^ I kinda feel that too.
It's hard to explain, maybe I'm getting older, but I feel sometimes it gets too superficial.
I liked .hack//SIGN because it focused more on conversation, about life, death, within a game context, but put a lot more at stake (I liked how some of them talked about gaming escapism too).
I loved Puella Magi for turning the "magical girl" genre on its head, making it dark, strange, and with dire consequences (an idea that's nonexistent is the sailor moon shows where a round of magic attacks get the girls through the day after wasting the first 15 minutes of it)
I liked Ghost in the Shell for creating clever plots in almost a semi-realistic way, and having a cast who's average age wasn't fucking 16 (I like it for more than that, but seriously, how often is half the main cast generally "ugly"?)
I fucking LOVED The Slayers for it's fantastic blend of humor, character development, and plot. This is a series I wish we'd see much more often then the sort of fizzle it became.
I love Love Hina (manga) for being a better version of the harem idea; our main guy actually has some presence, often trying to act cooler than he is, and the supporting cast make the show a lot of fun and, when they do, can talk about things like adults.
I love Attack on Titan (manga) because of a very deep and dark psychological aspect of it that has people facing extinction due to giant cannibals; where if the Titan's brute force wasn't enough to be scared of, the concept of being 'eaten alive' is way too frightening too bare.
I love Azumanga Daioh because the girls were just really fucking goofy and strange (we are); I hated that about K-On, it felt like they were just trying to be cute and sweet than much else.
I love most of Hyouka for trying something new; mysteries are highly underplayed in general, and even though I hate Chitanda (for being like too many of the other 'airy' anime heroines), I thought it was well done.
Too often I feel like anime is about style over substance. It's not always a bad thing, since anime has never looked better... but if it can't keep me interested then what's the point? Also, I feel like situations and certain types of conversations are just getting old and a lot of the archetypes are being rinsed and repeated.
Maybe I'm the one who's getting old, but yeah, I'm definitely still enjoying anime, but it's really the few and far between that keep me along for the ride.
I was [probably the only person on earth] who wasn't absolutely obsessed with Gurren Lagaan
Confirmed, Dice is a woman and a vegetarian.
I'm possible with the amount of meat I eat.