Hell, I don't even know where one goes to find the grapevine, anymore.
So I did what any self-respecting dork does this day and age. I googled "what's a good anime to watch" and actually found a pretty decent reddit thread that broke down "good" animes by genre. I picked out a few titles where I liked the artwork (something I've found necessary for my enjoyment of an anime) and then goggled the individual titles to further cull my list to three that looked worth while.
I may not be as in to anime as I once was, but I do still have links to all my favorite anime torrent sites (mwahahaha!) and so immediately began torrenting them, only to realize that that wasn't going to get me my new anime's any time soon.
So, on a whim, I pulled out one of the good ol'external hard drives and plugged it into the TV.
And what do you know!? Anime! (shocker). I clicked into the first folder who's title I couldn't specifically place and played episode one.
It only took me about five minutes to realize it was:
The Betrayal Knows My Name
Now, I actually have the manga. I have never gotten past book three because... lets just say it's a tad too formulaic for my tastes.
And by a tad too formulaic I mean: I get the distinct impression that someone or a group of someones sat down and focus grouped the hell out of every possible genre of anime from action and adventure to magical girl to drama to slice of life to shojo to yaoi. They then smooshed all the "favorites" into this single story before adding a good thick smear of fanservice across the top and serving it up on a silver platter in the hopes that rabid fan girls and boys would eat it up without ever realizing that they were really snarfing down garbage.
But, ALL THAT BEING SAID, I still watched the first 15 episodes of the anime (stopping only once partway through to also watch the first Rurouni Kenshin OVA because, yeah, I keep thinking about that one for some reason. Eventually, you just gotta scratch the itch if you want to hang on to your sanity). And (worst), I've been really enjoying it.
Maybe it's because I haven't watched anything in so long, my tastes have rusted. Maybe I'm just feeling nostalgic for anime, any anime. Maybe it was never as bad as I remembered or maybe they had to tone some of that shit down to squeeze it into only 24 episodes.
Whatever the reason, I'm actually glad I finally sat down to watch it. And yeah, I fully intend to finish it.
Someday. Maybe even Saturday.
I swear. *grins*