I used to try and guess the licenses, but after the last round of announcements I'm sort of apathetic. Probably just more harem and/or yuri series. Not holding my breath this time.
And, personally, I find real person gender bending based on your own ancestors creepy.
Imagining your great-great grandfather as a female and object of lust is just wrong on so many levels. I mean really, Japan, it's not as if you're exactly lacking in female characters
Not sure which series you're referring to, but I know what you're saying. Japan has the uncanny ability to take anything and turn it into cute girls while completely dissociating the original concept from the cute girls part. That stuff isn't my cup of tea, but I think that abstractionism affirms why animation is such a great medium!
In addition, I think Nozomi has come out with some pretty good releases. They put out stuff like Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Boogiepop Phantom, Ristorante Paradiso, Victorian Romance Emma, and lets not forget a little something called Revolutionary Girl Utena! As for that harem stuff: some people must like it, why else would they be licensing it? And they do have a forum topic specifically for recommending licenses, so they know the shows that people want.