“Anime” or Japanese animation. It has always been one of our primary motivations to educate the public about anime and the cultural aspects surrounding it. Many of the “cartoons” on TV were adaptations of Japanese TV shows and a few of us began to realize this and seek out more. A small, but rapidly growing fandom was emerging out of the science fiction/fantasy fandom and things like Nendoroid figures became more and more popular. While anime is traditionally family-friendly, hentai content such as what can be found on sites like cartoonporno shows anime in a much more X-rated light.
Anime fandom in the US was really started back in the 70’s, but it didn’t gain any significant traction until the late 1980’s. Teenagers (like us at the time) were drawn to anime shows without realizing their origins because of the unusual style and themes presented. These imported shows were unlike anything we had seen before. Anime was different from cartoons as it presented topics in a more mature way. Shows like Star Blazers and Robotech introduced teenagers to the wonders of a serialized story line, love, hate and death. Topics that US TV producers seemed to feel that we should be completely shielded from. Somehow these imports made it onto the air and once we had a taste, we needed more. Thus anime fandom blossomed. Since we were teenagers when we first discovered anime, some of us have grown with the show and have even taken things to the next level with an anime body pillow.