Part of a multiple part series explaining how I sift through all of the anime that airs to find what to watch.
Much of what makes anime watchable is the eye candy. “Don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t apply here, because the better looking the series is, the bigger the production values, the more money that has been spent, the better the writing etc. But keep in mind, "different" art can be good art as well. Good examples of series that feature great art exclusive to itself are (notice, all very different genres and audiences, but all what I would consider staple watches):
Dantalian no Shoka:
These are just a few of the picks that I think feature great art. Of course, there is room for discussion and this is by no means a comprehensive list.
Usually generic art = generic anime. Typically this is true, but I always warn myself never to live by generalizations.
Next time we tackle sources and where your anime is adapted from!