Anime isn't just an art form; it's a way of life.I might enjoy watching Stranger Things, but I'd never shell out $1000+ for a Dustin vs The Mind Flayer 1:6 scale statue or a Demogorgon body pillow. Okay, that's not entirely true, I'd probably buy a Demogorgon body pillow. But if I'm going to spend $1000 on a statue, it's going to be on something like this. And no, that's not just because anime battles are cooler than battles in any other medium (and yes, I actually did buy that).
What sets anime apart from everything else is that, at its best, great anime combines action, fantasy, and humor with gorgeous art and cutting emotional impact in a way quite unlike anything else I've ever experienced. I recommend anime to anyone and everyone, and if you're seriously looking to get into the medium (legally), I'd recommend subscribing to Crunchyroll for its massive library. But for those just starting out, Netflix has a great range of anime series that are sure to show any budding anime buff what the medium has to offer:
Attack on Titan
Arguably one of the best series ever made (anime or otherwise...just look at the top TV episodes on IMDB), Attack on Titan is a brutal, complex story about humanity's last stand against mysterious, man-eating monsters called titans. The show steers clear of a lot of anime tropes that typically turn off newer anime viewers, and the plotting is mind-blowing. If there's only one anime you ever watch, make sure it's Attack on Titan.