I really have to hype up Grisaia -series, both as an anime and a visual novel.
That pretty much made me return to anime, manga, light- and visual novels after over ten years of being "it is all just boring and doesn't really tickle my fancy".
The whole anime can be watched on Crunchyroll
(all three seasons!) and the visual novel of the first season is available on steam
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and the uncencored version (which I HIGHLY recommend as the steam version cuts tons of story stuff even when sex scenes aren't taken into account) from translator denpasofts
The series follows the viewpoint of Yuuji Kazami that because of various reasons transfers into a private school with just five other students that all have their own problems and dark pasts. I absolutely adore the characters and writing. I've watched through the anime for multiple times and went through the novel twice, while waiting for the second visual novel to get released.
If you guys enjoy psychological slice of life I really suggest you guys check this one out!
But nothing is without its faults, the first season of anime is in my opinion kind of great and doesn't really have any filler material but the second season (and labyrinth of grisaia, which is pretty much just one episode long special) pretty much changes the genre to some dumb action anime that seems kind of out of the theme.
It still isn't bad, but it just doesn't feel the same anime as the first season, so watch after first season with a grain of salt. I really hope that the two visual novels that follow the first one actually fix this and are just as great experiences as the first one was!hopefully I didn't go too off topic talking about the visual novel, but as it is related and it felt really dumb not to talk about it AND the anime I decided to include recommendation for that also.Also, there isn't a general "Anime" recommendations thread at Anime & Manga area? Am I just blind. This felt the most proper place to put this recommendation!