I got hooked on anime in a strange way, growing up I watched a lot of 4-kids stuff without knowing it was anime, in fact for the longest time I thought that its origin was Western. In junior high I saw toonami a few times and always thought it was stupid, I never really was interested in anything they were playing, mainly because I saw a lot of Gundam stuff and Iím not at all attracted to Mecha. However I would watch a few episodes of FMA every now and again because I liked the fights.
This still wasnít enough up until about my sophomore year; Iíd see Bleach on adult swim and thought it was retarded. Still today I donít think I was far off from the mark, but thatís just me. Well that same year I was at my dadís house for the Summer and this was the same time I really got into drawing stuff, and a lot of my drawings looked very similar to the manga/anime style. He saw a few of my drawings and then recorded Howlís Moving Castle when is came on IFC.
Then when I watched it something happened, Iím not sure what exactly but itís like a seed was planted in me that was waiting to sprout. When I returned home to continue schooling; a few weeks into the school year we got a three day weekend. Iím not sure if it was the combination of some of my internet buddies or what but something provoked me to watch Wolfís Rain (I heard this aired on Toonami lol). Once that show was over something snapped inside me, I didnít know what I needed, but I needed more of it. As it turns out this was anime, and that my friends is how I got hooked on this stuff.
I think Disgaea and Phantom Brave were two major contributing factors to my interest in the style, and to this day I still love these games.