Another gateway series for me was Naruto. I still have a soft spot for it, hence my absolutely biased score.
I am interested in both BL and GL, but I find dubcon (which is usually associated with these genres) extremely off-putting.
I can watch anime of any genre, as long as the plot and the characters are interesting enough to keep me invested. Character development is the aspect I value the most.
Poor animation does not put me off that much; In fact, I rarely do notice unless it's extremely rushed or lackluster.
-My ratings are based completely on my enjoyment of the series. They are bound to be subjective, so you might find shitty series with a high rating or the exact opposite. Lastly, I drop series if I think they are really bad. Watching anime/reading manga is supposed to be a hobby, so there's no point in forcing myself to finish a series.