Hi, I hope you can help.
I'm a recent convert to Anime, starting with Miyazaki's films and looking for "What next?" I need some recommendations if I can ask. I'm posting here initially as I guess that's my best chance for finding the kind of anime I seek but I'm open to all kinds of stories – though I like fantasy stories.
"Ah my Goddess" leapt out from the internet so I gave it a go. Absolutely loved it! I've read the manga, watched the original TV series and the 2005 series plus the film. I've had great fun and enjoyed the charm and humour.
Trouble is, where do I go now? I really like the charm of both Miyazaki's films and "Ah my goddess" and I am tired of Western 'entertainment' which tends towards dark and nihilistic. There's plenty of dark Anime (I'm catching up on Vampire Hunter D at the moment) but I can get that from Western films easily. It's hard to find something charming, with heart.
I have to say that I am quite sick of the West and plan to emigrate to the East after my Indonesian wife gets citizenship.
So... can anyone recommend any films or TV series that match this following criteria:
1) Have good stories. They can be small stories, but they must be good, well thought out stories. "Spirited Away" and "The Girl who leapt through time" have great stories. "My neighbour totoro" has effectively no story. The charm of that film was not enough for me to compensate for zero plot.
2) Are charming. As I say, if I want dark, 'edgy' 'gritty' etc I just have to turn on TV at random. I want something to make me smile. "Ah my Goddess
3) Not pornographic. I live in the UK where sex is the national obsession. To watch porn I just have to turn on TV and watch children's TV! "Ah my Goddess" was sexy but it wasn't OTT and done for humour. I could cope with that. But I am sick of sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Really, the UK is absolutely sex saturated and it actually withers the soul eventually. (I was quite interested in the new Knight Rider series until it became clear it was selling sex heavily. I've really had enough of "Would you like sex with that?")
4) Not selling gaming cards!! :-)
By the way, I am a story guy. I'm used to be a bit of a writer (no more time sadly) and so I am NOT interested in the look or style except where it boosts the story. Too many people try and sell me films and the like on the grounds "It looks incredible!" where story and characters are duff. One thing I love about "Ah my Goddess" is how alive the characters are! I know lot an anime fans love the style of the animation and watch with a 'director's eye.' I'm not like that!
I'm sure there must be good stuff like this out there in the realm of anime. Give me romance. Give me laughter. Give me crazy! Give me wild, fantasy. Give me story! Give me charm.
Just don't give me style over substance, porn or grit. Hollywood can give me that.
Can anyone help?