Ever since I was young, I have always preferred Anime shows over American cartoons. This was before I knew how many there were in Japan, that they actually WERE in Japan, before digital fansubs existed, before I discovered fan subtitled anime on the interenet, etc.
America's obsession with episodic stories was always shit, and anyone with any sort of imagination or intelligence preferred ongoing plots, they created a sense of adventure and attachment to characters, a love for particular parts of that show or the concept it used, and an urge to watch a show again.
It's fair enough being able to watch a show where if you miss an episode, it's fine because you're not missing out on anything - however, if you agonise over missing an episode because you'll miss something important, that's obviously a MUCH BETTER way of telling a story, because you become attached to it.
Anime and Manga will always be superior to American productions because they try and build some sense of complexity and foresight into how to make their works better, rather than just lazily ending an episode or arc on some bland overdone plot point and starting again completely.
America's episodic format allows crappy superheroes to be rehashed over and over again without any demand for change or effort for improvement, so the industry just stays stagnant. Anime is a constant series of death and rebirth, keeping it much fresher than western media.