So yeah... I was just curious to know what your very first experience of anime was and what it was like? This is a fairly open topic, so feel free to be as elaborate or as brief as you wish! ^ ^
For those of you who are curious to know about my first anime experience (which, until now I had all but forgotten), here's a little background:
The first anime I ever watched in my life was Ninja, the Wonderboy at the age of 7, which is a feature-length adapted, American derivative of the 24-episode TV anime, Manga Sarutobi Sasuke.wiki ^ ^
Despite truly having some of the worst American-English dubs on the planet (hence the terribly unconvincing voice-acting seemingly more suited to a school play than a serious drama), Ninja, the Wonderboy nonetheless grabbed my attention with its (relatively) unique approach to animation and story-telling. Coming from a country in which most animated shows were restricted to western conventions of story-telling, for me Ninja, the Wonderboy came off as something revolutionary. Little at the time did I know that I was actually watching anime, and that this style of story-telling was standard issue in the likes of Japan.
The original anime from which Ninja, the Wonderboy derives is one of the oldest around and one indication of this is its visual style. As you will see from the following video clip, Ninja, the Wonderboy reflects the historical (and almost ironic) fact that anime was originally inspired by American-style animation, hence the Disney-style-likeness of some of the characters in the video (This observation is less surprising to those who are well versed in the history of anime however.). Sadly, while some other countries did actually receive full translations of the original anime behind the feature-length adapted equivalent, I had to settle for the latter, and then on VHS. So essentially I got the cut-down (and awfully dubbed) derivative of the same anime referred to in the west as Ninja, the Wonderboy; but since at the time I knew no better, I was impressed regardless. In my eyes it was a refreshing alternative with more depth than the animated shows I'd become accustomed to in the mid 80s.
The following video shows my favourite part in Ninja the Wonderboy, though that's having said, I've forgotten most of the story - that's how long it's been since I last saw the feature. However, this part for some reason has stayed relatively fresh in my mind and I guess this probably has a lot to do with the fact that my favourite character in Ninja the Wonderboy is Magic Lantern (Yes, that's her English-equivalent name, believe it or not.). I mean, who wouldn't want a pair of shades like those?