I've enjoyed animation of all sorts for as long as I can remember watching television. Anime has been a large part of my viewing history. But back then I was more familiar with the longer term for it, Japanimation.
My first few anime that I can remember include, Voltron, Robotech, Vampire Hunter D, Unico, Robot Carnival & Nausicaa during the '80s. I'm sure I've seen other anime during this time, but back then Anime was fairly difficult to get access to, so I probably saw some middle episodes of various series. It was also very expensive to get access to anime back then, and I didn't have much money to spend when I was young.
There is another mysterious anime I vaguely recall, but could never identify it. It basically had a hero who drove a car into some sort of truck like thing which transformed into a giant robot. I think it may have been a movie, because the hero dies at the end. I remember that part, because when I was a child, I believe I cried my little eyeballs out (figuretively). I believe it aired on television in the 80s. Can anyone else name this?
The '90s unlocked a lot of new anime for me, including Ranma1/2, Record of Lodoss Wars, anime on Sci-fi saturday morning anime, and late night anime on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network. This is also the era where I started to rent anime in VHS from movie rental stores like Blockbuster.
I generally dislike super long never-seem-to-end anime series. I can watch the early seasons of such, but generally feel bored at the never ending cyclical feel to them. I actually really appreciate movies & short series more.
Although not anime, I also enjoyed the Asterix & Obelix animated movies, Secret of Nym, Peter-No-Tail, American Tale, as well as Disney animated films.