I’ve been an anime fan for just about all of my life.
The first anime I can remember seeing that was presented “as anime” was Ranma ½. One day when I was 6 or 7 my older sister let me watch fansubbed copies of the first few episodes as long as I promised to not tell our mom and it was pretty much all downhill from there.
So why the personal history lesson?
Around 2011 or so I found myself losing interest in anime for the first time and ended up taking a break that lasted several years. For me personally, digging through various shorts from Minna no Uta played a major part in giving me a new window into appreciating animation.