What Show Got You Into Anime? 10,000 Japanese Fans Respond

What Show Got You into Anime? 10,000 Japanese Fans Respond.

Everybody has to start somewhere. And recently Japanese viewers were polled about what show got them interested in anime.

Between August 14 and August 20, website Charapedia quizzed over 10,000 anime fans in Japan, asking them what anime series started it all for them.

Among those polled, 49.4 per cent were men, while 50.6 per cent were women. The majority were in their teens and 20s (77.2 per cent), while the remaining 22.6 per cent were in their 30s.

Let's have a look at what got them into in anime. The results, and how close some of them are, might surprise you!

30. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: 192 votes

29. Digimon Adventure: 201 votes

28. Shakugan no Shana: 202 votes

27. Doraemon: 204 votes

26. Higurashi When They Cry: 207 votes

25. Angel Beats! 210 votes

24. YuYu Hakusho: 227 votes

23. Free! 254 votes

22. Naruto: 275 votes

21. Mobile Suit Gundam: 314 votes

20. Monogatari Series: 321 votes

19. Space Battleship Yamato: 323 votes

18. Case Closed (aka Detective Conan): 338 votes

17. Fullmetal Alchemist: 350 votes

16. Code Geass: 351 votes

15. Dragon Ball: 380 votes

14. Mobile Suit Gundam SEED: 383 votes

13. CARDCAPTOR SAKURA: 392 votes

12. Attack on Titan: 399 votes

11. The Prince of Tennis: 411 votes

10. Clannad: 420 votes

9. Kuroko's Basketball: 450 votes

8. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: 465 votes

7. Sailor Moon: 492 votes

6. One Piece: 536 votes

5. Neon Genesis Evangelion: 552 votes

4. Gin Tama: 645 votes

3. K-On! 666 votes

2. Sword Art Online: 678 votes

1. A Certain Magical Index Series: 746 votes

Surprised? Just as you thought? Discuss!

アニメにハマるきっかけとなった作品 TOP30! [Charapedia]


    No where is daily life's of high school boys or manga


      So much this. SBS running this got me into anime. After that, I started to seek out anime. Much as I love good anime, it's a shame there's a lot of crap to wade through to find some of the gems.

      Me too. Wasn't the first, but it was the point that I actually started looking up more of it.

      I used to watch this on adult swim on cartoon network around 15 years ago. I never even watched them in order until I got the dvd set years later. Been hooked on anime ever since.

    Astroboy http://youtu.be/6O7qBbdZZYE

      Yeah Astroboy for me. That and Voltron.

        Astroboy as well. Old timers, gather around!

        Astroboy, starblazers, robotech, then one Saturday morning in the ninties I discovered dbz.

    Pokemon, beyblade, DBZ and Yu Gi Oh are all anime shows I watched as kid not knowing they were anime series. Bleach was the first series I watch that really got me into anime.

      Add Cardcaptors to that list and you've got mine.
      I'm not sure what my first proper anime was, possibly Lucky star.

        #13, Cardcaptor Sakura

      I agree with the first 4. I didn't get into Bleach till the Internet was good enough to steam it/learn about the other shouen anime.

    Dragon Ball Z and Ghost Fighter (Yu Yu Hakusho)! Go Pinoys! lol


      Robotech for sure. On Agros cartoon connection in oz

        I have to put Robotech as my main influence, but around the same time, I was watching Astroyboy as well, and don't forget Star Blazers (Which I think might be related to Space Battleship Yamato? on the list?)

        Also, I'm not sure if it counts as Anime or not, but Ulysses was pretty awesome as well.

    Tekkaman & Tekkaman: Blade.

    But what really got me into it was the program 'Cheeze TV', who remembers that?
    http://youtu.be/gMagZjWmFbE - Intro

      Yep, the 3 I remember the most was Pokemon at 7:00am, DBZ at 7:30am and at 8:00 was Sailor Moon... which I turned off at that point and got ready for school.

    Either Ghost in the shell or Ninja scroll. Was about 6-7 years old.

    Pokemon, digimon, dbz, yugioh, bubblegum crisis, ghost in the shell

    Though I watched anime like Pokemon, Digimon, Zoids, Yu-Gi-Oh!, One Piece, DBZ, etc. as a kid, I never got into anime until I sat down and watched Gurren Lagann a few years ago.

    Last edited 23/08/14 9:53 am

    I watched all the usuals on cheez TV. Digimon, pokemon, dbz. But didn't watch anything out of those. Until a friend D of mine gave me a bunch of Naruto on DVDs. I that was the first time I sat down to binge on a TV show as well. But I was 15, that was 13 years ago.

    How time flies when you're watching anime.

    It was mid Nineties and Sailor Moon was on every morning on some kids show. (I think Agro was a host). Then I discovered Aeon Flux (does that count?) a few years later. Then Evangelion (first run on SBS). Then Tenchi Muyo and Ranma 1/2.

    Robotech/astroboy were the shows I loved as a kid. Giant Robo and Akira were the shows(and movie) which made me want more

    Surprised there was no Saint Seiya, nor Cowboy Bebop. Magical Index is an honest wtf. I wonder what made it so popular in Japan.

    Though I watched Dragonaball Z, Pokemon, Beyblades, Cardcaptors, Sailor Moon and the such as a child I didn't really know what anime was, they were just cartoons I watched before school. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is what got me so heavily into anime and I am stoked it made it into the top ten. Good job KyoAni :)

    Samurai pizza cats. Pokémon gets an honourable mention for the assist :)

    Berserk and Gurren Lagann for me, can't believe neither made it and Cowboy Bebop as well. Alot of recent anime as well maybe accounts for the age group.

    Marzinger z or tranzor z as it was known here in Australia.

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