Like everyone else here, I like anime. I spend a lot of time drooling over fan art at Pixiv... especially the cute boys, but the moe girls too. Shotaz and loliz ftw! Sometimes I think I'm an upstanding individual, but most of the time I'm a perv who's a little too honest about their feelings. ^_~
Other than otaku-dom, I also game (RPGs) and knit (a lot) and crochet (a little). I've been really focused on knitting socks for the last couple years. Lately I've not knitted much, and focused more on gaming.
This Season's Top 5 New Series Debuts†
Inuyashiki — The unexpected hit of the season. I wouldn't have expected a 3d anime with inexperienced voice actors to place this high in the list. It's 85% because of the story, but even the 3d and voice acting add to its appeal. (I'll admit that some people dislike the voice acting, but I believe it adds to the realism in a show that is more lacking in realism than many anime.) This is one anime that would have been left unmade without 3D CGI, so give thanks for 3D software. And that OP! OMG that is, erm, based. (Sorry, not used to using that word in such a way.)
Hōseki no Kuni — When I watched the first episode, I wasn't quite sure what to make of it. The premise is different, but not altogether appealing to me. Yet, between the artistic style and learning that the main characters have no sexual differentiation, I found the idea intriguing enough to continue watching it. And now, I'm finding it quite enjoyable. More on sex and gender: As I see it, these characters are asexual, which is to say that they have no genitalia or sex hormones. However, they do have gender expression — some of them, such as Rutile and Bort, are very masculine in appearance and behavior. Others, like Phos and Diamond, are more feminine. I think of Red Beryl as a feminine boy, much like Astolfo. ^_^
Mahōtsukai no Yome — Maybe one of the most anticipated premieres of the season, MahoYome certainly does not disappoint. With a general feel somewhere between Natsume Yūjincho and Tonari no Totoro, with a little bit of human trafficking thrown in for good measure, MahoYome is clearly one to watch this season. Animation is top quality, voice actors work well for their roles, and music (which especially reminds me of Natsume) is appropriate and complementing. Unless you only watch ecchi, anime about imōto and osana najimi, or battle anime, you're probably already watching it.
Kujira no Kora wa Sajō ni Utau - With artwork that is breathtakingly beautiful (especially considering its dystopian setting), mostly proficient voice acting, and intriguing story, it's definitely worth watching. It does have some flaws, but nothing more serious than most anime. If you haven't seen it, and you enjoy anime along the lines of Shin Sekai yori and Suisei no Gargantia, then you really owe it to yourself to watch this one, though it's a bit difficult to find.
UQ Holder! — I was not particularly thrilled with Mahō Sensei Negima! when I watched it long ago, so when I saw that UQ Holder! was subtitled as part 2 of that, I was a little hesitant to watch. At the urging of my friend @jotakak, however, I did start watching it and also enjoying it. Of particular interest is Kurōmaru -- who, YES, is a BOY -- and his most awesome sword skills. Of course, I'm quite fond of Tōta as well. Do we really have to have Evangeline?
This Season’s Top 5 Sequels and Remakes†
Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World — I had always wanted to watch the original anime, and had meant to, but before I could, this one came along. I've read enough in the forums to get a good idea of what about this version is better, what is not, and reasons why I should watch the original, so I do still plan to watch it eventually, but for now, I'm quite enthralled by the world that Kino lives in and chooses to travel, along with Hermes, her self-aware and intelligent motor-rad (motorcycle). While I would prefer slightly less violence in a series of this sort, it's not overwhelming (such as it is in titles like Ōsama Game and Evil or Live -- both of which are at the very bottom of the list for this season).
Shōkoku no Altair — I was drawn to Shōkoku no Altair from the beginning, partly because of its apparent similarity to Arslan Senki and partly for its gorgeous character designs (especially Mahamut), but as the story has advanced, the plot has become deep enough to reveal some most excellent writing! I expect this level of writing from professional novelists, not mangaka and screenwriters.
3-gatsu no Lion season 2 — I loved the first season, and the second season promises to be a great one too. I'm hoping that all the frustration the characters felt in the first season (especially Rei) can be overcome this season. Will Shimada-san win his next title match? Will Nikaido ever catch up to Rei? I guess time will tell. And what of Kyōko and Gotō? Is Sōya invincible, or will someone finally beat him?
Ballroom he Yōkoso — This sort of came out of nowhere when it debuted last season, but after watching enough of it to get used to the giraffe-like necks and caterpillar-like eyelashes (not brows!), I really started to enjoy it. I feel like Tatara-kun isn't really growing as a dancer in the way a zero-to-hero main character would, so that makes it even more appealing as an anime. (No one likes overnight heroes, right? -- Deku-kun excluded.) Still, it feels like he should probably be improving a little faster only because it is an anime, and I've come to expect that type of overnight growth.
Shokugeki no Soma — After getting hooked on Shokugeki no Soma in the first season, I began reading the manga because I loved it so much. This season picks up exactly where the story left off after returning from the Stagiare and focuses on Soma's efforts to win himself the right to compete for a seat on the Elite Ten. Honorable Mention‡ ::
Fate/Apocrypha — While I did enjoy the first cours quite a bit, since the turn in the plot around the time of the season change, Fate/Apocrypha has been less than satisfying. Still, it is Fate, so that's worth something, right?
†: Lists subject to change on my whim ‡: There are just too many good continuations this season!