Most of the "recent" anime I've come across seems to be lacking that certain soul you find in well thought out story telling. Getting attached to the characters, relating in some way and feeling that sense of grand adventure.
An example of this would be comparing the series Soul Eater to the new series, Soul Eater Not. It feels as if it's lost its identity.
Well, besides Space Dandy that is; everything else I've browsed has just been the usual dull cliched perverted boob exposure, girly high school adventure or overly violent blood fests with no purpose but to be violent.
A Shenmue anime series could be a breath of fresh air. :anjou_sigh: