30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 27

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Day 27 is tricky. Favourite anime movie? I’m going to be honest, I don’t watch a lot of anime movies. I’ve seen the usual Spirited Away and others but even movies that directly follow on anime series I don’t tend to watch.

Probably more due to lack of options than actually believing this to be the best anime movie, I’m going to go with the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.


Though even with a lack of options, this movie is actually really good. It has a great narrative arc and is almost self-contained (though prior knowledge is still kind of a must). It also gives some truly excellent character moments to several of the cast. Not to mention its beautiful.

I’d love to know your favourite anime movie below. Mostly because it might give me some ideas about which movies I should probably make an effort to watch at some point.

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19 thoughts on “30 Day Anime Challenge: Day 27

  1. I don’t watch anime movies much either – not even the classic ones. But I watched the Steins;Gate movie (Deja Vu something) recently and that was pretty great.

  2. Princess Mononoke (Ghibli) has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Castle in the Sky is fantastic as well, also by Ghibli. More recently I stumbled upon Anthem of the Heart, which is a fantastic, but not as well-known movie. I highly recommend it.

  3. I love Ghibli films, but my favorite is Howl’s Moving Castle, even if it’s quite different from the original material which I dearly loved. I also love Millennium Actress and Tokyo Godfathers. I’ve wanted to watch The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya for a long time but I never got around to doing it. orz

  4. I’d say that, excluding obvious Ghost in the Shell, Satoshi Kon’s movies are all great: cute and at the the same time sad Christmas story “Tokyo Godfathers”, surreal “Paprika”, mysterious and crazy “Perfect Blue” and pseudo-biographical “Millennium Actress”. I really wish Kon could make more

        1. I just kind of feel most anime movies either try to cram too much in and don’t tell a satisfying story, or they rely too heavily on people having seen the series and having pre-existing knowledge so they don’t stand on their own, or they just retell something we’ve seen in the series. Basically, when evaluated as a movie, they aren’t very good by themselves. I’m fine with people disagreeing with my thoughts on that but it is why I find anime movies less than satisfying.

  5. I have downloaded The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya but haven’t yet watched it thanks to my bitter experience with that series (Especially the phase when they just repeated one day over and over again). But after seeing this post and the comments, I guess it’s not bad.
    Oh and by the way….. 5 cm per second and The Girl who leapt through time are my favorite anime movies.

  6. Non-anime franchise related films are easy. I’ve seen all the Ghibli/Miyazaki films and How’s Moving Castle is my favorite. Next to that I’d say Garden of Words and Your Name. Anime movies based off shows/franchises I’d have to say it’s a tie between Black Butler: Book of Atlantic and the movie Psycho-Pass, which basically acted like the horrible season 2 didn’t exist.

  7. Uh, I don’t really watch that many movies either, so mine is Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu too. Well, another possibility could have been the third one of Madoka Magica, but the first part was quite dull.

    Too bad I can’t use Anime movie series though, Kara no Kyoukai would have easily topped it (until I watch the trilogy of Fate/Stay Night: Heaven’s Feel, that is).

  8. I don’t watch a lot of anime movies either, but my favorite would probably be Full Metal Alchemist: Star of Milos just because I love that show and I love that world so much. It wasn’t anything to set the world ablaze, but it was more FMA so I was satisfied.

  9. My favourite anime movie is the most simple one- Kiki’s delivery service. It’s hard to explain, but the peaceful atmosphere of the anime really got to me.

  10. Hmmm…that really is a pretty tough question. There are three movies that I hold in high regard. Two of them are somewhat older, the third is fairly recent.
    The first is Akira. It is a classic, and one that I quite recently saw again. It still is very powerful after all these years.
    The second is Wind of Amnesia. While it is a not a very well known film, I absolutely loved this one and the premise alone was worth it (both Akira and Wind of Amnesia I have reviewed on my blog if you are interested).
    Last is a movie that I saw almost two years ago called When Marnie was there. It was an exceptionally beautiful movie, with a terrific story and breathtaking animation. I might watch this one again soon and do a review for it. Oops, this response has gotten quite long, and I cheated as well by picking three movies. Sorry about that 😊

    1. That’s okay, I have cheated plenty of times on this challenge. Akira I saw many many years ago but only vaguely remember. I know it didn’t really click with me but I didn’t dislike it. I will have to check out your review of Wind of Amnesia sometime. Thanks for sharing.

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