Seriously surprised we didn't have an anime thread already. I avoided anime like the plague since my brother was a typical otaku/weeaboo/Narutard, but recently I was drawn into starting by watching this: Holy fuck, is Cowboy Bebop phenomenal. First off, the soundtrack is fantastic. It's got jazz and funk and the eponymous bebop, and a lot of the series seems to be thematically tied to the music, with episode titles such as Jamming with Edward, Hard Luck Woman and The Real Folk Blues. The best word for the setting and the themes explored is probably subtle. It's a little like Firefly with regards to its Space Western style setting, but there's no "big damn heroes" moment, by and large. Rather, the action is very informed by the interactions that happen in the "in spaces" between climactic events. The zeitgeist of the show is Clint Eastwood meets Bruce Lee in a 1940s Harlem nightclub. There's a lot of series, in TV or in any other media, where the events get so big and the characters so heroic that at some point they stop being as relatable as they were at the beginning. This never happens in Cowboy Bebop - the character interactions stay intimately familiar all the way through. It probably helps that the English dub is so damn excellent that even a hardcore acne-picking otaku would grudgingly admit to preferring it. It's no wonder this is considered one of the best anime series of all time - it's probably the best introduction to anime I could have had, and I highly recommend it.