Is The First Anime You’ve Watched The One You Think?
Aug 25, 2012 by raitoavi
Whenever you’re having a conversation or discussion about anime, it is quite common that the question “What was the first anime you’ve watched?” pops up.
Most of us reply rather quickly with a series or movie, but tend to forget that we are more than likely sharing the first anime we’ve watched AFTER learning what anime was in the first place!
I am no exception, whenever I was asked this question I would be very quick to spout out DBZ, (and of course was quite proud of it since DBZ was quite awesome).
However, After running into some random forum thread I found out that one of the series that always had a special place in my heart, and that I, as well as both my brothers who are more than 15 years older than me grew up on, was actually an anime!
It is called 3000 Leagues In Search Of Mother, and is based on the novel “Heart” or “Cuore” in Italian, and was produced by Isao Takahata whom you might recognize from Grave of the Fireflies, and was first televised in 1976.
The story takes place during the depression of 1881 in Italy, and mainly focuses on Young Marco, who lives in the city of Genoa. His father who like Marco is kind hearted, manages a hospital during this difficult economic state, and dedicates most of his time to treating patients who cannot afford such care. This subsequently leads Marco and his family to a financial crisis of their own. Seeing as they are left without any options, Marco’s beloved mother goes to Argentina to work as a maid to help support the family. However, after letters from Marco’s mother stopped arriving just after mentioning becoming ill, Marco who fears the worst, and is also the only member of the family who is free from obligations, manages to sneak into an immigrant ship heading for brazil, and his quest for finding his Mother begins.
Do not dismiss this one as being being too old, this is an epic tale of hardships, love, and courage, and one of the most beautiful and even life changing stories you will ever come across. You won’t regret it.
I only found the opening in my own language (hebrew) but consider it a trailer with foreign music 🙂
Seeing as I can’t find any source that sells it, I think it is acceptable that I share the link to view all 56 episodes (Japanese with English Subs) : http://www.watchanimeon.com/anime/3000-leagues-in-search-of-mother/page/2/
What was your first anime?