Top 50 Japanese Animation or Manga Movies - Collectors Choiceby gtlondon-393-686222 | created - 12 Aug 2012 | updated - 18 Jun 2019 | Public
This is my list of the best Japanese animation (MANGA) movie collection (not serials) and this is so far all the movies I could find... The list is not entirely in order and certainly not complete. Please let me know if I missed any good movies...
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1. 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: 649,957 | Gross: $10.06M
2. Akira (1988)
R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psychic psychopath who can only be stopped by two teenagers and a group of psychics.
Votes: 164,658 | Gross: $0.55M
3. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)
PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
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.
Votes: 333,144 | Gross: $4.71M
4. Your Name. (2016)
PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?
Votes: 193,922 | Gross: $5.02M
5. Princess Mononoke (1997)
PG-13 | 134 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
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: 342,532 | Gross: $2.38M
7. 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.
8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
TV-PG | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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.
9. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
PG-13 | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo discover a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.
Votes: 31,582 | Gross: $0.13M
10. 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.
Votes: 290,459 | Gross: $1.11M
11. Paprika (2006)
R | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patients' dreams is stolen, all Hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist, Paprika, can stop it.
Votes: 71,211 | Gross: $0.88M
12. Ponyo (2008)
G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.
Votes: 125,018 | Gross: $15.09M
13. Castle in the Sky (1986)
PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama
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.
15. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.
Votes: 150,629 | Gross: $0.50M
16. 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.
17. The Cat Returns (2002)
G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy
After helping a cat, a seventeen-year-old girl finds herself involuntarily engaged to a cat Prince in a magical world where her only hope of freedom lies with a dapper cat statuette come to life.
18. 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.
19. Perfect Blue (1997)
R | 81 min | Animation, Crime, Mystery
A pop singer gives up her career to become an actress, but she slowly goes insane when she starts being stalked by an obsessed fan and what seems to be a ghost of her past.
Votes: 57,990 | Gross: $0.78M
20. Blood: The Last Vampire (2000)
Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Horror
Saya is a Japanese vampire slayer whose next mission is in a high school on a US military base in 1960s Japan, where she poses as a student. She uses a katana/samurai sword to kill vampires.
21. Sword of the Stranger (2007)
Not Rated | 103 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.
22. The Animatrix (2003 Video)
Unrated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A collection of nine short films featuring stories related to The Matrix (1999).
23. Whisper of the Heart (1995)
G | 111 min | Animation, Drama, Family
A love story between a girl who loves reading books, and a boy who has previously checked out all of the library books she chooses.
26. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (2004)
PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Action, Drama
In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.
Votes: 36,197 | Gross: $1.04M
27. Battle Angel (1993 Video)
Not Rated | 54 min | Animation, Action, Crime
In a distant future, a the young cyborg Gally is found on a scrapheap by the Cyberdoctor Daisuke Ido, who rebuilds her and becomes her surrogate father.
29. Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
PG-13 | 106 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms.
Votes: 79,898 | Gross: $32.13M
30. Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children (2005)
PG-13 | 101 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
An ex-mercenary is forced out of isolation when three mysterious men kidnap and brainwash the city's children afflicted with the Geostigma disease.
31. Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
R | 102 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
A traumatized member of an elite para-military police force falls for the sister of a female terrorist courier who died in front of him on duty.
Votes: 15,175 | Gross: $0.09M
33. Wolf Children (2012)
PG | 117 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy
After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident while hunting for food for their children, a young woman must find ways to raise the werewolf son and daughter that she had with him while keeping their trait hidden from society.
34. Memories (1995)
PG-13 | 113 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »
35. Steamboy (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: 16,687 | Gross: $0.41M
37. Vexille (2007)
PG-13 | 109 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi
Japan, 2077: A female agent named Vexille is dispatched to Tokyo to investigate whether Japanese are developing robotic technology, which has been banned by the U.N. due to its potential threat to humankind.
38. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.
Votes: 80,767 | Gross: $19.20M
39. Summer Wars (2009)
PG | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
A student tries to fix a problem he accidentally caused in OZ, a digital world, while pretending to be the fiancé of his friend at her grandmother's 90th birthday.
Votes: 26,174 | Gross: $0.08M
40. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Family
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.
41. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.
45. Wicked City (1987)
Not Rated | 82 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy
Two agents, a male human and a female demon, attempt to protect a signatory to a peace treaty ceremony between the human world and the demon world from radicalized demons.
46. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)
115 min | Animation, Action, Crime