I've always been fond of Japanese cartoons. There's noticeable difference in how Western animation and Japanese animation play out, in terms of storytelling. Even in comedy-focused shows there's always more emphasis on characters and settings rather than gags. Some people view that as a bad thing in animation, but I like 'em, personally (keep in mind that I love both joke-based and character-based cartoons). My ideal cartoon has both elements go hand-and-hand.
I think this is a good example. It's an episode of the 1968-69 GeGeGe no Kitaro show. There's ton of character focus in the storyline, between Kitaro, Nezumi-Otoko, and the two thugs. But there are also humor played between them as well, especially with the two thugs near the end. I've always been a fan of Kitaro and it still holds up well.
The original Kitaro comics by Shigeru Mizuki are pure gold, and none of the animated series captured the spirit to the core, but there are still good things about them. The '60s and '70s shows are pretty good, I think.
It's in Japanese but has English subtitles.
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