Hmm... I have a lot to say. I'm going to answer your question, but let me get a few things on my mind out of the way... please read it all!!
First: Let me start da saying that there are different types of anime. Some are for teenagers, some for children, and some for adults. Contrary to popular(misguided) belief, people watch Anime for many reasons, not only perverted ones(although some do. Not that it's a bad thing. People can watch whatever they want, for whatever reason they want, te know).
Secondly: Anime and cartoni animati are basically the same thing... Anime is just what people in Giappone call cartoons. Really. The only difference between Anime and western cartoni animati are where they were made. Some people like to say, "Ohhh, no!! They're different!! Western cartoni animati and Anime are soooo different!!" ...How? Anime just seems to have a larger following and is aimed at a bigger audience, but they're essentially the same. (Also, some "Otaku" out there like to bash western cartoni animati because they think Anime is superior. Please do not do that. Would te like it if someone bashed Anime because they find western cartoni animati superior? Most of te probably answered no. Then don't bash western cartoons. If te don't like them, that's fine. But please, do not try and make them out to be super-duper terrible, just because they didn't come from Japan. Many say, "Oh, but Western cartoni animati are sooo stupid!!" ...listen. I can name a bunch of Anime that are really, reaaallyyy stupid, so don't go there. Also, don't pull the, "But Anime is soooo much better drawn! The artwork is so much prettier!!!". There are a bunch of Anime with terrible animation/artwork. Western cartoonist work really hard to make cartoons- just as hard as Anime creators. Don't bash their work just because of where it came from. Of course, this only applies to a select few Anime fans.)
Third: If te think that Anime is a "bad role model" for kids, maybe you're watching Anime that's not made for kids, but for a più mature audience. Some Anime are perverted, some aren't. Some are violent, some aren't. It depends on the genre of the anime(ex; action, romance, comedy...) and the audience it was aimed at(ex; kids, young adults, adults). Very much like... books. Yeah. Some libri are perverted, and some may present some mature themes and characters that may be considered "bad role models". But that doesn't mean libri are disgusting and gross, right?
Fourth: Now, for an actual answer to your question. People like anime... because they like it. Why do some people like TV? Why do some people like reading? Why do some people like (fill in the blank)? They enjoy it, and that's the only reason they need.
Because we find it interesting, its your choice to watch the gross type of anime. I grew up watching it. i'm Japanese and live in Giappone so I naturally like it. I'll leave the rest of it to other people I don't feel like saying anything else.
i don't see why people DON'T like Anime! separating this into 2 parts! Part 1: "its a really bad role model for children , its basically a teenage cartoon, i find it disgusting and gross" ~most of the time it's only rated for teens because of curse words n quite frankly i was listening to uncensored Eminem since i was 5... ~what u mean 2 say is all the Anime YOU'VE seen is disgusting and gross...you need 2 figure out what it is about te that keeps attracting ain't shit anime... ~i know about 50 people that would beat the hell outta te for calling it a cartoon ~there ARE children's anime. (Sonic, Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh, Monster Rancher, Dragon Ball Z, & Digimon are big examples) ~there ARE educational animes (like Hetalia....you've just gotta know a little bit to catch the history in it)
Part 2: "why te even waste your time on it?" ~it's made me Friends i wouldn't have without it ~i talk to people a lot più and become closer with them because we have più in common ~it's fun as heck to draw ~it gives me challenges (mostly in drawing it but also in following along with some of it, Death Note being the biggest 1 in that aspect) ~it gives me something 2 do when otherwise i'd b bored outta my mind!!
Not all of it is bad for children. There are some Anime like Fruits Basket, Pokemon, ect that are no different then plenty of appropriate cartoni animati and actually teach children a important message with a good story behind them.
How is it disgusting and gross in general? Yes there's plenty of animes that have ecchi and perverted things in them but a large majority of Anime is totally clean. All of the ones I watch are~
I like it because there's animes that are creative and have a beautiful story to them. I admit there are some awful animes out there, but a lot are no different then some of the shows te probably watch. Some make me cry, laugh. They inspire me, make me happy, and ignite my imagination~
It actually depends on what kind of Anime te watch. I consider myself an Otaku, but I don't watch Anime I know are gross. te are talking about hentai and fanservice, no? I can handle it. It all depends on how mature te are.
But, I'm not keen on how te detto "why te even waste your time on it". It sounded as if te were saying it's a waste of time for everyone. I'm probably wrong, and if I am, I'm sorry.
I think te might be looking at the fanservice-y type animes(or full-on hentai). te know, stuff with teen Anime girls getting panty shots and suggestive facial expressions 24-7 (like this Anime called Rosario+Vampire -_-)
There ARE animes for children, they're just /really/ hard to find.
Ok, now to why I like it. I like Anime because some have amazing stories, take soft, down-to-earth animes like CLANNAD for example. Some can even teach te important life lessons, for kids o not.
Please just stop talking. Because, every word te wrote was complete shit. It's obvious that te don't know crap about the Anime world. Your statement about it being a teenage cartoon is widely false. Sure, I can take your personal opinion saying it is basically gross but a teenage cartoon? Really te unintelligent noodle of a specimen?
First of all and when I say this get this through your thick, dense skull. Anime isn't cartoon. Surprised? te should be! Cartoon is drawings shown in an exaggerated way. Now before te jump to the stupid conclusion that they’re the same thing, don’t. Just shut up and listen! Anime is Televisione animazione having a science fiction theme and (yes) sometimes includes violent and sexual material. Does it make it gross? No, it makes it real. Why on earth would te want to watch something purposely watered down? Anime is an escape from the harsh reality we live in. It’s funny and the characters are relatable. Sure, when I was kid I watched cartoons, there’s no denying that.
But I got older and discovered Anime which in my opinion is better. Far better. I would respect your argument but there wasn’t any. All te detto was that it was ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’. That’s just a pathetic reasoning. It really doesn’t clarify your feelings. However, it did clarify that you’re an immature cretin who has no freakin clue what she/he are talking about. It’s very evident from your question.
So the successivo time te post a question, at least make it a good one.
I don't know about you, but I have learned a lot good things from Animes. Certain Animes have changed me, for good. e.g. Angel Beats!, Fruits Basket, 07 Ghost, etc. If te don't have enough information about, then don't talk. There are many Animes that have stories, good role modelle and which are not disgusting and gross. We don't waste our time, we like it. Hope you'll understand this.~