Why watch anime?
Why not anime! Anime is a different animal to what you watch and has influenced a lot of American shows to follow that Japanese animation feel. Remember Voltron, well Voltron was an anime and it was originally called GoLion in Japan, when it made landfall in America it was edited and became called Voltron: Defenders of the Universe, this was in 1984-85. Most anime is derived from Manga which is Japanese comics. Even though Anime is from Japan it slowly made it’s way to America in original Subtitle form and for the last 25+ years in English dub form. What differentiates anime from American cartoons is the story and how mature most anime is to a majority of American cartoons. I think Anime took off in the mid-’90s when Toonami gave it an introduction to the world with shows like Ronin Warriors, Dragonballz and Cowboy Bebop(which has a great soundtrack). Since then companies like Funimation, Viz Media, and others have been bringing over anime shows for us anime fans to enjoy.
Where to Start with anime
That’s a tough one, I guess it depends on what genre you like. Anime has plenty of genre and sub-genre;s. There is an anime for anyone, I guess a good starter anime has to be cowboy bebop which is a sci-fi action anime and is a good start as any. If you love drama and action there is always Fullmetal alchemist which has plenty of that. There are a ton of choices, but I may warn you that a lot of anime series can have as many as 12 episodes to almost 900 episodes(One piece is a good example). Most anime comes in subtitled form from various official sources like crunchyroll.com. Funimation.com also offers subbed and English Dubbed anime. Those two websites have a good catalog of anime, they both do require a subscription if you want to watch there the whole library and if you want to watch the latest subbed episodes of your choice, but those two sites are the best places to start to watch anime and to find an anime that suits your genre of choice.
Where to watch anime
As I went over crunchyroll.com and funimation.com are my favorite choices to watch anime. There are also other sites as well if you live out of the country. Animelab.com is an oversea streaming service which I believe is only available to Australia and New Zealand. I exactly no expert in what’s the best anime website, but there are tons of options to view anime with using google to find a streaming service that is good for you. In the past, I used sites that fans have made to put up anime that are subbed by fan-subbers cause back in the day that’s all us anime fans had. Now with affordable anime streaming services and usually free anime in English dub for those who don’t want to read subtitles, anime is more accessible to all. There is no real need for fansubs not unless its an anime that hasn’t been acquired by a certain company to bring overseas to the west.
As an avid anime watcher, I hope you like this post and hope it’s helped some to consider watching anime and its amazing stories that the creators of manga and the animators have brought to life. My opinion on anime is that I feel is way superior to most American cartoons and has better storytelling. I might someday make a post of my top 50 anime of all time to share. So what was your first anime that you watched