While anime series get the majority of the attention, the medium has also produced some incredible films. According to IMDb, these are the top 15 anime films.
The term “anime” is frequently used in conjunction with “anime series,” which are unquestionably popular and continue to gain new devotees on a daily basis. However, considering that some of the most popular anime series have over 100 episodes, getting into an anime series may be a significant time commitment. Despite the fact that there are a few short, yet nonetheless wonderful, series out there, one must be prepared to spend a lot of time in this universe.
You may get a taste of this very diverse and fascinating world by watching anime movies. IMDb has compiled a list of the top 10 best anime films of all time, so you can get started right away.
Because of the widespread availability of streaming platforms, interest in anime films has grown significantly over the last year or two. Viewers naturally seek out the best films to begin their binge-watching sessions. Even though critical success is undeniable, most moviegoers today prefer to rely on what their peers think. The IMDb ratings are more valuable because they represent the general public’s views rather than those of critics. A couple more movies have been added to this list in order to round out the best-reviewed anime of the year.
1. Dragon Ball Super: Broly – 7.9
Introducing the enemy dubbed Broly, this movie was well praised mostly owing to the development of the Super Saiyan lore that it introduced. Cinematic funding was available for the fights between Vegeta and Goku since they were in peak form.
The result was a unique blend of cinematography and high-octane action in Dragon Ball Super: Broly. With this being the film’s twenty-first release, the accolades are especially well-deserved.
2. Whisper Of The Heart – 7.9
Anime have been shoehorned into the action genre way too frequently in the previous decade or so. Back in the day,Whisper of the Heart was such a picture that attracted spectators due to the romantic comedy cliches featured.
If you don’t normally watch anime, you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise with this lighthearted series. A love story between a bookworm and a violin maker, it’s the finest option to have a heartwarming story play out.
3. Ghost in the Shell – 8.0
Follow the adventures of a cyborg security agent on the trail of a hacker in a futuristic world. Not only does Ghost in the Shell show exciting action and strong characters, it features a lot of conceptual aspects including ethical consequences and self-identity.
Cinematography adds to the film’s visual appeal, allowing the action to take place at a high level of precision. More than anything, audiences enjoyed the fast-paced style that Ghost in the Shell presented.
4. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya – 8.0
This film is a guaranteed tearjerker, and it’s designed to do just that. Even though Princess Kaguya’s arrival brings gladness to her adoptive parents, she is revealed as an ethereal being.
However, it is her attempts to fit in with the rest of mankind that drive most of the plot, and the bonds she forms with others around her demonstrate how deeply human it is to experience and treasure feelings. In fact, the film was nominated for an Oscar.
5. Castle in the Sky – 8.0
At its peak in the late ’80s, Castle in the Sky was one of the most popular films of the era thanks to its stunning visuals. As depicted in the film, a 19th century boy and girl are searching for a castle in the sky.
Additionally, there are numerous one-liners to be found in the dialogue, which serves as a visual representation of the protagonists’ personalities and reveals the roles they play.
6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind – 8.1
One of Hayao Miyazaki’s debut films, it is still widely regarded as one of the greatest animated pictures of all time. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind was released in 1984 and depicts the narrative of a young princess who devotes her life to better understanding the world she lives in.
This story takes place a thousand years prior to the extinction of civilization and the advent of a toxic forest that has since spread to the majority of the planet. Unlike Nausicaa, who believes in peaceful coexistence, others want to rid the globe of this deadly forest.
7. Neon Genesis Evangelion: The end of Evangelion – 8.1
Neon Genesis Evangelion, despite its several reboots, retellings, and alternative endings, is one of the most beloved mecha series, and for good reason.
Neon Genesis may appear to be a simple mecha show at first glance, but it quickly reveals itself to be a somber tale that delves into difficult topics like despair. As an alternate ending, Neon Genesis Evangelion: End of Evangelion picks up after the 24th episode.
8. Wolf Children – 8.1
After the death of their werewolf father, Hana is left to raise his two strange half-human, half-wolf children on her own. While raising small children alone can be a challenging endeavor, Hana’s duty is made even more difficult by the fact that her children are still unable to control their powers.
Wolf Children is a magical and hopeful film that will leave a lasting impression on everybody who sees it.
9. My Neighbour Totoro – 8.2
Studio Ghibli films are no surprise to anybody who has even a passing familiarity with the genre, and director Hayao Miyazaki is no surprise to anyone who has even a passing familiarity with Hayao Miyazaki’s work. Even while all of his films are fantastic and well worth seeing, a couple stick out more than others.
Even though My Neighbor Totoro isn’t Miyazaki’s highest-rated picture, its adorable and oh-so-fluffy creature is instantly recognizable to everybody who has ever seen it.
10. Howl’s Movie Castle – 8.2
Inspired by Diana Wynne Jones’s novel of the same name, Howl’s Moving Castle was created. There is a war going on between two kingdoms in a fantasy world where magic and modern technology coexist.
Sophie, a young woman, is cursed by a witch to spend the rest of her life as an old woman..
To save herself, Sophie seeks help from a magician named Howl, who is also a key figure in an anti-tyranny movement.
11. A Silent Voice – 8.2
One of the highest-rated and most beloved anime films of all time, A Silent Voice debuted in 2017 to rave reviews. A Silent Voice, despite its eye-catching aesthetic, delivers a profoundly moving tale that sends the viewer on an emotional rollercoaster.
Suicide and bullying are just two of the many difficult themes that are tackled in the film. Through middle and high school, two children strive to find their place in the world and realize that every action they take has far-reaching and unexpected effects.
12. Princess Mononoke – 8.4
Prince Ashitaka becomes embroiled in a conflict between woodland gods and mankind while trying to discover a solution for his curse. Along his travels, he meets a young woman named San who was raised by wolves and seems to be more of a wild animal than a human being.
By working together, they can keep man’s depravity at bay and safeguard the forest God from their lust for power. Princess Mononoke may be aimed at a more older demographic, but that doesn’t make it any less of a must-see film.
13. Your Name – 8.4
The third spot goes to a film that was released only a few years ago but has already won over the hearts of many viewers. Your Name, a 2016 Japanese film directed by Makoto Shinkai, follows the story of Taki, a boy from Tokyo, and Mitsuha, a girl from a tiny hamlet.
Whether it’s the gorgeous score or the stunning animation, or the unusual tale that grips viewers from the beginning, this film is a masterpiece.
14. Grave of the Fireflies – 8.5
A bombing of their home in the middle of World War II killed Seita and Setsuko’s mother. Seita, a young man, and his younger sister Setsuko, a girl, are abandoned by their parents and must fend for themselves in this perilous environment.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that even though Grave of the Fireflies is well-deserving of its high score, there are some difficult and sensitive themes explored here. Preparing oneself for this profoundly sad, passionate, and intimate story is essential.
15. Spirited Away – 8.6
In first place is a film phenomenon that has broken a number of box office records.
The movie Spirited Away is the biggest box office hit in Japanese cinema history, and it has garnered a ton of positive reviews.
The Academy Award for Best Animated Feature went to Spirited Away, the first and only non-English-language hand-drawn film to receive the award.
Taking place in an Alice in Wonderland-style world full of spirits and animals, this coming-of-age tale is one of the most visually arresting and engrossing anime productions ever created.