I pretty much stopped watching anime roughly a year ago, but recently, I've been trying to get back into it again. However, I've got a problem: all the anime I've attempted to watch over the last couple of weeks have been bad
So embarrassingly bad, in fact, that watching any of them for more than three minutes at a stretch makes me feel like paying a visit to the "creative" minds behind them and rip their presumably empty hearts out(you may have noticed that I wrote "creative", and not creative; this is because while taking a dump is
, in a sense, "creative", it's not what most people immediately think of when they hear -- or in this case, read -- the word). Stereotypical characters, stereotypical plots, and jokes so played out, so cookie-cutter, that they make Dane Cook seem genuinely funny
As you can see, I'm in desperate need of recommendations.
I'm looking for two anime to watch; one that's funny, relaxing, nonsensical, and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside; and one that's serious, exciting, and clever, with an intriguing, page-turner story. To clarify, I'm looking for something in the vein of Lucky Star
, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
and Ouran High School Host Club
, and something in the vein of Death Note
, Code Geass
, Wolf's Rain
If you know of any anime that don't fit either of the two descriptions, but that you still feel are essential, please, post them; while I'm not actively looking for anything outside the feel-good/comedy/slice-of-life and action/thriller/mystery genres, I appreciate any and all recommendations. Keep in mind though, that I'd like to avoid cookie-cutter crap like Bleach
, To Aru Majutsu no Index
, Zero no Tsukaima
and the like at all costs.
Thanks in advance!