No real reason. All it has done is replace the time, during which, I used to watch TV. I got fed up with today's TV. Though there are some decent shows finally coming around. Finally phasing out that reality BS.
It can handle much more serious issues than regular cartoons.
Because of this, it can have much darker/more entertaining storylines.
S'pose i love the art style too. It can express so much sometimes.
Oportunity to appreciate art in a level where plastic arts, writing and acting are all mixed. All the things that are not conceivable or even possible with "reality" can be achieved here. Add giant robots and physiological impossible humans of egotist beauty and that's pretty much it.
Plus, my oportunity to learn more on society and different views to portray it. Most anime are soap operas, but with prettier people.
I can't really explain why I like it. Everyone is unique so thats like asking a lolicon why they like loli or asking someone why they like salty foods:
"Uhh, because it's salty...".
I do like the art, but thats not always the key factor for me. Sometimes a good storyline can make up for lower quality animation (not always).
I like the girls/fanservice (in moderation)/hentai, but I don't like tentacle rape or the eating of shit.
I always like loli, but not always in a fappable way.
Fast paced action scenes are cool, but so is funny slice of life, and even the simplest of plots can be good.
I always liked anime. As a child pokemon, Dragonball/Dragonball Z, Gundam wing, Zoids, Outlaw Star, and many other dubs on Tv were part of my life everyday after school before I even knew what anime was.
Once I grew up a bit I read a few scanalations, and watched a few streamed fansubs, this was before I knew about the epic world of downloading. I posted on forums, and bought the occasional magazine.
A few years later after my life settled down a bit I (some major problems ect...) I came home set down, and flipped on the Tv, Geass Dub...
To my dismay the Toonami I knew as a child had been pawned, I can only hope it went down in battle stance. All I then knew was Adult swim.
Took a while, but I finally made it to this site after I had planted my feet in the ground, little did I know I would soon be a NEET associated with those who go by the name of 'hikkimori' fapping to pictures of 2D little girls. The roots of my foundation had taken grip.
I found out how to use torrents then slapped myself 3 times for not knowing how epic they were for 17 years. I began to download. I began to submerse myself into this world called fandom. I began to fap to 2D. 4 months later I have 74 completed series,
and I still can't tell you why the fuck I like anime.
It's just something that has intrigued me beyond anything else in this world.
So you tell me why someone who likes shiny things likes shiny things...
Why? Why not? I'm bored. I got time. I like cultures and sub cultures. I like the art style of it. Simple. Its like asking "Why do you like movies?" or "Why do you like TV?" kind of a dumb question almost.
Maybe cuz they bone all American cartoons, in general more fun, more interesting, more action, more drama, more romance, more comedy, more wtf, more boobs, more bester animation, more betterer characters, more besterest plots, and a more lasting appeal lol. Forgot a lot, but
really its because while growing up I felt anime filled the bad ass part missing from whatever I liked on Fox, Nickelodeon, PBS, Cartoon Network etc. Still liked American cartoons but thought a lot of stuff was lamely done but it never came to mind that Sailor moon or Dragon Ball was lame. Just had a hard on watching those when I was younger.
I like anime and manga because the stories and characters in the better ones are oftentimes so much more unique and interesting than most stories in Western media. Anime also combines many of the art mediums: Visual art, voice acting, writing, and music all in one package.
I heard Avatar changes that. Though, never seen it myself.
Eh, I count Avatar as an American-made anime more than a cartoon..
For entertainment and some of the unique styles of art. For nostalgia. In some cases, for a special kind of audacious expression of both optimistic dreams and eschatalogical dread. In even rarer cases these days, because it shows me something new -- or has the potential to (as an example, Kemonozume).