I'm listening to the podcast and hearing the people on the panel tell about their first anime...
Damn I'm old!
I remember watching anime on TV (not cable) on a local channel that had 5 shows that rotated every day.
I recall watching (each on it's own day in the same time slot):
1) Battle of the Planets
2) Star Blazers
3) Not sure if it was Voltron, but it was similar.
4) Something where all the bad guys had horns in the middle of their heads.
5) Force-5 ???
Some of the above may describe the same show, It's been a looooong time.
I also watched Robotech when that was on TV...
Does anyone remember a weird TV show where the bad guys were half plant/half machine? The main "good" guy had half a seed hanging around his neck, a "gandalf" type character/sidekick and a Han Solo knock-off guy who owned the ship? They had a toy line...