I'm a 38 year old Dad who got into Anime because I got tired of being forced to watch Cartoon Network/Nickleodian's endless string of mindless re-runs. I'd actually started collecting them with my daughter because its something we get to explore together. I like it because Anime is something that's a lot like reading books. You have to seek them out, rather than just sit at home and flip a channel. I like the idea of telling a story from start to finish, rather than trying to make an endless tale and eventually ruining the characters. We're open to a lot of different things, and I like the intelligence and heart. It's funny, this all started because I was telling my brother years ago that I saw this Anime on Fox called Escaflowne. I started watching it and got into the storyline, but I never got to finish watching it because they stopped showing it before the end of the story. Ugh! Ten years later, I finally got to see the ending. He bought me the collection for Christmas. As I was watching it, my daughter sat down and watched a few episodes with me. Later on, I noticed that she would ask me to watch the next episode and we'd watch them together. It's kind of become our thing.
The funny thing is, her tastes are all over the place, so it's always fun to explore. She has her favorites, like Ranma 1/2, Kodocha, Tokyo Mew Mew and Fruits Basket, and I have mine --like Ah! My Goddess, Shuffle, Escaflowne, and Ergo Proxy. We've been exploring for a couple years now, and still going strong!