I've always found it interesting to learn about how different cultures view each other and so forth; especially in regards to stereotypes about each other. It's always surprised me how often storylines involving Europe and Europeans are used in Japanese animation. It's always interesting to see how Europe and Europeans are portrayed in anime.
See, for example, the portrayal of French "table manners" in these two episodes of Ranma 1/2:
Dinner at Ringside