For a long time I wouldn't go near anime, though somehow knowledge of Dragonball, Sailor Moon, and some others filtered in as if by osmosis. Now I'm older and I can get over the medium itself (though like Brian said, some animes I just can't stand). Death Note was what really grabbed my attention. I had queued up the manga volumes in my Amazon cart for a friend, and when I learned that there was an anime I decided to start watching. Devoured the first twenty episodes and then waited as they continued the story week-by-week. The last third didn't feel as strong as the rest, but still a great series. One of the things I like about it is the almost total lack of traditional over-the-top anime elements. Currently I'm watching Bleach, and after 163 episodes it's still holding my interest. I had mixed feelings about FLCL when I saw it. Madcap with strange moments of pathos. Some things about it were very impressive, though. I haven't watched much Miyazaki beyond Mononoke. Saw Akira a while ago and found it both engrossing and bizarre. There's a lot to make fun of in it. I've got a few friends who are far more into anime than I am. They've recommended Eureka 7, among other series, but I have yet to watch any of them.