Top 8 Best Anime Movies
While binge watching an entire anime series is one of the best ways to dive into a new world, sometimes you just don’t have the time.
You want a quick story you can complete from start to finish is just an hour or two.
Only problem is that a lot of anime movies kind of suck.
They seem to just throw it together because they can capitalize on the popularity of the anime and know they will make money anyway.
At least that’s how it use to be. I have to say, in more recent years this is starting to change. Maybe the budget has gotten higher because of the increase of popularity, or maybe the movie studios realized they can make EVEN MORE money if the movie isn’t a flop.
But to save you the time and hassle I’m going to list my 10 favorite anime movies and where you can watch them. To avoid any spoilers, I’ll only put a short description. That way you at least know what you’re in for so you can decide what to watch.
8 Ghost in the Shell – Amazon Video
There’s a reason this one is a classic. It’s fanatastic and one of the “first” well written anime movies I can remember.
It’s a “cyperpunk” dystopian future where technology and human integration is everywhere. The show consists of cyborgs that make up a task force that solves crime and prevents terrorism.
If you’re a fan of cyberpunk (the genre or the most recent video game) you will absolutely love this move.
7 A silent voice – Crunchyroll, Netflix, Amazon
One of the absolute best slice of life/romance movies I have ever seen, anime aside.
The plot is this:
There’s a new girl in elementary school who is deaf. Everything seems to be going well with her classmates and she uses a notebook to communicate with them.
Kids being kids.. this gets old. One of the “popular” boy starts to bully her and even goes so far as to rip her hearing aids out.
Long story short, the girl moves away and the main character starts to get bullied for his actions instead.
He becomes depressed and antisocial. Eventually he decides to try and find the girl he picked on all those years ago, so that he can apologize.
6 Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl –
Mostly unavailable (Without naming any websites, if you type “stream” and the name of the movie into google, you should find it)
So first off, if you haven’t seen “Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai” go do that RIGHT NOW.
It is one of the best damn anime’s I have ever seen.
It’s part romance part sci-fi mystery. And it does both of them really really well. If you HAVE seen the anime already then you are seriously missing out by not watching the follow up movie.
The movie takes place after the events of Bunny Girl Senpai. Mai and Sakuta have been dating for about 6 months or so. But Sakuta’s first love comes back.
She tells Sakuta that Mai is going to die soon. And he is devastated, and heart broken.
The two of them work together to try and change the future so that Mai can live. But it comes at a price.
The movie is so well done and just as engaging as the anime itself. Put these high on your list if you haven’t watched them yet.
5 Naruto: The Last – Netflix
I usually HATE the popular series movies. They’re almost never good and seem to be thrown together by a sixth grader.
But I have to say that Naruto:The Last was pretty darn good.
The fighting is exactly what you’d expect from a good Naruto episode. Badass ninjas using their skills with flashy combat and bloody scenes.
But what I really liked about this movie is it finally explained the connection between Naruto and Hinata. I always felt this was very lackluster in the anime.
If you’re only going to watch ONE Naruto movie, I highly suggest it to be this. It’s the best one in terms of action by far, and also does a great job of explaining some things that the anime didn’t.
4 Demon Slayer Movie - CrunchyRoll
I honestly don’t think I need to even say anything about this one…
Chances are if you like anime you’ve already seen it. If you haven’t the I just feel sorry for you.
Go watch it now.
3 Your Name – Netflix, Amazon
This is basically like a “freaky Friday” scenario but way better and not shitty at all.
Two teenagers start to have this very bizarre connection with each other. They start to have “dreams” of being in someone else’s body. Only to find out they are changing bodies with one another temporarily.
It’s not really a comedy, it’s actually quite sad at times. But I promise you there is a happy ending. So don’t let that throw you off.
It’s a movie full of ALL the feels and the mystery is gripping as hell. Fantastic movie all around and give it a 9/10
2 ORANGE: Future –
Unfortunately you’ll have to stream this one online too.. but it’s worth it I promise.
This is another one of those movies like the “rascal” series that is hard to find and was a limited release. The reason I included it is because you SHOULD absolutely watch the anime “orange”. It’s not crazy popular but I’m not sure why.
The plot is fantastic if you like slice of life and mystery. It’s about a really close group of friends. One of them receives a letter from someone claiming to be “her” in the future.
The letter claims that their new friend is going to kill himself.
The show is all about her struggling with this future and trying to prevent what is bound to come.
The movie is a MUST watch after you see the anime. It does a way better job of explaining the event’s that took place, as well as finally gives some closure to seeing a happy future.
If you want a good anime “date day” then stream this whole anime and then watch the movie. You will have a heart that ends up filled with happiness in the end.
1 The Girl Who Lept Through Time
– Amazon, Crunchyroll
This is a bizarre one, but it is absolutely gripping in every way.
It’s about a girl who discovers a weird message on a blackboard. On her way home from school she is riding her bike. Her brakes fail and she accidently goes into a railroad crossing and gets hit by a train.
Only she gets transported back in time to riding her bike before the accident…
You guessed it. She has the power to “leap through time”.
Everything seems great at first. She’s never late and gets perfect grades now.
Only she starts to discover that other people get negatively affected by this.
I don’t want to ruin anything, but this is a wonderful movie, and I am positive you will love it as a “one-off” story.