IMDb Poll Board Member's First Anime Feature Film!

by TsarStepan | created - 25 Mar 2020 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

Which of these introductory anime feature films* would you recommend to others unfamiliar/inexperienced with this style of animated feature film?

Animate your feelings about these introductory anime feature films ... but with words... over here!

*List compiled of anime titles from participating IMDb poll members and the feature films (TV movies/Direct to Video Features can count) that first introduced them to the genre.

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1. Vampire Hunter D (1985)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

When Doris Lang is chosen as the next bride for the vampire Count Magnus Lee, she will hire a mysterious vampire hunter known only as D in an attempt to escape her ill-gotten fate.

Director: Toyoo Ashida | Stars: Kaneto Shiozawa, Michie Tomizawa, Seizô Katô, Satoko Kifuji

Votes: 15,419

Tsarstepan's first anime feature film.

2. Princess Mononoke (1997)

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

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: 374,203 | Gross: $2.38M

Silitonga's and Dan Dassow's first anime feature film.

3. Saint Seiya: Evil Goddess Eris (1987)

Not Rated | 46 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Eris, the goddess of chaos, uses the body of Elien, Hyoga's friend, to revive herself. She obtains the Golden Apple of Discord in order to drain Athena's power, make herself complete and bring chaos to the world.

Director: Kôzô Morishita | Stars: Tôru Furuya, Hirotaka Suzuoki, Hideyuki Hori, Ryô Horikawa

Votes: 1,306

Pencho15's first anime feature film.

4. Ghost in the Shell (1995)

TV-MA | 83 min | Animation, Action, Crime

76 Metascore

A cyborg policewoman and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Iemasa Kayumi, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 138,290 | Gross: $0.52M

Ed Jones(XLIX)'s first anime feature film.

5. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 320,004 | Gross: $1.11M

rubyfruit76's first anime feature film.

6. Project A-Ko (1986)

Unrated | 86 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Project A-ko is the typical love triangle of three school girls and their confrontations with aliens, giant robots, and women who look like burly men.

Director: Katsuhiko Nishijima | Stars: Miki Itô, Stacey Gregg, Emi Shinohara, Denica Fairman

Votes: 1,249

Nikolay Yeriomin (Mykola Yeromin)'s first anime feature film.

7. Akira (1988)

R | 124 min | Animation, Action, Drama

67 Metascore

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 a teenager, his gang of biker friends and a group of psychics.

Director: Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Mitsuo Iwata, Nozomu Sasaki, Mami Koyama, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 178,069 | Gross: $0.55M

mariojacobs's first anime feature film.

8. Spirited Away (2001)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

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.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino, Rumi Hiiragi

Votes: 714,684 | Gross: $10.06M

Brijesh's first anime film.

9. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 238,523 | Gross: $5.02M

CyrilMartin's first anime film.

10. The Cat Returns (2002)

G | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

70 Metascore

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.

Director: Hiroyuki Morita | Stars: Chizuru Ikewaki, Yoshihiko Hakamada, Aki Maeda, Takayuki Yamada

Votes: 54,060

Jessica's first anime film.

11. A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama

78 Metascore

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada | Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki, Kenshô Ono

Votes: 70,129

Master_Strange's first anime film.



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