5 japanese anime series / movies a girl should watch

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1.
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and the boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses. (111 mins.)
“ The coming of age of a girl who spends a vivid summer while reading, chasing cats, and exploring her own talent... ” - fenririel
 
2.
Sweet Blue Flowers (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The trials and tribulations of a gang of schoolgirls as they walk through life together. (23 mins.)
Director: Kenichi Kasai
“ Alright, it's Yuri, sue me... still, focusing on women sentimental education, friendship and loyalty is what makes this a must-see series. ” - fenririel
 
3.
Taisho Baseball Girls (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Takashi Ikehata
“ An interesting and funny story of nine girls who dared to play "the boy's game" in order to gain respect... yet the central point isn't that (that's just the provocation): it's about perseverance, loyalty (to oneself and to those surrounding you)... and love (of the game!) ” - fenririel
 
4.
Only Yesterday (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô. (118 mins.)
Director: Isao Takahata
 
5.
Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. (119 mins.)
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
“ A personal epic of a girl who didn't hold herself in high esteem, until a chanceful meeting and a wicked spell takes her to discover the wisdom and the joy of the ages a woman carries within (the grandma, the lady, the girl), and thus finding her own and true self. ” - fenririel