I couldn't force my way through Kanon because I kept bursting into laughter at the ridiculousness of all of it in the first couple of episodes. My friends and I kept joking and saying, "Is there something in the water? Because everyone in this town seems to have amnesia and other memory problems." And it functioned so much like a harem anime, only it wasn't funny and light, which is what I look for in harem anime. Now, I'm sure it gets better, but for now, there's so much other stuff to watch that it's getting put on the backburner.
I've been meaning to start Clannad, but saving it for a time where I have time to marathon it in a day or two. For during spring quarter, I'm going to keep episodically watching Arawaka Under the Bridge, Seirei no Moribito, and The Daily Lives of High School Boys (yes, I'm way behind on that show)
I liked Air because two side characters were absolutely brilliant. The main arc, not so much, because there's so much mysticism and confusion, but I felt that the first two arcs with the two other girls were extremely poignant.
I mean, I guess Air was my introduction to the genre, and I still like it well enough, so that, maybe?
I don't have a genre preference because I love all the different genres. That's not to be confused with me liking every show, because in every genre, there are fantastic anime and then there are boring, cliché, poorly animated ones. So I feel like it's unfair to judge, dislike, or never start a show just because of the genre.
Niverdia wrote:I checked out two episodes of Ef, but it seemed confusing and the character art - atrocious to me, so I didn't bother continuing. :<
As for melancholy anime, I like Shinkai's work and the "unholy" Key trilogy - Air, Kanon and Clannad (+ After Story).
I still don't really get how you view art. How is Ef's art bad and Kanon's art good? To me, they're practically the same.