I started watching anime a very long time ago. It was back when, although not impossible, it was extremely hard to find and purchase anime. It was also extremely expensive. It was just starting to appear on Cartoon Network (although, that means you were forced to watch the dubbed version), but even then if you wanted to get a specific show you have to either:
- Pay the enormous amount of money for the series. Volumes consisted of 2-4 episodes and started at $30 per volume. That means spending hundreds of dollars on one series alone (think about that the next time you look at how many episodes a show like Rurouni Kenshin is)
- Or you had to search for forums where people were selling fan subs of shows. Not for a cheaper option, but because it was the only way you were able to watch the majority of anime that hadn’t been translated.
Now, it’s super easy to find shows for incredibly cheap. Last year I bought the DVD set of Serial Experiments Lain for like $20. I have my old DVD, which was the first volume – the first two episodes – that was $30 when I bought it at a convention. Kids these days don’t even know. You can stream anime online now, in multiple places. Anime is easier to find, and it’s why I have been starting to dabble into watching it again.
I’m actually not a very good anime watcher, I don’t like most of the animes out there, and the pretty specific type of style of entertainment that is prevalent in anime, so I’m extremely picky on what I watch. Over the years I’ve just gone to rewatching what I own, because I knew I would like it as opposed to sifting through numerous amount of first episodes.
To really solidify feeling how I old I really am, I have decided to embark on a rewatch of my very first anime series: Neon Genesis Evangelion. When I first watched Eva, the series was set in the future: 2015. I know. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I’ve been out of high school for this long and that the world of this anime is now not the future.
I also decided that it might be fun to make it a little bit of more than just me sitting and watching the show, and have decided to start doing recaps every couple of episodes. If you haven’t watched the show, or don’t know the plot, it’s a pretty intricate storyline and definitely set up to be able to really look at it more than just as entertainment and really analyze the storyline. I’m also excited to see it as over 30 Jessie, as opposed to high school Jessie. I haven’t watched any episode in a very long time (I didn’t own the series), so I’m excited to see how I perceive the series now. Even though I still know quite a bit about the series, I know that I will not remember everything and I’m excited to see it again.