I'm working through my backlog and also mixing in a few 'oldies but goodies'.
Of my backlog, I've recently taken in Gankutsuo: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Rose of Versailles, and Serial Experiments Lain.
Gankutsuo: The Count of Monte Cristo - It's....interesting. Gonzo was one of those studios that in the 2000s decade, took classic literature and 'anime-fied' it, also sprinkling in their own SciFi-like elements into the mix. Decent story, but gah.....that animation technique they used for some parts of it are jarring to the eyes. I don't know what they were attempting to achieve.
The Rose of Versailles - Now this one was a long time in coming over here in an 'official' home video release. It's basically the events leading up to and through the French Revolution put to manga form, and that story is what got put to anime with this series. The soundtrack, the visuals, it's all very 1970s, the acting can be laughably over-done in places, but that doesn't detract much from the story for me. For anyone who is into shoujo (or I'd even pin this more into the josei genre) with a STRONG female lead role, this is worth seeing.
Serial Experiments Lain - This was a tough one for me to follow along with...probably because it doesn't have a cohesive storyline. Instead to me it seemed to be taking various events in life, and tying them together with a 'this is what technology, specifically the Internet / social media can do to change ones' perception of real-life events, and how it can in many cases, ruin lives.'. Lain outwardly seems to denounce all of this, but secretly is just as wrapped up in the gig as everyone else.
I'm thinking that's going to be a series I'll have to watch a few times over to really 'get it'.
I've also recently re-watched two old favorites:
Fruits Basket - I watched 'Kamisami Kiss' (Season 1) back in January, so I figured I'd go revisit this director's (of that show) earlier anime adaption for Fruits Basket. I still say it's a crying shame this show didn't get a second season/series. For what it's worth, I still get enjoyment out of that story....while some of the characters are rather typecast into some over-done character tropes, there's enough variety there. You find a bit of yourself in one or more of the Sohma family.
Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad - All i can say is, why can't more anime about this sort of thing be done...a mature, somewhat candid look into the life of an upstart rock band, with a little crime/drama thrown in to make things exciting. Plus it's inspiring for anyone wishing to get into playing an instrument or staring their own band. All I see coming out of anime for 'music-themed' stories are things like K-ON and all these 'idol' things as of late. That's fine and all, but those just don't have any 'oomph' to anyone but die-hard fans of Japanese culture. For me, nothing seems to be topping Beck.
(FYI: For those looking for this show, somewhere along the way, FUNimation dropped the 'Beck' title and it now just goes by "Mongolian Chop Squad".....probably to avoid confusion with the actual Beck who did that big hit "Loser" some 20-odd years ago).
Still more catching up to do.