No matter how many live-action movies we watch and like, there’s a unique charm about the animated movies which we simply can’t deny.
None of us can appreciate it better than the Manga-readers. They know that the world of fantasy they read about can fully come alive only in an anime. This is why, when it comes to media adaptation of Manga series, most people, especially the Manga-readers, prefer animated movies over live-action.
Japan has made an esteemed place for itself in Animated movies. The Japanese animated movies are extensively watched, not just in Japan but across the world.
Given below is a list of 7 Japanese Animated movies that if you’re a lover of anime films must watch.
- Akira (1988)
Akira is a post-apocalyptic animated movie set in Tokyo of 2019.
In the movie, we’re taken straight into Neo-Tokyo of 2019; a world rebuilt after the destruction of 1988. It is a world of corruption, instability and resistance, on the verge of a great uprising.
Tetsuo Shima is Shotaro Kaneda’s childhood friend. After a bike accident, Tetsuo develops psychokinetic powers that bring him under the scorn of others. The government considers him a threat to the world.
Kaneda must protect his friend at all costs. But with the entire world against him, will he be able to?
- Spirited Away (2001)
Spirited Away is a fantasy animated movie.
The plot of the film revolves around the 10-years old Chihiro Ogino. One day, on their way home, the Ogino family (Chihiro and her parents) take a different route. Their car breaks down mid-way, in front of a seemingly deserted Amusement Park that Chihiro’s father insists on exploring.
However, not everything is as it seems. Chihiro’s parents magically turn into pigs in the wicked park. The little Chihiro must find a cure for them and return before the night falls, or she would be trapped in the park forever.
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is a sci-fi romantic animated movie.
The movie follows loosely the plotline of a novel with the same title written by Yasutaka Tsutsui. Kazuko Yoshiyama from the novel plays Makoto Konno’s aunt.
The movie focuses on Makoto, a teenager who accidently falls on a time-travelling device and can thus travel back and forth in time.
While she initially misuses her powers for petty things, she’s unaware of the fact that it can affect others, too. Makoto learns that she can use only a limited number of time-leaps. She must use it wisely to set things right before it’s too late.
- Paprika (2006)
Paprika is an animated sci-fi psychological thriller.
The invention of DC Mini is central to the movie. DC Mini is a device that allows people to enter one’s dream. It is developed in order to treat psychiatric patients in a research facility.
Dr. Atsuko Chiba leads the team working on the device. Chiba secretly uses it to enter into the dreams of troubled people outside of the facility to help them. When she enters into one’s dream, Chiba assumes the name Paprika.
One day, the device is stolen from the facility. Since it allows anyone to enter anyone else’s dream, it poses a great threat. Chiba must find the device and bring it back before any irreparable damage is done.
- The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (2013)
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya is a fantasy drama. The animated movie is adapted from the tale of the Bamboo-cutter.
Miyatsuko is a woodcutter who finds a little girl inside a bamboo. Charmed by her, he takes her home and brings her up with his wife.
The girl is named Princess Kaguya. Kaguya grows up to be a young, beautiful woman who catches the attention of all who see her. But she doesn’t find a single man to her liking.
When the king tries to abduct her, she calls to the Moon for protection. Kaguya is originally a resident of Moon who came to Earth looking for a mortal life.
Will she return to the Moon?
- Your Name (2016)
Your Name is a romance fantasy animated movie.
The plot of the movie revolves around the story of Mitsuha Miyamizu and Taki Tachibana. While Mitsuha is a girl from the village of Itomori, Taki lives in Tokyo.
Somehow, both of them wake up to find themselves trapped into each other’s bodies. It soon becomes their routine. They leave each other messages.
However, Taki comes to know of an impending celestial collision about to happen at an upcoming town festival in Itomori.
It becomes the last time they swap bodies. Taki tries to contact Mitsuha and warn her in vain. When they finally meet, he warns her about the collision and asks her to evacuate the town. However, both of them part ways before they can learn each other’s names.
Five years later, with all memory of their adventures lost, they cross paths in Tokyo. And all of a sudden, their memories come rushing back as they happily exchange their names.
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- In This Corner Of The World (2016)
In This Corner Of The World is an animated war drama movie which also features the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US.
The plot of the story tells the story of Suzu, a young woman living in the small town, Eba, in Hiroshima. Suzu marries Shusaku, a navy civilian, and moves to Kure to live with his family.
As the war with Allied Powers takes toll on Japan, Suzu, with other citizens, suffers initially with food rationing, which leads up to losing her parents, brother, niece and even her right hand.
After the war ends, the broken Suzu begins to rebuild her life with Shusaku, and a war orphan they adopt.
For those of you who have never tried watching animated movies, this list is a great place, to begin with. Happy Watching!