About two years ago I was OBSESSED with anime. Not just Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon, but I was already downloading One Piece and Naruto with subtitles (the japanese versions of both are about a thousand times better than the english, btw.)
I still own my good anime/manga (Akira, Spirited Away, Endless Waltz, Samurai X, etc.) but I'm not nearly as into it as before.
And it's hard to get my friends to take good anime seriously. They always associate "japanimation" with big heads, sweat drops, crazy facial expressions, etc. when these stories are just as complex and intriuging as (or sometimes better than) live action movies.
Oops, I just relized that this topic is a repeat: http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20279&start=0