In American society, long-term stories are usually given to shows like Lost, Flashforward, and The Event.
Anime is long-term stories that are cartoons, and are usually cheaper to make.
There are good and bad ones, ones that are horrible at plot and characters, and ones that are good at plot and characters, just like American shows.
A great number of animes are based off of Japanese Comics (a.k.a. Manga).
In short, not all anime is gay and not all are awesome either. You have to dig for the good ones, and then BAM you have something to spice up your boring, monotonous home life when you've had enough of going outside, or can't go outside, or are worn out from studying, etc. Heck, it makes waiting for texts easier.
Of course, like anything, there are addicts... and anime isn't necessarily a good thing to be addicted with, especially if it gets in the way of your life.
If you can handle the movie Saw and want to get mind blown like Inception, watch Higurashi.
A safe site to watch anime on is Anilinkz, and there are some other sites too. Animeshippuuden is an unsafe site.
Albert: Did you watch Death Note?
Bob: Yeah, it's cool how even though they are so close to each other that they can even shake hands, if one figures out the true identity of the other through wits and smart talking, the other is dead.
Word derived from "animation"; anime is not completely animation, as are the cartoon shows not fully animated; (ie)the characters' mouths sometimes do not move although one hears dialoge (ie) a character running may not look as if moving, but rather have many legs against an unchanging background to ideocially signify motion