i like those slice-of-life anime best, they make me laugh and yet are touching at the same time. i'm watching k-on 2 at the moment. others i like are :
ranma (the one that made me fall in love with anime)
azumanga daioh (absolutely kawaii characters)
ouran host club
honey and clover 1 & 2
nodame cantabile (made me love classical music)
monster (nail-biting episodes)
zetsubo sensei (love the play on their names, especially if you know kanji well)
A quick list of ones I like. My taste vatries on my mood so they are in no order.
ghost in the shell SAC
Time of eve
Saikano (最終兵器彼女）Ultimate weapon girlfrind?? dont know english name for it.
The girl who jumped through time
Ghost in the shell 1 and 2
my neighbour totoro
I have forgotten a fair few i think but put in writing that already seems like alot and thats only the ones i liked and can remember. If you want to learn how people speak then Jdrama is the best way to go me thinks. all the accents in anime seem slightly too put on for me.
oh yeah, i like FLCL (weird) too, Deathnote (brilliant), Samurai 7 and almost all the Hayao Miyazaki anime, especially Totoro and Spirited Away.
Paprika , Perfect Blue , Millenium Actress, The girl who jumped through time - too many to list down, lots that i've forgotten too.
has anyone watched Departures? the Oscar winner for foreign films. it's a great movie.
I only have manga and anime that's been licensed in America, although I have seen some fansubbed anime when I was still in college and attended the university's anime club.
I have more manga than anime, mostly because manga is cheaper, and I have alot of manga, but my favorite series right now which actually is being collected by my sister is D. Gray-man by Katsura Hoshino. I also like Tactics by Sakura Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama. It's 10:30 P.M. where I am right now so I don't really feel like catalouging every series I own at this time, but those are the two I would say I like best right now.
電波的な彼女 (denpateki na kanojo)
苺ましまろ (Strawberry Marshmellow)
お願いティーチャー (Onegai Teacher)
星の声 (Voice(s) of a/the Star(s), strangely dubbed Voice of a Distant Star in the english version)
And for this one there's no anime yet, but here's me rooting for it: 未来日記.
Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) would be awesome as an anime. Absolutely delicious.
kurojaki: nope. I've never seen Basilisk, but I do dislike Naruto and Bleach quite a bit.
Hmmm.. I like Tonnes
But Here are the ones that come to mind first
Bleach =] =] =]
KamiKaze Kaito Jeanne
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
Nurarihyon No Mago
Dentestsu no Yuusha no Dentestsu
Ouran Highschool Host Club
La Corda D'Oro (Classical music never affected me so much :] )
Fairy Tail XD!
Shiwase Kissa Sanchoume
SLH (Stray Love Heart)
... and the list goes on
Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
Code Geass R1
Code Geass R2
Darker than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha
Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Ha
Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Jo
Eve no Jikan
Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners
Kidou Senshi Gundam 00
Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
Kumo no Mukou, Yakusoku no Basho
Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage
Byousoku 5 Centimeter
Ef - a Tale of Memories.
Fullmetal Panic? Fumoffu
Full Metal Panic (all of them!)
Initial D (the music is awesome, it makes you wanna drift!)
Ouran Host Club (is so funny)
Fruits Basket (I love it its cute)
Card Captor Sakura (IS MY GUILTY PLEASURE)
Darker than Black.
I can't really say that I like the longer anime like Gintama/Naruto and the like, I mean, I do like them, but since they are not done, I can't really say, I included Bleach on my list 'coz that one I do love One example would be: Inuyasha, I did love it, but the ending was BLAH so it got bumped form my 'faves' list