To all busy people who wish to watch more animated movies! No matter what your life situation is, we hope that you can choose the best-quality movies without spending lots of time on researching and detracting from your busy life. This article could be your new best friend! Japan is famous for producing innovative animated films. Anime movies are typically more engrossing and well-produced than the standard series episodes shown on Japanese TV once a week. If you want to watch a movie that can satisfy your curiosity, the following select Japanese works must be your first choice!
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train
The very popular movie “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train” was released recently as a film continuation of the Japanese anime series Demon Slayer. The movie was released in 2020, and the popularity of the movie means that it could still top the Japanese movie charts for 2021 as well. The story covers the continued journeys of the protagonists Tanjirou, Nezuko, Zenitsu, and Inosuke riding on the mysterious ‘Infinite Train’, and how their paths cross with the ‘Flame Hashira’ Kyōjuro Rengoku as they band together on a mission to kill all demons lurking on the train. The story is an especially pivotal one for Rengoku’s character. At the same time, the high quality art and cast performances are very exciting, and won over fans old and new.
Hayao Miyazaki of the popular Japanese studio Ghibli is the director and script of the animated film “Spirited Away”. It is the emotional tale of a little girl who accidentally entered the world of the gods and then experienced many incredible events and life lessons. This work set a record of 23.5 million views and 30.8 billion yen in revenue in Japan at the box office that would not be broken for many years. It could be considered as the work that most brought Miyazaki to notice in the West.
The animated film ‘Akira’ was released in 1988 by the Japanese manga artist and anime director Katsuhiro Otomo and adapted from Otomo’s original manga of the same name. Akira was once regarded as one of the greatest animated works in history in the United States, and it has received very high positive reviews in many magazines and media. “Akira” has fans all over the world that love it to this day, decades later. It is a high-quality anime film that is known to be rather bloody and violent, but its animation quality and scope set the standards of modern animation.
Ghost in the Shell
Released in 1995 from director Mamoru Oshii and screenwriter Kazunori Ito, it is an animated film adapted from the Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell and the first work in the Ghost in the Shell series of animations. The well-known company Production I.G is responsible for the animation. The quality of the animation is unquestionably high. Ghost in the Shell is set in a high-tech future of 2029. The story is focused on the protagonist Motoko Kusanagi, a high-powered cyborg special agent. The fascinating story content, coupled with high-quality animation, has kept this animated film very popular even now.
A Silent Voice
‘The Shape of Voice’ is an animated film that has touched the hearts of many people. The story describes the hearing impaired and discriminated heroine Shoko Nishimiya in the male protagonist’s class. How the two try to convey their thoughts and feelings to each other seems simple at first, but it is actually very deeply portrayed within the innovative story. While it is mainly an anime for younger audiences, the author presents a lot of of moral conundrums for viewers to think over that is appealing for audiences of any age.
My Neighbor Totoro
Like ‘Spirited Away’, this film is directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, and a coproduction with Tokuma Bookstore. The story depicts the beautiful nature of rural Japan, in an era before the high economic development, in a world that only children can see. The main female protagonist meets incredible creatures such as Totoro and Cat Bus, and goes on a big adventures with them. The author’s rich imagination is effective at evoking the nostalgia and admiration of the audience. From the time it was launched to the modern day, Totoro is still popular with new generations of fans.
The animated Pokemon movie series are an especially beloved part of the ultra-popular Pokémon series, with fans all over the world. At present, Japan has released 23 movies in the series. Since 1998, Pokémon has released a movie into theaters every year, each with an impressively high animation budget. From the ever-increasing number of Pokémon and the engaging story content, there will always be more room for this series to grow and gain new fans.
The above is just a small selection of a few Japanese anime movies that are suitable for anyone. Are there are any ones that have already grabbed your interest? Different animated films can be fun in their own, different ways, so it is recommended not to worry so much about the content before you give a new film a try!