Well Animes don't necessarily mean strangeness, but maybe you'd fair better to gain some early experience in RPing in one of the easier to join threads. Devi's pretty picky when it comes to people so that's probably why you and various others didn't get in. Here's a list of pretty easy to join RPs as far as I can guess. And these assumptions are based on the person so you may have to go around a bit but I'm pretty sure the bulk of these are correct.
- Dark Eden Elementary-By Wizard
- KND:Kids Next Door RP-By Wizard
- Dragonball Z RP-By Wizard
- Z.O.E: The Aulmaan Aftermatt wars-By D
- Mercenary RP-By Caligula
- Terminator RP-By Icerider
That seems to be most of the active ones but I might've missed a few. And this in no way reflects what I think of the RP, it's just my understanding that those RP seems to be more newbie friendly.