to be honest i think i was like most americans, i grew up looking forward to every weekend morning saturday watching pokemon.
it gradually grew into me watching digimon, then yu-gi-oh, then toonami's DBZ, yu-yu hakisho, wolfs rain, FLcL, and the likes of similar publicly aired anime on adult swim and such.
as an adult my taste for japanese animation has only grew as western animation sucks. no one cares about near 100 year old superhero comics and movies like spiderman, superman , batman ect,.... those are really boring and dull to me anyways. never cared for stuff like the hulk. or sports. sports suck. i dont care about football. sports are fun if your actually playing them.
Anyhow. Take it easy.