…eh. I don’t think Kill la Kill has much value anymore now that FLCL Alternative is airing. Progressive was an absolute garbage fire outside the second to last episode, but Alternative actually takes the themes of the first series and applies them in new and interesting ways with a complex cast of female characters.
Kill la Kill starts to fall apart through the fanservice and when you finally meet the big bad and the show just sort of changes into something much more stupid (fun, but stupid and with some good character arcs). This comes at the cost of a lot of VERY out of character moments for Ryuko, and the big message about finding your own way in life is undercut by Trigger being Trigger (and it honestly may have been completely insincere after the absolute BREED NOW YOUNG PEOPLE mess that was Franxx good lord), but I haven’t seen this sort of issue with another team taking an old Gainax property and putting their own spin on it.
It’s less about being angry and being a strong female character bang bang titty shot sexism is over and more about four teenage girls figuring things out and learning more about themselves as they grow up instead of just being about the idea of growing up. Like, there’s depth and nuance in the theme work instead of just saying “that’s the theme” and fumbling with it.
As for OP’s ask, you can usually find good stuff if you just look up what a show was based on. If it was a light novel with any hint of harem elements, AVOID. YOU RUN FROM THAT SHOW AND NEVER LOOK BACK. Except Log Horizon.
For hard recs, I can double recommend GITS, Ouran, Black Lagoon, and Ergo Proxy for sure. I’d throw in Witch Craft Works for sure, criminally overlooked show that takes the magical princess and knight formula, switches the roles, and plays EVERYTHING for gags and it is beyond amazing. The cast is 90% women, they’re all freakishly powerful, and just watching them bounce off each other is endlessly entertaining.
-The main villain’s plan being completely destroyed halfway through the series due to wacky shenanigans that had absolutely nothing to do with them
-The alligator in the mafia suit interrogates a witch by shaving their head
-The starting five girl band of evil witches become such a non-threat that they just start living in the main character’s house and casually hang around with the leads for no apparent reason
-The army of delinquent girls in animal pajamas take over the school and cover it in graffiti
-There’s a guy in the first episode named Obama who says an Obama quote who looks nothing like Obama and has no importance to anything whatsoever