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My favorite anime series/short/film list that I'd recommend to people, in no particular order. My taste favors comfy, absurdist, and visually distinct works. There are no true spoilers, just a small snippet of themes mentioned going forward.
Mushishi - My favorite yokai/supernatural type anime. The theme song is very sweet and makes me get very relaxed. Character designs are simple but interesting, especially the protag's traveling merchant type backpack that he pulls cool stuff out of. Slow paced, comfy, mysterious.
Cromartie High School - This one's sub and dub both go hard. It's an absurdist comedy show set in a delinquent high school of sorts. Freddie Mercury, a gorilla, robots, hilarious stoic faces, this show has it all.
Serial Experiments Lain - This show captured the nihilism and darkness of the internet and our lives on social media before it ever happened. It's pretty heavy in allegory though it's possible to purely digest the visuals as pretty visuals as well.
Tatami Galaxy - If you can't read fast, you will probably be unable to watch this show bc the subs are lengthy and change quite fast. First of all visually unique and captivating. It's one of those "repeat the same day" shows but the structure isn't literally repeating the same day. The protag explores different life paths for himself at the start of his university life (which he has built up as a major event that will fix his life in his head), trying many different ways to be and finding out the ugly truth that he is still the same downer that he is no matter what superficial thing he changes about himself. It also isn't really a school show or anything. It's even more of a backdrop than most shows that also use a school as a setting. Plus it's university so that is already a huge difference imo.
Planetes - A show about garbage collectors in space. The juxtaposition of a mundane (even demeaning) job in the most outlandish setting is truly fascinating to me. The structure and tone changes a bit throughout the episodes, I'd say it matures into its themes as it goes. Highly recommended.
Cat Soup - A surreal short film about two cats. I don't want to say anything else, as the visuals are allegorical and I could not accurately describe the actual experience without oversimplifying it with the tangible details. The "plot"Post too long. Click here to view the full text.