My anime interest started with dum dum dum... Sailor Moon. Surprise? My anime interest and what I watch has broadened since I was 12. I'm an aspiring artist and graphic designer. Sailor Moon in my avatar is an old fanart of mine. I am usually fairly active on Deviant Art and can be found in the artist alley of one or two cons a year.
The anime I enjoy varies from your main stream to lesser known. I like stories where a character aims for a dream such as Kaleido Star, Glass Mask, Hikaru no Go. Series that are just plain fun to watch no matter how long they are *couch* One Piece *cough*. I appreciate good old fashioned humor such as in Captain Tylor. Series with an interesting plot, concept, animation and characters to go with it. Some of my favorite fantasy anime include the 12 Kingdoms, Moribito, and Mushi-shi. Despite this variety the manga I read usually favors romance with a few exceptions. My manga list is here is far from complete but I've tried adding favorites or ones to note.
Back in 2003 I began editing Anime Music Videos. I tend to favor doing humorous or upbeat amvs more. Went on hiatus the last few years but am getting back into it. Visit my profile on Animemusicvideos.org - My AMVS Some are available on youtube but they have a bad tendency to take amvs down.