Anime, on the other hand, is very rarely presented to us, unless someone with money has decided that American kids will love it and buy its Nintendo 3DS tie-in fighting game.
The ones that we are presented with are usually the ones with the most digestible concepts. People get in giant robots and they fight. People own monsters that they use to fight. A guy writes names in a killer notebook and thinks. They're the ones that require the least amount of hand-holding because, for the most part, the people in control of what goes on TV think that the people who watch TV are the dumbest creatures in existence. The same concepts over and over will eventually start to wear on a person. And since anime doesn't have a real "golden age" on American TV that most people can misconstrue as something that was perfect, all you're left with is a bunch of people that just really don't like anime.
That's why it feels so special when you find one that you really enjoy. I'm not saying that you can't enjoy a bunch of shows about digital monsters.
But there's something about digging through the bowels of the Internet to find one with adequate subtitles that gives you a slight sense of vindication. You've gone a few steps further than what most people would do in their quest for entertainment.
It's not that you're better than them, though. Statistics about people not reading books after their time in school ends are often used by your parents' Facebook friends as proof that people are just getting stupider, but when was the last time that a book was presented to you as something that you "must" do anything with? So much of entertainment is consumed only because it's being tossed at our mouths. When you find a good anime after looking for one, it feels kind of cool.