Man I've just been getting into animes recently and I'm kinda diggin' it.
A couple essentials that any Anime fan should know about are Fooly Cooly and Gurren Lagann. They're both "giant mecha japanese anime", but they both have unbelievable stories that are thrilling to reach an end to. I know you're probably sick of me talking about anime, but I commend to you my regards for these series'. They're well made indeed.