I plunged into the anime series when I started watching Full Metal Panic in English in September 2008 because some of my friends kept talking about anime series and I just could not resist. Now I am hopelessly a slave of this eternally, fantastically abundant world.
I usually am seducted by fantasy and/or shoujo animes, and they get priority if there are bishounen among the characters. Because of this I devour yaois, too, I just can't help it. But lately I have developped a fascination towards animes that reflect the Japanese beliefs, superstitions, motifs of their original stories eg. XXXholic, Kamisama Hajimemashita, Natsume Yuujinchou, Fushigi Yuugi or the Twelve Kingdoms, Shounen Onmyouji, and samuarai stories like Hakuouki.
Sometimes I choose my anime because a favourite seiyuu plays in it, so I try to watch everything that stars Akira Ishida or Hikaru Midorikawa. I came to love Akira Ishida because of his grand speech in Uragiri, but he performs better in Crono. I have always always always loved the voice of Hikaru Midorikawa, especially in Saiunkoku Monogatari.
Qua plot I value stories with a strong character lead who develops during the series (Attack on Titan, Legend of Basara, Skip beat!) hopefully with equally strong female leads (like in Sacred Blacksmith, Fruits Basket). I think there a very few animes that have a strong plot with twists, but I respect the dynamic nature of Death Note, Code Geass or Vampire Knight.
If you know or have a favourite anime that has a strong character lead or scheming or magic, let me know!