I am a long time anime fan having watched my first anime between 8th and 9th grade years in the Summer1995. A friend of a friend showed us a subtitled verion of Project A-ko which we all laughed our asses of for the entierty of the movie. Then the next day we watched the dubbed verion of Akira. At that moment I knew this "Japanimation stuff" would be a part of my life. However, my first Con wasn't until Sakua-Con in 2013 (Seattle, WA). Ironically, I've lived in Texas for most of my life but have never been to a con for business or pleasure in the entire state.
Studio Ghibli obviously ranks high in my book, though I prefer sci-fi/space opera type anime. MOne of my favorite series being Planetes. Why Planetes? So many series, anime or otherwise, generally have a hard time closing out their stories ( Ranma 1/2 anyone? ). But this show had everything for me; action, true romantics, a steadily building plot, great voice overs and scripting, awesome pacing, AND.... the most complete ending ever! All my questions were answered, I wasn't left lingering, and felt completely satisfied with the conclusion. The other would be Kimagure Orange Road. It's a young-love triangle that has great comedic moments mixed in with a well paced story of what one will do for love. Always giving you that "just one more episode" feel. The music accompanies the story really well and the openings <3 I love the 80's music ^_^ . There are CD's available. If you can't find them youtube has some.
Also, I collect anime on VHS and as of today (15 March 2016) I'm sitting on 2,415 tapes. I mostly go for dubbed to watch but also get subtitled and uncut versions too. I never understand this whole "it has to be in it's original Japanese or it sucks" mentality that many anime fans/otaku tend to have. Fact of the matter is I do not know the Japanese language and would prefer to enjoy the show and not have my eyes glued to the bottom of the screen. With dvd's the subs tend to be better about pacing the subtitles but going back to the 80's and 90's some tapes had those subs up for like 3 seconds and wanted you to read like 3 sentences of dialoge! I'm always on the lookout for anime VHS tapes so if you or someone you know is getting rid of some please feel free to e-mail me.... [email protected]