I actually started watching anime when I was around 6 or something. I have faint memories of Cartoon Network showing animes like Yu-Gi-Oh, Naruto, and DBZ, but I never watched them because Yu-Gi-Oh is just boring to me lol, still is... DBZ was like huh and so was Naruto.
One day I woke up around 4, and turned on the tv to adult swim, and they were showing an anime. Well I was bored and I kinda liked the art or style of the anime, though at the time I didn't know it was an anime. 2 episodes of that anime, one at 4 and another at 4:30.... I was hooked. I literally would start just waking up at 3:45 just so I wouldn't miss the next episodes. Then after weeks of watching the anime, I found out it was called Inuyasha. Actually at the time, I kept to myself about watching anime... anime was like a treasure I found and I wanted to keep quiet about it. 3rd grade though, I was working on a project with my now current best friend of 8 years lol, and I literally said... "do you know what Inuyasha is?" Her response was immediate, "omg yes!!!" and we had a bond instantly. 😀😀
So any anime we come across and watch, we would share it with one another if we thought it was good.
But now that I'm in high school, I noticed a lot of otakus in all my honors classes, and I think it's quite fitting. We're all nerds and I don't really mind it hehe. Anime is literally all I watch tbh... other than YouTube... shows I see on tv are boring to me and they don't really provoke any emotions from me.... but when I watch anime, it either makes me super happy, embarrassed, sad and make me cry like a baby, or other types of emotions, but that's actually what caused me to like it even more.
So... I don't really regret getting into anime, but my mind is waaaaayyyy in the gutter because of it.