Did I mention I'm a sucker for anime? I'm of an age where we could watch Speed Racer as kids, but in college my friends introduced me to the Lupin movies and the Castle Cagliostro, and Ranma 1/2 and others like that, and as a young adult I was near a video store with a great collection of Urusei Yatsura and Cat Girl Nuku Nuku and others that were just a riot to watch. But then it was decades before we had Netflix, and I realized that Netflix had anime and that I was up for hours by myself in the morning, so I worked my way through much of what they had. And as I was running out of that, I realized Crunchyroll.com has almost *everything* (though not, sadly, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku, which I would love to see again). I have worked through the complete runs of so many shows in the past few years my head is spinning, but it makes me so happy. 😁
I like the happy ones, the ones where the story is complete and meaningful: Naruto and all 700 episodes of that, Hunter x Hunter, Full Metal Anarchist, the various Fate series (not so happy but omg SO full of meaningful ideas, and storylines that just grab you and won't let go), The Seven Deadly Sins, Bleach--I just finished Bleach a few days ago and am now working my way through Fairy Tail, since I realized the part of Fairy Tail I saw on Netflix a few years ago was maybe half of the whole show. Fairy Tail is silly but fun; Naruto and Fate are more serious, and so inspiring to watch (while still being silly fun).
I miss all the characters in the shows that I've finished, I wish I could keep in touch somehow; but luckily there's always another show to watch, with multiple generations of characters with great story lines and inspiring interactions. I mean, yes, I grant you I liked the John Carter of Mars books as a kid, and re-reading them as an adult I appreciate they are thinly veiled "values for boys of the British Empire" manuals, with painfully thin storylines and terrible sexism etc.; I can see the sexism in anime, and it's no medium for members of the LGBTQ environment I I would imagine, but I'm hoping in another 20 years the themes of forgiveness and persistence and dedication still hold up. 😉