Top Anime Movies For Guys

Saturday, July 23 by Jeremy Clymer

With all the Japanese animated movies out there it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but these top anime movies for guys are guaranteed wins. You won’t find any "Pokémon" or "Dragon Ball Z" movies here; these films are for guys who have grown some hair on their chest.

  1. “Ghost in the Shell.” Before “The Matrix” had us questioning the nature of reality while marveling at ultra-stylish violence, there was Mamoru Oshii’s “Ghost in the Shell.” The animation in this movie is absolutely gorgeous and the movie’s female protagonist, Motoko Kusanagi, would kick Trinity’s ass any day of the week. The combination of quality writing, top-notch visuals, and pulse-pounding action sequences makes this the perfect anime movie for guys.
  2. “Akira.” The first anime movie to really have a huge impact on North America, “Akira” is also still one of the bloodiest. Set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic future where war has torn Japan apart, it follows two teens in Neo-Tokyo as one of them becomes at unstoppable monster with psychokinetic powers. The film misses some of the nuances of the manga it was adapted from, but its pioneering animation and seemingly endless parade of ultra-violence  makes it a great guy movie.
  3. “Spirited Away.” Even the most testosterone-laden meatheads have to get in touch with their sensitive side now and then. “Spirited Away” is a great avenue for doing so, with its lush, beautiful visuals and moving storyline. Hayao Miyazaki is arguably the greatest anime director of all time, and this movie finds him at the top of his game. If you have any soul left in you after subjecting it to the psychologically scarring (albeit badass) violence of the other movies on this list, you will find something to love in “Spirited Away.”
  4. “Ninja Scroll.” As far as anime movies for guys go, this one falls in the category of “guilty pleasure.” The story is kind of weak and the violence is gratuitous even by anime standards, but it sure is fun to watch. It’s a great movie to watch with your buddies when the ladies are out doing something that is probably far more intelligent.
  5. “Perfect Blue.” Speaking of intelligent, anime movies rarely get more cerebral than the films of Satoshi Kon. Although he made several high quality films before his death, “Perfect Blue” was his breakout film and remains his most disturbing. A psychological thriller that plays like a coked-up Hitchcock film, “Perfect Blue” follows a Japanese pop idol who is stalked by a disgruntled fan. It set the stage for Kon’s particular style of mind-bending psychodrama, and it makes a great guy movie for men with brains.

-Jeremy Clymer

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