Why watch anime?
Why not anime! Anime is a different animal to what you watch and has influenced a lot of American shows to follow that Japanese animation feel. Remember Voltron, well Voltron was an anime and it was originally called GoLion in Japan, when it made landfall in America it was edited and became called Voltron: Defenders of the Universe, this was in 1984-85. Most anime is derived from Manga which is Japanese comics. Even though Anime is from Japan it slowly made it's way to America in original Subtitle form and for the last 25+ years in English dub form. What differentiates anime from American cartoons is the story and how mature most anime is to a majority of American cartoons. I think Anime took off in the mid-'90s when Toonami gave it an introduction to the world with shows like Ronin Warriors, Dragonballz and Cowboy Bebop(which has a great soundtrack). Since then companies like Funimation, Viz Media, and others have been bringing over anime shows for us anime fans to enjoy.