A small warning; this may become a bit of a rant, but a question will follow.
I've been wading through other peoples recommendation threads over and over. I've checked toplists and my favorite directors, but still... I just can't find anything special anymore.
If I say I like GTO it doesn't mean I like Shonan Junai Gumi (Which I seriously thought sucked).
Recently I've found that genres doesn't matter to me anymore. I've tired of choosing based genres, I'm tired of giving animes chances that they don't deserve.
Now when I finished Eureka Seven yesterday I found that the thing I was searching for was not "the best" or "the most intelligent". Eureka Seven wasn't particularly intelligent, nor anything near the best, but I still enjoyed it enormously (Important to note though, it would have been much more awesome if Renton hadn't been so annoying). Why is that?
Doing some thinking back on other animes I've fallen in love with these last six months none of them have been... Amazing in an objective sense so to speak. Among those animes titles such as "Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann" and "Planetes" stand out. It's not the story that captures me anymore. If it was manga I would feel the story to be most important, but with anime it is totally different.
It is the small defining moments that matter. The characters and the small moments that you never forget. Examples: The entire ending of Planetes, when Simon got over his aniki, the airborne reunion of Renton and Eureka, when Ogiue does a yaoi with Madarame and Sasahara and so on.
In simply words: When characters and happenings are harmonically brought together to pure win.
I want characters that you love even when they are assholes. I want happenings that doesn't have to make sense, but still make sense in some way, if you get what I mean.
These are the kind of things I'm looking for. I'm not looking for something funny or something dramatic. Cool is not the word. It doesn't even have to be original! It just has to be special in its own way. Can you help me?
BTW, I'm currently watching Wolf's Rain and as far as I've come it certainly seems to fit my criteria.
PS. I'm looking for ANIME this time around.