Grr! Stupid forum, erasing my post!
Okay, try that again...
Mine was an American comic book: Shi: The Way of the Warrior
by Billy Tucci.
That turned me into a Japanese history nut with visions of romantic adventure in my head. My first big culture shock/letdown was realizing how much of that romantic image was BS (Fukuzawa Yukichi's autobiography was particularly enlightening).
Around the same time, junior high, came Robotech
, then Sailor Moon
. Then lots more anime, hee. Which was not remotely helpful dealing with reality in Japan once I got here, but after the culture crash let up I loved what I found here and am now in the process of learning all I can about all I can.
And I'm still a history nut.
"Am I missing something?" asked Annabelle.
"I think you're missing a lot of things," Jimmy replied.
-From "Demon of Renaissance Drive"