Gintama: In Portugal almost no one gives a damn about Gintama, so I decided to watch it anyways because I was up to date with Naruto, I believe it was in 2008 LOL. Now its one of my faves. Never thought it could amaze me so much!
Tokyo Ghoul: People went insane when it was first animated and I decided to read the manga first. Never thought I could like a manga with this kind of genre, but guess what, its my favorite manga right now. There's something in it... I don't know if its the story, the way everything's drawn, the personality of each character, the foreshadowings, the various messages in this manga... I'm just really attached even though I suffer every week lol.
Gintama completely went beyond anything I had imagined, I can't believe that I thought "I'll probably not like it" before watching it.
As for Tokyo Ghoul, I didn't really understand the hype at first, but once I hit the Aogiri Tree arc, it became one of my favorites.