I guess I could agree to that, I watched naruto when I first started watching anime, and I must say I enjoyed it back then. But after I watched more diffrent animes I found out I enjoyed the short animes instead of those endless animes, so I stopped watching naruto after 200-300 episodes.
When it comes to favourite anime.. it's so many good animes that it's hard to just pick out a few, so it all depends on what kind of animes you like or dislike. Just to mention a few of those I first watched when I started to watch anime. Death note, also one of the first I checked out, and I enjoyed it, one of the most viewed animes out there I guess. Azumanga Daioh when I started watched this anime, I had to ask myself "wtf am I watching?". But after a few more episodes I was pretty much addicted and watched it till the end, enjoyed it overall.(You might not like it if you dislike Slice of Life animes) Toradora Don't have much to say, I enjoyed it. :>
Ghost in the Shell
If you want more family-oriented, anything by Hayao Miyazaki is basically jawesome: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0594503/
I liked the ones I have seen:
My Neighbor Totoro
Kiki's Delivery Service
Howl's Moving Castle
@Bleach: It was good... for the first 100 episodes. After watching fansubs for ~3.5 years (~230 episodes), I have decided that the authors of the show were scraping the barrel. They ran out of quality material long ago and turned the show into an endless series of 3-episode sequences of people staring at each other and making witty quips. Nobody dies. There is no conclusion. There is no closure. It is just an endless cycle of the protagonist leveling up and the environment around him leveling with him.
Here's one example: One of the biggest baddest abilities in the show is called Bankai that supposedly takes many many years (if not hundreds of years) to master. Now the protagonist is somehow able to skip that and become "Totally badass" very quickly. You then find out that Bankai is not really all that it's cracked up to be, and the protagonist goes on to becoming ever more powerful. Along with him, all the other characters are somehow continuously getting more powerful.
Now figure me this, if Bankai was the pinnacle of ability for so many and everyone besides the protagonist and people in direct relationship to him (the weird group of main characters with weird abilities) are normal, then how in the world is everyone also becoming so much stronger at such a high rate?!
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Originally Posted by Revy-Kenzie
Oh ho ho! I remember this! If you like blood and gore, this show is boss. I do remember there being quite a few horrible plot points and holes and overall it had too much moping about for my tastes, but I'd still recommend the actual show. The pitfalls can be overlooked for BODY EXPLOSIONS
I've never been into anime per say. But when I was younger a friend got me hooked on "cowboy bebop" which i loved because of the animation and the main character used jeet kune do (Bruce Lee's founded martial art). I think I watched every episode in a single weekend.
A few years later the same friend introduced me to "Blue Gender" which is like a post apocolyptic earth infested with big ass bugs vs. human mechs. Was a bad ass bloody show, the only exception to this was the stereotypical perverted scenes of breasticles and stuff. The show as a whole would be so much better without them trying to toss in stuff like that.
One Piece (Best of the "big three" imo)
Gintama (Crazy humor, makes me laugh a lot more than anything)
Fairy Tail (Just love the theme, atmosphere and music)
Full Metal Alchemist (One of the best stories ever, honestly)
I used to watch Bleach, but the fillers just killed my interest.
Also sometimes watch Naruto, but I think in Shippuuden, between episode 100-200, probably half of them were fillers, had to skip quite a lot. It's good when it's focusing on the story, though.
It's frustrating for me, to see the big names mentioned over and over, as if that is the entire exposure to Anime people have *sigh*
To name but a handful of Animes from various genres in the hope you look them all up, here are a few names, for one and all;
Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
Break Blade Movie (6 Long Episodes)
Great Teacher Onizuka
Kaze no stigma
Ahh the list alas can go on and on and on and on and on and on... you get the picture.