My second passion is anime! From Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball to Naruto and Bleach, I’ve almost seen it all. It spurred me on to read mangas (in english as well as Japanese). And from watching anime I slowly moved on to watching Japanese Dramas, which also has its charms.
I think there is a particular humor and style that is so unique to Japanese culture that make animes what they are. And although they are animations, the story line can be so complex and original that you forget you are watching a cartoon. A good example of this is Death Note or 21st Century Boys.
The Ghibili Studio animes are another one of my all time favorites! (And I must say 崖の上ポニョ “Ponyo by the Cliff side” is a personal favorite of mine 😉 Miyazaki Hayao is a brilliant director full of ideas and creativity that knows no boundaries. I would highly recommend that you at least watch one of his animations.