So lately I've been stressed by studies (and I guess I'm bit homesick) and I'm looking for something to help me relax. Do you know any shows with these characteristics?
- The overall mood is positive
- But the show is not above drama and sad moments
- Has heartwarming moments; the kind that makes you cry and smile at the same time.
Doesn't matter how old or new it is, if its famous, length, etc. Something that makes you feel at home and makes you care for the cast like a family. One Piece is a good example. And for non-animated shows, Star Trek.
Or alternatively something similar to Tim Burton's movies or Laika's productions. That halloweeny feeling.
I have no clue what you've seen, so:
My biased recommendation is Tatami Galaxy. It doesn't exactly suit all of your needs, since it's much more comedy than drama, but it's pretty character-driven and, though it has a bit of a slow start, it's really cleverly-written, and has an immensely satisfying ending, that I think covers your third point pretty nicely.
A few that you're more likely to have seen, but if not then here:
Mushishi came immediately to mind. It isn't really character-oriented, or incredibly upbeat, but it is definitely relaxing. It essentially follows a spirit doctor, who deals with these primordial spirits called Mushi. The tone is sort of sort of somber, but not necessarily downbeat. Some people are helped, some can't be helped It has a really calm, yet engaging pace, though, that's good to unwind to.
FLCL is pretty classic, and mostly an over-the-top comedy, but at its core, there's a good coming of age story, helped by its alt-rock soundtrack that can be pretty frantic, or mellow, when it needs to.
Tokyo Godfathers is a movie, and it's a Christmas story about a trio of homeless people who find a baby and journey to return it to its home. It's a really good character-driven story that I think hits everything you're looking for.