Okay so I've come across a good chunk of free time lately so I decided I'd start dabbling in the foreign world of CHINESE CARTOONS.
I was looking for something still being released that had an attractive visual style. I ended up settling on Astral Ocean (AO).
It's actually a sequel to the series "Eureka 7" but set a good deal into the future to the point where you can simply jump right into it like I did (though I do plan to go back to it later).
(The following summary is just a lightly modified wikipedia stub because I am terrible at writing summaries)
Ao Fukai is a 13-year-old boy living in the year 2025 in Okinawa on the island of Iwato Jima with Dr. Toshio Fukai ever since Ao's mother Eureka disappeared 10 years ago. When a mysterious organization attacks the local Scub Coral (basically a foreign alien substance that does CRAZY THINGS), Ao somehow gets mixed up in the battle and manages to activate a mysterious robot called the Nirvash while it is being transported by the Self-Defense Forces. Later, Ao finds out that the Nirvash belonged to Eureka, and by joining her former companions of Team Pied Piper, he embarks on a journey to find his mother and learn the truth about his origins.
This is actually my first real time following an animu and I'm enjoying it so far~