Began watching anime and reading manga in my early teens (1994-95). Fell in love with it almost immediately. After being raised on American comics and cartoons discovering the existence of such works as AD Police, Akira, Dirty Pair, Outlanders, Appleseed, Mai the Psychic Girl, Vampire Hunter D and those other late 80s/early 90s anime/mangas that were just begining to emerge into the American market was a mind blowing experience for me. Dark, gritty and violent with complex characters and motives... unlike anything i'd seen up until then (and to me, amazing art work as well counts for a lot). Streamline Pictures was probably one of the first American companies to release a lot of the earliest Anime I watched (then companies like Manga Video, ADV, Viz and Central Park Media). A little later with release of Ghost in the Shell, Ninja Scroll, Gunsmith Cats and a steady stream of new manga from publishers such as Dark Horse and Viz I was even more certain of my conviction that Japanese artists/writers were taking their creations seriously (and had been for decades) in an imaginative and entertaining way that just wasn't apparent in the comparitively anemic American fair (although, to be sure there are plenty of quality American/European "underground" comics that i was later to discover... still not so much in the animation field but things are getting better in that area too...).
So, despite this new and deepening love affair I somehow became distracted and have more or less fallen out of "the loop" for the past ten years (i'm tempted to blame it on the rise in popularity of super commercialized and over-rated shows like Pokemon... but that's really just coincidence). Much to my loss I've come to find out with all the great quality Anime/Manga works that have flooded the American maket in the past decade. One complaint I have is i'm sure a lot of it is filler for continuing series long after they're enjoyablity (for me anyway) has worn out. Example: DBZ after the Frieza saga just became irritating.
Now all I can say... I've a lot of catching up to do!!!
Note: Since writing the above biography I have watched and fell in love with a number of long running shows, most notably Naruto... which rocks!