10 Best Anime Movies

Sunday, February 13 by Haliyma Barrow

The 10 best anime movies can and will be widely debated due to the enormous fan base and the ever improving quality and storylines. The one thing which is not debatable is that anime movies have come to stay in the hearts of young and old.

  1. “The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya” is a dramatic and comical story of Kyon who has to solve a mystery that only he seems to know. Expecting a Christmas party with the rest of his SOS Brigade, which tantalizingly includes a hot pot, Kyon arrives at school and experiences what seems to him like an alternative reality. No one except him knows about the SOS Brigade, any of its members or Chief Haruhi. As the sole member of the literary club, Kyon makes it his mission to find answers, running into some very strange and supernatural situations.
  2. “Spirited Away” is deservedly one of the best anime movies because it is the first anime movie to have won the “Academy Award” for best animated feature of 2002. Chihiro and her parents stumble upon the bathing house for the spirits. As humans, they are not greeted with hospitality, but the beautiful surroundings were mistaken by the weary travelers. Chihiro’s parents make the mistake of eating from the forbidden feast and as a result they are turned into pigs. Chihiro is determined to rescue them and has to learn very fast to look out for herself.
  3. “Princess Mononoke” was released under huge controversy by Disney, yet remains one of the best anime movies, bringing fantasy and adventure together with great drama. Ashitaka is burdened with a horrid curse, whil fighting in defense of his village. On his quest to find a cure, he gets caught up in a war between the Forest Gods and the village ruled by Lady Ebhoshi.
  4. “Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance” makes it as one of the best anime movies. With two parallel storylines, one is gripped by the mystery surrounding the appointment of Makinami Mari Illustrious and Asuka Langley Shikinami in lieu of the constant attack by Angels and the suspense of the secret project of Rei and Shinji.
  5. “Akira” has to be among the ten best anime movies. With many intriguing storylines and trends to follow, ambitious artwork and the portrayal of deep and sinister Neo Tokey, you are gripped from start to finish. This anime movie was a mere taste of what the following twenty years of anime would bring.
  6. “Howls Moving castle” is about a young girl who falls under a spell cast to make her appear old and haggard. She has to pin her hopes on a wizard who lives in a rambling, walking and living old castle. The wizard holds the key to her youthfulness.
  7. “Ghost in The Shell” inspires the word “cool” to be uttered everywhere it is mentioned. The exciting cyber punk style combined with science fiction has a hard, fast-paced storyline which has inspired many Hollywood movies and had a great influence on "The Matrix". As one of the best anime movies, this movie is an undeniable must in your collection.
  8. “Grave of the Fireflies” has been tagged as the greatest anti-war movie of all time. This delightful creation highlights the plight of war orphans. A brother and sister are followed through their arduous fight for survival when Japan faced war during the Second World War. Anime was for the first time used as a medium to relay the most heartfelt of stories.
  9. “Paprika”can be watched over and over and you will discover something new every time. A great feat of the imagination, this movie centers on Paprika and her team’s efforts to recover a stolen dream machine. This dream machine enables doctors to see the dreams of patients. The entire movie shifts and merges reality and the dream world, shaping the consciousness of even the mere spectator.
  10. “Tokyo GodFathers” is a very entertaining and thought-provoking story about three homeless friends. The three musketeers, a homeless man, a young girl and a transvestite, find a deserted newborn in a city dumpster. Determined by their own personal experiences and fears, they embark on a journey to find the baby’s parents.
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