AtheistPreacher • @arbitrarywater: Well, like I said, you're a pretty engaging writer, and you're into a lot of the stuff I'm into, so I could do a lot worse than going back and reading a backlog of well-written blogs from a person who seems basically on my wavelength. I can pick up some recommendations for good entertainment while being entertained doing it, sign me up.Honestly, if you haven't seen Mushi-Shi, that's one I recommend much more highly than Texhnolyze. It can definitely be a little weird and occasionally somewhat dark, but it's soooo much more accessible than Texhnolyze (I mean, almost anything is). And the fact that it's single-episode stories rather than a long through-plot makes it more easily digestible in small bits. Some of the episodes are just fascinating like nothing I've seen before. The only thing I know of that's even remotely like it and with a similar level of quality is Kino's Journey (the original, not the recent one, which I haven't seen but apparently isn't very good), but Mushi-Shi is just a cut above. Probably my second-favorite anime ever. One of the most unique shows you'll ever see.FWIW I also really like the dub on it, led by Travis Willingham of FMA fame (he played Roy Mustang), but no idea if you're a dubs or subs guy. I prefer dubs if they're not terrible, which is most of the time these days, post-2000 dubs are generally fine. I find the argument from subs-only people that watching the Japanese is a more "authentic" experience to be mostly BS, because it's also more authentic to understand the words people are saying in a show without having to read a subtitle. (Texhnolyze has a good dub as well, BTW.) Unfortunately only the first season of Mushi-Shi got dubbed, the second season looks likely to remain subs only forever, last time I checked.But yeah, as far as the top animes I actually recommend to people (i.e., not Texhnolyze, because it is an insane thing), these days it's Haikyuu!! for a really fun shonen sort of thing (never thought I'd be into a sports anime, but holy hell, this is my favorite anime of the past few years by a mile), Moribito for a pitch-perfect fantasy adventure that manages to avoid a lot of the more onerous tropes of the genre (from the director of GitS:SAC and Eden of the East), Dennō Coil for its all-around superb production values and a story and characters that will appeal to all ages, and Mushi-Shi for its zen-like quality and its deeply intriguing stories that will leave you thinking about them for days afterwards. I think those are shows that almost anyone can appreciate.Anyway, thanks for giving me some fun stuff to read. It's been easy to go stir-crazy after the surgery on my foot, which left me unable to walk for months. I'm getting back on my feet now after some physical therapy, thank goodness, so that I can start getting back to doing more things than playing games and farting around the internet.