If you’re interested in participating in the Geek Out Challenge, read this post here! Each day I will be posting a question for that day for the next 30 days. When I reach day 31, I will release all 30 questions in a single post with links to all of my answers. Follow along each day with your own post or feel free to wait until the entire challenge has been released and take it on when you like! Be sure to link back to the master post at the end or link back to each post for each day.
Day 1 – What was your first fandom?
The very first fandom that I really got
obsessed with into was InuYasha. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about my love for the Fuedal Era anime. In fact, I wrote about the anime twice as a part of my 30 Day Anime Challenge: once on Day 2 when I talked about my first anime crush, and again on Day 13 when I talked about my favorite anime couple.
The first time I watched InuYasha, I was about 11 years old.
Late one night, I couldn’t sleep and ended up watching InuYasha. I’m sure everyone is inwardly groaning right now, but just wait a second. I loved the story, the fighting, the good versus evil, the powerful stories behind the characters. Sango quickly became my favorite, with Kagome as a close second. These girls were strong, young, and smart. — A Geeky Gal
Speaking of Kagome, I made a playlist specifically for her as a part of a 5 Fandom Friday prompt. Maybe one day I’ll get to making one for each of the leading ladies of InuYasha. Kagome and Sango were great role models, and even after re-watching the first couple of seasons, I still stand behind that thought. Kagome quickly became one of the first anime characters I identified with, too. It’s crazy to think about how much I cared about these characters at such a crucial time in my life.
Becoming a mega-fan of InuYasha turned out to be a great thing for me. When I changed schools in seventh grade, I found myself without any friends. I was brand new, and a lot of these kids knew each other from elementary school. I felt alone. I couldn’t bring myself to talk to anyone. After a few months with no friends still, I saw a girl sporting an InuYasha t-shirt. With all the courage I had in my introverted heart, I told her I liked her shirt. I made ten friends that day, all so close and dear to me still. — A Geeky Gal
And here’s why InuYasha is such a powerful and important fandom for me still to this day. Little Megan was always very quiet and shy, but seeing my future friend Kayla in her Hot Topic shirt gave me a boost of confidence to reach out, and then I was rewarded with friendship times ten. Who knew that a dog demon with a sassy attitude and sarcastic mouth would bring me out of my shell? Our small friend group meant the world to me while I attended middle school before I moved away, off to the country to attend a rural high school, but that’s a story for another day.
I’m still a big fan of InuYasha, but the novelty has worn off. I still have plushies, shirts, games, and DVD’s. I plan to share them with some special people one day who can fall in love with the fandom like I did. InuYasha was truly the gateway fandom into anime for me. — A Geeky Gal
I’m truly happy to say that that day has finally come. Alec and I are watching the series together right now. I’m finding nostalgia in the little moments, poking fun at myself from back then, and am enjoying introducing my amazing husband to a fandom so dear to me. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to watch him discover secrets and truths that I already know and hear him laugh at all the things I can still giggle over.
I’m so glad InuYasha was my first fandom.
What was your first fandom? Let me know in the comments below OR take on the challenge yourself and link back to this post so I can see your answer!
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