i think we also have to keep in mind that in the late 80s and early nineties anime wasn't about extra cute characters with big boobs chasing around a nerd. Not that they didn't exist, but they slowly took over anime late 90s and beyond. Early romance anime like maison ikkoku took realistic characters in funny situations. It seems like the hits of the 80s and 90s were spammed endlessly by the japanese. Oh my goddess/Love hina/tenchi/chobits, and a endless list on. evangelion (sp?) spawned a number of confusing mecha anime. Dragon ball Z spawned an endless amount of anime about fights and power ups spread over an entire season for one fight were nothing really happens.
The Japanese story lines are being used over and over again because that is what their otaku audience wants. I look at it and see the same thing again and again. The otaku sees it and thinks, hmm, i wonder if the child hood friend will have memory loss, long lost relative, have secret love, ect ect. The otaku gets enjoyment just by seeing a new mangaka's take on the same story line that is used for every manga/anime, and Jrpg released today. Its boring and they are putting themselves in a corner. We sometimes think of japan as a friendly place for the anime nerd, but that really isnt the case.
Dude, you need to read more manga, watch more anime and play more games. You haven't even touched the surface yet. It's like seeing some episodes of somewhat popular sitcoms about a stupid father, his attractive wife, three children and a dog, and concluding that every minute of American television is like that.
Read more manga. Watch more anime. Play more games.
For instance, some of the manga series I'm following right now are:
-Bunny Drop: a series about a thirthy-something girl who decides to adopt his grandfather's illegitimate daughter after the family has more or less decided to send her off to a orphanage. If you think this is some perverted story, you are a moron who's read otaku crap for way to long.
-Saturn Apartments: a slice-of-life series about window cleaners in space. Kind of. After ruining the planet, mankind decided to build a ring-system around it and move there. The story is about a guy who cleans the windows. Yeah, no weird moe shit there. Check it out at the SigIkki site
and don't skip past the other series you see there.
-Kingyo Used Books: a manga about how awesome manga are. It's very sentimental, but it's basically about the joy of reading and sharing manga. Not a body pillow to be found.
You want anime? Try the noitamina
series. Don't stick to the blocks reserved for adolescent males because that's where you'll find the fanservicy romantic sitcoms that were made to sell figurines with squishable boobies and bodypillows.
Games? Yeah, maybe you should stay away from Gust for a while. Pay some more attention to Atlus instead. There is a site attached to this forum and it has a review section. Go browse it or something.
In short: You're acting like a soccer mom. If you don't want otaku crap, don't golooking for otaku crap and complain that you can't see anything but otaku crap.