Originally Posted by MrJoshua
I wouldn't class myself as an Anime geek or anything, but I do enjoy a bit now and then.
I've seen Akira, Ghost in the Shell, FLCL Series, Evangelion Series, Perfect Blue and some Sprigun?
I loved Evangelion and FLCL.
I would like to see more of this type of Anime (eva and flcl)... Any suggestions?
A series very similar to Evangelion is Rahxephon
(26 episodes), also with big mechas and a slightly better and above all more strigent plot subjectively speaking. I liked the characters from Evas a bit better but the ones in Raxephon are excellent nonetheless. Music is also very good as in Eva. One of the protagonists looks and behaves very much like Misato from Evangelion. The animation is top notch. The plot is similar in that a young kid has to save the world somehow. The only major drawback is the design of the aliens and the mechas but if you can overlook this issue, Rahxephon is one of the best animes you can find even though it really sounds like an Evagelion rip-off. Most people probably prefer Rahxephon but those that prefer Evangelion are usually the die-hard Evangelion fans like myself .
You probably won't find anything similiar to FLCL because that one is just unique.
Another three you might like:Noir
(26 episodes): Main plot is about two female hitmen. As the title suggests, it's darker and more mature in style. Soundtrack is one of the best you can find and the plot is very good. Characters are very solid and the action scenes are pretty cool to watch.Cowboy Bebop
(26 pisodes, 1 movie): Set in the future, this anime revolving around 2 space bounty hunters is episodic in nature with only a few plot episodes but this seris just oozes with style accompanied by a perfect soundtrack (jazzy). The protagonists are priceless and the animation is absolutely top tier with very fluid animation. Also has a crazy touch like FLCL from time to time and an air of post-modernism, cynism, irony, resigned whackiness or however you want to label it.Berserk
: Main theme is middle-age and sword-slashing. Very darkish and there's quite some violence involved. As with all great anime, above all the characters are well-depicted with depth and observable development. Music is about good and same goes for the animation. A major drawback or plus, however you want to see it, is that the story is incomplete, an open ending if you will but actually the story continues in manga format(and in a great way, too). The underlying theme is fate or causality as they call it in the anime/manga.
There are more animes I've enjoyed but these would be my unresented recommendations. According to the animes you've seen, all of them being on the somber and more mature side of anime, I think you shoud enjoy either of these three anime.
With certain reservations: Gungrave
: A story about mafia, revenge, badass action, ambition that transcends friendship, dedication that transcends love, and friendship that might transcend them all (to put it really cheesy). Soundtrack and animation are decent (not great), action scenes are good, the first episode (out of 26) is really bad and the monster designs are pretty bad, too. The best thing about this anime is the plot and the character development. Very fun to watch if you have a thing for friendship/betrayal and "Once upon a Time in America"-kind of entertainment.
For anime movies, you can look into Grave of the Fireflies
(classic but a bit dated, sad), Jin-Roh
(darkish), Princess Mononoke
(excellent animation, got an oscar), Rurouni Kenshin: Reminiscence
(samurai). All of them are real masterpieces. And just to mention another that just popped into my mind, for some action, sports and comedy, Hajime no Ippo
( 50+ episodes) was really good even though the animation could have been better.
If you want some romance/drama/comedy/etc., Love Hina
(starring "cute" girls clearly aimed a young male audience; nothing serious but fun to watch for a sort of harem anime), Kare Kano
(more female/unisexual in audience orientation) and Honey and Clover
(aimed at an older, around college age audience; this one is co-produced by Gainax which brought you Evangelion and FLCL!!) would be the ones to watch in my opinion. All of these have around 26 episodes.
And in case, you still don't have enough to enough, you can try PlanetES
(mature, really good character development, slice-of-life style set in outer space, main theme being a loser trying to determine and fight for his worth, feel-good anime), Elfen Lied
and the Full Metal Panic
series (a rather personal favourite, somewhat childish but I really like it).
Also check out the reviews at www.animeacademy.com
The design and theme of that website is not alluring but most of their recommendations and reviews are dead-on. For example, bad animes with a high popularity get a bad score nonetheless. I tried many places for reviews but this place is the best, least fan-boyish and most accurate one after all.