- Legend of the Galactic Heroes (Huge cast of characters, but each one has a role to play in the story and rarely have character interactions been done better).
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (but just watch the original 13 episode series. The 2009 renewal doesn't actually advance the plot and it repeats one episode seven times as part of a weird time loop plot device. I'd like to get my hands on the idiot who thought THAT was a good idea... Although maybe they had their budget cut or something and were forced to resort to drastic measures).
- Clannad and Clannad After Story (This WILL make you cry).
- Spice and Wolf (Some of the best characters in anime).
- Cowboy Bebop (This show is too cool for words. Think of Mr. T. and Chuck Norris walking into a bar, only instead of causing the bar to explode their combined awesomeness is warped by a fluctuation in space-time and channeled into a TV set, where it is concentrated and takes the form of Cowboy Bebop).
-Code Geass, sort of; I think Lelouch and Kallen are fascinating, but others like C2 are really, really bad.
-Princess Mononoke. As an aside, one of the best love interest first shots ever. Man sees girl, girl looks up with blood all over mouth. Kinky.
god, thank you. I see so many fanboys/ fangirls shipping Lulu/CC and I don't get it, I mean I liked CC well enough but Kallen was the most complex and interesting female character in the show to me. I really don't understand people who wanted Lelouch to end up with Shirley either. She was a cute schoolgirl with no substance or very little. And
her death made no sense, like much of R2
I agree that Princess Mononoke was amazing for the characters. And Lady Eboshi has fascinated me forever too. I wasn't into anime when I fist watched it, and so that film was the first place I encountered a character who wanted to rule the world but yet wasn't "evil". That is what I love about Miyazaki and about anime in general- the sense of good and bad is blurred in a way it isn't in a lot of Western entertainment.
Which brings me to why I love FMA...my god the characters in that are morally gray, complex and just awesome.
I think Le Chevalier D'Eon has some great characters as well. Their extreme loyalty to their country is so interesting to me, especially since so many of my favorite stories are about rebelling against an established authority, not submitting to it.
Nana was the best in terms of 'real life' characters. I think usually the female characters in slice of life shows are especially stereotypical but not here.
For me it has to be Clannad, I was attached to all of the characters even the minor ones. I was sad when something bad happened to them and was happy when something good happened to them. Out of all the anime I've seen I think that's the only one were I have liked every single one of the characters and not even disliked one.
hmmm I'm gonna go ahead and say Hajime no Ippo and its sequel, but I do think the manga definitely goes more in depth with characters than the anime. Nonetheless, still relatable, inspirational, and downright amazing.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Spice & Wolf
Sketchbook ~Full Color's~
Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Honey and Clover
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Legend of the Galactic Heroes
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
I'm sure there are more, but these are the ones that come to mind.