Sounds like you want something from Northampton. Take a look at Trickers, Loake, Alfred Sargent, Church's etc. offerings on a dainite sole, which should be slim enough for office wear while still handling most weather, in your choice on plain, captoe and wingtip.
You could google "best anime list" and get crackin.Otherwise,Cowboy BebopMushishiEverything Satoshi KonEverything MiyazakiI would watch another mecha anime before Eva, otherwise you'll miss a lot of what it's doing with tropes. Gundam for the fundamemtals, or Gurren Lagann for the genre's pinnacle.