Akira Director: Katsuhiro Otomo - To quote the book: ". animated masterpiece is the pinnacle of Japanese Apocalyptic science fiction." I saw this at a sci-fi con the year it came out, subtitled, and it remains one of my favorite anime films.
Erratic Phenomena: Joao Ruas' Haunted World. The characters' expressions are nuanced, their gestures are evocative, the textures are impeccable and precise, yet very economically rendered, and the palette choices are bold and unusual.