awww anime and manga,
i would say i got started into it because of Sailor Moon,
from there on, it was everything.
I was actually going to college for Manga but i changed my major to Graphic Design to incorporate Photography, Drawing and Computer into one.
I would recommend Bleach to the Guys
and Peach Girls to the ladies, just to name something.
There are a tons.
it's a good song i couldn't find any thread on japanese music in Art of Noise forum, so feel free to start one.. maybe don't use "j-pop" in the title --the search doesn't work with anything less than 4 letters...
i like the opening and ending theme songs for Fruits Basket, by Ritsuko Okazaki
i havent listen to japanese music in quite a while...but i really like shiina ringo and utada hikaru's prisoner of love lately, this song was the title song for 'last friends', such a good show!
i was watching paradise kiss anime...makes me wish i have my own afterschool workshop with my own team of pattern cutter and machinist >_<!!
im also watching the live action version of Nodame Cantabile with ueno juri in it. she is so cute, what a surprise.
Nodame!!! ahhhhh!!! MUXU! are you liking it so far? I remember watching the live action of Nodame Cantabile in HK subbed into cantonese, and I really liked it; my brother said he had watched it before, so he was dropping sly hints all the time, coming back to Aus I watched the anime version and the live action, it made me want to pull out a concerto and play it again! Chiaki-sempai~~ wooo
I've also wanted to watch 'Last friends' too, but I don't think I want to see Nishikido-kun in acts of DV >.<
When I stayed in HK, I used to watch quite a lot of anime: including many of the ones listed here! Crayon shin chan, Doraemon, Hello kitty and friends, Sailor moon (I thought even back then, wow that Tuxedo Mask sure is something! ) Ultraman,Ai to Yuki no Piggu Garu Tonde Burin- or something like that (the girl who turned into a pink shiny pig and saved the world? ^^ )
And like Dorien, a lot of how I find j-pop and j-rock music starts with what I hear from anime; like when I watched FullMetal Alchemist, and then from there, you gradually get to know more bands which sound similar or are in the same genre
currently I only follow Naruto and Bleach... I don't really know why I keep reading Bleach though, lately it's only been absurd fights and no plot at all, you can read a chapter in 30 seconds (maybe that's why I read it )
I don't watch anime, I used to watch Naruto anime, but I got tired with all those fillers of Naruto making friends "yeah, you're just like me! everyone ignores you, you have no friends" after a thousand new friends you get sick of it
Something that I hate is the big eyes manga aesthetic, and when you can't tell the male form the female characters (thinking about Rurouni Kenshin).