Yeah anime in the UK is quite rare, I was discussing with my friend the other day how anime deprived the UK is >//<
Well I was a fan of Pokemon when it was first aired on the TV in the UK, me and my sister were rabid fans watching the episodes religiously, buying all the merch (cards, stickers, toys, games etc.) and that lasted a couple of years. Then I started watching Dragonball Z on Toonami and watched that everyday along with Tenchi. Then I actually got more into American cartoons such as Fairly Odd Parents, Danny Phantom etc.
and then by chance me and my sister found an trailer on Youtube for Fruits Basket and we watched a couple of episodes online and then I bought the boxset and I started reading the FB manga and then from there I go more and more interested in finding more.