I write this not to my anime viewing friends and associates, but to others who have never bothered watching anime. Maybe you thought it was for kids, too weird, had to many tentacles. I wasn’t always a fan, but became one after I gave it another look. So, now I will post shows, every now and then, that I think the non-anime viewer may like if they give it a chance.
Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
Often at the top of lists of must watch anime, Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (and make sure you watch Brotherhood) has a lot going for it. It has steam punk elements mixed with a sci fi/ fantasy story line. There is humor, drama, and excellent storytelling. The world, along with the characters that inhabit it is interesting and rich (and some of the most kick ass female characters that you will see anywhere). If you like fantasy, magic, and adventure storytelling you will probably enjoy this show.
I will say that you do need to stay with it past the first season, which has it’s good points, but is not as strong as the following ones. However, the first season does have a great OP.
Start there. Watch a new genre in the new year.