14 Good Anime Movies, You’ve Got To Watch Before You Die

Konichiwa’ anime fans! With hundreds of anime movies out there to choose from- It’s hard to add the best ones in your “ Watch List “. Here are some of the best mainstream and non-mainstream anime movies out there you’d got to watch out before you die :  

Mainstream ( In No Fixed Order )

#1. Your Name

  • Japanese : Kimi no Na wa
  • Directed By : Makoto Shinkai
  • Music By : Radwimps
  • Running time : 107 minutes
  • Production Company : CoMix Wave Films
  • Box Office : US$358 million
  • Imd :

This is one of that one in a million movies that you’d need to watch before you’d be the done with life. It’s simply a breathtaking movie. Your name tells a heartfelt story of love and loss. If you like comedy, romance, deep characters, great plot or good visuals, this is it chief- It has everything to offer. Even after being a foreigner to such a movie, you could relate to it. It tells us a heartwarming story about two students walking into different paths of life only to clash each other in a much-unexpected way and turn into a tragically beautiful love story. It’s both gorgeous and emotionally engaging enough to seek out for. The audio by Radwimps is ever melodious and heart soothing.The movie is so brilliantly made and at the end of the line, it would be considered as the rarest find of tall. A truly ORIGINAL work of mainstream cinema that has you to offer.

#2. A Silent Voice

  • Japanese : Koe no Katachi
  • Directed By : Naoko Yamada
  • Music By : Kensuke Ushio
  • Running time : 130 minutes
  • Production Company : Kyoto Animation
  • Box Office : $33 million
  • Imd :

This movie would be a son to the above movie “ your name “. It’s unfair to compare them but here’s the catch these two movies rival well if not for the box office and visuals. A Silent Voice address to the society as a whole and on the other hand, Your Name is all about entertainment and the pure power of love. It could be better specified into those movies that you’d never forget in life where you would plant the story deep down inside you. This movie is full of lessons in life, karma, and redemption. It gives hope to the society through its simplistic storytelling and that too at a great pace. One must have a tender enough heart to learn to appreciate the changes in the main character throughout the story.

This movie might not be the perfect movie, but true enough there are no perfect movies.     

#3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly

  • Japanese : Doragon Bōru Sūpā: Burorī
  • Directed By : Tatsuya Nagamine, Naohiro Shintani, Kazuo Ogura
  • Music By : Norihito Sumitomo
  • Running time : 100 minutes
  • Production Company : Toei Animation
  • Box Office : $18.5 million (11 Days)
  • Imd :

Dragon Ball Super is not just the continuation of the popular series nor is it all about the return of the fan favorite character Broly. DBS : Broly takes Japanese animation into a new height and visuals are better than ever especially those manly fight scenes. It has been modernized very thoroughly while having a lot of scenes that would give many DMZ fans nostalgia to its finest. While in the 1990’s version of Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan the backstory of the characters was unclear, in the latest version it has all been explained properly which further resonates the stiff between the three Saiyans : Goku, Vegeta, and Broly. The move even goes on to show the history of Goku’s, Vegeta’s and Broly’s fathers.

A must watch movie for those who like movies filled with manliness!         

#4. My Hero Academia Two Heroes

Japanese :  Boku no Hīrō Academia THE MOVIE: Futari no Hīrō
Directed By : Kenji Nagasaki
Music By : Yuki Hayashi
Running time : 97 minutes
Production Company : Bones
Box Office : $19,531,472
Imd :

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Directed by Kenji Nagasaki is the story of how Deku and All Might takes off to I-Island on an invitation. This movie is a great blend of heroism, friendship, comedy, and epic battles. The movie takes place before season 3, and during the summer vacations. The movie takes us on a ride on everything about One For All to Deku’s insecurities as a quirkiness middle school boy and other my hero academia franchise side-stories. The movie deepens the overall characteristics and character development of All Might and Deku. Not to forget the movie even introduces 2 anew characters. Much like in the anime, Mha yet again had awesome fightings scenes and great art style altogether.

By far this movie is solely dedicated to all the shonen label and mha lovers      

#5. Pokemon The First Movie – Mewtwo vs Mew

  • Japanse : Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā: Myūtsū no Gyakushū
  • Directed By : Kunihiko Yuyama
  • Music By : Shinji Miyazaki
  • Running time : 75 minutes
  • Production Company : OLM, Inc.
  • Box Office : 163.6 million
  • Imd :

Well, many lots of people have criticized this movie for being too genial yet chaotic. While the animation was amazing, the plot didn’t seem to fit well. BUT one cannot ignore how the Pokemon franchise has been a part of our life. The story has a lot of plot holes but in the chaotic mess, there are a lot of lessons we are taught on life. And there is no logic in the plot as it is meant for kids. If you have a thing for pokemon that should let this movie a go.

A must see plugin for all pokemon fans.

#6. Howl’s Moving Castle

  • Japanse : Hauru no Ugoku Shiro
  • Directed By : Hayao Miyazaki
  • Music By : Joe Hisaishi
  • Running time : 119 minutes
  • Production Company : Studio Ghibli
  • Box Office : US$235.1 million
  • Imd :

With the much-awarded film, Spirited Away. The author brings yet another such visually spectacular story for the viewers. The protagonist Sophie is in her late teens and has been working in a hat shop opened years ago by her dead father. She often used to get harassed by local boys and one day she unexpectedly gets befriended by Howl, a unknown flamboyant wizard whose large home ( A Castle ) can travel under its own power much like in the anime seven deadly sins what meliodas has. However, the story takes a dreadful turn when the antagonist is unpleased with the friendship of the two protagonists Sophie and Howl and turns the pretty young Sophie……….. No spoilers 😉

To know more about this tale do tagg along with this anime movie and you won’t regret it especially if you like fairy tales like cinderella and frozen.      

#7. Akira

  • Japanse : Akira
  • Directed By : Katsuhiro Otomo
  • Music By : Shōji Yamashiro
  • Running time : 124 minutes
  • Production Company : Tokyo Movie Shinsha
  • Box Office : $49 million
  • Imd :

‘Akira’ is an astonishingly influential film, easily as much so as cinema’s touchstones Citizen Kane and Pulp Fiction. Its impact is made more difficult to judge, though, given that it was made more than 16 years ago, and didn’t make an initial impact outside of Japan. Oddly, this made its influence even more profound, benefiting from ‘word of mouth’ and the influx of cheap VHS at the end of the Eighties. It’s also gained enough of a following to warrant being digitally remastered, at a cost of over US$1 million, as a ‘Special Edition,’ which I am basing these comments on. Akira filtered, like a software virus, into the bedrooms of what would become Generation X.

Non- Mainstream ( In No Fixed Order )

#1. 5 Centimeters Per Second

  • Japanese : Byōsoku Go Senchimētoru
  • Directed By : Makoto Shinkai
  • Music By : Tenmon
  • Running time : 63 minutes
  • Production Company : CoMix Wave Inc.
  • Box Office : n/a
  • Imd :

The movie completely rejects all of the usual tropes that you’ve come to expect from anime and romantic media like this. The animation doesn’t even stray into ridiculous for a second and there aren’t any prominent romance tropes that you’d expect either. In this way, it catches you very off-guard and smashes your expectations. It’s also a very slow-paced movie that opts to trace the lives of these characters over the long-term. It explores the characters to an almost incredible extent and you really get a feel for what these characters are thinking. You’ll notice a labyrinth of rich subtext and metaphors embedded deep into this film.

#2. The Grave Of Fireflies

  • Japanse : Hotaru no Haka
  • Directed By : Isao Takahata
  • Music By : Michio Mamiya
  • Running time : 89 minutes
  • Production Company : Studio Ghibli
  • Box Office : $5 million
  • Imd :

In the waning days of World War II, American bombers drop napalm canisters on Japanese cities, creating fire storms. These bombs, longer than a tin can but about as big around, fall to earth trailing cloth tails that flutter behind them; they are almost a beautiful sight. After they hit, there is a moment’s silence, and then they detonate, spraying their surroundings with flames. In a Japanese residential neighborhood, made of flimsy wood and paper houses, there is no way to fight the fires.

#3. The Girl Who Lept Through Time

Japanse : Toki o Kakeru Shōjo

Directed By : Mamoru Hosoda

Music By : Kiyoshi Yoshida

Running time : 98 minutes

Production Company : Madhouse

Box Office : ¥260 million Yen

Imd :

THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME is a dazzling and engaging take on both the coming of age story and the time travel story. Rather than using time travel to change the course of big historical events like in the anime steins gate, Makoto uses her ability to try and alter the little moments between her and her best friends, boys Chiaki and Kosuke.

She learns that these travels can cause even bigger problems than she originally anticipated, and the film takes some unexpected plot twists that will keep kids guessing.

#4. The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya

  • Japanese : Suzumiya Haruhi no Shōshitsu
  • Directed By : Tatsuya Ishihara, Yasuhiro Takemoto
  • Music By : Satoru Kōsaki
  • Running time : 162 minutes
  • Production Company : Kyoto Animation
  • Box Office : ¥830 million Yen
  • Imd :

Taking place after the end of “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya,” Disappearance picks up during the winter. The SOS Brigade is preparing to throw a christmas party in the club room with Haruhi’s hot pot cooking. One morning, king of snark Kyon wakes up to find that Haruhi is missing, and no one remembers meeting him or her.Kyoto Animation normally doesn’t have the flashiest art style, but Disappearance is an exception to that. The artwork is absolutely breathtaking at times and the animation is so fluid yet subtle that it adds life to the characters and world.

#5. Children who chase lost voices

  • Japanese : Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo
  • Directed By : Makato Shinkai
  • Music By : Tenmon
  • Running time : 116 minutes 
  • Production Company : CoMix Wave Flims
  • Box Office : NA
  • Imd :

“Hoshi o Ou Kodomo” is certainly no exception with a central theme of life and death and the mysterious rumors of a world within the Earth, a place where ancient knowledge and memories dwell, and ancient divine entities wander the land, who used to give guidance to humankind. This film can be interpreted in many different ways, this was mine. The soundtrack is both ethereal and powerful, intertwining with the visuals in a flawless way. To summarize, Shinkai’s new work is a touching and compelling tale of friendship, love and hatred, truth, deceit, but foremost about letting go.

Into the Forest of Fireflies

  • Japanese : Hotarubi no Mori e
  • Directed By : Takahiro Omori
  • Music By : Makoto Yoshimori
  • Running time : 44 minutes
  • Production Company : Brain’s Base
  • Box Office : na
  • Imd :

Through each stage of Hotaru’s life, we see and hear her thoughts about Gin and the strange, magical world she has wandered into. Viewers see how a little girls childish affections of her savior develop into friendship and then finally love for him. The only obstacles are the magic that separates Hotaru and Gin, and time. These underlying problems are the force that develops the two characters until the long awaited Summer Festival, something the two will never forget.

Princess Mononoke

  • Japanese : Mononoke-hime
  • Directed By : Hayao Miyazaki
  • Music By : Joe Hisaishi
  • Running time : 133 minutes
  • Production Company : Studio Ghibi
  • Box Office : 159.4 million USD
  • Imd :

Hayao Miyazaki is a great animator, and his “Princess Mononoke” is a great film. Do not allow conventional thoughts about animation to prevent you from seeing it. It tells an epic story set in medieval Japan, at the dawn of the Iron Age, when some men still lived in harmony with nature and others were trying to tame and defeat it. It is not a simplistic tale of good and evil, but the story of how humans, forest animals and nature gods all fight for their share of the new emerging order. It is one of the most visually inventive films I have ever seen.

Perfect blue

  • Japanese : Pāfekuto Burū
  • Directed By : Satoshi Kon
  • Music By : Masahiro Ikumi
  • Running time : 81 minutes
  • Production Company : Madhouse 
  • Box Office : 768,050 yen
  • Imd :

A singer in an up-and-coming teen girl-band decides to quit pop music and try to get into acting. But just as she does so, her erstwhile bandmates get a smash-hit single without her. Meanwhile, she can only get small demeaning acting roles – including that of a rape victim. Moreover, the attentions of a crazed stalker send her psychologically over the edge, and she increasingly can’t tell fact from fiction. T

he action is wrapped up with a slightly ridiculous reveal, which doesn’t quite make sense on its own terms, but Perfect Blue has its own kind of cult pungency.his animated exploitation movie from Japanese film-maker and manga artist Satoshi Kon is rereleased 20 years after its original appearance. Based on a 1991 novel of the same name by Yoshikazu Takuechi, it is a broad, brash pulp thriller which isn’t shy about explicit violence and softcore nudity, and some of its scenes are incidentally pretty uncomfortable in our Weinstein age.

Author Posts

Leave a Reply