I'm pretty sure everyone can recall their first anime and how they found it, but how did you first find out about the actual word "anime," and what all was covered under that term?
I remember when we got internet back in our household for a short while in about...2002ish, I did a Google search for Cardcaptor Sakura, Dragonball Z, and other pictures of cartoons that I used to watch after school and on weekends. In one of the search results was something along the lines of, "This is one of my favorite animes." I Googled "anime" and was shocked to learn that a good portion of the cartoons I had been watching on Fox, WB and CN were in fact, Japanese animations. I always had an affinity for Asian history and culture since I was a little kid, and it was interesting to find out that a lot of the shows I had been watching were from a country I had previously studied.
How bout you folks? How did the actual term "anime" become a part of your vocabulary?