Recommend things like Slayers = not stupid
(Apparently the new format for all new thread titles involves an equals sign.)
A friend asked me for "anime like slayers only yanno *good*". When prodded for clarification, she added "not lame" and "not stuuupid" -- so I don't know if she's looking for not-stupid fantasy adventure or not-stupid fantasy comedy. Either way, I couldn't think of much. She rejected Princess Mononoke as historical and Spirited Away as contemporary, so she specifically wants otherworld fantasy, but hadn't seen Nausicaa. And none of those are comedy.
Can anyone help out here?