10 Best Japanese Animated Movies

Thursday, January 20 by Houlihan Macaco

The complete list of the 10 best Japanese animated movies is finally online. Japanese animated movies are endless sources of joy for those with a taste for the bizarre. If you want the best of the best, read on. 

  1. "Catnapped" – Burburina is an evil cat who can turn anything into a balloon. Toriyasu and Meeko come to the rescue after Burburina steals their dog and tries to use it to take over the world. This is a Japanese animated movie for kids, but adults with warped minds will love it, too. 
  2. "Baccano" – Mafia families and other thugs terrorize a New York train in 1931. An assortment of crazy characters flash back to this event in their own way. You might have a shot at understanding this American adapted Japanese movie if you watch it twenty times or so. It gets better every time. 
  3. "Akira" – World War 2 transforms Japan with two nuclear explosions. This popular anime classic is set in postwar Japan.
  4. "Grave of the Fireflies" – Just say no to war. Another postwar animated movie from Japan, "Grave of the Fireflies" comes with an underlying message that war is evil. 
  5. "My Neighbor Totoro" – Totoros are magical creatures who go on crazy adventures with sisters Satsuke and Mei. 
  6. "Spirited Away"Ten year old Chihiro has a Wonderland style adventure after being separated from her family. 
  7. "Blood: The Last Vampire" – An undercover vampire slayer fights undercover vampires and demons. 
  8. "Princess Mononoke" – Ashitaka takes on Earth destroying mining interests on behalf of the nature spirits in this blockbuster Japanese film. 
  9. "Ninja Scroll" – A wandering ninja and his girlfriend take on demons who threaten existence as we know it. The threat of death by poison forced Jubei, the ninja, into saving the day.
  10. "Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles" – This Japanese animated movie is based on the popular "Robotech" comic book series. An intergalactic war breaks out in 2044 as humans expand their empire beyond Earth and the Milky Way. 

These are the ten best Japanese animated movies. Watch them all back to back for a really bizarre adventure. It should take about twenty to 24 hours, but it's worth it. 

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COMMENTS

  1. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Beltane

    Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles doesn’t really belong on this list as it was written in the US and animated in a Korean animation studio.


  2. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Beltane

    Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles doesn’t really belong on this list as it was written in the US and animated in a Korean animation studio.


  3. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Maghui777

    Put a real JAPANESE movie like Ghost In the Shell or Macross Do You Remember Love ? instead of that robocrap made in USA. Proving how this list is invalid.


  4. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Maghui777

    Put a real JAPANESE movie like Ghost In the Shell or Macross Do You Remember Love ? instead of that robocrap made in USA. Proving how this list is invalid.


  5. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    BusterB

    Hahaha, most of those movies are the mainstream stuff, and because it’s mainstream, it gets mentioned. I can name a ton of ANIME movies that top many of those. Yes, I agree on Robotech Shadow Chronicles…It’s not even anime, let alone any good. What moron would write such an article and even put a non-anime movie in there? Obviously, someone who doesn’t know what anime, let alone, good anime is. I know a few of the titles on there are worthy, but c’mon.


  6. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    BusterB

    Hahaha, most of those movies are the mainstream stuff, and because it’s mainstream, it gets mentioned. I can name a ton of ANIME movies that top many of those. Yes, I agree on Robotech Shadow Chronicles…It’s not even anime, let alone any good. What moron would write such an article and even put a non-anime movie in there? Obviously, someone who doesn’t know what anime, let alone, good anime is. I know a few of the titles on there are worthy, but c’mon.


  7. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Kim_sexyprincess16

    I agree with the other commenter’s here, Robotech the Shadow Chronicle doesn’t deserve to be placed in this list. First of all, it’s not anime. Secondly, it’s really not that great production-wise. It’s story went nowhere, the new characters are forgettable, and it’s CG is sooo last decade. If you’d actually watch it, you’ll know how much flawed Shadow Chronicles is.


  8. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Kim_sexyprincess16

    I agree with the other commenter’s here, Robotech the Shadow Chronicle doesn’t deserve to be placed in this list. First of all, it’s not anime. Secondly, it’s really not that great production-wise. It’s story went nowhere, the new characters are forgettable, and it’s CG is sooo last decade. If you’d actually watch it, you’ll know how much flawed Shadow Chronicles is.


  9. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    anyone

    Funny, wheres macross? LOL


  10. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    anyone

    Funny, wheres macross? LOL


  11. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Macrossskullone

    WTF? Robotech Shadow Chroncles?Seriously? This is a joke right?


  12. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Macrossskullone

    WTF? Robotech Shadow Chroncles?Seriously? This is a joke right?


  13. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    anonymous

    edit your damn list and remove Robotech The Shadow Chronicles, it aint anime, noob


  14. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    anonymous

    edit your damn list and remove Robotech The Shadow Chronicles, it aint anime, noob


  15. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    I laugh at "marks"

    THE SHADOW CHRONICLES????? You have “marks” over at Robotech.com actually believing this sh*t!!!!! It’s funny as hell! HA HA joke was funny and all, but seriously, put up the REAL list.


  16. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    I laugh at "marks"

    THE SHADOW CHRONICLES????? You have “marks” over at Robotech.com actually believing this sh*t!!!!! It’s funny as hell! HA HA joke was funny and all, but seriously, put up the REAL list.


  17. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Carlosv22

    Just to clarify, a LOT of “anime” is being done with Korean companies like Dr. Movie, including Macross 7 and Macross Plus:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR_Movie

    Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles was done in part by Tatsunoko Studios from Japan:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotech_The_Shadow_Chronicles

    I think this makes it “anime”, of course it depends what definition you choose for “anime”. Still, I would not put that movie in this list because there are better anime movies.


  18. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Carlosv22

    Just to clarify, a LOT of “anime” is being done with Korean companies like Dr. Movie, including Macross 7 and Macross Plus:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DR_Movie

    Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles was done in part by Tatsunoko Studios from Japan:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotech_The_Shadow_Chronicles

    I think this makes it “anime”, of course it depends what definition you choose for “anime”. Still, I would not put that movie in this list because there are better anime movies.


  19. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Inception7

    Why roboturd the shadow crapnicles is on that list ? A fucking peice of shit fake ass JAPANESE movie. Anyone who dare saying that US crap is an ANIME is a fucking moron (moron being a roboshit crapboy of course).


  20. January 20, 2011 9:05 pm

    Inception7

    Why roboturd the shadow crapnicles is on that list ? A fucking peice of shit fake ass JAPANESE movie. Anyone who dare saying that US crap is an ANIME is a fucking moron (moron being a roboshit crapboy of course).