(...and Give Up on Anime Altogether)
I am done with anime. For real.
Well... I don't go out of my way to watching new stuff, largely because I suffer from anxiety problems just waiting for the following episode. All that stress is very bad for my health, so for those reasons, that's why.
However, quality & content played another factor. I limit myself to a few shows a year, and by and large, the quality sucks.
For starters, I think it's safe to say that mecha anime will never be taken seriously again. Some shows I watched included Valvrave the Liberator (asshole heroes who are space vampires), Buddy Complex (annoying amnesia storylines, lazy usage of timetravel, and a 90-year old yandere who is one of Takehiro Sakurai's more forgettable roles), and Captain Earth (blatant fanserivce, and the show took a leisurely stroll throughout the series had an ultra-rushed ending). All of them I do not recommend watching unless you are bored or, in the case of Buddy Complex, you hate yourself.
But, I've only glanced at the story as to why I only got back to watching Japanese animation a few years ago, and the key part was "Why I Stopped Watching". It's pretty stupid, but the reason was Gundam SEED, which bothered the heck out of me. Today, I am more forgiving of the show, considering Gundam is the only mecha series I trust and truly like (Evangelion is getting up there, but mostly for the artz).
Unfortunately, I hate to say that one of the masterminds who worked on SEED, Mitsuo Fukada, succeeded in killing my interest in anime once and for all. Again.
With the Buddy Complex franchise put out of its misery, Sunrise has presented a brand-new anime series in their line of "Non Gundam Mecha" shows called Cross Ange, which is about mecha units battling dragons. Considering the preview, you'd expect it to be a straightforward show where girls in bikinis pilot machines and fight transdimensional dragons and if it limited itself to that, it'd be okay. Not that I cared, since I was already burned out and lost hope.
Well... (and for the record, I've only READ about it) it's not that. It's much, much worse. Considering Fukada, I'm not surprised. Granted, he was the executive, and what happens should have the producers and writers get blame, but in the anime circle, you aren't exactly sure who wrote what, as opposed to Western animation, where the writers' credits are at the beginning.
The main "heroine" is a complete asshole, there aren't any likable characters, the show is liberal with pornography, and the asshole main character has already been violated twice, but because she's an asshole, it's somehow okay (being sarcastic). Now, defenders of the show argue that what happened was vague and nothing is concrete, but come on!
Cross Agne is nothing but misogynistic torture hentai.
And with that, I am officially done with watching any new anime ever again. For real.