New to anime, and clueless about what all the different genres mean. I started as a fan of cartoons--some of my favorites include Avatar: the Last Airbender, Batman: the Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Daria--and animated films generally (particularly Pixar and films from the "Disney Renaissance").
My interest in anime began with Hayao Miyazaki films and appreciation of the art style. I suppose studying Japanese history in college also fueled interest in the culture. Now I'm cautiously stepping into watching some anime series.
I'm hoping to watch quality series with character development, engaging plotlines, and fluid animation while avoiding series with Insufferable Simpering Anime Women With High-Pitched Voices. I have a weak spot for samurai, swords, and thrilling action sequences. Anything set in the Bakumatsu or the Meiji Restoration will also pique my interest.