Wow, that's missing so many "staples" of anime culture. I generally go to a convention, see what people are cosplaying as and then watch that next anime.
I'm talking about Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Death Note, Code Geass, Gurren Lagaan, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Fate / Zero (prequel to Fate / Stay Night), Madoka Magika, Attack on Titan, Azumanga Diaoh, Lucky Star, Nichijou, and Haruhi.
Of those, Madoka Magika, the Fate series (Fate/Zero especially), Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Gurren Lagaan, and Death Note are especially
good IMO. All deserve a watch.
But for the most part, these super-popular anime got super-popular because they were amongst the best anime when they came out. Its probably not worth it for you to invest into the 500+ episode long series (Naruto, Bleach, One Piece), but the other ones are short enough... and make it easy to catch up with what everyone is cosplaying as at anime conventions.
UniqueScreenname wrote:All the anime I have seen the entirety of: Trigun, Darker than Black, Ryusei no Gemini, Clannad, After Story, Another, Dark Side Cat, Working!, and Servant X Service, plus of course Kokoro Connect and Angel Beats!
And... I've only seen like 2 of those
. I've heard good things from them however.
UniqueScreenname wrote:I'm moreso looking for depth.
Depth you say? Depth in plot, or depth in characters?
"When they Cry" has a very deep plot... but gets by with somewhat shallow characters. Nonetheless, its one of my favorite shows. Unfortunately, you'll need to watch all 52 episodes, including the released-only-in-japan 2nd season to get the complete story... so its a bit hard to find. When they Cry isn't a "staple" by any stretch of the imagination.
When they Cry is a recursive murder mystery. You'll be introduced into just how complicated the murder mystery is for the entire first season. The 2nd season "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai" literally translates into "When they Cry: Answers", and that is when they go through and finally start unraveling the mysteries.
I admit the pacing is a bit slow, but it works for the series. I never felt like When they Cry actually "wasted" an episode, but dedicating nearly 30 episodes to mystery with very few answers... I've known people who grew impatient and were unable to finish the series. Answers do come eventually, but they only make sense after the mystery was explored.
Those who did stick through it and watch all ~50 episodes do agree that that this is one of the best mystery anime they've ever seen. Like all good mysteries, the answer was there the whole time. And what was believed to be irrelevant scenes early in the show ends up being hugely important to the plot.
When they Cry is... however... very bloody. But you've seen "Another", so you should be fine with this level of gore.
Spoiled for gore:
Depth in characters can be found in AnoHana. The entire plot is basically characters running around, talking to each other and discovering everyone's perspective on an event that happened 5 years ago. As a 13-episoder, it has a surprising amount of character depth.
The full title is "Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai". But everyone calls it "AnoHana" because the _real_ title is too damn long.
Anyway, I haven't seen "Clannad", but my understanding is that AnoHana is closer to that kind of show. A solid drama, lots of characters crying their hearts out, romance and slice of life.
And now... back to my recommendation. "Baccano"... isn't really deep at all. I guess it pretends to be deep sometimes?
But who cares? Action shots are amazing, the character interaction is intriguing (although... again, shallow), and its actually a fun show all around. And it really is the point of the show. Interesting things just keep happening one after another, and that was good enough for me.
There's no clear beginning, middle, or end to the show. It is argued that figuring out the plot is an exercise for the watcher...
In fact, the series opens
with two newspaper reporters arguing with each other on who the main character actually is. IIRC, they settle on Firo Prochainezo up here as "Main Character-ish" and start the story from his perspective.
One Sentence Summary: 1920s gangsters do epic battle with illegal moonshine on a train.
And... avoid the OVAs. (aka, Episode 14, 15, and 16). They weren't good. The series truly ended on episode 13.
First Strike +1/+1 and Indestructible.