Going to do a write-up on cute Olympic mascots in honor of the Beijing games, but in the meantime, here are more anime recommendations.
Plot: A suicidal teacher is put in charge of a classroom of students who have more issues than he does.
Style: A mish-mash of Art Nouveau, traditional anime, comic books, pop art, fabric patterns, and subliminal messages.
Where Can I Watch It: The anime is not yet licensed for release in North America, but Del Rey Manga (part of Random House) has licensed the manga for English release.
Plot: A boy wakes up in a strange location with no memories of his past and no recollection of how he got there, but he's somehow part of a grand conspiracy to rid the world of memory-storing technology.
Style: Osamu Tezuka on acid.
Where Can I Watch It: Not licensed yet, and I doubt it ever will be, but you can find it through various means online.
Plot: A traveling medicine man helps those affected by "mushi", ghost-like creatures that are the very fabric of the natural world.
Style: Somewhat traditional anime mixed with Japanese brush painting. The natural motifs and use of color in this series are absolutely gorgeous. A perfect anime for those wanting to check out anime but are wary of the "anime style". Very relaxing to watch, good to tune out with.
Where Can I Watch It: The complete series has been licensed and released by Funimation in North America. Del Rey is also doing an awesome job with translating the manga into English. Edit: If you're in the United States, you can watch all of Mushishi dubbed in English on [Hulu.com]!