Rewatching Outlaw Star. The older I get, the most I recognize how much of a masterpiece the series is.
It drives me to a fit of giggles imagining the creative process behind Episode 23. Like, yeah, they need to have a plot device so Gene can get more caster shells for the Final Battle, and probably spent long hours trying to come up with all manner of epic Herculean tests and struggles so he could obtain them. Only to throw literally all of that gritty realism out the window in favor of cartoon shenanigans on an Onsen Planet where he gets given the shells in return for transporting an Exploding Sextape.
Most people tend to focus on the silly "filler" episodes, ignoring the more hardcore plot ones. Like the time when Jim happily helps the crew murder a little girl that he had a puppy-love crush on, and doesn't even realize it. That's tragedy that would make Shakespeare cry. It hits this odd middle-ground where it's too serious at times for people into comedy anime, and too silly at times for people into realistic anime.
Bonus: Neon Genesis Evangelion starts hitting different when you're much closer to Gendo's age than Shinji's.