i used to think anime was retarded. In some cases it is. Alot of anime is really weird and some are just like people haveing everyday lives.
I found some interesting shows though. Lots of sword fighting. cool ninjas people dying. If you like Quintin Terentino movies youll definatly like these titles and i suggest you get these episodes off of bear share or whatever file sharer you use.
Naruto- ninjas, fighting, cool magic techniques.
Bleach- lots of fighting, very entertaining.
Full metal alchemist- lots of sorcery but surprising like the other 2.
these are the only 3 that i have been interested in and i find very cool. coming from someone who thought that anime was retard i highly suggest you give these shows a chance and watch like the first 5-10 episodes of each to see if you like them.
(note- if you download them, prepare to have to read subtitles. you will get used to it though.)