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Best Anime Movies

Anime never sleeps. Each season brings with it a few dozen shows, be it new properties or returning franchises. There is always something to look forward to or watch, & anime series are not too difficult to gain access to outside of Japan.

On the other h&, anime movies are a rarer occurrence, & they tend to take far longer to make their way to the West. For example, My Hero Academia: World Heroes’ Mission debuted on August 6, 2021 in Japan, but the movie was not released until October 29 in the United States. And that was quite a quick turnaround due to MHA‘s international popularity.


Tempting as it might be to just stick to shows, that would mean missing out on some of the greatest anime of all time. So, while waiting for episodes to drop, why not check out some of the best anime movies of all time?

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Redline (2009)

Some movies seek to tell multi-layered narratives with complex characters, ambitious themes, & dense plots; meanwhile, others set their sights on being visual epics. Redline falls into the latter category. Revolving around a dangerous race that attracts the most acclaimed drivers from across the universe, this great anime movie sprints by at a million miles a second.

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Boasting some of the most striking animation put to film, Redline is a thrill ride from beginning to end. The story might be a bit superficial, but there is nothing underdeveloped about the movie’s presentation.

Rebuild Of Evangelion (2007-21)

Evangelion 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone Eva

English Title Japanese Title Japan Release Year
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone. Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Jo 2007
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance. Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Ha 2009
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo. Evangerion Shin Gekijōban: Kyū 2012
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time. Shin Evangerion Gekijōban:𝄂 2021
Studio Khara
Where to Stream Rebuild of Evangelion (USA) Amazon Prime Video

Hideaki Anno’s Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s legacy is beyond question. The ’90s anime series holds up well due to its visceral action & character-focused psychological drama, while The End of Evangelion is a movie that, once seen, will not be forgotten.

Rebuild of Evangelion reframes the original NGE story, providing an alternate take to both its events & characters. The first two films stick relatively close to the original series, but things divert quite substantially following that point. Rebuild of Evangelion improves with each new movie, with 2021’s Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time serving as a worthy conclusion to the entire franchise.

Your Name (2016)

Your Name anime

Japanese Title Kimi no Na wa.
Studio CoMix Wave Films
Where to Stream Your Name (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 fantasy film made a huge splash upon its release, earning glowing reviews across the board. Your Name sees a boy from Tokyo & a girl from a rural town swap bodies, a supernatural occurrence that allows them to grow an appreciation for each other & their ways of life. However, the anime throws out an effective twist halfway through its story, sending the film in a very different direction.

Your Name has gorgeous animation, an impeccable soundtrack, & a fun story that blends romance, comedy, & action quite well. A crowd-pleaser in every sense of the word, Your Name is a great place to start if looking to introduce someone to the magic of anime.

Kizumonogatari Trilogy (2016-17)

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English Title Japanese Title Japan Release Year
Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu Kizumonogatari I: Tekketsu-hen 2016
Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu Kizumonogatari II: Nekketsu-hen 2016
Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen 2017
Studio Shaft
Where to Stream Kizumonogatari Trilogy (USA) N/A

The Monogatari series is an acquired taste. Based on Nisio Isin’s light novels, the anime revolves around Koyomi Araragi’s encounters with girls plagued by supernatural forces; however, that description does not do justice to the show’s intelligent writing, unusual but engrossing pacing, stylish visual presentation, & quirky sense of humor.

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Kizumonogatari serves as a prequel to the franchise & establishes how Araragi came into contact with Kiss-shot Acerola-orion Heart-under-blade. For better or worse, these movies distill every facet of the series into three digestible parts, all the while boasting perhaps the easiest-to-follow narrative of the franchise.

A Silent Voice (2016)

A Silent Voice movie

Japanese Title Koe no Katachi
Studio Kyoto Animation
Where to Stream A Silent Voice (USA) Netflix

2016 was just a fantastic year for anime movies. A Silent Voice is a difficult but rewarding watch. Dealing with bullying, depression, & isolation, the film revolves around Shoya Ishida’s relationship with Shoko Nishimiya. As children, Shoya targeted Shoko due to her deafness, & this bullying led to the entire class mocking the girl.

Eventually, Shoko left the school & everyone turned on Shoya. A Silent Voice chronicles Shoya’s journey towards self-forgiveness, a path that leads him back into Shoko’s life. Bullying is not an easy theme to tackle, but this movie h&les it fantastically as it humanizes both the victim & the perpetrator.

Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021)

jujutsu-kaisen-0 poster

Japanese Title Jujutsu Kaisen 0
Studio MAPPA
Where to Stream Jujutsu Kaisen 0 Movie (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

In recent years, it has become more common for an anime movie to not only receive a wide theatrical release in North America but to also rank among the top box office earners of its month. Jujutsu Kaisen 0 continued this trend, further proving that the days when a feature needs to be associated with Studio Ghibli to gain Western traction are long gone.

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A prequel to the main show, Jujutsu Kaisen 0 focuses on Yuta Okkotsu, a high school student who cannot seem to shake the spirit of a deceased friend. Similar to the series, the movie is packed to the brim with action & fun characters; in fact, an argument can be made that Yuta is a stronger lead than Yuji, although that mostly comes down to personal preference. Although it certainly would not hurt to watch the show prior to the movie, the latter can be used as an entry point in Jujutsu Kaisen.

The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Japanese Title Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu
Studio Kyoto Animation
Where to Stream The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (USA) N/A

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya is among the most important anime series of all time, particularly when it comes to slice of life comedies. The 2006 season combines memorable characters with philosophical musings & an intriguing sense of mystery stemming from the unique circumstances that define this universe. However, a polarizing arc in the second season hurt the anime’s momentum, & the overall show would be difficult to recommend if it were not for the fact that it concludes with one of the best anime films ever in The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.

Kyon finds himself in a world without Haruhi, or at least the version he knows. Despite all the grief the SOS Brigade brings to his life, the level-headed protagonist finds himself struggling to decide whether he wants to live in a world free of Haruhi’s br& of chaos.

Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms (2018)

Maquia When The Promised Flower Blooms

Japanese Title Sayonara no Asa ni Yakusoku no Hana wo Kazarou
Studio P.A. Works
Where to Stream Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms (USA) Hoopla, Kanopy, PlutoTV, TheRokuChannel

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms takes place in a fantasy world where humans exist separate from a race known as Iorph, whose members live for hundreds of years. After her Iorph village is slaughtered, Maquia stumbles upon a left-for-dead human baby & decides to raise him, giving him the name of Ariel. P.A. Works’ anime film focuses primarily on Maquia & Ariel’s relationship, & the impact their wildly different lifespans have on both of them. Ariel is given just as much development as his mother, & both characters are fleshed out & complex.

Maquia has quite a few other things going on as well, including a coerced marriage & a war involving various nations. All of these threads have potential, but the movie is stretched too thin to do justice to all of them. This film could benefit from a series spin-off or adaptation.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie Rebellion

Japanese Title Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Movie 3: Hangyaku no Monogatari
Studio Shaft
Where to Stream Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Rebellion (USA) N/A

Puella Magi Madoka Magica ended on a pitch-perfect note for the story it told, & a sequel was unwarranted. Rebellion does not really change that perspective, however, the film justifies its existence by simply being brilliant. That’s not to say nothing of significance happens in Shaft’s follow-up as that could not be further from the case.

Rebellion upends Madoka Magica‘s world & characters, twisting an already twisted tale to reach unprecedented levels of discomfort. Despite being an unnecessary extension to the series, Rebellion is almost anti-fan service in the sense that it never seeks to be a crowd-pleaser. That is a positive.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Makoto in The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

Japanese Title Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo
Studio Madhouse
Where to Stream The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

Directed by Mamoru Hosoda, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time starts out as a relatively conventional time-travel saga, before steadily revealing its coming-of-age core. Makoto Konno is a directionless teen girl who r&omly gains the ability to leap back in time. Naturally, Makoto uses this power for everyday activities, not realizing that she can only pull off this ability a limited number of times.

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time covers a range of genres. While the time-travel premise falls squarely in the sci-fi category, the movie’s tone is more in-line with slice of life & comedy stories. There is even a hint of romance, although it is not the film’s main focus. Makoto is a charming & relatable protagonist, & her journey proves to be a surprisingly emotional one.

The Garden Of Sinners (2007-13)

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English Title Japanese Title Japan Release Year
The Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View Kara no Kyoukai 1: Fukan Fuukei 2007
The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder – Part 1 Kara no Kyoukai 2: Satsujin Kousatsu (Zen) 2007
The Garden of Sinners: Remaining Sense of Pain Kara no Kyoukai 3: Tsuukaku Zanryuu 2008
The Garden of Sinners: The Hollow Shrine Kara no Kyoukai 4: Garan no Dou 2008
The Garden of Sinners: Paradox Spiral Kara no Kyoukai 5: Mujun Rasen 2008
The Garden of Sinners: Oblivion Recording Kara no Kyoukai 6: Boukyaku Rokuon 2008
The Garden of Sinners: A Study in Murder – Part 2 Kara no Kyoukai 7: Satsujin Kousatsu (Go) 2009
The Garden of Sinners: Future Gospel Kara no Kyoukai Movie: Mirai Fukuin 2013
Studio ufotable
Where to Stream The Garden of Sinners (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

Ufotable’s adaptation of Kinoko Nasu & Type-Moon’s The Garden of Sinners light novel should not be anybody’s introduction to anime. However, it is a captivating & rewarding watch for those willing to embrace (or stomach) its non-linear storytelling, philosophical musings, discomforting themes, & graphic violence. The movies largely revolve around an agency that investigates supernatural cases, although a significant amount of time is dedicated to exploring the psyches of the main characters, particularly Shiki Ryougi.

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Although some movies st& somewhat on their own, The Garden of Sinners needs to be viewed as a single experience, with later entries providing crucial context & depth to earlier releases. Paradox Spiral is the best anime movie in the series & contains a surprise for fans of Fate/stay night.

Josee, The Tiger And The Fish (2021)

Josee, The Tiger And The Fish anime movie

Japanese Title Josee to Tora to Sakana-tachi
Studio Bones
Where to Stream Josee, the Tiger & the Fish (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

After their worlds unexpectedly collide, Tsuneo accepts a job as Josee’s caretaker, a girl who has been wheelchair-bound since her birth. Although initially resilient to his presence, Josee eventually bonds with Tsuneo through their shared interest in the ocean.

Josee, the Tiger & the Fish tells a Gorgeous tale about friendship, dreams, & drive. Both Josee & Tsuneo’s desired futures encounter serious challenges, & the movie stresses the importance of facing these obstacles if the opportunity arises. Although not an especially original story, this anime movie tells it well.

Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region Of Déjà Vu (2013)

Steins Gate The Movie − Load Region Of Déjà Vu

Japanese Title Steins;Gate Movie: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu
Studio White Fox
Where to Stream Steins;Gate: The Movie − Load Region of Déjà Vu (USA) Funimation

Steins;Gate is a ridiculously consistent franchise. The visual novels are all fantastic, & the anime launched with one of the best stories of all time & followed it up admirably with a direct movie sequel & an alternate reality spin-off. On the surface, Load Region of Déjà Vu might feel a bit unnecessary since the original show ends on a satisfying note, but the movie succeeds in exp&ing upon its predecessor while setting itself apart by pushing Kurisu Makise to the forefront.

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When Rintarou Okabe disappears, Kurisu is the only person who retains her memories of him. Fully aware of the danger of time travel, the scientist must decide whether she is willing to risk everything to save Okabe.

Sword Of The Stranger (2007)

Sword Of The Stranger anime movie

Japanese Title Stranger: Mukou Hadan
Studio Bones
Where to Stream Sword of the Stranger (USA) Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

A samurai epic, Sword of the Stranger has fluid action sequences & likable characters. Set during the Sengoku period, the story follows a boy, Kotaro, who is on the run from the Ming dynasty that wants to use his blood to achieve immortality. Along the way, Kotaro runs into a swordsman, Nanashi, & convinces him to tag along until they reach a specific temple. The road to get there proves to be a bloody & complicated one.

Bones’ film is predominantly hailed for its fight scenes, which are not only universally fantastic but largely improve as things move along. As great as these moments are, Sword of the Stranger does not rely solely on its animation to impress; narratively, this anime movie is well-paced & engrossing. While over-the-top at times, the story is still relatively grounded, at least more so than something like Ninja Scroll.

Akira (1988)

Akira Anime Sci Fi Film

A contender for the most iconic anime movie of all time, Akira helped establish Japanese animation as an international phenomenon. Any person who believes that anime is just for kids should give Akira a watch as the movie will quickly dispel these notions. Set in a dystopian future (or, as the film takes place in 2019, the past), Akira presents a world defined by powerful military forces & gangs. This cyberpunk world beats down anyone deemed weak, a role Tetsuo Shima falls under.

Tackling themes of human experimentation & government abuse, Akira blends action, horror, & exquisite visuals to create a timeless sci-fi classic & one of the best anime movies ever.

Made In Abyss: Dawn Of The Deep Soul (2020)

made in abyss Dawn of the Deep Soul

Japanese Title Made in Abyss Movie 3: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei
Studio Kinema Citrus
Where to Stream Made in Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul (USA) HIDIVE, Hulu

A continuation of the Made in Abyss series, Dawn of the Deep Soul delivers exactly what fans of the anime have been thought to expect: lovable characters, hints of whimsy, & soul-crushing twists that are too cruel. Made in Abyss is a dark fantasy anime that follows a child & a robot as they descend the titular realm in search of the former’s mother.

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What starts as a fun adventure quickly becomes “real,” & Dawn of the Deep Soul might be even better than the stellar season one. That said, do not watch this fantastic anime movie before sitting through the series.

Rascal Does Not Dream Of A Dreaming Girl (2019)

Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl, Asami & Inori

Japanese Title Seishun Buta Yarou wa Yumemiru Shoujo no Yume wo Minai
Studio CloverWorks
Where to Stream Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (USA) N/A

The sequel to Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai, this movie focuses on Sakuta’s former crush, a girl who seems to exist at two ages. Similar to the series, Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl blends drama & humor, although the focus is definitely on the former rather than the latter.

The film tells a more personal story for Sakuta than most of the arcs from the series, putting him in the center of proceedings rather than someone who happens to attract girls going through significant challenges. People who did not enjoy the show have no reason to check out this sequel, however, fans of Bunny Girl Senpai have not experienced the full story until they watch Dreaming Girl.

Ghost In The Shell (1995)

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Be it a live-action version starring Scarlett Johansson, video games, or a number of anime series, Masamune Shirow’s Ghost in the Shell manga has received its share of adaptations. The most iconic is undoubtedly 1995’s Ghost in the Shell, an aesthetic & auditory masterpiece that is predominantly concerned with ideas rather than plot or characters.

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Set in a future defined by technology, Ghost in the Shell envisions a world where self-identity has become fluid & vaguely defined courtesy of the advancement of cybernetics. As part of Public Security Section 9, Major Motoko Kusanagi investigates a hacker called the Puppet Master.

Ninja Scroll Jubei drawing his kitana screenshot

Japanese Title Juubee Ninpuuchou
Studio Madhouse
Where to Stream Ninja Scroll (USA) N/A

A cult classic, Ninja Scroll was one of the few non-Ghibli movies to cross over prior to the 2000s. Although not as influential or popular as Ghost in the Shell or Akira, this 1993 film still has an important place in anime history, & it is a must-watch for fans of action-fantasy properties that cater to an adult audience.

A w&ering swordsman, Jubei Kibagami is dragged into a conflict involving ninjas, plagues, & villains with devilish powers. Gory & frantically paced, Ninja Scroll is a thrill ride from beginning to end.

Mushi-Shi: Bell Droplets (2015)

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Japanese Title Mushishi Zoku Shou: Suzu no Shizuku
Studio Artl&
Where to Stream Mushi-Shi: Bell Droplets (USA) N/A

Mushi-Shi is a powerful anime with precious few peers, both in terms of quality & content. The series envisions a world where nature manifests as mushi, beings that live alongside the (usually) oblivious humans. Mushishi are people who seek to underst& these spirits, & Ginko is one such traveler. Bell Droplets sends this fantastic anime off with an emotionally heavy story about loss, nature, & frailty.

A girl is born to be the lord of the mountain, a fate rarely bestowed on humans. Her family cannot underst& what this means, & they naturally oppose this destiny out of love. Like many of Mushi-Shi‘s tales, this film touches upon spirituality in a way that is deeply profound.

Doukyusei -Classmates- (2016)

Doukyusei Classmates

Japanese Title Doukyuusei
Studio A-1 Pictures
Where to Stream Doukyusei -Classmates- (USA) N/A

Clocking in at just an hour, Doukyuei -Classmates- is a breezy short about adolescent love. Rihito & Hikaru move in different circles at their school. The former is a straight-A student, while the latter performs in a b&. In preparation for the Chorus Festival, Hikaru offers to help Rihito, a decision that almost instantly sparks something special between the two boys.

While relatively popular, Boys Love anime are still designed for a niche audience. Consequently, Doukyuei -Classmates- might be a hard sell for the uninitiated, although it is one of the better introductory points into this subgenre. Conversely, this movie is a must-watch for fans of romance in general.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Satsuki, Mei, & Totoro waiting at the bus stop in My Neighbor Totoro

Japanese Title Tonari no Totoro
Studio Studio Ghibli
Where to Stream My Neighbor Totoro (USA) HBO Max

My Neighbor Totoro is synonymous with Studio Ghibli, with its eponymous character essentially serving as the company’s mascot. Therefore, the movie is also synonymous with anime in general. Most of Hayao Miyazaki’s projects are ambitious fantasy epics that tackle mature subjects such as war & environmental damage; comparatively, My Neighbor Totoro has a smaller scope as it revolves around a family & the spirits that surround them.

The story foregoes action or major conflict in favor of creating a comfortable & warm atmosphere. Despite taking place in a world that is home to a catbus, My Neighbor Totoro is a traditional slice of life that blends the mundane with the fantastical.

Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (2020)

Demon Slayer The Movie Mugen Train Flame Hashira Kyōjurō Rengoku

Japanese Title Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie: Mugen Ressha-hen
Studio ufotable
Where to Stream Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train (USA) Crunchyroll, Funimation, VRV

As the worldwide highest-grossing anime film, Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train is undoubtedly popular, but how does it measure up in terms of quality? Well, the shonen anime sequel is a spectacular demonstration of ufotable’s unbeatable animation, especially when it comes to action set pieces. The show is one of the best-animated series of all time, & Mugen Train elevates that st&ard to an even higher level.

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As a sequel, Mugen Train is not for the uninitiated & expects viewers to be familiar with what came before. Consequently, this movie mostly only attracts people who have already decided they are along for the ride. Mugen Train just makes extra sure to not lose them along the way.

Gintama: The Very Final (2021)

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Gintama‘s features are all highly regarded by the shonen anime’s fan base, even if the series as a whole is not quite as well known as something like Demon Slayer or Dragon Ball. Gintama: The Very Final is the conclusive chapter in the Odd Jobs’ story, serving as a culmination of everything that came before & highlighting the anime’s penchant for visceral action & painfully hilarious comedy.

This movie is solely for people who have followed Gintoki, Kagura, & Shinpachi since 2006, & newcomers will find themselves utterly lost as they watch the over-the-top awesomeness unfold on screen. As great as all the fight sequences are, the film arguably shines the brightest when it throws out a laugh, including a surreal five-minute stretch that involves Gintoki, Sadaharu, & a few old men.

Grave Of The Fireflies (1988)

Grave of the Fireflies Setsuko st&ing

Japanese Title Hotaru no Haka
Studio Studio Ghibli
Where to Stream Grave of the Fireflies (USA) N/A

Studio Ghibli’s Grave of the Fireflies is a completely different beast from the studio’s typically fantasy-oriented masterpieces. Directed by Isao Takahata, this WWII anime revolves around a brother & sister who are trying to survive on their own, a situation that highlights the ugliness of war by focusing on the victims that are often forgotten about.

Grave of the Fireflies tells a profoundly personal storyline filled with regret & tragedy. Among the best war movies of all time, this anime is one of those experiences that sticks with the viewer long after the credits roll.

Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)

Violet Evergarden The Movie 2020

Japanese Title Violet Evergarden Movie
Studio Kyoto Animation
Where to Stream Violet Evergarden The Movie (USA) Netflix

The final chapter in Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden franchise, this 2020 movie condenses the brilliance of the show into two hours. Violet Evergarden has a reputation for tugging at the heartstrings, & that certainly holds true for this feature.

Essentially split into three arcs, the movie reflects upon Violet’s growth throughout the overarching narrative & also provides closure for her relationship with Gilbert. Unsurprisingly, Violet Evergarden: The Movie‘s animation is practically flawless. Ultimately, anyone who enjoyed the series will likely love this follow-up.

Dragon Ball Super: Broly (2018)

Dragon Ball Super Broly

Dragon Ball has delivered more than a dozen movies spread across four decades. While the ’80s & ’90s delivered a few fun adventures like Fusion Reborn & Cooler’s Revenge, these non-canon stories are more like glorified specials than proper cinematic features. That changed with 2013’s Battle of Gods, a movie that revived the anime following almost 20 years of inactivity.

Since its Enormous return, Dragon Ball has released four canon movies, with 2018’s Broly being the pick of the bunch. Packed to the brim with over-the-top fights & transformations, Toei’s movie condenses everything great about Dragon Ball into 90 minutes, & it is a delight. Compared to Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan, the 2018 movie presents a more three-dimensional version of its eponymous character. Broly is a sympathetic figure who has been molded by a parental figure fueled by revenge. The movie wisely positions Broly as its first act’s protagonist, before transitioning him into the role of antagonist.

Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel Trilogy (2017-20)

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English Title Japanese Title Japan Release Year
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – I. Presage Flower 2017
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – II. Lost Butterfly 2019
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song Fate/stay night Movie: Heaven’s Feel – III. Spring Song 2020
Studio ufotable
Where to Stream Fate/Stay Night Movie: Heaven’s Feel Trilogy (USA) N/A

There is a lot of Fate content to consume; Fate/Zero & Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works set a high st&ard for action anime in general, & the Heaven’s Feel trilogy might just be better than both.

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Covering the final route of Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night visual novel, Heaven’s Feel centers around Shirou Emiya’s relationship with Sakura Matou, along with the 5th Holy Grail War. These movies explore Shirou’s character in a more satisfying way than the TV series, so the trilogy is important for those looking to get the complete experience.

Spirited Away (2001)

Spirited Away

Japanese Title Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi
Studio Studio Ghibli
Where to Stream Spirited Away (USA) HBO Max

If there is one anime movie director who needs no introduction, it is Hayao Miyazaki. Spirited Away is the only anime film to win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, an accolade it more than earned. Like most of Miyazaki’s movies, Spirited Away expertly walks the line between fantasy & reality, presenting whimsical worlds alongside relatable ideas & mature themes.

Spirited Away finds the young Chihiro in a bathhouse for spirits, a situation that is far from safe for a human. Studio Ghibli’s animation is unsurprisingly spectacular, as is everything else about this movie.

KonoSuba: God’s Blessing On This Wonderful World!: Legend Of Crimson (2019)

KonoSuba God's Blessing On This Wonderful World Legend Of Crimson featured image megumi

Japanese Title Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! Movie: Kurenai Densetsu
Studio J.C.Staff
Where to Stream KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!: Legend of Crimson (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

Isekai anime have been inescapable for the best part of a decade, so it was only a matter of time before a parody of the genre found its way onto screens. KonoSuba is that show, & the series proved popular enough to spawn a movie. KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World!: Legend of Crimson revolves around Kazuma & Megumin, arguably the two most popular characters of the anime.

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Along with the same type of humor found in the show, the movie also incorporates a fair amount of heart as it explores Megumin’s roots. The film even ends with a spectacular battle that puts to shame anything from the series (although action is hardly the point of KonoSuba).

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas (2018)

I Want To Eat Your Pancreas anime movie

Japanese Title Kimi no Suizou wo Tabetai
Studio Studio VOLN
Where to Stream I Want to Eat Your Pancreas (USA) N/A

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas hits so many of the tragic romance tropes: antisocial protagonist, charming girl, deadly illness, & tears…so many tears. The anime movie does not attempt to shake up the conventions of this formula all that significantly, but it does an incredible job of crafting something Gorgeous from this familiar puzzle.

Haruki Shiga & Sakura Yamauchi are the film’s main strengths, as the central couple strike a dynamic that allows both of their personalities to shine rather than one being used to prop up the other. I Want to Eat Your Pancreas earns its heartfelt moments by dedicating a substantial portion of its runtime to firmly establishing the two leads as flawed & realistic people.

Wolf Children (2012)

wolf children anime

Japanese Title Ookami Kodomo no Ame to Yuki
Studio Studio Chizu
Where to Stream Wolf Children (USA) Crunchyroll, VRV

From Digimon Adventure: Our War Game! to Mirai, Mamoru Hosoda’s entire filmography is worth seeking out. Out of all his creations, Wolf Children is arguably the best, courtesy of its heartfelt narrative & grounded tone. Hana falls in love with a Wolfman, they have two children, & then the father dies. Suddenly, Hana has to raise two kids who are half-wolf on her own.

Wolf Children covers more than a decade of Hana’s life, showcasing the highs & lows of parenthood. It is a Gorgeous film in more ways than just visually. Hosoda’s next film, Belle, releases in 2022 in the U.S.

Perfect Blue (1997)

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Perfect Blue is a st&-in for Satoshi Kon’s filmography, as Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, & Paprika are all great anime movies. Perfect Blue put Kon on the map as a feature director with a unique voice, & it is by far his most terrifying project.

Mima Kirigoe leaves her idol group to start acting, a decision that fragments the woman’s public & subconscious identity. Perfect Blue steadily blurs the line between fact & fiction, not making it clear what is real or just Mima’s tortured imagination.

Princess Mononoke (1997)

Princess Mononoke anime

Japanese Title Mononoke Hime
Studio Studio Ghibli
Where to Stream Princess Mononoke (USA) HBO Max

Spirited Away is Miyazaki’s most famous film, but Princess Mononoke is also a contender for his best anime movie. A common theme found throughout the director’s stories is the conflict between nature & human progress, & this is most apparent in Princess Mononoke.

The anime finds a forest’s gods trying to repel the advancements of a human settlement; in the meantime, an outsider – Ashitaka – interacts with both sides. Princess Mononoke doesn’t preach or talk down to its audience; it grants a neutral look at the characters’ actions, presenting neither side as evil.

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