Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence
I'll start the ball rolling with 'Ghost In The Shell 2'
Most Manga that I've seen are basically kid's cartoons, with any excuse for a spot of (super-fit female) nudity. 'Ghost In The Shell' was the first major departure from the established format which resurrected the old SF writer's favourite subject of consciousness in machines and the subsequent question: Can a creation become greater than it's creator?
(This same theme being recently re-popularised by the Matrix/Animatrix, Terminator films etc.).
I assume that such animation is now CGI, rather than by hand and the advances in visual effects are quite superb. Even watching this film on my ageing laptop, it looks excellent, combined with a storyline which you actually need to pay attention to, to follow (one of Hollywood's major failings, IMHO) and a soundtrack which complements the visual imagery in the same degree of complexity.
My verdict: 9/10 - definite thumbs up
Edit: merged threads