Day 1 of Anime

I was sifting through my masses of files one day and discovered a list of “100 Days of Anime”. Initially I thought it might have come from a Reddit thread due to the reference to Reddit in it (though I don’t use Reddit?), but on closer inspection it was scattered through with names of those from Anime@UTS. Alas, it seems the list only goes until ‘Day 54’ with various days left blank, but I thought it would be interesting to do it anyway - especially without rambling too much.

Rifling through the files I still have access to in old staff discussion areas, I found that this was posted up by Vadim, so credits to him. Without any further ado…

Illust poster from Inuyasha

Day 1 - Very first anime

I get the feeling that I’ve mentioned this before on a few occasions. If we’re strictly going by ‘very first’ and by ‘anime series’, it’s likely to be something like our lovable Doraemon. However, if we were to go the ‘anime movie’ route, it would most likely be Totoro or Kiki’s Delivery Service.

The series would have then been followed by Kiko-chan SMILE, Chibi Maruko-chan, Detective Conan (aka Case Closed), with Pokemon thrown into the mix there somewhere, and scatted with Digimon, Yu-gi-oh and whatever else was thrown onto weekend kids’ TV that we used to record. The movies would have been followed by Laputa, and Sailor Moon R… at least according to the VCDs I still have.

But if I were to answer in terms of the first anime that I was aware of watching, this would be answered with Inuyasha, which is usually the answer I give to this question. ‘Introduced’ to me by a friend called Clare Chung whom I’d known in primary school, I spotted an illustration of the characters from Inuyasha (the one at the top of the post) in one of her albums on Microsoft’s old ‘Spaces’ and was so immediately intrigued I needed to know what it was from and how I could obtain it and watch it.

Thankfully, despite usually being timid and hating to ask people for things, through some system of word of mouth, I was able to obtain episodes from a school friend called Melissa Liu. She eventually also introduced me to series like Fruits Basket, Pretear and Fullmetal Alchemist, but only after she gave them to Liria Kan… who probably arranged for me to get Inuyasha in the first place.

This is the first time these anonymous friends have been named! Maybe I recall wrongly, but that’s how I remember it. It’s thanks to these friends that I entered the world of anime, and I suppose this is where I’ll be for quite some time.

Rock on to Day 2 then, I suppose?

Inuyasha © Rumiko Takahashi /2000, 2007 Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, SUNRISE.