June 30, 2014 § Leave a comment
I got into anime my senior year of high school. Even at the time, I knew I was late to the party. It wasn’t because I was precocious enough to perceive that anime’s “golden age” in the late nineties and early naughties was coming to a close right then. No, it was a social thing, like everything else in high school. The people I knew who were into those crazy cartoons from Japan, the people who introduced me to them, were already so steeped in the knowledge of them that I felt like I would always be a permanent amateur. I would be the guy who started playing his first instrument in his forties and is able to pick out a half-tempo version of “Stairway to Heaven” but not much else.
I don’t mean to say that it kept me from getting into anime. Like I said, it was high school, so I was stupid and stubborn and, above all, willing to do anything to impress a girl. That’s right, I got into anime to impress a girl.