Without ever knowing that it was an anime, the first anime that I ever watched was Pokémon. This was a time slightly before I started watching Toonami. I was also in elementary school and Pokémon was everywhere. I remember buying trading cards, dressing up as a trainer for Halloween, and even the fact that the plastic Pokéballs were banned at my school. Those were crazy times, but I miss them sometimes.
About the series itself, it’s everything a kid would have ever wanted. Ten years going on adventures collecting monsters, gathering friends, and fighting villains. What part of that doesn’t appeal to kids? I can’t go back and feel about the series as much as I used to, but I’m glad I watched it when I did. Running home from the bus stop to watch this show was magical. Such good times.