Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:55 PM
Well, after 3 years, my anime list hasn't expanded much. D.gray-man (finished, kinda boring now that I think about it and I didn't even remember it until now), Dragon Ball Kai (watching for the storyline since I never watched DBZ), and Angel Beats (love it).
And I finally took some of this old advice and watched the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (original run in broadcast order). Didn't expect to like it because of the comedy focus. Don't really see the "mentally stimulating" aspect like someone suggested. Hated the first episode. The rest were fine, with some good moments.
Granted, the series is growing on me. Maybe it's because I'm a sucker for a storyline and don't like it when an anime ends, so I want moar. And maybe watching the entire thing in a single Saturday when I was tired didn't help. Good experience though, and now I can say that I've watched it. Where'd Neko/Allure disappear to anyway? Still got that crazy addiction to Haruhi?
Anyway, any anime suggestions? From some suggestions at playdota and wikipedia research, I might check out Umineko, Code Geass (also recommended here!), and Clannad.
I think I like drama with a not-slow pacing that tells a story or character development (I hate Naruto and Bleach's slow pacing with the 10 hour character expressions). I like a good story being told. Action/fighting helps the pacing I suppose, though Death Note didn't have a lot of that and used more reasoning stuff to fill in the story (and from first post, I like Death Note). Comedy's good too, but I hate an overload/try too hard (like those Hollow guys following Ichigo in Hueco Mundo, if it was only a bit per episode it would be fine, but it's entire minutes :/). A mystery's a bonus I guess, since I used to like mystery novels when I still read and liked the first half of Death Note.
And maybe you guys can figure out the kind of character development I like. Stuff like Ichigo + Inoue, Naruto + Sakura, and Sasuke + anyone, and minor characters' stories are bleh. Stuff like Haruhi episode 6 (original broadcast end), 4th episode of the Sighs arc (that scene with Kyon and Haruhi), and end of 5th episode and 6th episode of Angel Beats (Otonashi + Tenshi) are awesome. They can single-handedly make me like a series.