almost constantly about the wonders of what may have been and what could have been. I would like to thank i would have gotten more into gaming or maybe something else entirely. However, there still ran the chance I could have become interested with anime futher down the road. I may have been with an entirely different perspective. It almost feels like a foreign though that I should not even be considering but as a person you consider the things that would have influenced you other wise.

I grew up loving anime and I am thankful for that. It has opened a door into a world that I have very much involved my life in and have grown to love immensely. It has allowed me to meet, talk and engaging with others who love the genre and are as passionate as I am about all things anime. Cannot think of anything else I love more on this green Earth and while that may sound like a selfish and no-life sort of response, it is the only response that I can feel I can say with the utmost sincerity. Anime for me is both a lifestyle and a hobby that can eventually become a passion and a job. It is the most fun I have ever had in my life thus far. Now while this is a shorter discussion that is because I want to know about you all. Was growing up with anime worth it? Do you wonder what may have been if you hadn’t? Did anime enter at a point later in life? Feel free to answer down below or on our Twitter page.

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15 thoughts on “Discussion Point: Growing Up With Anime

  1. Nice discussion post. Personally, I think anime was worth it as I was growing into it. It was one of those things I enjoyed as a kid. Much like other people who like Cartoon action series like Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, anime was one of those series I felt connected. Sometimes, I imagine my life without anime. If that it does happen, I would most likely be a person who enjoys comic books like Marvel or DC or just be an average gamer. I think that anime became a big part of my life when I was in my last year of high school. Now that I am in four years of college, anime is part of my life. I don’t regret it!

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    1. Awesome to hear, Matthew! I would probably be in the same boat.

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      1. Really? I didn’t know. That’s cool that we would be in the same page. I am glad anime came to my life. Thanks to anime, I made some friends. 🙂

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      2. Some? D; Where you all by yourself without it?!

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      3. Oh no. Sorry, I didn’t mean to scare you. I made a mistake on my words. I had friends but there were some that liked anime. I remember senior year in high school, somebody used a quote from Gurren Lagann in the yearbooks. As a kid, I had friends that loved anime like Pokemon and DragonBall Z or GT.


  2. Great post.

    Tho it’s sad because the only anime I ever grew up with was pokemon. I never officially started anime until June 2014 with Attack on Titan.

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  3. Omg I’m sooo happy I grew up with anime. It is such a big part in my life. It taught me lessons. I think I use now a days. Don’t know where I will be without it

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    1. Anime is a pretty big influencer when it comes to life lessons as well as lessons learned.

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  4. Well, If I had never watched Sailor Moon or Pokemon, I’d probably be less broke than I am… XD

    But seriously, it’s hard for me to imagine my life without anime. It’s too much fun.


    1. Hmm, I forgot to mention the wallet crushing effects that this hobby has… LOL, well at least you are having so much fun!

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      1. Anime: crack is cheaper.

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  5. Of course growing up with anime is worth it. It helped fuel my love for stories. I used to watch anime with my family, especially with my dad, when I was growing up, so I remember anime as a great bonding time with my loved ones. When I started going to school, anime will always pop up in conversations with my childhood friends. Right now, there isn’t a lot of people who I can discuss anime personally anymore, that’s why I decided to become an aniblogger and then I met all of you here in our awesome WordPress community. It’s awesome! If I didn’t grow up with anime, perhaps we won’t have the opportunity to meet as fellow bloggers and I’ll be a completely different person. Who knows? That’s why I’m also grateful like you about my early introduction into the world of anime. Anyway, great discussion post. Keep it up. Cheers!

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  6. I grew up with Pokemon, Yugioh, Sailor Moon, Studio Ghibli films, and a random volume of Ranma 1/2 which my sister and I always watched with my mom. And look at me … I turned out great…!

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