Try watching Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei instead. Still magic, a bit more grounded in reality, with a hyper Mary Sue, yet strangely likable protagonist
I'll have to look into that later then. Thanks. ^^ Good thing I strangely don't mind 'Mary Sue' types so long as they're likeable.
I'll admit that I never liked Anime for a few reasons. One was that there was always some really goofy character doing things not even the most drunk immature person would do. The Father on Bleach turned me away from the series, I just couldn't get gripped by the story when this wacko would drop kick his son and give him a spiel about being ready for anything. My brother recently got very into Anime and he hooked me on Sword Art Online and now I'm binge watching it all on Netflix. I'm only on episode five but I love it so far. Attack on Titan is my next binge, I've been told there's no really goofy stuff in that one.
Well now it sounds like you do like anime, albeit stumbling in coming into the fold. With those two series, you'll have a couple genres covered, so when done with those, branch out. Go back a ways too....a lot of these modern 'hits' are often because other series from the past served as inspiration. Older anime doesn't look nearly as slick, but there's some good storytelling among them.
This is a great example and a lesson to anyone who's completely new to anime and needs a good 'gateway' to get into it. Just because a series (say, Bleach, Naruto, SAO ,Titan, etc) is popular with a sizable audience, doesn't necessarily mean it'll click with someone who's completely new to it.
If I had gotten into anime with DBZ instead of Samurai Pizza Cats, I would not be into it today at all. Sci-fi action in a futuristic setting just never was a genre I could grasp (oddly I liked its predecessor, Dragon Ball, but it was more comedic and adventure oriented) , but I always enjoyed action or romantic comedy, and anything fantasy that goes back into the medieval/feudal periods.
It helps to know what genres within Western animation and even live-action one is into before introducing them to anime.
To be frank from experience, shounen series would probably be the last thing I'd recommend. A lot of them are just too over-the-top, goofy, unrealistic fare, and often, they are too.....Damn......LONG. With literally hundreds of series and movies out there to pick from, there are far better options IMHO. I'd probably aim low.....something shorter...13-26 episode shot or a few films (Most anything Ghibli works here, Akira (for classic sci-fi/post-apocalypse), Wolf Children for a more contemporary slice-of-life, and so on), spanning a few genres to dip the toes into.