Anime for the picky that likes nothing
Posted 7/19/16 , edited 7/19/16
Over a decade, I have watched about 60 anime, most of which were in the first few years of this past decade. I have only watched one anime in the past year and a half, which is Chihayafuru. I will be finishing it today, most likely. While I can't give it too much praise, it was obviously enough to hold my attention. And now that I'm almost done, I will be left with nothing to watch, and I do not know where to search for anime that are fitting for the likes of me.

I dislike action, I see it as empty eye candy that isn't appealing to me. I can tolerate this, though, as sometimes it is simply needed.
I dislike overly dramatic series where the characters act downright irrational about the ongoing of the show.
I absolutely hate fan service and general lewdness. A single scene of something slightly sexually will usually annoy me, and depending on how obnoxious it is, I may just stop watching on the spot, or at least pause and take a mental break.
I have mostly grown out of cute girls doing cute things and comedies. They're something to pass the time, but they are often unsurprisingly low quality and very stale.

I do like weird things. Attractive obscureness will make me quickly latch on due to interest, but if there's no meat to the series, or it's just "lol so randumb xd", I will quickly lose interest.
What I really want is an anime that is classy and realistic, and treats me and itself with respect. It should respect my intelligence and direct itself in a proper way to reflect this.
I enjoy beautiful drama stories, but apparently it is very difficult to do this well. Often times, things will be overdramatic and will lose my belief and interest. An example of that would be Ano Hana.
In terms of mood, it doesn't make much of a difference to me. I can appreciate happy and depressing shows alike, so long as they do everything well and offer me something of value.
Pacing, I usually prefer slow. My "slow" is extremely slow for others, from what I've gathered.

For reference, here's a few anime I have watched:

Usagi Drop - I watched this once it finished airing. I hardly remember it, but I do remember enjoying it very much when I was watching. I was also younger then, though. I remember it being a very sweet story that I liked.
Nagi no Asukara - The epitome of mediocre. Suffers from being unrealistic. The tone and atmosphere were wonderful. If this had been handled differently, I would have loved it.
Sakamichi no Apollon - I greatly appreciated the character interactions and setting of this anime. It captured me, and I believed it all. There were parts that were a little too dramatic in my eyes, but it was admittedly still realistic, because teens can just act a little overdramatic at times. It was very believable, yet still managed to be a pretty take of absolutely sweet bromance. It's been a while since I saw this, so I may feel differently if I watched it now, though.
Mushi-shi - Every tale is great. The atmosphere had be absolutely hooked. The way this show conducts itself is nearly perfect for my taste. Every episode got me interested, and some of them were genuinely heart warming. Mushi-shi might be my favourite.

I am a very picky person, so hopefully someone who has watched a billion anime can guide me in the right direction based off what I have given. At this point, I have stopped trying to find any anime, because I am always disappointed. I would appreciation your recommendations for me. Sorry if I am too vague in my preferences.
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Have you tried parasite its more on the action side but less drama and less cute girl shenanigans I wont go into detail but the main character changes through out the series and learns alot although its not quite as long as I would have hoped
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Hmm... well, this is a tough one, but I'll toss out a few more recent show selections.

- Natsume Yujin-cho (http://www.crunchyroll.com/natsume-yujin-cho) - I honestly don't remember if there was anything sexual in this at all. I don't think there was, and if there was it was very minor. It's mostly slice of life with fascinating characters.

- Flying Witch (http://www.crunchyroll.com/flying-witch) - This has a couple of "cute" girls in it, but they aren't necessary doing cute things.... just kind of living life I suppose. Very slow slice of life show.

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Posted 7/19/16 , edited 7/24/16

Ocale wrote:

What I really want is an anime that is classy and realistic, and treats me and itself with respect. It should respect my intelligence and direct itself in a proper way to reflect this.


http://www.crunchyroll.com/showa-genroku-rakugo-shinju

It gets a little melodramatic at one point near the end, but was otherwise perfect in my opinion.

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Posted 7/19/16
Here are some that might work for you.

Monster
Mononoke
Terror in Resonance
Great Teacher Onizuka
Erased
Kid's on the Slope
Tokyo Magnitude 8

It's a little hard to figure out what would be good for you just from those. If you ever want to discuss it more and talk more in detailed about some of the shows before you want to check them out send me a message we can have some dialogue on the subject.
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Kids on the Slope
Nana
Space Brothers
Bakuman
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Because you like Usagi Drop, I'll recommend "Wandering Son". Its a fairly down to earth show with a lot of slice of life elements, but it deals with the idea of childhood gender identity so it does get a bit heavy at times. All of the drama is very well done, the characters are believable, and the show handles the subject matter with the maturity that it deserves.

Because you like Mushi-shi, I'll recommend "House of the Five Leaves". It is slow with a very distinct Japanese setting. On paper, it is about a lone swordsman falling in with a local gang of sorts, but it is very understated and focuses more on the characters and their relationships than the gang activities.

I'll also suggest PlanetES (starts out like a lighthearted slice of life, but that development is pivotal to the second half of the series which is amazing), Your Lie in April (might be a little too overdramatic but it is very poignant if you bite), Honey and Clover (life drama centering around a bunch of college age youths. It has drama, but it is all extremely well done in my opinion), Barakamon (more lighthearted and slice of life, but it isn't heavy comedy. It is about an artist and the artistic process as well as his growing friendship with a bunch of children in a remote village), and Haibane Ranmei (slow paced drama series which is probably the most thought provoking of the shows I've listed).
Posted 7/19/16
I will give most of these a shot later tonight. Some of them look exactly what I'm looking for. It is surprising how they all flew under my radar, I've never even seen the titles of some of them.
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Looking Up at the Half Moon - A romance about a boy and a sick girl in a hospital.
Someday's Dreamers - While it may seem weird today it's about a magic school but portrayed in a realistic slice-of-life way at a very slow but intriguing pace.
Someday's Dreamers: Sora (Separate series) - Follow up series that is more a side story than a season 2.
Tamayura - It's more slice of life than CGDCT. It had 2 seasons followed by 4 full-length movies taking place from graduation on with the characters finding their way in the adult world after leaving school.
Barakamon - About a guy who moves from a city to an island acclimating to laid back island life among the island dwellers.

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Posted 7/19/16 , edited 7/19/16
A few possibilities besides those mentioned (where I strongly second Monster and Barakamon)

Serial Experiments Lain: It's cyber-punk, and intentionally mind-bending. Starts a little slow, but great once it gets going. Wants you to eventually question what is real and what isn't.

Aishiteruze Baby: Similar to Usagi Drop in a lot of ways, although a bit slower paced. Some amount of "cute kindergartener acting cute", but also addresses important issues.

Maoyu: Requires getting past some unnecessary boob jokes. If you can, however, you'll find an intelligent upending of standard fantasy tropes. (Also, Spice and Wolf is in a similar vein--less boob jokes, more intelligent conversation in that one.)

Steins; Gate: Surprised no one has mentioned this yet. Sci-fi, time-travel goodness, that packs an emotional punch without being overly melodramatic.
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Posted 7/21/16 , edited 7/21/16

Ocale wrote:

Usagi Drop - I watched this once it finished airing. I hardly remember it, but I do remember enjoying it very much when I was watching. I was also younger then, though. I remember it being a very sweet story that I liked.

I'd take a look at /sweetness-lightning this season if you'd like something similar.

Shouting out some of the 90s heavyweights that might be of interest: The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Serial Experiments Lain, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, KareKano, Berserk.

Early 2000s there's also Kino's Journey, Boogiepop Phantom, and Haibane Renmei.

More recently I'd be interested in your experiences with Casshern Sins and Madoka Magica.

There's also /kyousougiga and /the-eccentric-family.


Ocale wrote:

I do like weird things. Attractive obscureness will make me quickly latch on due to interest, but if there's no meat to the series, or it's just "lol so randumb xd", I will quickly lose interest.

Ping Pong: The Animation was a big hit for that niche in 2014.
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Posted 7/22/16
man do I know where your coming from. I'm pretty picky myself.

I think I'd suggest Silver Spoon for you. Honestly I haven't watched the anime but I absolutely love the manga and from the look of it the anime is pretty true to the manga, so should be good. It's slice of life and just, nice. It's a little different type of school story with a lot of likable characters. If you like farming that's a plus.
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Since if I'm at all like you, I'll watch 1% of the suggestions, I'll just second the suggestion for Erased.

It's pretty dramatic and well-written. Has both good mystery elements, and some very heartfelt moments that I wouldn't normally be affected by. The premise involves a bit of magic that is never explained, but from that on the supernatural doesn't get in the way of a pretty straightforward mystery.
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