I thought it would be helpful for people searching for new anime to watch if others could list their favourites; a sort of recommendation through loving it themselves. A brief description of the anime would be great as well.
I get asked a lot about recommendations; and I'm sure a lot of others do as well. So post your favourtites and hopefully that helps others.
1) Clannad & Clannad After Story
I guess Technically they're two different series, but I'm sure everyone would agree that they fit as two seasons. I wish High School was like this when I went there. There's no special powers, or saving the world type stuff... just average high school kids growing up; very sad series in the second season, but VERY VERY good.
2) Elfen Lied
Wow! One of the greatest series I've ever seen; everything about it was beautiful. The story, the characters, and the animation as well. A love story; A blood bath; A phychadelic train ride. This series had it all; along with the heartbreak of stolen innocence.
3) Neon Genesis Evangelion (The 26 episode series)
Not for everyone. This series really gets into your head, especially at the end. I reccommend the two movies afterwards as well (Death & Rebirth, The End of Evangelion) as they give an alternative ending to it. Great action scenes, amazing story, and characters that on some level you can relate to. But again, not for everyone.
I got a thing for the phycadelic type movies; and this one fits the bill! This was the animated movie that inspired the Hollywood Blockbuster "Inception." If you've seen Inception, then you know what to expect from this. I watched the bluray version, so the animation was top-notch, so I'm unsure of how good the original was. The story was incredible! The movie is about a machine that can show you your dreams; I wish they would actually invent something like this.
5) My Neighbor Totoro
A studio Ghibli film.... I had a really hard time deciding wich one to pick as my favourite. So lets call it a draw between this one, Princess Mononoke, Grave of the Fireflies, Howl's Moving Castle, and Spirited Away. I chose this one because it was the first Studio Ghibli movie I watched; and it's still one that I love to watch over and over again with my nephew. I don't think Studio Ghibli needs any description or introduction, so we'll leave it at this.