Yesssss thanks for starting this thread! Maybe we should all put our MAL in here as well? If that's the case, mine is here: http://myanimelist.net/animelist/AugustHorch0
For not only you (blackknight), but for everyone wondering, check out the following shows I really enjoyed:
For romance, definitely check out:
Nisekoi (currently watching, loads of fun) - lots of comedy, harem (though don't let that stop you from watching)
Chobits - lots of comedy, slight ecchi in the beginning, you may not enjoy the premise depending on the person
Love, Chunibyo, and Other Delusions - romcom between two younger people who are struggling to grow up, very heart-warming
Clannad + Clannad After Story - One of the most cherished of its genre, watch this if you like romance at all!!!! Go though the first season whether you like it a lot or not. To be honest, the first season is good, but the second season is where the show gets its praise.
ef: A Tale of Memories then ef: A Tale of Melodies - very serious romance, but great story and characters
One Week Friends - Insanely sad premise, but very heart-warming romcom of a boy trying to help a girl, even though she loses her memories of him every week. Highly recommended.
Plastic Memories - Please, please, please watch this!!!! One of the most well-crafted and beautiful stories I've ever heard (and my personal favorite), with realistic and lovable characters and a truly unique premise. Listed as sci-fi, but treated as a romcom (and a darn good one at that). I mean, look at this smile! http://blog-imgs-64.fc2.com/y/a/r/yaraon/qlF9BwH.gif
The Pet girl of Sakurasou - again, great romcom and one of the most highly rated ones. Check it out, definitely one of my favorites as well!
Toradora! - To be honest, I liked this show quite a bit, but not to the extent the internet seems to love it. Great story, check it out!
White Album 2 - "realistic" romance. If you're tired of how you think romance stories should go, then give this a try. I hated the ending, though others loved it.
Your Lie in April - Story of a girl rekindling the love of music in a boy after the tragic loss of a family member. Easily one of the most beautiful stories in existence, and a true, true masterpiece. Watch it, then let me know what you think! Stunning visuals ahead: https://38.media.tumblr.com/9060cffb1646400f643ea86a61fc2f6e/tumblr_nn2a54vn5V1urgg6bo2_500.gif
Ecchi (because c'mon, these are really funny):
Absolute Duo - not the greatest story ever, but has its fill of action (actual action, not "action" )!
Infinite Stratos - Harem with an AWFUL mc, but really enjoyable for the mech fights
Is This a Zombie? - give it a try, though BE WARNED, it is INSANELY weird! One of my personal favorites, though!
Heaven's Lost Property - my gateway to anime, and one of my absolute favorites! WAAAAAAY out there story with the most memorable first episode ever, has its fill of tender and loving moments, lots of comedy, and plenty of action. Watch it!!!! https://i.imgur.com/JqhnY.gif
Other favorites of mine:
Angel Beats! - My second favorite of all time, it's a show that WILL make you experience the extreme of every emotion. Wonderful characters with lots of truly fantastic moments of people overcoming the struggle of survival. HIGHLY recommended. http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130806134927/angelbeats/images/0/06/Angel_Beats!_Yui.gif
AnoHana - very tragic story of a girl who died at a young age and her friend that continue to see her ghost. Sad story, 10/10 will feel again.
Another - labeled as a "horror", and I was definitely horrified. I don't want to tell you too much, but you shouldn't judge until you've seen past episode 3.
D-Frag! - hilarious comedy about crazy high school students and one sane one struggling to get along. I really enjoyed!
K-On! - Most famous moe Slice of Life show, really cute story and tons of enjoyable characters
Non Non Biyori - will heal any wounds. Give it a watch and try not to smile, I dare you.
Madoka Magica - One of the most highly acclaimed stories in anime, this show is NOT what it seems. I don't want to spoil a single thing, but this is NOT your typical "magical girls" anime and it is NOT for kids!!!! You should not judge until you've seen past episode 3. https://i.imgur.com/gdtPoKN.gif
Anyway, I have more recommendations, but this took waaaay too long to type, so I'll update later All of the shows in large letters are my favorites, please give them a try and let me know if you liked them too!
EDIT starts here:
Continuing with one of my favorite genres, Slice of Life:
If you didn't see above, try out K-On! and Non Non Biyori! More to follow:
Is the Order a Rabbit? - Cute show about a few girls running a coffee shop, getting a second season this fall! If you're on the fence, check out this clip, you'll want to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccsGw5HuBaA
Student Council's Discretion - Comedy Slice of Life about students in the student council and the crazy conversations they have everyday. The male lead is the only guy in the council and he think the girls there are his harem! Very funny show, but it's recommended that you see other shows first in order to get the references to other popular anime.
Usagi Drop - An adult takes on the role of caretaker of a chile when his relative passes away and so he must grow up in his own way to raise this little girl. Insanely heart-warming story that will typically be loved by the older audience who has gone through the same thing. AVOID MANGA SPOILERS AT ALL COSTS.
WataMote - Holy crap, the cringe. Have you ever though, "man, I'm a nerd, but at least I have some good qualities..."? Watch this, you'll feel better about yourself. Truly cringeworty, but absolutely hilarious! Most people can't get past the first few episodes, can you?
Yuru Yuri - My personal favorite Slice of Life, this is about a group of.... well... gosh, how do I put this.... it's a group of girls with very "out there" personalities living everyday life. A story with no main character (https://i.imgur.com/1O6at.gif) and plenty of laughs, how can you not like it! https://i.imgur.com/t3M3v.gif seriously though, you're probably going to be weirded out by this show, but hey, I liked it hahaha
More randoms that people may enjoy:
Girls und Panzer - Have you ever wished that you could drive a tank and use it in combat without any fear of getting in trouble or hurting somebody else? Welcome to this world where girls must fight in tanks against other schools, but nobody gets hurt! Check out this gif, you may enjoy: https://i.imgur.com/DDEPh7k.gif
Corpse Party: Tortured Souls - Despite the name, this is no party! A group of students is transported to a world where nobody can escape, and only torture is on the road ahead. Absolutely the most horrifying thing I've ever seen with tons of gore, lots of terrifying moments, and I never want to see it again. Awful story, but hey, the scare tactics worked on me and others enjoyed it.
Ghost Stories - What happens when a kids show gets sent to America for a dub, but they don't send a script? They make it the most hilarious thing ever, of course! Watch the dub, the sub is just a crappy kids show.
Hyouka - Labeled as a good romance, but good luck trying to find any conclusive romance in this show. It's better once you think of it as a detective show Slice of Life rather than a romance.
Kokoro Connect - What happens when an entity takes complete control of a group of students lives? How much can you ruin some person's life before it becomes unbearable? Beware, this show has only one season because of a stupid thing done by some of the actors, but the one season is pretty darn good. Fantastic first arc, imo.
Nagi no Asukara - I really can't describe the story too well, but know that even if people raised underwater trying to get along with surface-dwellers doesn't appeal too much, the visuals are FANTASTIC.
SYD - Innuendo after innuendo, I promise you'll never want to make a dirty joke after this again. Hilarious, but weird.
Shows I'm currently watching that I'd like to recommend regardless of incomplete status:
Aldnoah.Zero - Got to watch the first three episodes at the dub premier at Otakon, and I was BLOWN AWAY. Once the rest of the dub releases for streaming, I can't wait to marathon this. Very action-y and has a fantastic plot. If you like action, you will love this show (from the first 3 episodes, at least).
Nichijou - I watch an episode or two of this every once in a while, just like it's meant to be watched. Comedy, Slice of Life, very funny, but as far as I can tell, no real story! Great for laughs, just don't expect to marathon.
No Game No Life - Like Aldnoah.Zero, I got to see the english dub premier of the beginning episodes at Otakon, so I'm currently awaiting the rest to reveal before I marathon it! One of the most interesting plots I've ever seen, and as gamers I promise you all may be able to relate! Give this one a try, it's very highly acclaimed!
As for the rest of the shows on my list, I liked them all, but struggle to recommend them to general masses. A lot required a special state of mind.
Another EDIT, added some gifs