When I was younger I watched Akira, GITS and 3 x 3 eyes. Then later Neon Genesis Evangelion, Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D. I still keep a look out for other such gems.
Generally I suppose its SF-orientated fare for me. I don't mind the bubbly characters as well. Not too much silliness please but sometimes, as in Tower of Druaga, I can get along with it! I enjoy some fantasy as well so that would explain the rest.
I read SF by authors such as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Phillip K. Dick. Also Japanese authors such as Project Itoh, Issui Ogawa and Yasutaka Tsutsui, who wrote Paprika amongst other salmonella related things.
You might be wondering how that is at all relevant. Well, there are some perhaps surprising similarities in both mediums and influences and references can be found in both. Now excuse me while I transcend into pure thought//become part of the human-machine interface.