I'm in the same boat.
I remember 9anime being decent, but I want a site that let's me download episodes in addition to streaming them, and to have them at multiple resolutions. I prefer 720p, but due to constraints I go for 480p a lot of times.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Ghibli does it well though. Personally, I find Japan to still be weak in 3D animation as a whole.
Widen your horizon a little bit, try something new. Like indies or Hack'n'Slash.
There are people that see what's popular and just imitate it because they see it as a quick way to earn money than innovating something new that has a risk of being successful or not. That doesn't mean that innovation is dead, you just have to look deeper for it.