I am merely a Ninjastalker who enjoys watching anime, listening to Vocaloids, and attempting to teach myself Japanese.
I'm a HUGE fan of Jun Maeda, from the music he composes to the scripts he writes. I'm generally not a fan of OST's but I could listen to his soundtracks all day. He also wrote all the songs for an album he made with Yanagi Nagi which are the most beautiful and catchy songs ever. The album is called Owari no Hoshi no Love Song (Love Song of the Ended Planet).
I also really like Vocaloid, especially DECO*27. Yes, DECO is awesome. He made Two Breaths Walking. Two Breaths Walking (ft. Hatsune Miku) is my favorite song.
Between school, extracurricular activities, and just life in general, I don't have a lot of time to watch anime. I usually watch a few episodes every night, though.
The first anime I ever watched (excluding Pokemon) was Soul Eater, in May of 2012. I didn't watch much anime after that until March of last year (2013), when I saw Clannad and rewatched Angel Beats!
I'm not that picky when it comes to anime. I can watch almost any genre and be entertained. There are a few things that I do particularly look for, although.
-Good style of animation
-Likeable or interesting characters
If the anime meets those two requirements, there's a good chance that I will love it and finish the show quickly. I also like comedy and romance and drama and stuff as long as it's not fanservice related. Think of KyoAni and P.A. Works, and that's essentially what I prefer.
Things I don't like include gore, stupid-pointless-annoying characters, and anything remotely close to ecchi. Like School Days
I just really dislike fanservice. It's...annoying.
It can be difficult for me to find anime that I really truly love, because the elements of anime I do like and the elements of anime I don't like are usually found within the same show. For example, harem anime have a lot of things I do like- romance, school settings, drama, etc... Except they also have fanservice, humor that doesn't humor me, plots and characters that generally aren't very deep, and most events feel forced. Another example is that a lot of shows with deeper, more complex plots can be very nice to watch, but they have sad and ambiguous endings or the characters I like end up dying. So far, I've only found 4 anime that seem to be what I'm looking for (Clannad, AB!, AnoHana, and NagiAsu). SnK is an exception to what I usually prefer, since shounen/action is the one genre in which the premise really has a huge role in determining whether or not I want to watch it (I usually don't).
The only anime I've dropped so far is Kanon (2002) because the art is... not visually appealing to my eyes. And the only anime I do not particularly want to ever watch is FMAB because the art style changed too dramatically from the original and my eyes refuse to adapt to change apparently.
That's essentially why I avoid iconic anime from the 1990's. I'm unfortunately picky about animation style. However, I watched Neon Genesis Evangelion, and I actually quite liked it.
Ahaha, maybe I'm pickier than I thought. And over such trivial things at that. But I feel other people are unnecessarily picky about lots of other things like character flaws and the originality of a premise. Not everyone is familiar with a certain concept and so every concept is reusable. Besides, it's really about the execution. Two stories can both have similar premises but still have unique attributes. Besides, someone might find a certain premise to be interesting and will want to see more of it in different stories. So just because YOU'VE already seen something with a similar premise that you didn't like, that doesn't mean the whole story is actually objectively horrible. Please keep this in mind. People take the wrong things too seriously. Although...we're just...human...I suppose.
1. Angel Beats!
2. Clannad/Clannad Afterstory
3. Shingeki no Kyoujin
4. Nagi no Asukara
6. Black Butler
7. Kyoukai no Kanata
8. Ouran High School Host Club
9. Sword Art Online
13. Kanon (2006)
14. Soul Eater
16. Ano Hana
Not necessarily in that order, except for the first 3. This list is apt to change, though.