Generation Xer Anime fan...I remember and enjoyed watching Battle of the Planets, Starblazers, and Speed Racer...then I missed out on Robotech and most of the 80s and 90s anime, didn't start watching Anime again in a serious way until 2004.
I have (mild) Asperger's syndrome. Not all Otaku are Aspies, but a lot of Aspies are Otaku.
I relate especially strongly to characters that seem to be somewhere on the autism spectrum. Japan, and Germany, too, are sometimes called "Aspie Nations", insofar as their national characteristics at least superficially relate on some level to behavior and personalities of people on the autism spectrum. The Germany angle I definitely "get"; still exploring why Japan also fits that category.