Whoo! Second post so far here. Anyway, I've been on/off about anime since back in middle school. I only just now have been properly introduced to FLCL and Eureka7 (both of which are excellent) and I'm becoming a lot more open.
I remember in middle school I was somehow hypnotized by Sailor Moon (I think it was the short skirts), which was kinda of a guilty pleasure. A friend I had mentioned the show to called me early in the morning one time and was like, "you watch this crap? It's so girly," to which I replied that he woke me up (when in fact I was already awake, watching Sailor Moon
) I eventually watched Ghost in the Shell, which was weird as all get-out, and I kinda/sorta liked it. After that, I grew disinterested in anime. Through college, I got to know a lot of anime fans and was turned off by them, so I really became disenchanted.
...'till I was forced to watch FLCL. I was iffy about seeing it, but I ended up loving the hell out of it (I even plan on buying the new R1 when it comes out). Eureka7 was great, and I will soon be treated to Gurren Lagann, and I may eventually watch Evengalion. But for right now, FLCL is my absolute favorite. It's just all-around awesome.
Also, a friend who visited Comic-Con purchased a DVD of something called "Princess Tu-Tu," which is bat-shit crazy and great. I've only seen two episodes, but I definitely recommend it.