So, I recently felt like rewatching that 2006 award winning, highly acclaimed animated series that was heavily influenced by japanese animation thats full of great characters and animation, and all about the Avatar.
…of course, the thread title already gives away that I'm actually talking about Oban Star Racers.
I just finished rewatching my dvds for the first time in a couple years, and it holds up really well. Fantastic characters, opening credits by Yokko Kanno, great animation (And also an amazing art book)... You guys should give it a shot, I think it'd be right up your alley.
On the surface and at a glance, its a show about pod-racing. And while yes, there's aliens and races in most of the episodes and its a key element... its NOT what the show is about. (There's like five episodes with little to no racing in them) It's about a girl and her estranged asshole father... who doesn't know she's his daughter. Up against some intergalactic political alien invasion stuff.
Overlooked because it aired on Toon Disney/Jetix of all things, for like, 3 weeks, but its quite good, and in fact, a lot better than I remember, especially in the second half.
All 26 eps are up on youtube, (ANd yes, English is the native language on it.) Watch. Enjoy. Highly under-rated show that's pretty good.
…and yes, I know the characters don't have noses. I know, that's weird.