By: Vrai Kaiser May 19, 20200 Comments

The first anime I ever watched was the first American broadcast of Space Battleship Yamato (as Star Blazers) in 1979. I was rapt, it was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. I dashed home from school to catch the afternoon broadcast--if I missed it, it was gone (can you imagine?). I knew it was different than Saturday morning cartoons (that's what we had back in the stone ages when dinosaurs roamed the earth), it looked and felt different. I was only 10 going on 11 living in very rural Maine, and had zero access to anything or anyone who could tell me what it was. But I never, never forgot it. I couldn't tell you what the next anime was--maybe Furuba? But I was an adult when I finally found my way back.

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