How did I miss an anime thread?? I think Voltron did it me waaaay back deep in the mid-80s somewhere. Where was Robotech shown? I'd see snippets of it here and there and never be able to see it. The animation, style, action was leagues above anything being done by the el cheapo TV studios here. Science fiction. Giant robots. Good lord. By the way, wasn't Transformers originally Japanese? I got more into the manga, starting with Adam Warren's Dirty Pair. American, yes, but it introduced me to the style and Ecliplse also published Appleseed, which blew me away, then Akira and the movie, still one of my favorite movies. That's the **** right there. Then Black Magic, Ghost in the Shell, following Shirow's stuff. The cutesy stuff didn't appeal to me, but looking through the thread, I still like the style - it's so unusual from an American perspective. Anyway, anything mecha was for me. Nothing like it anywhere in American comics in the early '90s. Later I dove into samurai stuff. Blade of the Immortal is simply one of the towering achievements of pencil illustration. Let's see: Kamui, Lone Wolf and Cub. Not exactly manga but influenced by samurai manga and Kurosawa: Usagi Yojimbo. Thanks to Technopop Comics and others, we Americans can go to Barnes and Noble and see the amazing variety of genre and stories in manga. A couple of mentions of Grave of the Fireflies. The most heartwrenching film I've ever seen. Now that I have a young daughter I can't bear to even think about it. Anyway, Barefoot Gen is a good manga companion to it.