Japanese anime is one of the famous movie genres today. The reason these movies click with kids is because of the thoughtful, insightful and creative approach. While the anime shares a long history with Japan, many countries have followed suit due to its popularity.
Here in the blog below, we will discuss the best animated movies in Japan. Let’s check the countdown below and find out in detail which movies from the whole bunch have been added to the roster.
- Abducted as if by magic
When it comes to claiming the number one spot for Best Animated Feature, Spirited Away stands tall. The film was released in 2001 and is considered a masterpiece for many reasons. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli, the film remains the highest-grossing anime to date. The feature film’s plot centers on Chihiro Ogino, a ten-year-old college student who accidentally enters the spirit world. Left alone in an unknown space, the crux of the story is how she fights the witch Yubaba and saves her parents.
- The girl who jumped in time
This film is yet another masterpiece from the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Although the animated film’s theatrical release took place in 2006, it still managed to gain a cult following over the years. The story of the film focuses on time travel and follows the journeys of three high school students. What makes the anime different is that it takes place 20 years after the girl in the novel. With the interest, studies and careers of teenagers, the film carefully touches every sphere of life. One of the best anime created over the years, this one will stay with you!
- your name
Japan is a wonderland and there is no doubt about it. While the country is blessed with technological prowess, anime is one of those areas in which the nation excels. your name is an animated film that is best suited for children of all ages. Directed by Makoto Shinkai, the popular film has won both international and domestic awards. The story centers on two characters, Taki and Mitsuha, who find their lives strangely linked. One of the best things about the movie is that the director has portrayed the real world beautifully, which is sure to grab your attention.
This world-famous animated film was first conceived as a manga series for television. The setting for the film is in Neo-Tokyo which was destroyed by World War III. There are two main characters, namely Akira and Tetsuo Shima, and how their lives change when the latter gains supernatural power. While the film’s climax is different from the manga, one thing’s for sure it will keep kids hooked on screen. With the best direction, the best graphics and the best screenplay, the feature film has become a cult classic over the years.
- Princess mononoke
This is yet another powerful animated film that Japan has brought to the world. Princess Mononoke was originally released in 1997 and has since grown into one of the best Japanese animated films. The story of the film takes place during the Muromachi period (1336-1573) and has two main characters Ashitaka and San. What makes the film appealing to children is that it teaches us the value of nature in a deep way. The film shows the conflict between humans and nature and how the two harmoniously coexist in the end forming the knot. With an excellent script, direction and above all a message, this film is a must-see at all costs.
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