Just got done watching Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind for my animation class. I got through the first 40 minutes or so a few years ago and stopped. It just didn't interest me, and outside of Spirited Away I didn't care for the other films of Miyazaki's that I'd seen either. But after coming back to it, I've found a fondness for it. I have Kiki's Delivery Service coming in the mail, so I'll be watching that next, then probably Totoro.
And I sat through the first episode of Aldnoah.Zero 2 and rolled my eyes about 10 times. Okay way more than that. This show is laughable in what it expects the audience to buy into, and Inaho is insanely bland. Anybody who thought Kirito was bad needs to watch this show. Inaho is utterly perfect, and the show keeps making him MORE perfect with each passing episode. He's the embodiment of an otaku wish-fulfillment self-insert and about as interesting as a wet paper towel. Scratch that, the paper towel is more interesting. Inaho gets all the girls, overcomes certain death, is hyper-competent at everything, doesn't show any emotions, and lacks a personality. I think he's a robot. The scenes with the Martians and Slaine are the only interesting parts of this show, and I really hope that something good happens to Slaine at some point. I suspect he's planning something since to me it seemed like he was playing the part rather than being entirely sincere.
All the Yuri Bears talk has gotten me really interested in the show, so I'm watching that now. Pretty good, there's a lot going on but the main messages seem rather straightforward (which is good). I like horror movies but haven't seen many of the older classics (working on it) so I appreciate that others have pointed out the references that I missed.