I was pretty much doomed to like anime from birth, because I was named after the character Derek Wildstar from Star Blazers (aka Koudai Susumu from Space Battleship Yamato). When I grew up in the 80s there was a lot of dubbed anime like: Star Blazers, Space Keteers, Gaiking and Robotech. My dad owned a laserdisc store so I got to watch some more anime that way.
I have vague memories of watching Nausicaa and being scared by the Ohmu and the way its segments animated. Also memories of watching Grave of the Fireflies, but stopping around when you see the kids’ mother’s bandaged and bloody body. Also I remember being in 6th grade or so and my mom bringing home a laserdisc of Akira saying “You can watch this one, it has English.” Yeah.
Later in high school I watched Tenchi Muyo as the laserdiscs came out and also the El Hazard OVA and TV series. In college I watched some illegally sold fansubs from a store in Chinatown (4 for $20) and also fansubs I downloaded from Hotline servers. Pretty much from then on I was a total anime nerd also going to Otakon every single year. Once I started using Bit Torrent to download fansubs my fate was completely sealed.
After my movie trailer job I got a job working at an American anime DVD company where I get to edit trailers for the DVDs. Though probably my most seen trailer was for the film The Machine Girl which became something of a viral video (warning: not safe for work, extreme violence and gore).
I like anime for a lot of reasons. First is that I just like animation in general, but the sheer quantity of anime and variety of genres means there’s tons of stuff to watch. Not to say that I don’t watch any American animation at all (I also like Avatar, Venture Bros. and a few other Adult Swim shows). I tend to go for the anime series which have an ending within 26 or so episodes, because the shonen action shows like Dragon Ball Z, Naruto, Bleach and One Piece get tiresome. I like stories where they know what the ending is going to be instead of ones that go on for the purposes of milking the franchise. I’ll be sure to talk about all my favorite shows in blog posts.