Madeline's Top 100 Anime.

by little-candyheart | created - 04 Jul 2012 | updated - 25 Nov 2014 | Public

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1. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.6
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96 Metascore

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.

Directors: Hayao Miyazaki, Kirk Wise | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 484,874 | Gross: $10.06M

2. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)

PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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73 Metascore

On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya | Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto, Shôzô Îzuka

Votes: 22,696 | Gross: $0.13M

3. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.9
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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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Minami Takayama, Rei Sakuma, Kappei Yamaguchi

Votes: 87,185

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Not Rated | 89 min | Animation, Drama, War

8.5
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A young boy and his little sister struggle to survive in Japan during World War II.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Tsutomu Tatsumi, Ayano Shiraishi, Akemi Yamaguchi, Yoshiko Shinohara

Votes: 164,190

5. Princess Mononoke (1997)

PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

8.4
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76 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yôji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yûko Tanaka, Billy Crudup

Votes: 256,791 | Gross: $2.38M

6. Millennium Actress (2001)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

7.9
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70 Metascore

A TV interviewer and his cameraman meet a former actress and travel through her memories and career.

Director: Satoshi Kon | Stars: Miyoko Shôji, Shôzô Îzuka, Mami Koyama, Fumiko Orikasa

Votes: 17,227 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

8.2
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80 Metascore

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 246,798 | Gross: $4.71M

8. Hoshi no koe (2003)

Unrated | 25 min | Animation, Short, Drama

7.4
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The love of Japanese high school students Mikako Nagamine and Noboru Tera is tested when Mikako is sent to fight aliens in a distant universe and voice mails to and from Earth become months to years in transmission.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Mika Shinohara, Makoto Shinkai, Sumi Mutoh, Chihiro Suzuki

Votes: 6,928

9. Brigadoon: Marin to Melan (2000– )

Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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In the year 1969, strange things are happening on Earth: a strange formation known as Brigadoon has appeared in the sky. In addition mysterious alien machines called Monomakia descend from ... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Kaplan, Kaori, Hôchû Ôtsuka, Mayumi Shintani

Votes: 27

10. Alien Nine (2001 Video)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.1
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Otani Yuri, much to her disgust, has been elected by her class for alien fighting duty. Together with Tonime Kasumi, who joined the alien fighter simply for the sake of doing so, and ... See full summary »

Directors: Jirô Fujimoto, Yasuhiro Irie, Kazunori Iwakura | Stars: Juri Ihata, Kaori Shimizu, Noriko Shitaya, Aya Hisakawa

Votes: 68

11. Tenchi Muyô! (1992– )

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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Every man needs a good woman. Tenchi Masaki has six.

Stars: Takeshi Aono, Petrea Burchard, Debi Derryberry, Jay Hopper

Votes: 1,662

12. Serial Experiments Lain (1998– )

TV-14 | 316 min | Animation, Horror, Mystery

8.2
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Strange events begin to occur as a withdrawn girl named Lain becomes obsessed with interconnected virtual realm of "The Wired".

Stars: Kaori Shimizu, Bridget Hoffman, Dan Lorge, Randy McPherson

Votes: 8,088