Hrm... hard to say. They all blur together. Admittedly, I haven't seen a lot
of what's out there, so my opinion may not hold water.
I actually remember enjoying the original Dragon Ball
. Didn't like DBZ
much at all. Big O
was interesting while it was running on Cartoon Network, as was Full Metal Alchemist
, although the latter had huge
pacing problems. I watched a decent amount of Bleach
for a while, before getting to the filler episodes and giving up.
For some reason, I really enjoyed S-Cry-Ed
. I'm sure there's some stuff I'm forgetting... (I did watch a bit of Trigun
, which was enjoyable, as well as Trinity Blood
, which had promise, but ended up kind of meh.) Oh yeah, Hellsing
was decent enough.
When I say American counterparts, of course, I usually mean just Japanese anime vs. American cartoons in a generic sense. Most of them have tons of crap. I'm mostly into the comic book-based stuff, like the excellent Batman
cartoons (Animated Series
), Justice League
, and a few others that escape my memory now. Avatar
was friggin' awesome
. I just don't seem to watch as many cartoons anymore, though.
I think, overall, a lot of Japanese anime has more intriguing setups (or maybe it just appears that way to a gaijin), but they never seem to do anything truly interesting
with them. And they, like many other media, fall victim to uneven pacing and tons of filler. I'm totally open to some recommendations. (I'm sure Ghost in the Shell
will get thrown out there, I need to pick back up on that at some point.)