I just got back from yahoo "top 32 greastest animated films".It had like 5 meiazakie(that's gotta be misspelled,lol)movies including Howls moving castle(which is the only one of his films that i've seen).
I read a couple of coments along the lines of"get this stuff outta here.All anime sucks".
Personally, I liked both Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed more than Akira.
Akira had a more visually stunning presentation. But the way the story was cut short for the Akira movie, they left it feeling only 1/2 told. Ghost in the Shell is what I've always called "A thinking man's Akira", so I liked it's more philosophical points of interests more.
And Appleseed was just a wonderful action-packed movie that got sort of over looked due to the Macross, Akira, Ghost in the Shell time period. At the release in the States, Appleseed was sort of "back burner" to the "Big 3".