Anime has been an interest of mine for a while. The first one I ever saw was Dragonball. I didn’t, however, think of watching it when I first heard of it because the mere name of the show was just weird to me, and so I didn’t even bother. However, I saw an episode in passing through the channels, and got into it. I would eventually see Dragonball Z and Dragonball GT, and come to the conclusion that each series was worse than the previous. GT was horrible, Z was better for laughs than actually getting into the show. The original Dragonball was the best.
Since then, I’ve explored a bunch of other anime, mostly however what was played on Cartoon Network via Funimation. These series include Bleach, Naruto, Inuyasha, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Outlaw Star, Trigun, Fushigi Yuugi, Fuuri Kuri, and others.
Many of these influenced a character of mine that I’ve played online and in games. This character was Jett Kuroi, who was inspired in part by Aoshi Shinomori from Rurouni Kenshin, Tamahome from Fushigi Yuugi, and Android 17 from Dragonball Z.
Fushigi Yuugi would be the first, after Dragonball, that I looked into. And I have to admit, it was the first to get me interested in Chinese and Japanese culture and history. Of course, after that, I would get into Rurouni Kenshin, and it would end up being my absolute favorite of all the anime I watched both before and after it. A lot of what I know about Japanese history comes from this anime, and what I researched about the events and history discussed in this anime. As was common for me, I always liked the main hero of the story, but also found a lot to like about the main antagonist. In Dragonball Z, my favorite character was Vejita; in Yu Yu Hakusho, my favorite character was Hiei; and in Rurouni Kenshin, my favorite character is Aoshi Shinomori.
A few characters in my story are based off of characters I’ve seen in anime, and a few are based only off my own ideas. I am always looking for more anime I can enjoy, but it seems as though the area I live in simply doesn’t have a large supply of incoming anime, for me to get my hands on. But I’ll keep looking, because I’m not about ready to give up.