At 2/15/13 04:24 PM, Protagonist wrote:
FLCL and it tried too hard to appeal to hot topic teens with it's 2deep4you hidden meaning of growing up.
Ah, I kinda liked the randomness in that, though I mentioned it as an example mostly because of the animation quality, which sets a higher standard for smoothness than most similarly plotted series. It's very smooth and expressive, if you noticed? Randomness is one thing the Japanese are really good at btw, series like Excel Saga and 2x2= Shinobuden are a couple of crazy examples. In a good way. But maybe that style of comedy isn't for anyone.
I will say though, that Studio Ghibli is an exception, even though they're pretty much just a Japanese Disney.
They do make some great movies, though as you say they're a bit Westernized in style. :)
The best thing about Japanese animation is probably the variety. There are series about virtually everything, from golf to bar-tending to... well, everything, apart from the regular plots. There are even more genres of mangas (comics), and only a fortunate few are actually made to anime, most with low-budget. They use a lot of tricks to cut down on workload when making animated versions of the comics, a lot of looping, still faces (as you mention), backgrounds that repeat themselves, etc.
If you like fighting and martial arts, though, it's a treasure-cove. Air Master, Samurai Champloo and Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi are a few favorites. But if you're looking for a mix of quality/plot then Ghost in the Shell (the movie) is a masterpiece. It's considered one of the most detailed Anime's created. Good plot too.