Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (翠星のガルガンティア Suisei no Garugantia?) has all the great anime archetype/cliches from cutsy/sexy pubesence to deep psycho-philosophical moral dilemmas and stunningly rich colors of scenic settings. also about why social darwinism is a bankrupt world view while handling the loss of spiritual guidance without falling into the typical solipistic nihilism of so much other anime.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (コードギアス 反逆のルルーシュ Kōdo Giasu: Hangyaku no Rurūshu?): from beginning to end, i was torn about how well this was made, and all the moral issues of serving a higher cause or just yourself, and the huge cast of likable characters versus the annoyingly childish high school antics and tear-jerking family drama emotional exploitation. so decide for yourself if the combination of explosive gunfights and screaming high school kids make it too abrasive to watch or if the elaborate psychological games and top-notch illustration put it in the classic anime category.
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu?) has all the abrasive annoying adolescent escapades of so much other anime with the almost embarrassingly kinky perv references too, but builds a psycho-sci-fi realm of possibilities and circular twisted logic perhaps similar to ‘stein’s gate’ and ‘gantz’. actually the quirky characters, mundane high school life meeting warped realm of the fantastic, or even something about the combination of sophisticated and simple anime styles are all a bit reminiscent of stein’s gate, but then it seemingly gets really annoyingly derivative when it goes into repeating time loop mode for too many middle episodes repeating the same basic facts over and over again. in fact, suzumiya was based on light novels from 2003 (set to anime in 2006) while stein’s; gate came from a visual novel/game released in 2009 (with the anime not airing until 2011).
Samurai Champloo (サムライチャンプルー Samurai Chanpurū?) is from the same guys as cowboy bebop and has the same style of wandering narrative and 2 contrasting male figures with one annoying but sexy female character and it’s only in like one of the last episodes that someone even mentions that sunflowers don’t really have much of a smell anyways but the graphics combined with the soundtrack make it a must-see anyways. youtube the soundtrack to hear superbly funky sexy japanese hiphop jazz.
Hyakka Ryōran: Samurai Girls really pushes the pervy envelop while being historically profound and insightful and having a uniquely beautiful style of heavily outlined drafting.
Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン, Shin Seiki Evangerion, literally “Gospel of a New Century”) as another reviewer put it along the lines of all the characters are so wonderfully tragically fucked up but these emotional sentimental character issues seem to almost completely pre-empt the narrative plot revolving around the alien angels, like the series ‘lost’, is kind of just annoyingly dilly-dallying to fill up more episodes and delay whatever half-baked resolution. like ‘lost’, still worth a watch, if you have the spare time to kill.