Actuallly I'm way past my anime-mania, I ended up liking only very few (mostly old) titles, and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is one of them (though honestly it's more about the original manga). Just thought I'd share these, maybe someone will like them.
yeah I never really got into animae, but I did see some great japanese animations. There was a collection of short films, but i forget the title, one was about a space opera ghost, another was a bio-weapon of terrible smell, and a third about a dystopian Orwellian state always at war with an unseen enemy/ also studio gibri put out some masterpieces, like nausica for instance. Im a big hideshi hino fan, and a few other manga artists, but Japanese culture is something iv'e barely explored really.