I always watched anime as a kid, but didn't realize until I got older that it came from another country. I grew up on shows like "Battle of the Planets" and was confused as to why the mouths didn't match what the actors were saying.
As I got older, I did lose some interest in anime, although I would watch the occassional one if it looked decent enough. When I went back to college my interest was rekindled when I was staying at my father's house during my breaks and got bored enough to see what was on the OnDemand channels. There I discovered The Anime Channel, and also discovered some really good anime shows, in particular "Excel Saga," "Chobits," and "Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi."
My recent interest in anime was rekindled because of my stepchildren, who are 17 and almost 14. I had noticed that my stepson, who is an avid Pokemon fan and video game nut in general, liked to read Shonen Jump (I'd find issues in our car). So for Christmas I went looking for some mangas for him and discovered "Death Note." I got him the first two volumes after reading the description and finding it an interesting story, and he and his mother bought the rest. And after I got them I found out there was some controversy surrounding them, so I discovered there was an anime to it and started watching it -- and got hooked. My anime addiction has been further fueled by Hulu and Crunchyroll and discovering all the anime they have on their sites. Once I watch certain show I find myself making recommendations to the kids -- so far becasue of me they now watch "Black Butler," "Ouran High School Host Club," "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya," and a few others.
When I am not watching anime, reading manga, or writing about it for Examiner.com (I am the Franklin Anime Examiner for the Manchester, NH, bureau), I'm a mother to a preschooler who is getting raised in the ways of geekdom. I like to read, write, sing, watch movies in general, do arts and crafts, and talk politics.