4/14/07 – The day that changed my life

This is a serious post. No jokes here! 10 years ago today, my life was shaken to its core. I completely changed as a human being. The person I was before that day, and the person I was after that day are two different people.

I was home from Erie, getting to spend a weekend in my hometown of Plum, east of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Penguins were playing the Ottawa Senators in the playoffs. For whatever reason, I decided to take a trip past the Monroeville Mall. On the side of the road, I saw over at the ExpoMart there were a ton of people wearing crazy clothes. What were they wearing? Oh, those are costumes!

So I googled it. I found out that these people were called “cosplayers” attending an “anime convention” called “Tekkoshocon.” And what was my reaction? I mocked them, insulted them, tore them apart. I told my friends about how uncool those people were. I thought it was a joke.

But something sparked in me. I saw how much fun those “cosplayers” were having. Some of them wore costumes related to shows I had seen before. And the final nail in my coffin? My mom called me out as a hypocrite, because I had worn a Darth Vader mask to the showing of Star Wars Episode III. Yes, I was a full-blown hypocrite.

So I spent the next month looking at pics and videos from this “Tekkoshocon,” and then I started looking up anime that I might want to give a try. I found out that InuYasha was on adult swim, and exactly one month later, on 5/14/07, I watched InuYasha for the very first time. I was hooked.

I wouldn’t be the person I am today if not for that drive through Monroeville that day. It was a fateful encounter. If I choose not to drive past the ExpoMart that day, do I end up never getting into anime, and never meeting so many great people? Who knows. One thing’s for sure: I have no regrets.

In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of my getting into anime, this blog is going to start reviewing several different anime, one for each day of the week. Here is the new lineup:

Monday: Eyeshield 21

Tuesday: Spiral

Wednesday: Revolutionary Girl Utena

Thursday: Black Butler

Friday: Lucky Star

Expect reviews of between 2 and 4 episodes of each show on each of those days. Then, on 5/14/17, the 10th anniversary of the first InuYasha episode I ever watched, I will rewatch those two episodes that I saw on that day, and then begin watching InuYasha from the very start, watching one episode per day all the way to the conclusion.

This is going to be a fun year for anime watching. A decade ago, my life changed, and I’m never going back. I’m an otaku for life. Thank you Tekkoshocon (and specific people who ran it at the time) for changing my life for the better.

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