Armored Trooper Votoms:
Armour Hunter Mellowlink:
Armour Hunter Mellowlink:
I find that most stuff coming out of Japan is silly and too stupid to bother with. You look at the Final Fantasy games and you have teenage kids with wacky hair carrying giant swords while fighting robots, dragons and Lovecraft monsters in the same universe. I would get it if it was a parody of pop culture but no, it actually takes itself seriously.
For science fiction fans there are a few titles and series worth watching though:
- Cowboy Bebop (the series + the movie): probably the best Japanese anime. It's the best space Western out there (not that there are many) with a solid soundtrack and episodes that don't go overboard with the silliness aspect. It's grounded yet funny.
- Ghost in the Shell: the 1995 movie (not the shitty remastered 2.0) is one of the best science fiction coming out of Japan. The 2004 sequel is worth watching as well but not as hard hitting and definitely lacking the soundtrack from the first one (Floating Museum is some really good stuff).
If you like the two movies try out the series: Stand Alone Complex and Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig. They are not part of the movie timeline but there's some good content in there. Both have a central story focused on a villain and a bunch of one-shot episodes. I personally liked the one-shots more but it's worth spending a couple weekends going through them. End the series with Solid State Society.
There have been other series released after 2010. I haven't seen the 2020 one but the previous one was crap, don't bother.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion (the 1995 series + the End of Evangelion movie): this one goes a lot into mysticism. There are a lot of hidden meanings and it's worth watching twice in a row. You will experience some "wtf" moments during the first viewing that you will understand upon the second one. The movie takes place at the end of the series (it was basically done to please the fans). The animation is not as good as Cowboy Bebop or Ghost in the Shell but the fights can be quite intense.
There's some other decent stuff out there like the Psycho-Pass series and Ergo Proxy for GITS fans. RahXephon for Evangelion fans and the recent remakes of Space Battleship Yamato for Cowboy Bebop fans but they are not as good.
In terms of movies I liked Akira and Paprika (the inspiration for Inception). The first two Appleseed movies are decent, others worth giving a shot: Your Name and Weathering with You.
Everything that comes out of studio Ghibli is also quite good. A lot of it is quite deep (try Princess Mononoke), probably not for kids.
Tons of great stuff from MusicForThePiano. Love Samurai Jack, Batman, Batman Beyond, Gargoyles, The Black Cauldron, etc.