For anime newbies...
Long hair with mostly weird colors, cute big eyes, comical facial expressions
(changing shape of eyes, sweatdrops), small pointy nose, mouth wide open
and smiling, elfears, catears+tail+bells, lots of decorations in
hair, fancy clothes or not much at all, short-skirts, panties (pantsu
!;), flying/talking pets...
You know what I'm talking about right? ^^; Anime!
Originally from Japan, it spreads around the world and web like madness.
Google for the word 'anime' and some other common word and compare the
hits. The word 'manga' (Japanese cartoons) doesn't score much lower.
There are a lot of genres (not verified) that can be mixed... sci-fi, mecha (robots),
action, comedy, humor, cyber-punk, drama, horror, family, thriller, nudity,
hentai, semireality, fantasy. Hence, there is anime for all ages. Newcomers might even mistake the age category for some anime, some hentai for example. Most of it is cute and might be the main trigger for people to start watching it. If you want to shed some tears, try some drama. You might even see the end of the world in some.
Some studios make some quality anime. Mixing good music, fluent motion,
Nowadays more is made using computers, which can save production time.
It's hard enough to find time to watch it all.
Some cat-girl drawing. 'Evil' cat from Azumanga Daioh.
Cats (neko) : Nothing is more cute than these little furry animals. There's plenty of manga/anime you need to see too, since there's a lot that have cats in them.
Even if you don't like cuteness, then there's still plenty to see.
Ok... one more cat... ^_^
Besides the attractive graphics, I also like the sound of Japanese (and
some other Asian languages). It's not _that_ difficult to get the basics (simpler than other languages),
although I don't understand the most of it yet. Subtitles can help, but
you need to listen very carefully, filter out the seperate words, convert
to base forms, read subtitles fast enough, reorder and map the speech
with subtitles, and finally remember some of it. Ofcourse you'll want
to make sure that you're right before starting to remember it.
A language course would be great ;)