Uh, wouldn't the Shadow and Assassin have the same animations considering they're mirror classes for each faction?
I guess my question came down to which has a better story (Counselor or Inquisitor), and just a general opinion of them both.
Same animations? Not exactly. While they do all the same things, each has their own "flavor" I suppose would be the best way to put it. It depends on spec of course but say compare Telekinetic throw to force lightning. I think the best way to decide is choose between sorcerer and sage, then if you picked sage then also roll a sorcerer, etc.