When I was very young I would watch what had once been anime but no longer was (Voltron being the prime example) but also what still was (The Mysterious Cities of Gold) even if I didn't know it. Instead, I started to learn about Japanese culture as part of a year long cultural intensive in second grade and I've been interested ever since. As an early teen I started to hear a little about this thing called "Japanimation" but other than late-night comercials to buy expensive videos of Akira and Ninja Scroll and snippets of Sailor Moon and Dragonball (before the Z) earlier than 6:00am, I knew little but wanted to know more.
Then came first year of University and a new best friend (known here as Greyweather) who would show me the wonders of finding anime online (back when Real Media was the hottest comodity). Because of him and some other friends (in the infamous days of third-generation fansub VHS) I was hooked.
One semester after that I joined the CWRU Anime Society which would later merge with Japan Connection and even later become JapanCASE. I am proud to say I'm it's longest running member and have attended all 18 of their twice-yearly Anime Marathons (now called CaseCon) since I joined.
And lately my devised / improvisational theatre troupe, The Confused Greenies of Players' Patchwork Theatre Company, has begun a series of anime parody farces, telling the comedic exploits of the planet Neo-Nippon 3 and Team Henshin-H!