I started getting really into animes at around 17. My first show was Neon Genesis, which blew my mind as well as wierded me out. My first shonen was Naruto, which i caught up to in a week. I then went onto my two favorite shows FMA and Cowboy bebop....
Aaanyways, a few years later and I had watched all the major "high quality" animes, as I like to call em. (Wolfs Rain, Last Exile, FMA, samurai champloo ect.) as well as owning the the complete Chibli collection. I then hit a sort of wall. I couldn't find anything that excited me anymore. There where some films here and there (tokyo godfathers..) but I really felt I had seen the best there where to offer and allot of the average ones.
When I started drama school In London, I ended up rewatching allot of my shows with mates that weren't that familiar with animes in general, in turn making em fans. Little time was used to look up new shows (because of what I just talked about but also because I was bussy with my life and learnings, and because we had every consoll and a big-ass tv:P) I had my weekly One piece episodes and from time to time I tried and failed at getting back into Bleach (God that show..) But other then that I sort of fell out of the system.
Now I have graduated at 23 and I decided to get back into the "world" of anime as it is... To my dissmay, I could still not find anything that interested me. I tried watching Eureka Seven, seeing as I hadn't watched a mecha in a while. It was .... allright, had it's moments, but protagonist annoyed me, and the people I first found interesting I sorta.. didn't care about anymore.... I looked for something ells but couldn't find anything that was anywhere near the quality of the shows I have seen and loved before..
I am slowly loosing hope in short-form anime, and even One piece, the only Shonen I still follow fully has it's moments of "why am I still watching this" .
I will follow OP till the end though, it's my not-guilty pleassure, just because it still has those moments where I am truly excited about whats to come, but short-form animes are just....completely lost to me now.
I miss FMAs sense of journey, grown up character development, great dialogues, non anime cliched handeling of interesting plots. Uniqeness. Cowboy Bebops smooth storytelling, dark overtoned sollum atmosphere, wit and style. Wolfs rain, Last Exile. Samurai Champloo,.. there are about ...13-14 shows I allways return to..
Am I spoiled of the great shows of the past? Do I expect too much ? Is anime on the decline? Or am I just really bad at looking for the right shows?