Higashi no Eden
So as many people know the Spring anime season has started up a couple weeks ago. What seems to be the clear front winners of the season so far is K-ON! (KyoAni once again taking dominance) and FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (which isn't surprising, considering that FMA is a classic and who doesn't love remakes?).
However I came across a very interesting anime today that while it has been getting a fair bit of attention, it doesn't seem to have a huge fanbase just yet.
Higashi no Eden is from Production IG, which is famous for producing Ghost in the Shell, Evangelion and Prince of Tennis. Heading the project is Kenji Kamiyama, who was the director, storyboarder and writer for Ghost in the Shell.
Higashi no Eden takes place in the near future: 2010. On November 22nd, 2010 Japan was struck with ten missiles. Interestingly enough, the incident, which was later called 'Careless Monday', resulted in no casualties. With some of these missiles hitting the heart of Tokyo, how could this be possible?
The animation I have found with Higashi is vibrant and unique, the voice acting excellent (the first episode takes place in Washington DC and there is use of English in the episode--very well dubbed English, might I add), and you quickly get attached to the characters. The two main protagonists, Saki and Akira, work very well off each other and instantly made me a shipper of them. Your first meeting of Akira is very amusing, actually.
I insist that everyone gives Higashi no Eden (Eden of the East) a shot. It really does remind me of Ghost in the Shell and Evangelion in some ways, but there is some romantic comedy moments spread throughout. I think this anime could appeal to anyone with it's mysteries already set up and the hinting of a future relationship between Akira and Saki.
Higashi no Eden is set to be an eleven-episode anime series with a movie being released shortly after.
EDIT: ...And apparently this was long. Sorry.