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    I like Laura Pausini, she's really talented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinobu Angel View Post
    Other people aren't going to get that in-joke, you know. XD Same as if I started talking about the Romulan Whore. Nobody would understand.
    That had a double function =P

    1) Test Rodrigo's italian
    2) Amuse you with a funny in-joke only you could understand

    Btw, anime wasn't a big thing at all in Italy when I first started watching LH, things are changing though, thanks to MTV airing anime maybe and forums

    I came across LH for mere chance! I was looking for something completely different, I still remember that. I gave it a try though and I got hooked

    That's the beginning of my anime loving adventure haha =P

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    "Things are changing"?

    One of my first encounters with anime was random glimpses of "Sailor Moon", as broadcast by Rai Uno in the mid-nineties. That made me think Italy was slightly more into anime than Europe in average. But well, I did not watch much TV in those days either.
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    Sailor moon and later Dragon Ball, yeah those were the only anime they'd show on TV

    Actually if you want to dig deeper I'm sure there was old mecha anime like "Astrorobot" or something like that and some old shoujo, I have no idea of the original japanese name of that kind of anime. My uncle was watching "yattaman" when he was a kid, and maybe if you knew were to look you may even buy some manga. If you knew were to look. What I'm trying to say here is that even if there were a couple of anime series you could watch there was no anime culture. If you asked any Italian about what sailor moon was they'd simply answer you it's a cartoon airing on TV, noone cared about the fact it actually came from Japan and so noone could really develop a true interest in anime.

    Definitely none of the mature anime that could actually make you think. None of the ecchi stuff either. Just kids watching cartoons.

    Dragon Ball aired on national channels for years (and only recently Naruto, One Piece, and other interesting anime) but those are still censored, readapted to be suitable (more or less) entertainment for kids, forcibly used as cartoons, much similarly to what happens with channels like 4kids showing anime. Even opening and closing themes would be readapted. Naruto has an opening theme that goes along the lines of " I believe in myself and in my heart, my dream will be true you can bet on it, one day I will also be a ninja, I salute the troubles of my years that now are 12". Things that make an anime fan shiver. Sasuke doesn't even openly say that he wants to kill his brother.

    The only anime that retains much of his soul, no censorship, original opening and closing japanese themes, is aired in the evening on MTV. I couldn't have expected anime like Death Note on everywhere else. Even the dubbing is more than decent, but Italy has always had flawless dubbing, especially for movies =)

    You see what I mean now? =) There was no widespread anime culture, but things are changing.
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    Yeah, I get it. Neither did Finland have an anime culture, but here the change was rapid.

    As a scifi/fantasy fan, I happened to see our first Animecon in Turku, 1999. It was nothing more than a bunch of scifi/fantasy people with an additional special interest, who had their own corner in Finncon. Then, for some years, I was not paying attention. But looking back now, I would say the birth of the Suomen Animeunioni and Kupoli communities in 2002 and the rebirth of the Finnish Animecon in 2003 marked the turning point. You know, when teenage kids with no scifi/fantasy geek background started choosing Japanese pop culture as their hobby and lifestyle.

    Sorry for OT. I really appreciated your overview, Nidb.
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