So I started watching anime back when was around 16. My friend was near obsessed so i just had to see what all the fuss was about. Since then I have watched many different Anime and they all share the same core principles. They keep you wanting more. The story telling in anime and the visual design is so well done and in depth that it does really create the atmosphere and emotion the creators are trying to portray.
I think my first introduction to anime was Death Note (it was at least one of the first). It just captured me. The story of a bored student descending into madness fueled by his own personal righteousness. This story kept me on the edge of my seat, and still does when I rewatch it. Anime is a very detailed art form, it differs from western animations by focusing on fewer, more detailed still frames which are aimed at creating a sense of realism. it also utilizes camera angles and techniques to increase suspense and tension which is being portrayed throughout the story. I believe that it is these factors that make anime so popular with adult audiences, not just children.
One of the more recent Anime have watched recently, Sword Art Online. I think the major reason I enjoyed this – apart from it just being awesome – is that it is relatable with the basis for the story being about an MMORPG. Having spent many years playing this genre of games I really like the way it has been represented in this media. Add in some virtual reality and a sociopathic Game Master who states, once you enter the game, if you die in game, or the virtual reality helmet is removed, you die in real life. I think this was a clever jape at the seriousness of some MMORPG players crossed with the deep immersive nature of Anime. Again, this Anime portrays its story through the highly detailed still artwork and tension building moments.
I think Anime is a brilliant form of digital media and look forward to see it progressing further and spreading into the west more.