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Do girls love anime?

I am a girl (woman?) who loves anime. With few exceptions, all my favorite shows since childhood were anime.
We know how it starts, right? Sailor Moon, Digimon, Pokemon (I admit though, catching an episode of Dragonball Z at four years old was traumatizing), and others.
I watched Speed Racer on Boomerang and loved it. It wasn’t until age 13 (with Beyblade and Inuyasha being my new favorite series) that I knew what “anime” really was, but it became a way to search for things I knew I was likely to enjoy.
A year later it became my gateway to learning Japanese. Now 26, I’ve watched over 650 series in whole or part.
I enjoy series with political intrigue like Log Horizon and The Twelve Kingdoms, and supernatural/mystery series like Shinrei Tantei Yakumo, Ghost Hunt, Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro among others.
I like plenty of mainstream series like Naruto and Bleach, and I love just as many niche anime like Princess Tutu and Kaleido*Star.
I enjoy the story in Deadman Wonderland and Tokyo Ghoul and die underneath the crush of moe flowers every time I watch Kimi ni Todoke.
Series like GANGSTA, Ghost Talker’s Daydream, and Jyu-Oh-Sei leave strong impressions, too. I have to be picky about which ones to talk about, because otherwise this would go on for a while. You ask “Do girls love anime?” as if it would be strange for us to like it.
Look at our alternatives: in America, cartoon humor is so stupid it doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together.
They write every little thing out because perish the thought that the watchers should have to interpret something, or make mental leaps, or even wonder for two seconds what a character is thinking.
Storylines last for half an episode most of the time; sure, recent popular favorites like Steven Universe have been building bigger stories, but shall I refer you to the masses surrounding it that haven’t? The art for anime is mostly a close approximation of anatomically correct; there’s a certain exaggeration to everything of course, but the detail and care taken with the character designs is beautiful.
Regular cartooning gives people and creatures incomprehensible shapes, and simplifies their designs down to nearly nothing.
They “animate” more, but honestly, the motions are often unnecessary or even distracting. vs. Fight scenes, okay? There’s a way to do them. I like being able to lose myself in the story and characters; anime provides that, regular cartooning doesn’t.
If you ask why, it’s because regular cartoons are limiting themselves to being cartoons.
They don’t make enough use of cinematic devices such as worm’s-eye and bird’s-eye views, they don’t create a sense of weight behind movements, heck, the lighting doesn’t even get very dramatic.
There’s no “atmosphere” to me when watching cartoons. Also, I have yet to meet a person (female or otherwise) that I haven’t been able to find at least half a dozen anime they love. So I’ll end this very long answer (woops) with this note: anime is often beautiful art, any and every genre and cinematically well-performed.
Why should we not love it?