Best Anime Movies of all Time You Mustn’t, Miss!
Ever wondered what to watch on the weekends or on rainy days to kill time. There are anime series that can make you immerse in them the whole day. Then there are anime movies; these are as fun as the movies that define reality but with more visuals and a strong plot.
Well, even if you can’t watch an anime series due to your busy schedule, these movies can help you enjoy the little time you got and can give as much as Joy as anime series.
Let’s say you don’t like watching movies because you think what can we experience the level of an anime series in just 2 hrs? I wouldn’t argue with that, but even you want to cut through the crap and dig the gold. How do you do that? Well, here’s the list of Best Anime Movies of all Time, where you can get an Ultimate fill of feelings and suspense.
Best Anime Movies of all Time!
Ghost in the Shell (1995)
Isn’t it obvious to start with the best ones always? Long before Scarlett Johnson was gracing the screens all over the world, the serialization of the manga began in1989. The movie itself is an anime movie adaption of the manga in 1995. Well, you wouldn’t want to miss one of the best anime movies of all time.
This innovative masterpiece is a crime-thriller in which a cyborg policewoman hunts for an evil hacker who is known as the Puppet Master. To grasp the full suspense of the film, you need to watch it at least twice. It is one of the influential films of all and one of the best anime movies of all time. If you’ve liked the live-action movie based on this manga, then this movie is a gem for you.
Sword of the Stranger (2007)
Sword of the Stranger is a pure-action movie with a strong plot. The story follows a boy and his dog who are pursued by a foreign dynasty known as Ming. But one day a warrior crosses their path and maybe fate reunited them.
The warrior is caught up with his morality, samurai principles and decides to escort them to the monk who is expecting them. Unfortunately, Ming isn’t going to let them be. On their journey, they encounter numerous enemies and their lives come on the line. Will their mission be successful or will it go wasted?
To put it simply, Sword of the Stranger is one of the most outstanding action movies out there. The story comprises of simple elements and executes them conveniently.
Even though some scenes might get inconvenient because of violence, the visuals are out of the box. Overall, it will be a great watch if you like action anime movies. So, make sure you add to your watchlist.
Your Name (2016)
Every anime fan might’ve heard about the movie ‘Your Name’, at least about its success over the world. The movie came up with a low budget in 2016 and became a major commercial success. With its stunning visuals and breathtaking emotional resonance, the film has become Japan’s best-grossing film of all time.
Your Name is a romantic fantasy film written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The story follows a teenage boy Taki living in Tokyo, and a teenage girl Mitsuha residing in the country experience a strange phenomenon. They occasionally switch the bodies every day, and they can’t remember what happened during the event. Some beautiful day, the boy decides to find the girl, but the situation turns out to be even more peculiar than his imagination. This film is a must-watch, and it is, without a doubt, one of the best anime films of all time.
Weathering With You (2019)
Here comes another emotional rollercoaster of Makoto Shinkai. Weathering With You also feels reassuringly familiar with Your Name. Because the works of Makoto Shinkai mostly include emotional attachment and every movie refers to as he has a thing for dualities and a penchant for love stories.
Just like Your Name, this film centers around an adolescent boy and a girl who can manipulate the weather. As destiny desires, they both cross paths more often. And Hina tries to find a job to make a living. Hodaka himself has the role of a publisher, though.
Subsequently, he discovers that Hina a strange ability that manipulates the weather. And that’s how he makes Hina “The Sunshine Girl” who helps the people in need with her power. Things begin to favor them at first, but you know, everything comes with a price.
5 Centimeters per Second (2007)
Here’s we’re presenting another movie by Makoto Shinkai into the list of best anime movies of all time. This stunning movie blows you away with its beautiful plot.
In the beginning, it might seem a bit slow, but as you move a little further, you will love the film for sure. These are some of the considerable reasons as it is one of the best anime movies of all time.
The story follows two teenage classmates Takaki and Akari, who are close friends. Their relationship becomes typical when Akari moves to another city because of her parents’ jobs.
Both of them try to keep their friendship alive, as time and distance pull them apart. What fate awaits for Takaki and Akari, will they meet again? This movie reflects on relativism more than any other film. It is worth the watch, and you will regret it if you don’t watch it.
Spirited Away (2001)
Some words, like magic or miracle, can be used to describe these types of masterpieces. Especially when it is about fantasy and childhood who wouldn’t love it?
There is simply no denying the fact Miyazaki is the Godfather of Japanese Animation. As time goes, his works are too impressive over the world, and Spirited Away is one of those pure arts.
The story is about the tale of the fanciful adventures of a ten-year-old girl named Chihiro. She discovers a secret world when her family gets lost and ventures into a hillside tunnel.
When her parents transform into mysterious forms, Chihiro must defend herself as she encounters strange spirits and creatures which are trying to stop her from returning to her world. Thus we brought it to the list of best anime movies of all time.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
“Grave of the Fireflies” is one of the most ambitious, depressing, and, of course, best anime movies of all time. This film is wholly emotional and rewarding at the same time. The character development is fantastic, and probably you won’t see such characterization in any other movie.
The story of Seita and Satsuko, two young Japanese siblings who live in the declining days of World War II. When an American firebombing separates them from their parents, they must rely on each other to ensure their survival. And so, it is one of the best anime movies of all time for sure.
Perfect Blue (1997)
Perfect Blue is an intense drama. It is a storming success at the time of its release, and the movie itself is brilliant. If you’re really into watching dark anime shows, then this show might work for you.
Mima retires from an idol group to pursue her dreams as an actress. Soon she gets stalked by a fan who posts insidious threats and disturbing information on her blog. It seems like her reflections of the past haunt her. It is indeed one of the best anime movies of all time.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)
Probably this might’ve been the most entertaining movie of Miyazaki. All of his other films are very long and highly visualized ones. But this one varies bizarrely and more imaginative than all of his movies. It is terrific. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have included it in the list of best anime movies of all time.
The story follows a love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed into an older woman’s body, and a magician called Howl. Under the curse, she goes to seek fortune, which takes her to Howl’s strange castle.
There she meets a demon named Karushifa, who makes a deal with Sophie that if she breaks the contract of the demon with Howl, she’ll go back to her 18s. It is incredible, and you shouldn’t miss one of the best anime of all time.
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
Well, to put it simply, you should never miss this film. These type of movies comes once in a generation. Every detail in the film is phenomenal, and it doesn’t drag much. It gives you a satisfying feeling at the end rather than leaving you the guilt of watching it.
A high school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time and decides to use them for her benefit. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others and her own. The movie is fantastic and worth your time. Thus we brought it to the list of best anime movies of all time.
The Garden of Words (2013)
I think no one can find the words to describe this film. Considering the other films of Makoto Shinkai, 5 cm per Second, and Your Name, this movie is no exception. The Garden of Words is surprisingly a movie that lets the images speak. While there’s still a fair amount of narration, most of the story conveys through the visuals.
The story follows Takao, who trains to become a shoemaker, and he even skips school to train himself in a garden. He meets a mysterious woman named Yukino, who is older than him. Then without arranging the times, the two started seeing each other but only on rainy days. They become much closer and deepens their relationship. But the end of the rainy season approaches.
Takao focuses on his work and won’t be able to see her again. This movie is nonetheless another masterpiece of Shinkai. It has a terrific screenplay, and with these, it is one of the best anime movies of all time.
Anime movies may not be as long as the series but they definitely have the same amount of entertainment. Just like how anime series such as Your Lie in April, Clannad makes you cry, anime movies like Your Name, The Garden of Words are no exception. And you can finish these movies in less than a couple of hours.
There are tons of anime movies coming out every year, but we believe these are the ones you need to watch first. So, make sure to check out every one of them and appreciate the level of thoughts and efforts put in by the cast and crew. Thus, we end our post here, and we hope you’ll like these movies. If you have any thoughts, feel free to share them with us in the comment section below.
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