I love anime, but sometimes get overwhelmed by the plotline. I think you need to watch a lot of it to understand the subtle inferences that the Japanese dialog entails. Which is not to say I don't watch it, and have a few laughs at the strange things the characters say, but sometimes I can't figure out what the heck is going on! (can we all say Akira??!!)
Anyway my point is I prefer mangas. For example- Sailor Moon the cartoon was drawn out, redundant, and as slow as a slug. By the time the plot gets rolling, you have lost interest in the series and don't know what's going on anymore. However, the Sailor Moon manga series moved quickly, ties things together better, explains things more, and keeps you interested in it. I am sure their are animes that are more fast paced- like the Oh My Goddess original series, for example, but I usually shy away from anything that isn't a short series or an individual movie. I am trying to change that.
I took a few years off from mangas and anime. I have a collection of manga graphic novels that are over 200 in number, but I was more interested in catching up on the american comics (Marvel and DC, etc) and left said mangas to collect dust. Two things brought my love for anime and manga back to the forefront, one in an unexpected place.
Mainly, I recently went to an anime convention and felt like I had just woke up from a 3 year coma. I didn't know what most of the people were cosplaying, I didn't know a lot of the shows they were talking about or the movies they were selling, the manga series I started a year ago now had 10 more books released for purchase, and I said to my best friend "I feel a little out of the loop here." Perhaps it was curiosity or perhaps it was the need to not look so stupid next time, but I started to take notes and pick up highly recommended works like Death Note and Vampire Knight.
The second thing that compelled me to rejoin the anime force was my friend Krabstarr who gave me a bunch of great websites like this one to play with. Thank you!!