Okay. So I stand corrected.
It turns out Samurai Pizza Cats was not my first anime.
I was probably too young to recognize or categorize this as a Japanese cartoon, but here it is:
The story of a girl, two koalas, and the vast wonders of imagination.
Almost like how Barney comes to life when you think about him (or did you have to say his name... I don't know I never watched it), the noozle bears would come alive when the young, female character would touch noses with the bears and "Eskimo kiss" or "noozle" them.
Oh, but it gets more far fetched than this!*
This series broadcast on a cable network for children for several years with another children's anime, Koala Boy Kokki, which I just don't remember for the life of me.
If are about my age, you might remember these series being broadcast between on Nickelodeon in the US and Canada.
*To find out more about Noozles, click here.