Looking for Anime that is more than just good 'Anime'.
I'm an animator and I'm looking for newer anime that is inspiring/interesting. One problem though.. I seem to really really hate 'Anime'. I don't hate it all.. but I hate the Anime you think of when you hear the word Anime.
It's easier to list what I dislike first.
I hate anime about harems, generic anime art styles, stiff animations all the time, monologues, episodes that are artificially drawn out, anime aimed towards that awkward stage of your life where boobs and gore are really really cool so you like when they randomly pan to a girls ass cheek and keep the camera there for 8 seconds.
When I search for an Anime to watch, first I'm looking for interesting character designs, fluid animation, and a unique style. I want an interesting story with character development. Not just power levels and boob shots.
Newer Anime that I like, in order:
Attack on Titan: It's not the most stylish anime, but the idea is genuinely horrifying. Not just gorey or creepy. There are giants that look like humans and they eat and shit you out for no gain. You are cattle, enclosed in massive walls for your entire existence. And the WALLS.
Boku no Hero Academia: I love the art style. The quirks allow the character designs to be pretty cool. The characters are great too. The main character creates moments that I love in every movie. He's full of heart and you want him to succeed.. and he's kind of the underdog. There seems to be depth to most of the characters too. I feel like the episodes aren't drug out too long.. and they mostly set a goal and achieve it in 1-3 episodes.
One Punch Man: Really cool action scenes that are sketchy, fluid, and fast. Makes me laugh frequently. Makes fun of the tropes I hate in 90% of Anime. Really like the main character who is searching for any kind of feeling while climbing his way up the ladder and saving absolutely everyone mostly on accident with no real recognition.
Little Witch Academia: This anime is actually fucking beautiful. The color, the animated gags like spinning around booms and heads expanding like balloons.. the special effects are AMAZING. I liked every episode except for the one where there was a dragon in a robe.. but I loved the movies the most.
sidenote: I also liked Space Patrol Luluco. Character designs and animation were done cheap but really well done. The gags were quick. It was wacky enough to make me laugh. Didn't continue watching it past a couple episodes.. but I really liked it.
Durarara: This is much farther down my list.. but I just watched the first season recently. I didn't expect to like it. I really liked how normal everything was. A girl gets kidnapped.. shes a suicidal stalker. The kidnapping is set up by this guy who I can't get a read on.. he's saving her fight club style holding a pistol to her head? Wait, he just suggested she jump? And then all of a sudden the world gets slightly weirder... Theres a headless girl who is searching for her head.. and two guys with super strength that are pissed at each other. Was actually kind of intriguing. The only thing I hated was the whole kid plot. Maybe it was just the dub that made him annoying.. but his whole plot felt shoehorned in. I wish he wasn't there.
I don't want suggestions of older anime, but I will say I've liked Akira and Cowboy Bebop for a long time. I find Dragon Ball Z infuriating to watch as an adult.
What would you suggest to me knowing all of this?
they eat and shit you out for no gain
Hmmm... 5 years old, so I don't know if that falls into your old category, but Psycho-Pass has great writing. (Especially season 1.) Another might be Your Lie in April (3 years old I think). It starts off weak, but ends very strong.
We seem to have fairly similar taste! That makes this easy!
First off, go watch Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Like, right now. It is my personal favorite show. The animation is pretty stunning at points and the storyline is good, characters and development are fantastic.
If you wind up liking FMAB, I would highly recommend The Heroic Legend of Arslan as well, it's an excellent show and by the same creator as FMAB (Although she adapted it from a series of novels).
The next one I will recommend in Hunter x Hunter (2011). There is a lot more to this show then first meets the eye, and first impressions are quite deceiving so definitely do not decide if you like it or not by the first few episodes. I didn't think much of it at first but it quickly grew to being one of my favorite series. There is a "power ranking system" here which you don't seem to care for too much, but I find it's one of the best "power systems" in anime, and it's well thought out. It isn't just "This person randomly gets stronger because the plot calls for it, or the power of friendship".
It's a film and not a series, but I strongly recommend Sword of the Stranger. It has, in my opinion and the opinion of many others, the best fight scene in anime. This movie is, for lack of a better term, more based in reality (Although these characters are still pulling off crazy feats) but you can tell how much thought and effort went in to this film, particular the choreography of the fight scene (Plus I freaking love the soundtrack).
If you are looking for something purely based off visuals, I STRONGLY recommend anything by Makoto Shinkai (But mostly his new film, Your Name). These films are truly the most stunning visual treat that anime has to offer, in my opinion.
I will also second Psycho-Pass, although honestly I recommend skipping the entire second season all together as it's an abomination compared to season 1 (They decided to get a new writer. Very bad choice).
Those are the first that pop to mind, I'll try to think of more later.
Edited when I remembered another show! This one is a bit controversial, people either seemed to love it or hate it, but I really enjoyed Parasyte. It seems that most people who didn't like it were fans of the manga before and it apparently wasn't a perfect adaptation, but I found it to be a fantastic series on its own.
Can't write a ton but watch Blood Blockade Battlefront (by Studio BONES, producers of Fullmetal and MHA)
Terror in Resonance. It's about 2 guys (admittedly 17ish), who stage terror attacks in Toyko. One of the best stories and not your typical anime. It is by the same writer/creator who did Cowboy Bebop.
The Great Passage. This is about dictionary making. It's beautiful and gives a nice view into how dictionaries are made. totally different story than the vast majority of anime
Death Parade Takes place in a bar, where an arbiter judges the recently deceased and decides if they get reincarnated or sent to the Void. (Skating scene is one of the best, simply beautiful).
Also, and Hosada film. Wolf Children, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, The Boy and the Beast
Good animation that hasn't been listed yet?
Try Rage of Bahamut: Genesis.
I've only got two I feel I could contribute:
One of them being Fate/Zero, this is by far one of my most favorite (and dare I say) and best anime I've watched. And, unlike its stay night cousin(s), it actually has a solid story that you don't need to watch in three different ways.
And the second would be Rokka Braves of the Six Flowers. Interesting character design and setting, no fan service, an interesting mystery. If anything what I think makes this one stand out is the setting. Its definitely not Japan that's for sure.
Thoughtful adult stories devoid of fanservice...
Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju - A dramatic snapshot of rakugo performers in the 50s and 80s. Rakugo is a sort of stage drama performed by one actor in a storytelling manner. Lots of very real characters with varying levels of ambition as well as an interesting lesson in a dying art form in Japan
Ping Pong the Animation - Aspirations of high school ping pong players attempting to take the world by storm. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more interesting visual style
Mushishi - A traveling mushi expert travels an unsettling but oddly peaceful world, helping people out with any mushi problems they might have. Mushi are organisms as old as time itself and often can't be seen my regular humans, but can affect their health and lifestyles if they're not careful
And if you really liked One Punch Man, it might be worth checking out the creator's other work, Mob Psycho 100. The story is more grounded and not a satire like OPM, but the actions scenes are just as interesting in a different style
I would suggest chaika the coffin princess, Log Horizon, anything by kyoani, puella magi madoka magica, and overlord. Although most of this is not on funi.