Generally, I would equate m$ to Disney and Apple to Anime. Disney: Expensive productions with ok quality (at best) using old technology as their base for many years. Mostly vanilla flavored, nothing really exciting about it either (except in a few rare cases). Anime: Less money to purchase, many times the quality of what Disney puts out. Comes in many different flavors and allows you to choose what you want, or don't want. Offers something for everyone from the kiddies up to the twisted adults . You can also get Anime in two ways, dubbed or subtitled. Subtitled is for those that are really into it, where dubbed is for those that don't want, or care about, the original voices and content. Anime is constantly improving with each title bringing something better to the table, just like what Apple does. Disney has taken ages to even approach the quality standards of Anime, with even their latest releases not being there. Case and point, rent Macross Plus, the new BubbleGum Crisis series (6 dvd's), or Akira (a classic). Compare those to classic Disney as well as releases made up to 2001 (that is when BGC was released). Plan on devoting a weekend to watching these, since Anime takes it's time and actually developes stories (with BGC this is very true). Some other excellent titles are Ghost in the Shell, Sol Bianca (3 dvd's), and Neon Genesis Evangelion (7 dvd's). I have been a huge fan of Anime for years, as you can probably tell. I usually check out new titles/series and then buy up the rest in fairly short order. Give it a try, you just might like it.