.hack//Quantum, Accel World Recommendations
.hack is one of the forerunners to the virtual reality genre, but in particular, this short .hack series and Accel World focus on main characters who are misfits of sorts even within the gaming world, yet who end up becoming heroes.
.Hack//Quantum and Accel World are both "game based" animes. They have both a really good story and very nice character design. The animation are similar, they look both pretty good. If one is looking for a good anime, a good story and some nice animations, I would recommend anyone to check out both of these animes.
These sci-fi anime are about massively popular (VR)MMOs and a main character meeting a very mysterious player, eventually having his/her life turned upside down as a result of meeting/becoming friends with said person. Another trait they have in common is focusing on both the game and the problems of the real world directly caused by either "The World" MMO or the Accel World.