@ClosetOtaku: I kept meaning to stop by and say hello, though now that more than a month has gone by I'm not sure you'll see this. >.> But it is good to see you around.
Animation has always appealed to me more than live action. I'm not sure why, but maybe it's the visual simplicity, or digging deeper, maybe the way that when you're not tied to photorealism, you can express things visually in a more symbolic or metaphoric way (art and literature that express things symbolically, rather than striving for visual realism or psychological realism, also appeal to me a lot).
So, I guess for a lot of us who like animation (for whatever reason), it's appealing to be able to watch something that's animated, but not meant for kids. Or, there are some titles that even though they're meant to be watchable by children, adults will understand them more and get more out of them. A Japanese friend was recently mentioning an anime to me that was like that (I think it was Kamen Rider), and commenting that it was made that way so that parents watching with their kids could enjoy it. But Porco Rosso also comes to mind as being the same way--a child can probably enjoy it, but I think you have to be an adult to understand it.
Then there's also the Japanese cultural atmosphere and way of thinking; I was recently rereading a few volumes of Vampire Princess Miyu, and this came out to me way more strongly than when I first read them (because I have a better understanding of the culture now than I did then).
. . . I haven't actually watched any anime since I last posted in here, though, only reminisced to myself about how much I enjoyed the Vampire Princess Miyu anime (TV series) and the subtle creepiness of its last few episodes. And a friend has been telling me I must see Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, so I suppose I'll get around to that sometime. And Weathering with You. [/OT]