While as usual, I don't think Death Note is as good as Anon thinks it is, he's right. The whole Moe thing is actually a new trend. Most older anime has much more to offer than cuties. Some of them don't even have cuties.
In Japan, animation is just seen differently. In The west, anime is seen as being for kids, with a few exceptions. Once my grandfather freaked out because I was watching King of The Hill (a cartoon) in my teens.
In Japan you can find anime of every genre, from little kids shows to historical dramas to sci-fi to hardcore rape porn, and everything in between.
You can see the west's attitude in the anime they bring over, which is mostly Shonen. Shonen is anime for younger boys. Stuff like Bleach and NAruto. ITs tends to have lots of fighting and more shallow plots, though they can still be good. Being older almost thirty
I tend to like seinen. Not a lot of seinen makes it to the US. Seinen is shows for older boys and adults. This is stuff like Death Note, Hellsing Ultimate, Cowboy Bebop. These shows tend to have more drama, be a little bit more driven by well defined characters, and just generally be a little 'deeper', though I hate to use that word.
This is why I don't subscribe to any of the anime magazines like Otaku USA or Newtype or Neo. They tend to focus on shonen shows.
Anyway, some seinen shows I recommend are Cowboy Bebop, Hellsing Ultimate, Ghost In The Shell, Neon Genesis Evangleion (the original TV show, not the movies they are currently making)
Cowboy Bebop is a great character driven sci-fi story about a group of bounty hunters trying to make ends meet.
Hellsing Ultimate is about vampires and Nazis. One of the main characters, Alucard, is super OP, but in the best possible way.
Ghost in The Shell is cyberpunk mystery. Its really complex, but not in a pointless way.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a mecha anime, but don't let that fool you, its really an intense character drama about emotional intimacy and overcoming sperginess. The guy who made it is the first guy who said he believed being an otaku is a form of autism. When he said that, it was part of an explanation about why he made this show.
>It seems like you have only seen porn/moe/fanservice-type anime.
This is inevitable on the internet. People here can't stop jacking off. As soon as I hit 'New Reply' I'm gonna go do just that.