I've noticed recently that quite a few people here on the forum are interested in anime. Yet, I've also noticed, it isn't much discussed but rather talked about in passing. So with this thread I'd like to explore a couple of things. Firstly and most simply, for those of you who enjoy anime, what do you like? What are some of your favorite shows, genres, directors, or studios? Do you have a list? How involved are you, such as with buying merchandise or going to events? Secondly, what are your opinions of the medium? This applies to anyone regardless of their experience (or lack of) watching anime. Personally I've been pretty secretive about enjoying it as it has a bad reputation outside of our little circles. Hell even in our circles we poke fun at each other for liking certain shows or even anime in general. I've increasingly cared less about what people think and this topic is evidence of that. Perhaps this air of shyness is why the topic hasn't been created already. I'm interested in what you guys think.