Where to find Anime releases
Tokoyotosho: A torrent site that features the latest releases from subbing groups for the more recent anime series as well as rereleases of older series in batch, soundtracks and anime opening and ending music.
Animetosho: Parallel to Tokyotosho is its sister site which more specifically hosts direct download links for recent releases. Not always reliable though as the links are slowly removed.
Isohunt: While not strictly an anime specific site, it is the best place to look for batch
torrents of older series.
Animetake: Uses the latest (although sometimes not the best) releases for most currently airing anime and gives torrent and direct download links.
Baka-BT: Contains batch torrents for completed anime and manga series and music as well. You can't search without membership but googling the name of the series and Baka BT does the job just as well.
Crunchyroll: Legal site for streaming or current and past anime. Somewhat similar to Youtube in that the comments are idiotic and should be ignored and the community is pretty dire.
Anime on Demand: Similar to Crunchyroll, this provides legal, streaming of current anime. Its catalgoue is slightly less extensive.
Where to find Manga releases
Mangaupdates: Has synopsis' for most manga ever released and allows you to see how far groups are along on scanlations as well as the latest releases for series.
Crazy's Manga: Good source for manga raws and new english releases of select titles.
Online Readers: There are a plethora of online readers which host various licensed and unlicensed series if you don't wish to download. Quality can vary between sites however.
Other useful sites
AniDB - Massive anime database based site for plot synopsis, episode titles, staff lists, subbing groups, future releases and other assorted info. Ideally used to check potential series and to find the best subbed group for a particular series
Anime News Network - Provides news on latest series as well as synopsis and other information on series. Try and ignore the reviews.
MyAnimeList: A listing site which provides a user friendly interface for listing anime and manga you have watched/read. The community, as is so often the case, is to be avoided.
Anime Chart Twitter Feed: This feed provides charts of series in forthcoming series along with a brief description and some basic details
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I liked series X, what else is like it?
A. Other than obviously titled sequels, there is more often than not ever going to be a series that will be "like" another series. You are far better at looking similar genre types or other highly recommended series to find something else to watch.
Q. Where can I find this series/this volume?
A. If you've not been lucky with any of the previous methods or the links are perhaps dead, as with most things Google is always the answer. A simple search of "series name" and "download" or "ddl" will generally helpfully produce some results. If that's proving too generic, try including the subber/scanlator's name or video resolution size.
Q. Why are most anime fans retarded?
A. Because in a large proportion of cases, they are teenagers that believe they are special or are the types that find every meme a hilarious joke. Much like console fanboys for gaming, they are to be treated with pity, disgust and generally ignored. There are few community pages that are worth their salt for anime related chat but other than here, bordersdown and rllmuk, I can generally recommend Neogaf for having a (normally) high level of taste and chat.
Q. I watched some anime once. Am I now a peadophile?
A. I watched some wrestling once but it did not turn me into someone that downloads gay porn.
Break Blade (series of 6 movies)
Kara no Kyoukai (series of 7 movies)
Shinaki Makoto's Films:Satoshi Kon Films:
Studio Ghibli Films
Sword of a Stranger
The Girl Who Leapt Thorugh Time