What are the best anime movies?

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    #1Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    Spirited Away is a Japanese movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. It follows the story of yokai and the spirit world and mythology of Japan. Chihiro and her parents are traveling to their new home when they enter a magical world.


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    Bruce Pearson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Studio Ghibli does such a fantastic job at producing movies that there is nothing bad to say at all. Spirited Away is no exception. Hayao Miyazaki directed the movie and really brought the story of yokai alive. I have always been a huge fan of Studio Ghibli and will continue for a very long time. I can't wait to see what they produce next and will be one of the first to get my hands on it."
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    #2Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle is a Japanese animated fantasy film released in 2004 directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki. This steampunk movie is loosely based on the novel of the same name released in 1986 written by Diana Wynne Jones.


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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "The 73 best ANIME MOVIES you need to watch before you DIE. by paschan-1 | created - 28 Mar 2012 | updated - 17 Aug 2013 | Public. All these titles MUST be ..."
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    Based on the classic tale by Hans Christian Andersen, Hayao Miyazaki tells us the story of Sosuke that rescues a little goldfish named Ponyo. But the father of Ponyo, a powerful sea sorcerer, forces her to return home to the sea. Ponyo wants to be human and her mother, a sea goddess will try to restore balance between nature making her wishes come true.


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    Harini Nair
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro, and Academy Award-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a heartwarming family adventure, now featuring hours of new bonus features never-before-released in North America! "
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    #4Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell
    This anime film based on the manga by Masamune Shirow follows the security agency Section 9 on the hunt for a hacker named Puppet Master and getting trapped in a political intrigue mixed with corporate power.


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    Ao Zou
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Loved this movie. This was very ahead of its time when it first came out in the 90s. The newer version live action was popular too."
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    #5My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro is one of the classics from Studio Ghibli. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this tale of magic, love, fantasy and adventure shows us the story of two young little sisters, Satsuki and Mei, that move with their father to a new house in the countryside while her mother is at the hospital. There, they will meet a forest spirit called Totoro only visible for the kids.


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    Mario Aguilera
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "My Neighbor Totoro is a beautifully animated anime movie, that explores the magic of nature. This is more of a kids' movie, however, some adults will also enjoy it as well. Disney recently acquired the license for this anime movie and have changed the voices for the dubbed version, so if you have seen this in the past this could be somewhat strange to hear the voice changes."
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    #6Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    One of the epic adventures of Studio Ghibli, the Princess Mononoke tells the epic story of the young warrior Ashitaka that travels to the west to find a cure for a deadly curse that is haunting him. In the west, he finds the powerful Lady Eboshi and her people of Iron Town that are in conflict with the mysterious Princess Mononoke, a girl that was raised by wolves. The Princess wants to save the forest and the animal and spirits that live there.


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    Amber Andrews
    Written on May 22, 2018
    "I've been wanting to watch some anime because my husband really likes it, but I wasn't sure where to start. I'm looking for something I think I will enjoy. Princess Mononoke looks great! It's highly rated and has an interesting storyline. I can't wait to watch it!"
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    #7Summer Wars

    Summer Wars

    OZ, a virtual world connected to the internet, has become extremely popular worldwide as a spot for people to engage in a large variety of activities, such as playing sports or shopping, through avatars created and customized by the user. OZ also possesses a nearly impenetrable security due to its strong encryption, ensuring that any personal data transmitted through the networks will be kept safe in order to protect those who use it. Because of its convenient applications, the majority of society has become highly dependent on the simulated reality, even going as far as entrusting the system with bringing back the unmanned asteroid explorer, Arawashi. 


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    Joe Holmes
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "Summer Wars is anime that video game lovers and anime lovers alike really should check out. Solid story and video game related elements like cracking codes. Very cool!"
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    #8Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies

    Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese animated war film based on the true story of Nosaka Akiyuki. It tells the struggle for survival of two orphan brothers during the bombing of Japan in 1945 months before the war ends.


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    Nicholas Ortiz
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This is really depressing, but it's a good watch. It'll make you think for a long time, so make sure you're in a ready mood for this."
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    Toriko is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro and is about a Gourmet Hunter and his search for diverse foods to complete a full-course meal. On 2011, Toei Animation created an anime television series version of it.

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    #10No Game No Life

    No Game No Life

    No Game No Life is a Japanese anime television series directed by Atsuko Ishizuka. It first aired on April 9, 2014, until June 24, 2014 closing with 12 episodes. It is based on a light novel series by Yū Kamiya.

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    Megan Lane
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Good, no violent anime that gives you details to think about life and reality with virtual life. Cool duel with characters. Lots of unexpected things happen and there is deep character development. The story on top of it is also quite interesting. Very interactive. "
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    #11The History of Trunks (Dragon Ball Z)

    The History of Trunks (Dragon Ball Z)

    The History of Trunks is an anime movie about the future of Trunks and his life during the time where the androids have taken the world. This was first released to VHS on October 24, 2000, and later on DVD that same year. 


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    Jennifer Reyes
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I was recently asked to recommend some anime content by a friend who is new to the genre. Knowing she is a gamer, I went with The History of Trunks. I find this movie exciting and compelling and it made me want to both watch more anime and play more video games!"
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    Based on the manga and anime BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad, Beck is a Japanese film in 2010. Koyuki had a normal life as a high school freshman until he meets a dog and its owner Ryusuke, an enigmatic musician.


    Olivia Parker
    Written on June 15, 2018
    "If you want something non traditional but based on manga and anime try the Movie BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad. I loved this fun, rollicking movie on a quirky musician and a normal high school freshman. Teens will love this and it's fun for adults as well so go pick it up for a fun movie night with kids."
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    #13The World's Strongest (Dragon Ball Z)

    The World's Strongest (Dragon Ball Z)

    The World's Strongest is the second Dragon Ball Z movie wherein Goku, Gohan, and Krillan have to fight Dr. Wheelo to prevent him from taking over the world. 


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    Will He
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "DragonBall Z is iconic. Even if you don't follow anime you likely recognize the characters. For gaming fans this should be right up your alley. It's got elements that players of fighters and RPG games will enjoy and the graphics mirror many of the best games out there. "
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    Ben-to is a Japanese manga series which was adapted into a 12-episode anime television series produced by David Production aired in Japan between October and December 2011. Funimation has licensed the anime in North America.

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    #15Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online

    Sword Art Online is a fantasy romance anime series that tells a story about 10.000 VR players including Kirito and Asuna that are imprisoned on a game without the chance to return to real life. The anime was first released in 2012.

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    Alan Vasquez
    Written on October 10, 2017
    "Let's say you love anime, as I do, and video games (yep, me too). In that case you're definitely going to want to watch Swort Art Online. It's a stylish take on the dark side of video game technology that lets you enter your avatar and move as yourself in game space. Highly recommended, on Netflix with English and Japanese audio."
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    #16Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex

    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is a 52-episode crime-action anime series that ran from 2002 to 2005. It tells the futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter-intelligence agent and her support team.  

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    Janet Sims
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "This series is a very good one. This particular edition has issues based on the reviews. The English dub leaves a lot to be desired. The movie itself is great and even has a live action version. The game is also great."
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    Pokémon is a popular Japanese anime television series that first aired on April 1, 1997. It has over a thousand episodes and the show is still ongoing. The cartoon follows the adventures of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu.

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    Willie Garrett
    Written on September 30, 2017
    "My nephew was coming over the weekend so I wanted to plan something fun for him to do. I know he loves anime movies and tv shows, especially those that are related to video games. I decided to search for the best anime movies so I could rent him something to watch. I stumbled upon "Pokemon" and was completely blown away. Both my nephew and I loved everything about it. The story and the animation were both top notch."
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    #18Record of Lodoss War

    Record of Lodoss War

    Record of Lodoss War is a Japanese anime television series based on the novels and manga by Ryo Mizuno. It centers on the adventures of Parn and a group of medievals who must participate in a war against dark forces. 

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    Mildred Silva
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "As a person who enjoys role playing, I was very excited to see a complete collection of Record of Lodoss War. The game is This series offers a comprehensive, interweaving collection of intriguing characters, story plots, magic. Each aspect is well developed and allows for continuous entertainment."
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    #19Initial D

    Initial D

    Initial D is an anime based on the self-titled manga that focuses on the world of the Japanese street illegal races and has the spirit and the feeling of the classic racing games like Need 4 Speed or similar. 

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    Juan Nelson
    Written on October 12, 2017
    "I love Anime TV and movies. I play tons of video games imported from Japan. I recently started watching Initial D. I think this sits perfectly with my vast collection of racing games and other classics I have laying around. I love games and Initial D reminds me of some of them. It is one of the best ones to watch when not gaming. "
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    Overlord is an animated TV series directed and produced by Minoru Ashina. Its first episode aired on July 7, 2015. The story is about an online role-playing game that recreated its own reality trapping its remaining players.

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    Harry Ramirez
    Written on October 9, 2017
    "While it's kind of the classic concept of "kid playing video game, gets sucked in", it is really done in a beautiful way. The visuals in this show are absolutely stunning. While some describe it as a bit underwhelming, I think this show is great for MMORPG fans, but don't expect TONS of monsters, etc. I think it has more depth than some shows that rely on too much fluff, etc."
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    Konosuba is about Kazuma Sato’s brief life that was over due to a traffic accident, but he wakes up to see a girl before him. She claims to be a goddess and asks if he would like to go to another world and bring only one thing with him.

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    Arthur Andrews
    Written on September 29, 2017
    "So, you want a gaming anime? Well... this isn't quite it. Sure, it's chock full of adventure, drama, and monster-smashing, but a person has to draw the line between 'fantasy anime' and 'gaming anime' somewhere. There are better animes out there if your main focus is video games - you can give this one a try, but be sure to prepare yourself for possible disappointment. "
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    #22Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth

    Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese anime series wherein three schoolgirls from Tokyo were transported to the magical land of the Rune-Gods. With their guide Mokona, the three went on a quest to rescue the princess and return home.

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    #23Ristorante Paradiso

    Ristorante Paradiso

    Ristorante Paradiso is a Japanese manga series that was adapted into an anime aired on Fuji TV's late night in 2009. It was officially streamed with English subtitles by Crunchyroll. It was also subsequently licensed for North American release.

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Best What are the best anime movies
1Spirited AwayMovies 9 Paid
2Howl's Moving CastleMovies 8 Paid
3PonyoMovies 8 Paid
4Ghost in the ShellMovies 6 Paid
5My Neighbor TotoroMovies 6 Paid
6Princess MononokeMovies 6 Paid
7Summer WarsMovies 5 Paid
8Grave of the FirefliesMovies 3 Paid
9TorikoTV Shows 1 Paid
10No Game No LifeTV Shows 1 Paid

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