Yes, I’ll admit it. I’m in my 30’s and I still watch cartoons. I’ve been a fan of animation all my life and of anime in particular for a good chunk of that. My anime life started with Sailor Moon back in 1996 (I was roughly 12). Then in 1999-2000, Toonami starting airing quite a bit of anime, which in turn allowed me to watch even more. Ronin Warriors, the various Tenchi and Gundam shows, the Dragon Ball franchise, Outlaw Star, Zoids, .hack//SIGN, Rurouni Kenshin, Yu Yu Hakusho. If it was on TV, I watched it. Then in 2001, with the launch of Adult Swim on CN, I got access to even more shows, namely, Cowboy Bebop, FLCL, Inuyasha, Lupin the 3rd, Witch Hunter Robin and so on. By this time I was hooked on anime and I haven’t looked back.
My first experience with subtitled anime was Martian Successor Nadesico in 2002, which my mom rented for me from the local Hasting’s (RiP). I’d only seen edited English broadcasts on TV up to this point. I bought my first anime DVDs a couple weeks after that at that same Hasting’s. The series were Neon Genesis Evangelion and Trigun. I really started getting into collecting anime DVDs in 2003 and since then I’ve amassed a collection of 4,400+ discs (DVD and bluray) of which is still growing. Occasionally, I dabble in other countries releases (Japan, S.Korea, UK), but my collection is primarily US releases.
While I still vastly prefer watching via physical media, Summer of 2011 marks the start of when I started watching anime via (legal) streams. At first I was very leery of the whole thing, but I’ve warmed up to it quite a bit. I doubt that I will ever completely depend on streaming (I’m too much of a hardcore collector), but it does open up a larger world of anime than I previously had access to (originally limited to physical releases). More anime is always a good thing in my book.
My favorite type of anime tend to be of the shojo / josei or sports variety, but I’m open to just about anything. My only requirement is that it’s entertaining on some level, for better or worse.
FWIW, here’s a link to my MAL profile.