Hooked up in 04. I had inadvertently watched a little on tv during the early 90s as well though. Speed racer was the first. A traumatic experience. Animatrix was the earliest, in a sense, that I knew, that this one was anime, and enjoyed it. Founded a club(several dozens of members, who gathered few times a week) back in my fan-days, in mid 05. I had continually supplied my own local anime server, reaching almost 3ters (riffled through all of em too). That was years before the HD era came to modernize anime-world. Practically abandoned Asian animation on April 08, and had stopped keeping a close watch during 12, but managed to get acquainted with oodles of titles still.
I am a big sports anime aficionado. And enjoy almost any realistic and ripe titles as well. Always on the lookout for arthouse and avant-garde stuff too. I've never learnt Japanese much; so don't have much worth watching nowadays. Besides amvs of course. That's why I returned to cinema for the most part. But prefer well-executed animation regardless of the country of origin anyway ;).
Started reading manga profusely in late 09 and novellas in 16.
P.S. Feel free to check out my novel in progress: https://www.scribblehub.com/series/270357/the-power-of-blood-vampire/