I've noticed a love for anime here and I'd love any suggestions for animes to watch. I also think it would be fun to chat about mutual interests in regards to animes. I have a long list of animes I enjoyed/not enjoyed and the reasons why so I have a lot to talk about should anyone feel like it.
I'm going to like this thread because I am anime trash.
So, my favorite animes of all time (in no particular order) are:
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
FMA:B I recommend if you like action and drama. Characters and development are A++. YOU WILL CRY A LOT. Even when sad things aren't happening, it's just a really intense anime? I hardcore imprinted on Edward when I first got into FMA, as I found him very relateable.
Revolutionary Girl Utena is ultimately about overthrowing the patriarchy. It's full of all kinds of metaphors, so it can be difficult to follow at times, since most of what happens can't be taken at face value, but it's such an emmpowering anime about female strength and female love (although it is full of trigger warning likes rape, abuse, and incest, because these girls go through so much shit)
NANA is about two girls with the same name who become roommates as they both move to Tokyo to follow their dreams. While they are opposites in many ways, they end up becoming best friends and help each other through life's many struggles. The main character, Nana Komatsu, I think is a great example of BPD + DPD co-morbidity. I think Nana Osaki has some sort of personality disorder as well. (tw for rape and emotional abuse)
Sailor Moon is... well, we all know Sailor Moon! If you don't know Sailor Moon, you should!
And then Puella Magi Madoka Magica is a very short 12-episode series about young girls who end up having to grow up very quickly as they are forced to face the evils of the world, using the power of their own hopes and wishes to protect their city and each other.
Other animes I watched and enjoyed are: Code Geass (although it doesn't treat its female characters very well), Elfen Lied (although it's also full of trigger warnings and a bit fan-servicey), Eden of the East, Ouran High School Host Club (although I am not a fan of the dub), Fruits Basket, Death Note (Team Ryuk!), and probably a few more I can't think of right now.
Also, it never got a proper anime adaptation, but if there are any Angel Sanctuary fans out there HMU. And I'm also a fan of the Count Cain/Godchild series which NEEDS AN ANIME ADAPTATION GIVE IT TO ME ALREADY
Oh, I'm in my element when it comes to anime/manga.
My favorite animes usually don't match the ones I often recommend, mostly because I started watching anime when I was a child and the memories attached to my favorite animes cloud my judgment when it comes to quality lol. So these are my most recommend animes:
Nabari no Ou
This one is about two kids who get caugth up in the middle of some ninja action with conspiracies and betrayals everywhere. It doesn't focus too much on action but more on drama. It has a lot of metaphors and analogies and, in my opinion, development, plot and characters are great. Mental illness and abuse are important topics. One of the main characters, Yoite, is intersex, probably aromantic and asexual. The other kid, Miharu, seems to have some mental illnesses and he's also probably aromantic and asexual. I know that in an interview, the author said they're asexual so that's great. I'd reccomend reading the manga rather than watching the anime.
NY is great. It's about a teenager who can see spirits, demons and ghots since he was a child. He was abused throughout his childhood because of it until he found a place to call home and supporting friends when he moved in with two distant relatives. It's absolutely heartwarming and it has a soothing effect on everyone, including myself, who has watched it/read it. I'd say that a big flaw is that it tends to be really slow, in terms of plot.
I support Mea in her reccomendation of RGU and FMA: Brotherhood.