What are the best CGI anime?

There are anime fans who prefer good old fashioned animation, while there are those who appreciate more the advances that CG technology brings to the table. No matter what your opinion of computer graphics may be, you're bound to discover the best CGI anime on this list. 

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    #1Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

    Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children is one of the most talked-about CGI anime fantasy films made. The direct-to-DVD copy of the film sold 420.000 copies on just the first week of its release.


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    Xu Yang
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "The visuals, animation, music, story and pacing are all spot on. I really digged this movie so much and is the best cgi anime film that I've seen tbh.. The final showdown between Cloud Strife and Sephiroth has blown me away!!!"
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    #2Stand by Me, Doraemon

    Stand by Me, Doraemon

    Stand by Me Doraemon is a CGI anime movie released in 2014. It is a Doraemon movie that summarizes what the story is about using computer graphics, giving the film a different feel.


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    Sun Zhou
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "The theme of this movie really is a contrast from the CGI that they have used. Still, I love it no matter what since I'm a really huge Doraemon fan. Too bad this is the last movie they're making I suppose :("
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    Gantz:O is a 2016 CGI Japanese film that gives a different take on action-packed anime. Fans will surely enjoy this movie filled with high-tech weapons showcased through CG technology.


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    Kathryn Taylor
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "Overall, I would still prefer the new Final Fantasty CG film than this just for the story alone and that it fit CGI much better. However, don't sleep on this anime movie. It has elements you haven't seen before!"


Did you know that CGI was seen as an inferior alternative to practical effects back then? Every new technology introduced to the world of film is almost guaranteed to bring controversy. These new elements incorporated can be totally hated by fans and what not. However, computer-generated imagery seems to have been the most divisive thing introduced in film. When it was first used with 1973's Westworld, it already garnered many critics. With the best talents and technology, people can do stunning things with CGI. However, many films and TV shows have been cited to have executed the use of this technology poorly. It was not until 1991 when Pixar began working with Disney to create a full "computer-generated animated movie."

This movie was "Toy Story". Its release in 1995 marked as the start of a revolution in animation and film in general. The movie became the highest grossing film of 1995, making $192 million in the US alone. Worldwide, it did generate $362 million in total. The era of "Toy Story" started the time when the world really saw CGI in movies as an effective medium for entertainment. Today, this technology has flourished and is strong as ever. CGI movies are a staple not only in Hollywood but all over the world. This technology is mostly incorporated with the best anime to create visually-appealing films. How computer-generated imagery has polarized filmgoers is beyond reason. However, its impact in film is unquestionable and we are all starting to see why. 

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    #4Resident Evil: Vendetta

    Resident Evil: Vendetta

    Resident Evil: Vendetta is a feature-length CG anime film that departs from the earlier movies of the Resident Evil franchise. The film's style intends to welcome newer fans of the famed title.


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    Zhao He
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "Overall, one of the best movies that uses CGI wisely and really well. It may be closer in tone to the games than the live-action films but it is what it is. Enjoyed it a lot"
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    #5Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

    Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

    Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV was released in 2016 as part of the Final Fantasy series. With CGI technology, the film achieves the realistic tone that it goes for while blending with its story.



    Linda Zheng
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "Takeshi Nozue is a real genius. How this was made into a brtiliant Cg creation is beyond me! I wish it wasn't like 2 hours long though"
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    #6Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent

    Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent

    Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent is third and final installment in the 3-part animated film adapting The Golden Age Arc of the Berserk manga series by Kentaro Miura. 



    Lin Hou
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "I just want more CG effects on this movie. Yes it was different in a lot of ways from the first movies but I really really wish they made this a full-blown cgi film "
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    #7Harlock: Space Pirate

    Harlock: Space Pirate

    Captain Harlock: Space Pirate is a 2013 Japanese 3D CG anime science fiction film directed by Shinji Aramaki. It is a film adaptation of the widely popular manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto.



    Katherine Hopkins
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "I'm not really into anime movies the poster visuals intrigued me and ultimately this film surprised me. Great storyline and use CGI. I recommend it!"
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    Blame! is a Japanese animated CG film released in 2017. It is the film adaptation of a science fiction manga by Tsutomu Nihei. He is also the same artist that created another popular anime TV series, Knights of Sidonia.


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    Linda Zhong
    Written on June 27, 2019
    "Not a real fan here of Cell-Shaded-CGI animation, however the story for this film made it work somehow and I would say this one of the best anime films with CGI that I have watched recently."


Best What are the best CGI anime
1Final Fantasy VII: Advent ChildrenMovies 17 Paid
2Stand by Me, DoraemonMovies 10 Paid
3Gantz:OMovies 10 Paid
4Resident Evil: VendettaMovies 4 Paid
5Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XVMovies 3 Paid
6Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The AdventMovies 3 Paid
7Harlock: Space PirateMovies 2 Paid
8Blame!Movies 1 Paid

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