Koukaku Kidoutai: Stand Alone Complex, Seirei no Moribito Recommendations
Similar main characters (Motoko and Balsa) although in a completely diffrent setting.
both are mature and look, feel and sound older than they really are
both can be very kind and very harsh, act rational (mostly), show great strength and leadership qualities and individual charisma.
Both of them introduce a new world and fresh characters. Also they both feature a female hero, even though they are different characters. The animation and art are also both on the same par. The main difference are that there is more action in "Ghost In The Shell" than there is in "Seirei no Moribito", which is more about the story and the adventure. They also take place in opposite time frames, the first in futuristic, the latter in fantasy medieval.
Both feature a very capable female protagonist living in a world of fiction.
Though one is fantasy and another is sci-fi.