BFI Screen Guides' 100 Animeby mymovieslists | created - 25 May 2012 | updated - 04 Jun 2015 | Public
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1. Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie (1999)
Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A handsome youth by the name of Tenjo Utena transfers to the distinguished Ohtori Academy. But Utena's true identity is actually a girl, who due to a certain event from her past, has ... See full summary »
4. Akira (1988)
R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath that only two teenagers and a group of psychics can stop.
Votes: 123,792 | Gross: $0.55M
5. All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (1992– )
TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
When Ryunosuke's pet cat is fatally injured, his slightly mad father saves the feline by putting its brain into a cute and cuddly robot school girl's body. Meanwhile, Ryunosuke's mother ... See full summary »
6. Armitage III (1995– )
Unrated | 140 min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In the year 2046, a cop and his female android partner called Armitage, part of the latest android line known as "class III" models that look, act and feel human, investigate illegal manufacture of class III androids on colonized Mars.
9. Baoh the Caller (1989 Video)
50 min | Action, Animation
Doress, a Japanese "black projects" organization, has been gathering psionics and making biological weapons to "make Japan superior". When one of the biological experiments, BAOH, escapes ... See full summary »
10. Hadashi no Gen (1983)
83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.
11. Gunnm (1993 Video)
Not Rated | 54 min | Animation, Action, Crime
This movie takes place in a distant future, and is the story of a the young cyborg Gally, who is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebuilds her and becomes her ... See full summary »
13. Black Jack: The Movie (1996)
Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Thriller
The adventures of the unlicensed but genius doctor Black Jack, who encounters extraordinary people and phenomena as he attends to unusual medical cases.
14. Black Magic M-66 (1987 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.
15. Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Horror
In Japan, the vampire-hunter Saya, who is a powerful original, is sent by her liaison with the government, David, posed as a teenage student to the Yokota High School on the eve of ... See full summary »
18. Burn Up! (1991 Video)
47 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
A group of young police officers infiltrate a sleazy night club in an attempt to apprehend a man named McCoy, who is involved in kidnapping and white slavery. The plot twists when one of ... See full summary »
21. Crying Freeman 1: Portrait of a Killer (1988– )
60 min | Animation, Action, Crime
Emu Hino, a 29-year-old virgin, witnesses a mob hit and fears that the killer will now find her and kill her. Indeed, he sets out to do so; he's Yo Hinomura, a talented potter and artist ... See full summary »
22. Crying Freeman 2: Shades of Death, Part 1 (1989 Video)
R | 60 min | Animation, Crime, Drama
With the blessing of the 108 Dragons, Yo and Emu marry and receive new names, Ron Tayan and Fu Ching Ran. The elders send them to Macau to find out who's behind a new attack. Fu is kidnaped... See full summary »
23. Crying Freeman 3: Shades of Death, Part 2 (1990 Video)
TV-MA | Animation, Action
Ron Tayan now leads the 108 Dragons; Fu Ching Ran is his loyal wife. As their body tattoos show, he's the dragon, she's the tiger. The 108 Dragons are attacked by African Tusk, a syndicate ... See full summary »
24. Crying Freeman 4: A Taste of Revenge (1991 Video)
TV-MA | Animation, Action
Naitai, the evil head of the Great Bear God religion, hatches a plot to destroy the 108 Dragons. His henchman, Oshu Togoku, the world wrestling champion, squeezes Ron Tayan unconscious in a... See full summary »
25. Crying Freeman 5: Abduction in Chinatown (1992 Video)
TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure
In L.A.'s Chinatown, the crime cartel known as K.O. hatches a plot to bring down Ron Tayan and the 108 Dragons. Ron joins forces with the computer-savvy daughter of the local boss; she ... See full summary »
28. Demon City Shinjuku (1988 Video)
TV-MA | 82 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror
A young warrior must finish what his father started by battling his way through a city of demons and defeat a diabolical psychic who has opened a portal to hell.
35. F3: Frantic, Frustrated, & Female (1994– )
90 min | Animation, Adult, Comedy
She's Frantic! She's Frustrated! And she's Female! That's F3 for short, but the intrepid Hiroe Ogawa is determined to rid herself of the first two. Physically perfect otherwise, Hiroe's ... See full summary »
36. Unico (1981)
Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods. They are envious of little Unico's power to bring... See full summary »
37. Fist of the North Star (1986)
Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Action, Drama
A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.
38. Five Star Stories (1989)
65 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
The Joker five-star system is under Emperor Amaterasu. Mecha pilot Ladios must save his co-pilot, Fatima-class female android Lachesis, from one of many warlords, who oppose Amaterasu.
39. FLCL (2000–2001)
TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
41. Gall Force: Eternal Story (1986)
86 min | Action, Animation, Sci-Fi
Galactic war rages between amoeban Paranoids and all-female Solnoids. Solnoid battleship, Star Leaf, with crew of seven is sent to defend Chaos, a planet that's being terraformed. However, they're part of an experiment.
42. Gankutsu-ô (2004– )
TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Trying to escape his uneventful life, Albert, the son of a renowned general from Paris, makes a journey with his friend Franz. During his travels, he meets an immensely wealthy nobleman ... See full summary »
44. Genocyber (1994– )
Unrated | 46 min | Animation, Horror, Sci-Fi
A nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. At its core: the tortured souls of 2 human beings. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained? ... See full summary »
46. Jaianto Robo: The Animation - Chikyuu ga Seishi Suru Hi (1991 Video)
TV-PG | 45 min | Animation, Action, Drama
In the future, the Experts of Justice battle to protect Earth from the terrorist organization, Big Fire, with the help of a boy who is the sole controller of a colossal robot.
47. The Professional: Golgo 13 (1983)
Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Action, Crime
After killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon, an assassin-for-hire becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers.
49. Green Legend Ran (1992 Video)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Set against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic wasteland caused by an alien invasion, a young orphan must overcome warfare, revenge and basic survival following his mother's murder.
50. Gunsmith Cats (1995 Video)
Unrated | 70 min | Animation, Action, Crime
Two gun store owners/bounty hunters are forced to get involved in a gun running case that gets them targeted by a ruthless assassin.
51. Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (1989– )
53 min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Sho and his friend Tetsurou stumble upon an odd alien artifact while walking through the woods. Then, the alien artifact breaks free of its metallic bonds and enters Sho's body, turning him... See full summary »
52. Hades Project Zeorymer (1988– )
Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi
Masato, a seemingly typical high school student, has his life turned upside-down when he is suddenly arrested without explanation, after which his parents show up and tell him they aren't ... See full summary »
53. Fight! Iczer-1 (1985 Video)
Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Horror, Sci-Fi
Iczer-1 needs to stop the Earth invasion by the evil Cthuwulf and she needs to now find a partner to defeat the forces of evil.
Not Rated | 68 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A continuation of the story told in the Daft Punk music videos "One More Time," "Aerodynamic," "Digital Love," and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger."
55. Kekkô Kamen (II) (1991 Video)
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Kekko Kamen, fights to save students, a fearless heroine who wears red boots, a red mask, and nothing else, she has an uncanny way of destroying her opponents by stunning them with her private parts and then kick their butts.
56. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)
G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.
58. Castle in the Sky (1986)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.
59. Super Space Fortress Macross (1984)
Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »
62. Rumik World: Mermaid Forest (1991 Video)
55 min | Animation, Horror
There is a legend in Japan that if one eats the flesh of a mermaid, one will become immortal. This anime recounts the story of Yuhta and Mana, an immortal boy and girl, and their ... See full summary »
66. Kidô senshi Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory (1991– )
Not Rated | Animation, Action, Drama
After the One Year War, Peace was signed between Zeon and the Earth Federation. Three years later, however, some remaining forces of Zeon who never gave up steal the new Federation mobile ... See full summary »
67. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.
68. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
71. Ninja Scroll (1993)
Not Rated | 94 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A vagabond swordsman is aided by a beautiful ninja girl and a crafty spy in confronting a demonic clan of killers - with a ghost from his past as their leader - who are bent on overthrowing the Tokugawa Shogunate.
74. Doomed Megalopolis (1991– )
Not Rated | 47 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror
The plot concerns a spiritual battle being waged within the capital of Tokyo during the turn of the 20th century. In 1908, Japan is undergoing an enormous process of industrial renovation ... See full synopsis »
77. WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)
R | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Animation, Action
Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.
78. Perfect Blue (1997)
R | 81 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery
A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Votes: 36,382 | Gross: $0.11M
79. Plastic Little: The Adventures of Captain Tita (1994 Video)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Tita Mu Koshigaya is a young woman who captains a ship, the Cha-Cha Maru, whose business is capturing exotic creatures in the 'sea of clouds' of the planet Ietta, and selling them to ... See full summary »
80. Please Save My Earth (1993– )
185 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A group of students discover they are aliens reborn on Earth. But their past lives start to overlap with their present ones, leading to drama and heartache.
81. Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files (1992–2006)
TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Action, Comedy
One day, 14-year-old Yusuke Urameshi suddenly finds himself dead, having died pushing a child out of the way of oncoming traffic. Since he has such a bad personality, even the Spirit World ... See full summary »
82. Pom Poko (1994)
PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.
84. Princess Mononoke (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.
Votes: 265,222 | Gross: $2.38M
85. Seiden RG Veda (1992 Video)
86 min | Animation, Drama
Prophecy says that six warriors will end a brutal tyrant's rule. Swords clash as the battle between good and evil explodes!
86. Roujin Z (1991)
PG-13 | 80 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama
A compassionate young nurse is determined to help an elderly invalid strapped to a revolutionary health care bed but there are unexpected consequences.
88. Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (1992–1997)
TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A group of schoolgirls discover they are incarnations of super-powered alien princesses, and use their abilities to defend the earth.
89. Samurai Champloo (2004–2005)
TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
Fuu, a waitress who works in a teahouse, rescues two master swordsmen, Mugen and Jin, from their execution to help her find the "samurai who smells of sunflowers."
91. Silent Möbius (1991)
Not Rated | 50 min | Animation, Action, Drama
The future police has a unique division: the Attack Mystification Department. The operatives have unique training... and talents! Set to stop the weird happenings going on in the city, and ... See full summary »
93. Slight Fever Syndrome (1997 Video)
30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy
Mizuki Yuzuriha is the new nurse at a high school. She quickly finds herself caught up in the sex lives of both the students and the faculty and various sexual situations ensue.
94. Sol Bianca (1991 Video)
45 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Five female pirates pilot the Sol Bianca, a starship with a higher level of technology than any other known. With it, they seek out riches, such as the Gnosis, an legendary item of power, and pasha, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy.
95. Sol Bianca 2 (1991)
The crew of the pirate ship Sol Bianca are out to steal some of the most valuable substance in the universe--Pasha. Small problem: they're not the only space pirates after the stuff. But, ... See full summary »
96. Space Adventure Cobra (1982)
99 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
Cobra, a famous space pirate with a psycho-gun hidden in his left arm, supposed dead for two years, is back in action. He falls for bounty huntress Jane Flower, whom crime lord Necron wants dead, and tries to help her save her world.
97. Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozon (1980)
122 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
In the year 2772, a young cadet is sent to capture a mystical universal Phoenix, which possesses the power to rejuvenate the drained Earth.
98. Spirited Away (2001)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
During her family's move to the suburbs, a sullen 10-year-old girl wanders into a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, and where humans are changed into beasts.
Votes: 499,800 | Gross: $10.06M
99. Suchîmubôi (2004)
PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.
Votes: 14,884 | Gross: $0.41M
100. The Tale of Genji (1987)
110 min | Animation, Drama, Romance
An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he ... See full summary »