In case you didn’t know, the anime genre is not limited to Japanese cartoons. It’s a diverse, artistic, and highly poetic brand of TV and cinema. You may have seen the Hollywood version of one or more Anime movies. Let me guess, it was The Departed (which was originally a Hong Kong crime thriller Infernal Affairs). I have seen it over 20 times on my Spectrum TV and DVD player combined.
Some remakes are nice others don’t do justice to the original anime content. The only justice is to watch the original anime movies.
So are you up for the challenge of watching anime movies this weekend? Grab a weighted blanket, order your favorite wine, and prepare an enormous bowl of popcorn because you are about to have a wonderful experience:
Here is the list of top 7 Anime Movies:
1: Your Name
This movie is a blend of romance, drama, and fantasy. Two teenagers, Taki and Mitsuha, discover a bizarre and magical connection. They are mysteriously drawn towards one another. How? That’s truly a work of art that you must see to believe. Things get complicated when they decide to meet in person.
Your Name scored the position of the highest-grossing Japanese movie and 9th highest-grossing non-English anime movies worldwide, so it’s worth watching.
2: Princess Mononoke
Who hasn’t heard of “Princess Mononoke.” It was a heavy-hitting anime movie of its time, majorly because of its environmental concerns.
Mononoke tells the story of a young protagonist, Ashitaka, searching for a cure to a curse from a deer-like god, Shishigami. He is caught in a conflict between spirits in the forest and an evil mining company. The movie is going to get a little bloody, so bear with it. But it’s brilliant. You will be thrilled by the high octane animations.
3: Castle in the Sky
Here is another gem that you wouldn’t want to miss out on. An orphan, Sheeta, and Col. Muska, her kidnapper, are flying to a military prison. A gang of air pirates attacks their plane. Sheeta nearly escapes the attack and meets Pazu, who is also an orphan. Together, the two set on a journey to find an airborne island called Laputa. They are faced with lots of hardships. Some airship pirates start hunting for Sheeta to steal her mysterious amulet.
Later in the movie, you will learn about her origins and that of Laputa. Among the many lovable qualities of the Castle in the Sky, the audience admired the animation the most.
4: Howl’s Moving Castle
This top-grossing anime movie was released in 2004 in Japan. It’s based on Diana Wynne Jones’s novel of the same name.
The main character of the story, Sophie, is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a witch’s curse. To undo the curse, she befriends Wizard Howl, who lives in a magical flying castle (hence the name).
Howl must use all his magical powers to battle the evil witch and return Sophie to her youth and beauty? The storyline may sound typical, but it’s not. It’s quite exciting to watch all the plot unfolds.
5: Digimon Adventure: Our War Games!
If you are a Digimon fan, this one for you. Some millennials might have seen it already because this movie brought with itself so much hype. There is no harm in watching it again.
Here is how the story unfolds. One crazy day, a mysterious Digi-egg appears on the screen. It evolves into an evil Digimon and swallows all the digital data. Taichi and Yamato, and other Digimons unite to save the world for the second time.
6: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’
Dragon Ball Z is one of the popular Japanese anime movies loved by people all around the world. Resurrection ‘F’ made it to the theaters in 2015.
Frieza’s missions, Sorbet and Tagoma, come to earth to resurrect him by using dragon balls. But Goku and Vegeta are won’t allow this without a fight. Don’t forget to see the post-credit scene at the end of the movie.
7: Weathering with You
Released in 2019, Weathering with you features two young characters. This animated romantic fantasy film is a fun ride. Hodaka, a school-boy, runs away to a remote island in Tokyo. There, he befriends Hina, a girl who has survived in this busy city without her parents. This girl has supernatural abilities to change the weather.
Together the two help many people who wished for wonderful weather for important days such as festivals and weddings. This movie is deep and highs lots of themes like poverty, child-rearing, and some others.
This weekend, I am going to be watching all Dragon Ball Z movies instead of using my Spectrum Internet to play games. Which anime movie are you planning to watch from this list?