But back in high school I saw 3 stand-out anime TV series. The Japanese really know how to make things cooler, so excuse me while my inner anime-lover shows itself.
The first two were both directed by Shinichirō Watanabe: Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo. The latter got me into the late great Japanese hip-hop producer Nujabes, who worked on the soundtrack, but that's a whole other story (RIP Nujabes). The third series is Trigun, which features a black cat (seen at left) that makes the most random appearances throughout the show. Lord Black Cat is probably the only reason I watched that one.
(More on the shoes after the jump.)