try Honey and Clover. it's a slice of life series, with some comedy and a bit of romance. the characters are great, they feel so real because the emotions and thoughts that they feature in the series are so relatable. for me, Honey and Clover is one of those series that are surprisingly deep. but don't worry, it won't drown you or make you feel lost. it portrayed certain aspects of life in a very real sense (at least to me it did). another thing i really like about this series is how it makes you feel sad sometimes, sad but in a strangely good sort of way. there are other series that are also very good, but i don't wanna bombard you with numerous titles, so i thought just one series would be enough. please give Honey and Clover a try, it's a really good series.
oh, and how about a movie? try Spirited Away.