I have always watched anime via a "research and then purchase" order of operation... thus I was not exposed to alot of stuff that made it to cable television.... cowboy bebop was one series I actually never saw believe it or not.... I know nothing about it... and while its on my "to get to" list, there are a number of titles before that one....
As for the time being I'm now watching Utawarerumono (I wonder if I spelled that right......) and though I almost gave up after a few episodes and wrote it off, I'm glad I didn't. I'm about 11 eps in and really digging this at the moment. Great one as far the fantasy stuff is concerned.
I'm also rewatching Sailor Moon-LoL! I'm also 11 eps in on that as of today and not really digging it.... the appeal of this one is purely nostalgic to me as it was the first anime I was ever exposed to.... Never did watch past season 2 though, so I guess I've got something to look forward to... then again maybe I don't.....
On deck I have Saiyuki, High School of the Dead, Clannad, Murder Princess, Gai Rei Zero, Eureka 7, Revolutionary Girl Utena and Magical Girl Lyrica......something or other.... full title escapes me at the moment..... anyhow, any suggestions as to what to dig into next out of that bunch?
I'm a big supporter of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. (I've recommended the show to some girls and guys and up to now everyone loved it)
The biggest problem with starting to watch it used to be the terrible and lolitastic season 1... but not anymore!
For maximum enjoyment I'd say watch "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - The Movie 1st" which is the improved movie version of the first season.
After that "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's".
If you liked it and want to see more of the characters then check out "Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha - Strikers", but be warned that season 3 is pretty average.
StrikerS also suffered from cast bloat by that point as the number of principal characters tripled the size of A's entire cast (and that's only on the protagonist's side). That said, Banpresto really needs to get the call to make an SRW-like game for the series. The series was basically made for it, and besides, they've already done the honors for Queen's Blade.
Anyways to make your future decision making endeavors harder K. Chroma, I'd also recommend Highschool of the Dead (unedited), Gai Rei Zero, and Eureka 7:
HSotD: It's a zombie show except that it kind of explores what happens when all hell breaks loose in Japan instead of rural America. The core cast is mostly solid (if ridiculously proportioned when it comes to the females), there's fun to be had at seeing typical anime cliches turned on their head (as zombies feast on the brains), and despite the title very little happens within a Highschool instead hitting other typical zombie locals like the shopping mall. Unfortunately, the manga seems to be in hiatus and doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon, so you've basically got a series with no resolution. Additionally due to the levels of gore typically seen within the zombie genre, the broadcast version of the show got edited to hell and back; you'll want to find a version that doesn't look like the negative sat in the sun for too long. If you can get past that and the ridiculous fanservice (look up bullet-time breasts, and I'll guarantee you that this show's going to come up).
GR0: It's a prequel series. It's about demon hunting in the modern day setting (and none of that ancient secret that only a select few know about nonsense; they've got special sections for this shit). And I can't really describe it any more than that due to spoilers. Just know that the three episode test was basically designed for shows like this.
E7: The definition of the slow burn. This show's about the characters and the relationships they build. Everything else is basically complementary, even the giant airboarding robot battles. And it takes a while for things to move, but it's worth it in the end. I don't want to describe this anymore than that because I can't do the character building justice, but I can tell you that it's going to take a while and for the love of god, don't try to marathon this. Watch an episode or two a day, and remember that even slow episodes have something that'll come up later.
If everyone's in a helpful mood, I could use some help choosing between these 5 shows to watch:
Fang of the Sun Dougram
Super Beast Machine God Dancougar
Magic Knight Rayearth
I should note that I have seen some of all these before, I just can't really choose which one to go with right now.
Depends on whether it's Dancougar or Dancougar Nova and whether it's one of the first three Slayers series, one of the movies, or anything else. If it's Dancougar, then it's a serviceable giant robot show. If not then it depends on how much you like shows such as Graviton since it's much closer to that style than a real giant robot show.
As for Slayers, Slayers Next, and Slayers Try, all three are good but Next is the best followed by Slayers, followed by Try. Slayers in a movie or OVA format is also typically a safe bet. The rest all tend to vary between mediocre and terrible (though mostly to mediocre). Anyway you slice it you're in for JRPG based shenanigans.
I've only read the MKR series and I recall the anime taking things in a different direction. Either way I'm kinda ehh on the series. Good concept but a little too touchy feely for my tastes.
I don't know what to say about Berserk right now as there's movies coming out in Japan right now that are covering the same part of the manga that the series did and probably more. In fact the series is really only good to serve as a jumping off point for the manga which has long since moved on from the point that the series left off (also the problem with getting into the manga is that it takes about three months for a chapter to come out so cliffhangers last just as long assuming the plot doesn't just hang out on a boat while things happen out on the side for years at a whack).
TL;DR: Chroma, HSotD and Nanoha seem right up your alley and GR0 would be a good follow up to both. Mickeymac92, wait on Berserk, Slayers is on Hulu so go with that, and assuming that Dougram is a giant robot show (and how could it not with a name like that) it and Dancougar are also acceptable but not my first picks.