I really enjoy this new medium of Anime. Although I realize it has been well established for quite a few years in Japan, here in America it is just finding its wings with a mass audience and starting to fly. I personally was introduced to Anime by the Sci-Fi channel when they showed their premiere of Robot Carnival. I taped and enjoyed watching this show over and over again. My second and most impressive view of Anime was given to me by a friend who brought over what is considered to be the ultimate Anime film AKIRA. After watching this movie I was totally hooked (the illustration is absolutely amazing). With its attention to detail and far out plot I found it to be a most fascinating film. The patience and detail that the Japanese artist give to this medium really pays off in believability. It's not just a cartoon its a legitimate adult platform for story-telling. I'm always amazed when the credits roll and they get to the names of the story-board/animators, it usually takes several screens to display them all. The energy in manpower and hours is "Through the Roof", which is why I can see it not being done in America. We rarely have the patience or finances to accomplish such an artistic endeavor. On the other hand this medium seems to be quintessentially Japanese, with it's attention to detail and complex story-telling.
After having been so impressed by this art form I thought that I would add my opinion on the subject to my web area. I will only address those shows that I have seen personally and leave to others the job of complete Anime archive. Enjoy !