Isn't this site awesome! I came here looking for some outstanding anime recommendations; I didn't know I would get hooked to this place.
I've been an anime fan since I first saw Nausicaa and the Valley of the Wind as little 80's dude. I have vague memories of getting highly excited and jumping around on my bed whenever she took flight on her glider. Something inside my infant mind knew then and there, that this animation experience was infinitely superior to the usual children’s TV I was used to. I’ve heard since then that that version I originally saw on British TV was severely edited.
I also remember, more clearly, watching Laputa: Castle in the Sky. I think that these two movies are still my all time favourites.
Now, some 20 years down the line I write my own Manga influenced webcomic, "Annyseed" to show my appreciation.
If anyone in here can recommend any Anime in any genre that really blew them away in any way, shape or form, I would be extremely grateful to hear about it.
I'm on a mission to fill my shelves with the greatest masterpieces in Anime history!!!