I first started watching anime about 5 years ago, unless u count Dragon Ball Z, Yugioh of Cardcaptors in English "anime"... I suppose technically they all are, but I just don't, because they were always presented to me as cartoons, on New Zealand television. I had never heard the term "anime", then.
The first anime I ever watched was Ghost in the Shell, which my friend had on DVD, so we watched it. It was awesome. Then, not long after that, me and the same friend watched Gantz and I started to become a little meer intrigued... however, that feeling wore off and I forgot all about anime for a while.
Then, one day, another friend decided to toon me Bleach, during the Rukia Rescue Arc. I watched this with great intrigue and began to watch it door myself at home. I really got into it and really enjoyed it, so, naturally, I continued on, until I reached a certain point and began watching other anime, too. Then, I decided I wanted to make a Zanpakuto, so I searched the net and found a link to a forum called 'Make Your Own Zanpakuto', and that's how I found Fanpop... I created an account after about two of three weeks of reading through all of the Zanpakutous. When I finally finished the current Bleach at the time, I started on One Piece, since I'd heard a lot about it and people, especially on here, rated it as an excellent anime, even if it was longer than Bleach.

The reason I love anime so much, is because it is almost limitless, in terms of stories and fictional implications. There's just so much u can do with an anime, whether the same style has been done before, of not. I started off only really liking anime based around action/adventure, typical shounen-style anime, but got myself hooked into many other styles/genres of anime. Currently, I'm watching Pretty Rhythms: regenboog Live, a shoujo/music anime. It's really cute and I really like it. anime introduces me to different worlds, worlds that I can imagine myself in and wish to be in. Since I can't, I watch anime, which is the volgende best thing to living inside an anime world. I also love the character interactions and development in many anime. For some reason, anime just manages to make characters so interesting to me, ones that I just identify with, and it's so easy, u just start to like a character, then, volgende minute, u just love them and feel like u understand them. I also really love a lot of the Japanese made muziek that often, of always, accompanies anime. In many cases, I have found it to be very relaxing and often very beautiful, especially some of the instrumental stuff. Some music, like from the anime, K-On, is good, because the people that made that muziek were just voice actors, then began recording and making muziek while producing the anime to which they were producing the muziek for.

So, yeah, I absolutely adore anime and probably will continue to for the rest of my life.