I've never quite been able to give up anime because it's a great way to keep the child in me alive. The child in me happens to be Sakura Kinomoto; the adult in me is turning day by day into Eva Heinemann. So you see the need.
As for my tastes in anime, I can forgive most flaws if a show offers well-crafted characters, and sometimes I will watch something just because it is obscure and old. I have discovered many gems that way.
*My rating scale: 1-3 (Poor); 4-6 (Average); 7-8 (Good); 9-10 (Masterpiece)