Haibane Renmei is an anime about angel-like beings. I kept thinking the pace was too slow, but what was happening was cool and beautiful, and by the end, I was glad I saw it.
The beginning is on youtube:
Yotsuba&! is a manga about a green-haired girl who lives life turned to eleven. The first two volumes seemed pleasant. By the third, I was laughing out loud a lot.
Both recommended by the awesome Janni Simner's awesome husband, Larry (who is also intouch with his feminine Japanese side).