With the response the 'Attack on Titan' thread seemed to be getting, as well as some expert enabling from Judas, I thought it might be a good idea to talk about some of the great anime TV series folks have watched. This is only discussing series, not feature length or OVA's.
I find there are two main problems regarding anime, that people face if they want to dip their toes into the waters:
a) a large % of what's out there is, frankly, crap. This shouldn't come as a surprise. If one were look at U.S. network comedies, for every '30 Rock' or 'Community' there are dozens of 'Three and a Half Men' or 'Dads'. Anime is no different, so lets try help each other track down some of the good stuff out there.
b) people tend to discuss the same ten well-known and well-received shows, over and over. I'd like to hear about some of the 'lesser-known' gems folks have stumbled across, so lets leave out the 'Cowboy Beebop', 'Ghost in the Shell', 'Evangelion' type stuff that everyone knows is great already.
To start us off, I'd like two throw out two of my absolute favorite 'adult' anime, for your consideration. No, I'm not talking tentacle rape adult, just series that are for and about adults (one of my anime pet-peeves is that soooooo many feature teen-age or pre-teen characters as their main protagonists...I'm old, I have a hard time engaging with the 16 year old kid and his super robot, what can I say), that explore some nifty, thought provoking ideas.
Black Lagoon: This show is fantastic, one of my absolute favorite shows in any medium. From its' kick ass opening song to the (mostly) realistic action sequences, this show is a love-letter to '80's action cinema. Centered around a crew of smugglers who us a surplus PT boat to ply their trade in the South Pacific, the series has a great structure of three episode arcs that keeps the story moving. The main characters are great but what really sells this series are the side characters that drift in and out of the series as it goes. Also, this is genuinely funny, not goofy funny like a lot of the anime comedies go for but mature funny. Lastly, it has one of the best English dubs I've heard, usually dubs are distracting to me, as the voice work is generally mediocre, at best, but this one knocks it out of the park.
Jormungard: I'm kinda breaking my own rule as the audience viewpoint character in this is a 13 year old but, for once, there is a reason why he needs to be a child and his age is addressed several times within the series. The show centers around an arms dealer and her security team as they travel around the world setting up deals (and putting in place an over-arching plan that's not initially apparent at the start of the series). The characters are great, with each given an interesting backstory that are reveled as the series goes on. The action scenes are well done, with a lot of detail being put into the weaponry and how they are used. This one really digs into some interesting moral questions.
I also thought I'd throw out a 'kid-friendly' suggestion as a lot of folks get back into anime with their kids...I know I did. These might help parents who what to avoid some of the really creepy ones out there.
Girls und Panzers Leave it to the Japanese to think up this idea: a girls high school intramural sport where teams conduct tank battles using WWII tanks. Yes, it's as bonkers as it sounds but hugely enjoyable in a genuinely sweet way. The obvious danger that should be posed to all participants and spectators is handwaved away, right off the bat, and it didn't bother me in the least. The research that the writers did in terms of what the different vehicles did became evident to me right away (I'm a big military history nerd) and the numerous battles are great fun. Both my daughters (and most of their friends) fell totally in love with this series, to the point where they demanded I make them cosplay costumes from it. As an adult, I really enjoyed sitting through the entire original series with them and when the same team put out a feature film, I happily took the girls to the theater to watch. That's right...I'm totally in the bag for a school based sports anime cause...tanks!
I'm curious to hear what you guys have to suggest and if anyone checks out my suggestions.