Sometimes, I choose my dramas according to (this is gonna sound really shallow, lol) how cute the cast is, HAHA. mysoju.com is my drama guru! I've already seen all the five star ones, and the four star ones, so I just randomly go clicking through to see the casts and choose based on that. I'm a HUGE Yamapi fan, and I <3 Ryo Nishikido too.
I grew up on Studio Ghibli's works, so My neighbour Totoro especially has a special place in my heart <3. Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Grave of the Fireflies(I never cry for movies but oh boy, the tears sure fell for this one!), Kiki's delivery service, whisper of the heart, HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE (<3) , etc. I've seen so many anime I can't even remember now... the ones that stood out to me are Full Metal Alchemist (<3d Brotherhood), Vampire Knight, Rurouni Kenshin <3!, Clannad ... those are ones that come to mind instantly if I think of good series.
My first drama was Kurosagi. Since I started jdramas, I'm hooked... I love 1 litre of tears, if you guys haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! It's super sad, but it's excellent!
If you can dream it, you can do it.~