While I will barely dare to call myself an Otaku, in other terms I might label myself an anime enthusiast! As you notice my profile picture contains none other than the ever-so-wonderfully-perverted Sakurai Tomoki.
Although I tend to have a weakness for shimapan and overly bouncy boobs in Ecchi anime, I have a wide plethora of genre I am willing to delve into. I have been talked into watching series I never thought I would(such as Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) and it is my belief that I have grown from those experiences.
I study Japanese and I know anime isn't going to make me fluent. But, in combination with studying and watching I have learned a vast amount of Japanese. In fact, it is how I learned the majority of it(if you haven't noticed Japanese people are kind of hard to come by). It allows me to immerse myself in Japanese culture. Even if all of it isn't accurate or outdated, it is essentially a product of Japan.
I've been hooked since childhood. Like many it all started with the almighty Pokemon! However, I would like to thank Toonami for it's epic programming of so many different anime(Unfortunately, back then all I could only watch was dubbed!!(T^T)!!! But now I am insistent on only watching subbed material and I occasionally will admit to an exceptionally well done dub.
As a wee lad I didn't play with cowboys and Indians, or Power Rangers or G.I. Joe's all I had were my Dragonball Z action figures! I was crazy for the show when it came out. When goku went Super Saiyan to me it was way more exciting than the freaking Super Bowl!
Although I have a tendency to overlook most mechas I did happen to enjoy some of the Gundam series. Everbody loved Gundam Wing. I actually liked Gundam G as well. BURNING FINGER!!! Lol. I recently watched Code Geass and enjoyed it. And learned that with or without the mobile suits, there is a bigger plot behind it. So even if the fight scenes aren't the coolest thing ever some of the characters can still be interesting, or just the plot itself. I'm getting into the Macross Frontier series at the moment among various other series.
I've had a tendency to stick to the newer stuff but recently I've just finished Neon Genesis Evangelion and it certainly threw a curveball at me! The original ending was one of the worst endings to any series ever, but the following extended ending was pretty epic. Although once it was done I was glad to take a breather from all the crazy philosophical pondering.
Anime has always been a wonderful escape for me and a way to spur my creativity. Some of the plots are incredibly random, as are the powers, characters and everything else. With anime, not even the sky is the limit. It goes where American cartoons, heck American anything would never DARE going! And I'm always gonna watch it until I'm an old man.