Top 10 best anime movies of all time, most of them are from Studio Ghibli. These are among the most favorite anime movies of all age groups.
We witnessed a lot of amazing anime movies in the last few decades, and this made us understand that these anime movies are not just for kids. These anime express the depth of emotions, intense storytelling, complex characters, and the effects of the different problems in the world. These kinds of films are not afraid to show the reality of our society. Over the last few decades, many anime movies have been produced, but there are some that are just works of art.
AKIRA – 8/10
Katsuhiro Otomo‘s way of storytelling can be seen in Akira, a complex story that outdoes other works of science fiction. This anime has deep characters who explore real-world realities, such as excessive military power, making the production a key Japanese animated film.
The movie was adapted in 1988, five years after the launch of the manga. The story is set in 2019 in Neo-Tokyo, after an apocalypse caused by World War III. This production did a great job of showing the expressiveness of its characters in a turbulent setting.
Perfect Blue – 8/10
Perfect Blue is Satoshi Kon‘s debut feature and his masterpiece. The project is based on the novel by Yoshikazu Takeuchi, which bears the same name. The script tackles topics of harassment, fanaticism, and terror, and Kon’s hard work in integrating these aspects allowed the film to become a success with both critics and audiences.
The protagonist’s crisis becomes an opportunity to show the depth of anime movies. The plot presents the descent into the protagonist’s personal hell, where a hard and ruthless story exceeds mere spectacle, becoming an unparalleled artistic piece.
Ghost In The Shell – 8/10
This cyberpunk anime film is set in a high-tech future, where a cyborg woman working as a cop must stop a well-known hacker. It compresses the story from the manga, which handled some aspects in a much more detailed way.
Ghost in the Shell has become a cult work of anime because of its excellent aesthetics and story. Its great reputation, from both the public and the critics, means it is considered a great influence on different films made around the world.
My Neighbor Totoro – 8.2/10
With such beautiful visual aspects, My Neighbor Totoro is among one of the best animated Japanese films. The details in the animation make each character come to life in a unique way and they look real and credible with spectacular (and subtle) facial expressions.
The film was so successful that Totoro became the mascot of Studio Ghibli. Japan has made the character one of the most popular in the country and the film features heartwarming themes of love, friendship, and family.
Magnetic Rose – 8.2/10
Three astronauts are on a mission in an area full of galactic garbage. Here, they discover an artificial satellite in the shape of a rose, which has a mysterious force of attraction.
In the successful film, besides the interesting premise, the proper use of music and visual details captivated audiences. The film is scripted by Satoshi Kon and directed by Kôji Morimoto, who highlighted the anime from a poetic point of view.
Howl’s Moving Castle – 8.2/10
Studio Ghibli’s animation is impressive in this film and was well received by fans, who also love the studio for its heartfelt stories. The details in the animation show a natural fluidity in the actions of the characters and it achieved harmony with this that gives a particular identity to the plot.
The story surrounds a curse on a young woman, which leads her to seek help from a powerful magician. The intense script, soundtrack, and beautiful imagery made this anime a great success, making it one of the most popular films in Japan.
Your Name – 8.4/10
To date, Your Name is the highest-grossing anime in the world (recently taken over by Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train). In 2016, it managed to displace Spirited Away, who had held the first position since 2001. The premise explores themes around Japanese traditions, gender identity, and strong emotions, with drama and romance that is often exalted with humor.
Many people are fans of the film’s visual beauty, which is achieved through its impeccable handling of light, offering a more realistic perspective. Viewers suffer and laugh with this story, which explores how a relationship emerges after two people exchange bodies.
Princess Mononoke – 8.4/10
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke focuses on a moment where modernity and tradition meet in a confrontation between humanity and nature. Here, not a single character remains neutral and everyone shows an enormous profundity that makes the film so attractive.
Certain films are considered perfect by audiences and critics alike, due to various aspects, such as technical quality and ability to communicate a well-written story. Princess Mononoke is one of these films that everyone should see at some point in their lives.
Grave Of The Fireflies – 8.5/10
The film, Grave Of The Fireflies will destroy your heart – the story shows the truth about the war that is often silenced by more action-packed plots. Grave Of The Fireflies features a brother and his little sister surviving on the streets during World War II and it shows it in a raw way.
Studio Ghibli succeeds in perfectly adapting Akiyuki Nosaka’s novel. The masterpiece, directed by Isao Takahata, exudes an artistic beauty in its technical details while transporting the viewer closer to the cruelty of war. In it, these children are shown to be surrounded by adults who express no interest in helping them, even though they are clearly dying of hunger.
Spirited Away – 8.6/10
This film was released in 2001 and has already become a classic, due to its excellence in its technical aspects, soundtrack, character management, accurate narration, and great storytelling. In addition, Spirited Away won a number of awards, including the Oscar for Best Animated Film.
Every detail of the film comes to life and allows the viewer to experience Chihiro’s adventures when she moves to a new home with her parents. Hayao Miyazaki directed and wrote the script for this blockbuster, in which the world of the living is intermingled with the world of the spirits.