Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence was exceedingly cerebral and focused on the ethical questions/philosophical mindscrambles inherent to its robots-are-people-too premise, rather than invisible topless boxing -- which has its own merits, of course. In the same vein, Metropolis (no, not that Metropolis) explored similar paradoxes, but presented them in a vibrant gift-wrap of candied animation and cartoony characters. Charming, and poignant too.
Just as charming and an addition to the list of anime I should have seen already is Tekkonkinkreet. It's from the studio that put out the Animatrix, which I was only slightly ashamed to admit that I loved. Tekkonkinkreet is by turns beautiful, disturbing, touching and harrowing. Two orphaned brothers struggle to survive in "Treasure Town," a slum put up for redevelopment by an alliance of merciless yakuza and smoothing-talking... aliens. It's weird and wonderful, and worth a viewing for its visuals alone.
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I have also managed to get my "shit" sufficiently together as to apply more of Akira Kurosawa's film to my eyeballs. Now, this one I know I'm really and truly behind on, so I'll just say that High and Low is one of the most emotionally potent detective stories I've encountered, and leave it at that.
I really do feel behind on the old film front, but I'm working to remedy that -- expect more belated commentary on movies you've seen a thousand times (next time -- dystopia!) and percolate your over-flowing wisdom through the comments section!
Bonus: this post's title is also nice music
Edit: Just realized that Shinichiro Watanabe directed both Cowboy Bebop and "Kid's Story," my favorite Animatrix short. Also, he's teaming up with Yoko Kanno (again) to put together a new series.