Natsume Yuujinchou. This is my anime for relaxing. Its episodic nature means you can watch whichever one whenever, depending on the tone. I have my favourites for this and that, when I need to get my mind off something and focus on the good things in life. Yet, what makes it so awesome is the overarching character development, subtle but beautiful.
Sangatsu no Lion. This is my anime for self-reflection. Or perhaps for empathising with my past emotional states. While I do not relate to losing one's parents, being a prodigy at anything or having a messed up upbringing, I do find the portrayal of depression in this is superb. Much like Natsume Yuujinchou, it takes things in a relaxed manner, but this show has a more over-arching story. It artistically displays the darkness of being alone, the challenges one faces in reaching out to the world to find warmth and a place to belong. Not something anyone should miss. With season two currently airing, I'm ecstatic.
Nausicaa: I can't have a list of favourites without a movie from Studio Ghibli. It's been a few years since I watched this, but all the times I have, I have loved it. As an avid fantasy lover, it certainly ticks the right boxes. But it's more than that, Nausicaa is an inadvertent study on the way the world will pay for the mistakes of humans. On, more specifically, the current debate about global warming. Despite being animated in '84, it's still applicable even now. And the best thing is, that without reading into the contents at all, one can enjoy the movie purely for the tale it has to tell.
Juuni Kokuki: While I was never overly fond of the adaptation, the light novels are worth adoring. Due to complicated reasons which fly over my head, one will have to make do with fan-translations for the latest two, as the official English versions stopped with 3. It has been an unfinished series for over a decade, but the author is still alive, so there's hope. As I stated before, I love fantasy, and this an interesting exploration of another dimension, full of order and laws and a combination of cultures foreign to myself. The world-building is spectacular and the characters are some of my favourites.
Your Lie in April: Very popular a few years ago, this one's a real tear-jerker. But for me, it's more than that. I too was a violist who had the ability to play stolen by illness (thankfully not terminal) but nonetheless, it's probably a worthwhile experience for anyone, be they interested in music or not. You will find it easy to get attached to the characters - an attribute which is one of my highest definitions quality.
Terror in Resonance: Nearly everything about this one is done right. It's about two teenagers attempting to wake up their country the only way they can - through terrorism. With the threat of such acts a prominent thing in today's world, in many ways, I found it hypnotically beautiful. The definite ending comes tragically too soon and while the story is complete, it left me unable to resist coming back many times over.
Hmm, what else do I have on there... they will get added here too one day.
1st anime (I genuinely remember) completed: Ponyo
1st TV anime completed: Madoka Magica
Honorary 1st, unknowing it was anime: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
150th anime completed: Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (TV)
200th anime completed: Violet Evergarden
My current ongoing-project; watch all of Gintama. As of August 2017.
Status: Episode 29 completed. Slow going. Nov 2017.
Status: Episode 52 completed. Still a ways to go. Jan 2018.