if a sad moment comes up and it has had sufficient build up I have been known to cry like a little girl. I am not ashamed to say so either. Normally I can keep a good cap on my emotions but sometimes an anime is handled so well that you just can't help it.
Anime is for me a chance to escape this world for a while and not only observe, but be a part of another reality and as such I often feel a strong connection with the various figures. The truth is that in most anime series with powerfull story, more than anything else I found myself intrigued and at the same time frustrated about the way the various problems the charaters are facing are going to resolve. For me a good storyline is a detective game and I usually try to guess the resolution. The time it is delivered, is when I decide for the most part if the series was a worthy watch, the more I'm off my predictions, the more unpredictable and intense is my emotional reaction and the higher the series goes up on my favorites list.
i can get pretty emotional, and not only with anime, but also with books, manga and sometimes even movies and music... but mostly its with books and anime.. i feel like im experiencing the same emotions as the protagonists and sometimes i even scream the same thing they do (not intensionally)
but i really like this thing about it, cuz it makes me feel things that otherwise i wouldnt...
For me, an anime that builds a viewer-relationship with the character makes us understand them. We begin to feel their struggles and whatnot and whenever that happens you start to feel like a part of them and thats when emotions at least for me build up whenever something sad happens. In a sense you cheer on for that character and share their pain
It depends. Have I ever become emotional simply from watching the story of a particular anime series/movie unfold (e.g. when a main character dies)? No.
However, I have been affected by certain soundtracks at times when I'm working on other things and the episode/movie I'm listening to is minimized. Music tends to have a great effect on me therefore it doesn't really matter what is actually happening on-screen. I have seen some wonderful shows subjected to wretched, ill-fitting soundtracks. I've also seen awful shows made better by amazing, soaring soundtracks. So, for me, it really just depends on what strikes me.