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Best Anime Movies


  • Akira

    Akira (R, 2001)

    Cameron Clarke, Mitsuo Iwara, Jan Rabson, Nozomu Sasaki, Lara Cody
    One of the most influential examples of anime, Akira is based on the manga (comic book) by Katsuhiro... read more Otomo. The story is set in the post-apocalyptic community of Neo-Tokyo. Tetsuo is a fiercely individualistic member of a scroungy motorcycle gang. The despotic authorities, the robot-like police, and even the cycle gang pursue Tetsuo when he's bombarded with a new, insidious energy source that has rendered him telekinetic. Budgeted at eight million dollars, Akira has become a cult favorite in the States thanks to generous midnight-movie exposure and its availibilty on video and cable TV. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
  • Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime)

    Princess Mononoke (Mononoke-hime) (PG-13, 1999)

    Y˘ji Matsuda, Yuriko Ishida, Yűko Tanaka, Kaori Kobayashi, Masahiko Nishimura
    Directed by renowned animator Hayao Miyazaki, this anime has broken a number of box office records i... read moren its native Japan. Essentially a statement on the ecological devastation brought on by human advancement, the story follows the battle between Princess Mononoke and a mining village.
    • fb100002957081188
      fb100002957081188: Masterfully juggling a wide variety of themes and messages without ever getting too preachy, this anime epic is like a fine wine aged with Miyazaki's genius.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
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      fb538581652: The anime that started me on anime, great story great artwork
      Reviewed 18 months days ago
    • fb578024273
      fb578024273: .. Dialogue of wolves could have improved but who cares.. I love anime!
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away (PG, 2001)

    Daveigh Chase, Rumi Hiiragi, Jason Marsden, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki
    Master animation director Hayao Miyazaki follows up on his record-breaking 1997 opus Princess Monono... read moreke with this surreal Alice in Wonderland-like tale about a lost little girl. The film opens with ten-year-old Chihiro riding along during a family outing as her father races through remote country roads. When they come upon a blocked tunnel, her parents decide to have a look around -- even though Chihiro finds the place very creepy. When they pass through the tunnel, they discover an abandoned amusement park. As Chihiro's bad vibes continue, her parents discover an empty eatery that smells of fresh food. After her mother and father help themselves to some tasty purloined morsels, they turn into giant pigs. Chihiro understandably freaks out and flees. She learns that this very weird place, where all sorts of bizarre gods and monsters reside, is a holiday resort for the supernatural after their exhausting tour of duty in the human world. Soon after befriending a boy named Haku, Chihiro learns the rules of the land: one, she must work , as laziness of any kind is not tolerated; and two, she must take on the new moniker of Sen. If she forgets her real name, Haku tells her, then she will never be permitted to leave. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
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      fb100000076178752: . Uniquely behind what anyone could imagine. A definitely anime classic!
      Reviewed 3 days days ago
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      fb100003360976844: I'm not a fan of anime. When it's good it can be really good, but 90% of it is really crappy in my opinion. However,
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
    • jjp0617
      jjp0617: I hate Anime, but this was very good. It's very messed up though.
      Reviewed 7 months days ago
  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle (PG, 2005)

    Christian Bale, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, Emily Mortimer, Billy Crystal
    Hayao Miyazaki, the Japanese animation director who wowed audiences worldwide with his award-winning... read more film Spirited Away, brings another visually spectacular tale of imagination to the screen. Sophie is an 18-year-old girl who toils in the hat shop opened years ago by her late father. Often harassed by local boys, one day Sophie is unexpectedly befriended by Howl, a strange but flamboyant wizard whose large home can travel under its own power. However, the Witch of the Waste is displeased with Sophie and Howl's budding friendship, and turns the pretty young woman into an ugly and aged hag. Sophie takes shelter in Howl's castle, and attempts to find a way to reverse the witch's spell with the help of Calcifer, a subdued but powerful demon who exists in the form of fire, and Markl, who protects the four-way door which can instantly take visitors to other lands and dimensions. Howl's Moving Castle was released in North America by Walt Disney Pictures, who distributed the film both in its original Japanese and in a dubbed English version; the English-speaking voice cast includes Christian Bale, Emily Mortimer, Jean Simmons, Lauren Bacall, and Billy Crystal. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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      fb100001414322641: . Howls Moving Castle is not the best Miyazaki film, but it's enjoyable to watch for both anime and non anime fans.
      Reviewed 8 months days ago
    • supercoolbeans2
      supercoolbeans2: Since I'm not very familiar with anime and that whole genre, I'm not sure what I was expecting. But this was visually stunning and it
      Reviewed 2 months days ago
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      fb1138887416: . Plus, I got my parents who don't like anime at all to watch it with me.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Blood: The Last Vampire

    Blood: The Last Vampire (R, 2009)

    Gianna Jun, Koyuki, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon, Allison Miller
    On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year old girl, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented ... read moresoul of a 400 year-old "halfling". Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner, obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts. When she is sent to an American military base in Tokyo by the clandestine organization for whom she works, Saya immediately senses that this may be her opportunity to finally destroy Onigen, the evil patriarch of all vampires. Using her superhuman strength and her sword, she begins to rid the base of its evil infestation in a series of spectacular and elaborate showdowns. However, it is not until she forms her first human friendship in centuries with the young daughter of the base's general that Saya learns her greatest power over Onigen may well be her ability to make a human connection.
    • charlesyoungjr2000
      charlesyoungjr2000: well I thank it is better in anime then aagen it was ok some parts was a little not in the anime
      Reviewed 23 months days ago
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      fb637360697: alogue and fake blood(no biggie),cgi(workable)

      I enjoyed this film, I've never read novel,manga,or anime.I probably will now.
      It has good action and story telling it kept me interested which movies a
      Reviewed 22 months days ago
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      fb638833113: it's a good movie though i haven't seen the anime version to have it compared but overall it's worth your time. storywise it's good, and the eff
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Paprika

    Paprika (R, 2006)

    Megumi Hayashibara, Toru Emori, Katsunosuke Hori, T˘ru Furuya, Akio ďtsuka
    A machine allows therapists to enter patients' dreams. When it's stolen, all hell breaks loose, and ... read moreonly a woman therapist (nicknamed "Paprika") seems able to stop it.
    • fb653220336
      fb653220336: The animation is gorgeous, but the story is really, really weird, even for anime. The title character is absolutely adorable.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • DancesWithPopcorn
      DancesWithPopcorn: A 180 from Studio Ghibli, a quirky, crazy incredibly animated anime.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1549782525: A surreal, mind-bending experience that even a casual anime fan shouldn't miss.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell (R, 1996)

    Richard George, William Knight, Hank Smith, Richard Cansino, Steve Davis
    In the year 2029, the world has become interconnected by a vast electronic network that permeates ev... read moreery aspect of life. That same network also becomes a battlefield for Tokyo's Section Nine security force, which has been charged with apprehending the master hacker known only as the Puppet Master. Spearheading the investigation is Major Motoko Kusanagi, who -- like many in her department -- is a cyborg officer, far more powerful than her human appearance would suggest. And yet as the Puppet Master, who is even capable of hacking human minds, leaves a trail of victims robbed of their memories, Kusanagi ponders the very nature of her existence: is she purely an artificial construct, or is there more? What, exactly, is the "ghost" -- her essence -- in her cybernetic "shell"? When Section Six gets involved in the case, she is forced to confront the fact that there is more here than meets the eye, and that the Puppet Master may hold some of the answers she seeks. But little does she know that he has been seeking her as well. ~ Emru Townsend, Rovi
    • frasermonk
      frasermonk: . But it's the fans of anime that this was made for and on that level it is even more of a respectable, elaborate delight.
      Reviewed 5 months days ago
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      fb1325392881: Awesome animation, but that goes without saying because those anime people really really know how to capture detail and the kinetic excitement of reality. It was
      Reviewed 16 months days ago
    • KEVE1979
      KEVE1979: . The graphics are very good and so is the storyline. Going to be one of the best anime films of all time I reckon.
      Reviewed 20 months days ago
  • Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door)

    Kaub˘i Bibappu: Tengoku no Tobira (Cowboy Bebop the Movie: Knockin' on Heaven's Door) (R, 2003)

    David Lucas, Beau Billingslea, Wendee Lee, Jennifer Hale, Nicholas Guest
    The popular animÚ series Cowboy Bebop gets its own feature-length film with the aptly named Cowboy B... read moreebop: The Movie. Set in the late 21st century, it jumps into the series' story line just prior to its conclusion, with the bounty hunting crew of the interstellar craft Bebop chasing a hacker aboard a tanker into a major city on Mars. As crew member Faye Valentine closes in on the tanker, she witnesses its catastrophic explosion, which soon appears to be a viral terrorist attack as the death toll continues to mount in the days following. Furthermore, Faye caught a glimpse of the person responsible for the blast and is thus the only surviving witness of the crime. After the government puts out a large bounty for the perpetrator's capture, the Bebop gang -- slacker Spike Spiegel, former policeman Jet Black, and hacker girl genius Edward -- begin their own hunt for the mass murderer, who is eventually revealed to be one Vincent Volaju. Vincent, it turns out, was the lone survivor of a governmental medical test and now seeks revenge by unleashing the same microscopic robotic virus used in the tanker explosion on the unsuspecting city. The Bebop crew must scramble to prevent Vincent from carrying out his plan, as well as try to locate an anti-virus to counterattack the effects of Vincent's virus. Released in both dubbed and subtitled cuts in the United States in 2003, Cowboy Bebop - The Movie premiered in Japan in 2001. ~ Ryan Shriver, Rovi
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      fb1351261754: I don't normally like anime, but this movie was really cool. Great animation quality.
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
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      fb1798024417: this is a great anime movie for fans and first timers of the Bebop series. I love how each of the 4 characters stori
      Reviewed 4 years days ago
    • fb108003163
      fb108003163: An anime that defined a generation. Till next time, Space Cowboy
      Reviewed 3 years days ago
  • Ninja Scroll

    Ninja Scroll (Unrated, 1995)

    Stephen Apostolina, Dean Elliott, Wendee Lee, Richard Epcar, Richard Cansino
    Removed from the typical futuristic element of most Japanese animated adventures, this 1994 feature ... read moretakes place in more of a sword-and-sorcery epic set in feudal Japan. Jubei Kipagami, a ninja mercenary, wanders the countryside in search of work. On his travels, he encounters Kagero, a female ninja whose poisoned blood causes her pale skin to be lethal to the touch. Jubei rescues the woman from Tessai, a creature made of rock. They later find that Tessai is one of the Eight Devils of Kimon, who are involved in a plot to overthrow the Shogun. A story of impossible love between Jubei and Kagero is somewhat interesting, but the true draw of Ninja Scroll is its action sequences. The dazzling swordplay of Japanese live-action samurai movies is not often seen in the animated genre, which tends more towards science fiction; however, this animated work has fight scenes in abundance. Although its content is too strong for children, adult fans of Japanese animation, samurai films, and fantasy should find it enjoyable. ~ Jonathan E. Laxamana, Rovi
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      fb701873134: Exceptional anime with great action & story. Is an anime all other samurai anime are compared to. Worth owning.
      Reviewed 6 months days ago
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      fb577180322: Without a doubt one of the finest anime films of all time.
      Reviewed 17 months days ago
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      fb100001046793079: this anime really got me into drawing anime and you cant go wrong with ninjas because they're bad ass
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
  • Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust

    Vampire Hunter D - Bloodlust (R, 2001)

    Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Wendee Lee, John DeMita, Matt McKenzie
    Long a favorite with Japanimation aficionados, Vampire Hunter D is based on the third of Hideyuki Ki... read morekuchi's novels about a futuristic human-vampire hybrid warrior. In the year 12,090, vampires are the rulers of the night, something to which Vampire Hunter D is helping to put an end. After the daughter of a rich man is kidnapped by vampire Meier Link, Vampire Hunter D is hired for ten million dollars to find the girl and bring her back to safety. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi
    • fb1546059203
      fb1546059203: azing film! never really got the storyline but doesn't matter as it's so easy for me to watch as an anime fan! I really do wish voices were louder though.
      Reviewed 9 months days ago
    • fb1002531299
      fb1002531299: My all time favorite anime movie. It's filled with action, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, mystery, and a big thriller. I guess
      Reviewed 2 years days ago
    • fb1267076633
      fb1267076633: An impressive horror film as well as one of the better anime titles. The soundtrack is excellent, and although the story does not measure up to the visuals
      Reviewed 21 months days ago