A list of my favourite 10 Japanese Anime Films.
The only film here where i enjoyed the English dubbed version better than the original Japanese audio+English subtitles was Howl's Moving Castle. These films are must-watch films for anybody who loves anime or just films in general! Have fun!
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. (134 mins.)
“ An awesome movie with lots of action and lots of deep meaning.
Note: Some decapitations do occur so I would not recommend this film to anybody under the age of 13. ” - fellow-andrew
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. (117 mins.)
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. (125 mins.)
“ Wonderfully unique story line. ” - fellow-andrew
Grave of the Fireflies
A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. (89 mins.)
“ The story of how a boy and his sister who lose their parents manage to stay happy during a war.
One of the saddest films of all time; a must-watch masterpiece. ” - fellow-andrew
5 Centimeters Per Second
Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love. (63 mins.)
“ This video deals with young love and is a wonderful masterpiece. Difficult to understand if the viewer is under 13 or 14; many deep metaphors are used. WONDERFUL COLOURS AND ANIMATIONS
I feel more sorry for Kanae than I do for Takaki :( ” - fellow-andrew
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. (124 mins.)
Castle in the Sky
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. (125 mins.)
“ An amazing and epic tale with unique heroes and villains. ” - fellow-andrew
Howl's Moving Castle
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.)
“ Note: VOICES MUCH BETTER IN ENGLISH DUB, but however the story is more difficult to comprehend. ” - fellow-andrew
My Neighbor Totoro
When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby. (86 mins.)
“ Great for kids for their vivid imaginations. A very cute film. ” - fellow-andrew
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own. (98 mins.)
“ Very unique story-line, more complicated than the title makes it to be. This movie is a great combination of joy, laughter as well as sadness. ” - fellow-andrew