you are right it does annoy me..(uh meaning genocide.. ^^ )
uh it depends on what kinds of fonts you can read..
if you can read Japanese then you are set..
im sure there are tons of sites..
if you can read Korean then you are set..
cause i know tons of sites with anime..
but other wise i cant help you... =)
i have never tried to download anything in the states
Answer to your problem? Simple (altough I hope you either have broadband or a lot of time on your hands)
You will need an irc client for this. Possibly an FTP client as well.
Seems like the thing you need most is a list of people who run sites or servers that have anime. Well as I'm sure you are aware there are a lot of legal issues surrounding the re-distributing of media materials. As such, those who choose to help people like yourself must mask themselves from the public eye somewhat to aviod legal issues. (i.e. not much can be found publically hosted) Newsgroups are great and all but they also have problems surrounding file fragments and decoding. The best way I've found is the following:
Log on to an irc EFnet server
join the channel #anime-heaven
follow the instructions the scroll up to get the password for their website (I think the command is: !anime)
go to www.animeheaven.org/db/sites.asp it should promt you for the login and password that you got from the channel. Btw, lurk in the #anime-heaven irc channel at all times while downloading. (the ops have a thing about that) Leaving the channel after grabbing the login/pass will earn you a perm ban which will prevent you from getting the new website password which changes every few days.
After entering the login and password you will be able to browse a long list of websites and FTP servers that have full length anime episodes, movies, music videos, etc... on them. There is a search engine availible if you are looking for something in particular. Speeds vary with each server, admins usually post additional information regarding individual servers. Read it. Learn it. Download it.