Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
(a.k.a. Code Geass Hangyaku no LaRouche)
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I didn't see a thread for this one so thought I'd add it. It's a mecha 'possible future' sci-fi type anime. Britannia (UK) rules and oppresses Japan (renamed by the evil colonnial power as Area 11, and all the Japanese are called 11s).
Lelouch is the protagonist, and seemingly just some ordinary guy with a cool knack for strategy (he rocks at chess). He reminds me of the main character from Death Note... in the sense that he starts off seeming normal, then through a sharp twist of fate becomes quite a formidable, dark character. And I've only seen up to episode 2. I like what I've seen of the plot so far. Some nice twists already.
The animation is very Gundam Seed-ish: the mecha is all chunky bots on rollerblades (lol), big eyes of all sorts of colours and pink/blue/silver hair, bright costumes, and bold outlines. The character design is such that the characters look disproportionately skinny and tall. Not particularly distracting, just weird in an interesting sort of way. The world is designed in quite a basic, uninventive way e.g. block concrete buildings, with no real lavish twists on fashion or architecture. That's always slightly disappointing, but I suppose as long as they keep the politics sharp, it won't matter. I like the references to the UK e.g. a certain type of mecha is called a 'Glasgow' (ha!).
Worth following for anyone who enjoys mainstream mecha serieses.