Anime Movies

I think i’ve been procrastinating enough… it’s time I published my ultimate top 25 anime movies. I consider that you should watch every single anime on this list… meaning that I won’t be rating them from good to very good. I believe that there is no such thing as the best anime ever, so here’s a list of those I very much enjoyed in a nonspecific order.

 

1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1985).

 

The valley of the wind is my favorite Miyazaki film. A masterpiece about the atrocity of wars, the destruction fo the environment and feminism. A touching story as relevant today as it always was… and always will be.

 

2. Chihayafuru (2011)

 

Still ongoing, Chihayafuru proved itself to be a very well done anime. With all the loveable character you will most probably found yourself emotionally compromise at multiple occasion. I never expected to love an anime about people playing a poetry card game (karuta).

 

3. Space Brothers (2007)

 

Also ongoing, Space Brothers relate the story of two brothers who share a common dream of becoming astronaut. But it is much more then that, this anime is about finding the right path in life… It’s about following your dream and not forgetting them.

 

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

 

A beautiful, yet cruelly sad movie relating the story of two young japanese children living in the horrible days of World war II. This movie is yet an other example of what can be done with animation. Fuck the wars, seriously.

 

5. Toradora (2008).

 

In the vast array of mediocre high school anime, I find Toradora to be an exception and rather quite enjoyable. The characters are all likeble and all have their own insecurity. If you have to pick up one high school anime, Toradora is pretty much the one.

 

6. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011)

 

The cruelly sad story of the death of young girl and the complicated relationship of friends after her death. This anime will emotionally compromise you to the point of tears.

 

7. No.6 (2011).

 

I love stories of dystopian society when they go bad. Imagine a beautiful city with awesome infrastructure and seemingly happy looking people… but where the old people are killed when they are not longer needed, art is not allow and where you can’t say anything against your goverment in fear of death. This anime is simply perfect, from the animation, character, story and setting. I could watch it over and over again.

 

8. Fairy Tail (2009).

 

 

Even 175 episodes deep, this anime is still holding it for me. The character and the camaraderie are honest and amusing. There’s just something about Fairy Tail that makes me tear up all the time and I don’t know what it is. I’ve never been fan of the big 3… but Fairy Tail is certainly on an other level. I hate to suggest anyone to watch 175 episodes… but you should do it, you won’t regret it.

 

9. Ouran High School Host club (2006).

 

I feel bad to put a reverse harem on this list, but Ouran High school host club deserve it. Instead of a disgustingly sexist show like most reverse or regular harem, we get something truly honest with interesting theme like sexual identity. I find it sad that this anime got a bad reputation from all the horrible cosplay lovers with cheap costume (i’m not a fan of fandom). But this is a sincere show that will undoubtedly make you feel good.

 

10. Steins Gate (2011).

 

For it’s incredible portrait of time travel…and for the heart wrenching moments of seeing a character being broken over and over again. For being funny and incredibly sad at the same time. You need to watch this anime. It will make you think twice about time travel.

 

11. Sword Art Online (2011).

 

I don’t care about all the hate this anime is getting. Personally, I loved it and I belive it is worth being on this list. Sword Art Online is a beautiful love story, with gorgeous animation and interesting set-up.

The World it created really stimulated my imaginary and I often found myself wishing that such game was possible. I would perhaps mention that the second part of the first season is not really good. I suggest stoping at episode 14 and imagining the rest of the story for yourself. (please enjoy hating me for liking SAO idc)

 

12. Princess Mononoke (1997).

 

Princess Mononoke is yet an other movie that push the bounderies of what can be done with animation. An enviromental fairy tale about the clash between nature and the dangers of modern industrialisation. Finding the right path between co-existance and extinction.

 

13. Tsuritama (2012).

 

Tsuritama is funny, refreshing and engaging. It’s a well made anime all throughout. Yes, it’s an anime about fishing… and I hate fishing… and you probably hate fishing too… but don’t let that stop you from watching Tsuritama, the fishing is only an excuse to tell a great story.

 

14. Black Butler (2008).

 

Yet another awesome anime with a horrible fandom. Black Butler was the first anime I ever watched and was quite impress with what could be done with animation. I always imagine that anime were made for children… so very wrong I was. A dark and poetic anime with great cast.

 

15. Jormungand (2012).

 

The military industrial complex is one of those subject no one will ever speak of. The media is afraid of it, mostly because of their ties with the arm manufacturers… but this anime does tackle the sad reality of gun culture. All trough out the show, I don’t believe that they ever idolize the usage of gun, in fact, they often remind themselves that they hate weapons and will work in a way to stop their propagation. The anti-hero of the show, Koko, will work on some big quest to stop wars around the world and will come up with one of those dilemma that I can’t even get my mind around. Sometime I think she’s right; and sometime I think she’s coco. Jormungand is an awesome political anime that we just don’t get to see all the time.

 

16. Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012).

 

I loved that movie, probably because I secretly wish I could move to such small house away from the city and live on my very own vegetable. The character are very likable and the simple animation gives it a unique tone.

 

17. Ghost in the Shell (2017).

 

Ghost in the shell is just one of those anime with incredible story telling and very interesting theme (I particularly enjoy the story line about robots reaching individuality). The protagonist is a strong female character who does not give a fuck about what a man will think of her and that is quite something in itself.

In the first season she’s wearing what could be consider quite extravagant clothes, but not because someone is forcing her to, because she wants to. She’s not your typical maid café lady calling people master. She’s simply awesome.

 

18. Death Note (2006).

 

Death Note has a very rich story telling with a lot of awesome plot twist. The interesting character and whole concept of doing thing for the greater good really makes it one in a kind. I watched this anime in two days because I never simply manage to stop myself, I always needed more, more and more ! To this day… i’m not even sure what would i do in the same situation of the main character. To kill or not to kill, certainly a worthy question.

 

19. Zetsuen No Tempest (2012).

 

Still very recent, I do belive this anime deserve to be on this list. A Shakespearian tragedy of revenge, love and death. Top this anime with a solid soundtrack and beautiful animation and you will get an awesome anime who will undoubtedly find his place on most top list in the future. Oh, and it has magic and stuff.

 

20. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009).

 

I believe Brotherhood to be superior to the original but it could be because I already knew the characters and knew what would happen… but anyhow. Trough seemingly light story telling, the show tackle huge subject like the atrocity of wars, the power of religion, the idiocy of fanaticism and the unlawful corruption of government. Not to mention this whole quest of identity and finding a meaning of life. This is one of those anime you need to watch…

 

21. Sword of the Stranger (2007).

 

Sword of the Strangers is an amazing samourai movie with perfect action scenes. The film is pretty straight forward and does not have a lot of underdone like a studio Studio Ghibli film. But I enjoyed it very much anyway (perfect for rainy days).

 

22. Fate/Zero (2006).

 

This anime is very much capable of standing on his own and is more enjoyable then the original. Instead of having an anime with random teenagers who just happened to to find themselves in this war, we have full grown adults with a wide range of objective.

 

23. Durarara!! (2010).

 

Durarara is an anime with a headless biker, a black russian selling cheap sushi, gang wars, leader less online organisation, out of this world powerful bartender and much more. For it originality alone, this deserve to be on this list. It’s also very fun to watch.

 

24. Psycho-Pass (2012).

 

I really enjoy anime with big government overreach, these dystopian society fill with inequality and injustice. A society with just enough similarity to our current situation that we can step back and really wonder what would we do in the same situation. A show with an awesome anti-hero and a lot of character who want to stand for what they think is right.

 

25. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

 

This film manage to speak about the atrocity of war (this is a miyazaki film after all…) and yet, it also manage to be so incredibly magical and refreshing at the same time.

 

Summary

This top 25 will always be changing but will always stay 25. If I find myself in a position of wanting to place a new anime in here, one will have to go out. Last update 05/12/2020.

Below is a quick rundown of the All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don’t want Miss.

1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1985)

2. Chihayafuru (2011)

3. Space Brothers (2007)

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

5. Toradora (2008)

6. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011)

7. No.6 (2011)

8. Fairy Tail (2009)

9. Ouran High School Host club (2006).

10. Steins Gate (2011)

11. Sword Art Online (2011)

12. Princess Mononoke (1997)

13. Tsuritama (2012)

14. Black Butler (2008)

15. Jormungand (2012)

16. Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012)

17. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

18. Death Note (2006)

19. Zetsuen No Tempest (2012)

20. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009)

21. Sword of the Stranger (2007)

22. Fate/Zero (2006)

23. Durarara!! (2010)

24. Psycho-Pass (2012)

25. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

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