I was kind of surprised when I realised I hadn’t already completed a top 5 list of anime movies but I guess it makes sense given I don’t really seek out movies, even if they directly continue on from a series. I still haven’t watched the Eden of the East movies even though they came with the series when I bought it on DVD. I intend to. I will at some point. I just haven’t gotten to it yet.
It was also a harder list to write than I thought because while I enjoyed the Given Movie, I am well aware that as a movie, it isn’t that good. It really only works for fans of the anime and can’t really stand on its own. So putting something like that on a top 5 anime movie list, really wouldn’t work. That said, I do have a list of 5 anime movies that I do want to put out there and then I’d love to hear what would be on your list.
I did ask yesterday on Twitter and you can find the responses here.
What are your top 5 anime movies?
Honourable mention going to Stranger by the Shore, largely because having a BL movie that ended up being that good was kind of exciting. It doesn’t quite hold up to some of the other titles on the list, but I did want to give it a mention.
No. 5 – Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic
Now, I will happily conceded that Book of the Atlantic is not the most amazing movie ever. However, it is a lot of fun seeing this cast of characters cut loose in a movie that manages to parody Titanic while still feeling like it is it’s own creation.
For such a silly premise and with the characters all going all out, you wouldn’t think there’d be much to take away other than a few laughs and a lot of dead passengers, but Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic manages to throw in some crucial character development and reveals along the way even while it makes you fall in love with the cast all over again.
I’m not entirely sure if it would make sense as a stand-alone anime movie, but I know for fans of Black Butler this one is unmissable.
No. 4 – The Boy and The Beast
I’d be the first to concede that The Boy and the Beast doesn’t have a very original storyline, being a pretty straight forward voyage and return affair with a coming of age narrative almost rushed through in a movie that has its sights set clearly on the end-point. With all that said though, I loved this anime movie.
I found it beautiful to watch and I really enjoyed getting to know the two main characters and watching them grow together over the course of the story.
Originality is all well and good but sometimes telling a well known story and sticking with the clichés can work well if you do it well. And The Boy and the Beast certainly does that and is very entertaining to watch.
No. 3 – A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice isn’t the easiest anime movie to watch given its subject matter dealing with bullying and attempted suicide, and ultimately I feel it doesn’t quite commit to the plot it has set up as it resolves far more peacefully than it feels like it should. However, it is a beautifully constructed movie and one that takes on a major social issue and does it with a little bit of finesse.
Where this movie really works is that it slowly builds up its cast as we start with a fairly isolated protagonist whose world expands over the course of the story and we also learn how he came to his current position and what is motivating him.
As I said, not an easy watch but definitely an anime movie worth watching if you haven’t seen it yet.
No. 2 – Spirited Away
It seems crazy to me that I haven’t reviewed Spirited Away as it is one of the few Studio Ghibli movies I’ve watched more than once and one of the few I genuinely love. Other than including it in a list of my top 5 anime train sequences, this anime movie hasn’t really appeared on my blog at all, and that’s just wrong (though it is a very pretty train).
This one is another coming of age story with a voyage and return plot which sees our main character forced to take employment at a bath-house for spirits in order to save her parents who have transformed into pigs after eating some food. Basically, she needs to stop whining about the fact that she’s moving away from everything she knows and needs to learn to stand on her own. Which she does spectacularly over the course of the movie.
And naturally, since it is a Ghibli movie it is beautiful to watch. I doubt there’s many anime fans who haven’t tried this one but I seriously recommend it if you haven’t.
No. 1 – The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
While I’ve certainly written about Haruhi Suzumiya before, I haven’t actually reviewed it and I haven’t reviewed the movie, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya.
The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya was the anime movie that convinced me to watch anime movies. Prior to watching it, I’d only really seen like the Sailor Moon Movies and other tie in films with anime that were of pretty middling quality and worked as an add on to a beloved series but not much else.
Haruhi Suzumiya on the other hand managed to create a parallel world where the titular character from the series didn’t exist (or at least wasn’t where she was supposed to be), tell a beautifully crafted story developing supporting cast members, bring the main cast back together, provide a logical reason for why all of this happened and look really good doing it. Seriously, this movie was amazing and this is the bench mark for anime movies and so far I’ve yet to see another movie following a series that has come close (again, I don’t watch too many anime movies so I’m sure there are some out there).
Anyway, if you haven’t watched this movie, it might be worth giving it a go. I’ll admit, you’ll probably be a little confused if you haven’t watched the series, but its still an amazing experience so watch it anyway.
And that’s my list of Top 5 anime movies that I’ve watched. Now I’d love to hear what some of your favourites are.
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