I grew up on Macross and loved sci-fi stuff like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun, but today I glance at stuff like DtB or Code Geass and it feels as derivative and lame as the moe shit feels to others. Meanwhile I'm all about the moe shit. I <3 Hidamari Sketch and LS and can't wait to start Sketchbook.
I think in both cases I'm still after the same basic thing, escapism. Somehow though, for some reason the type of escapism that releases endorphines in my brain has changed. Maybe it's a sign of getting older that I look for idealized versions of youthful experiences, rather than the idealized adventure and action of my younger days?