Films I Must See - Anime

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1. Memories (1995)

PG-13 | 113 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii, Nobuaki Fukuda

Votes: 14,241

2. Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)

Unrated | 113 min | Animation, Action, Drama

When a terrorist attack is blamed on the Air Force, Special Vehicle Unit 2 gets caught in the middle of a growing political conflict.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Briony Glassco, Julie Ann Taylor, Toshio Furukawa

Votes: 3,438

3. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

G | 86 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

86 Metascore

When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wondrous forest spirits who live nearby.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hitoshi Takagi, Noriko Hidaka, Chika Sakamoto, Shigesato Itoi

Votes: 247,331 | Gross: $1.11M

4. Freedom (2006– )

30 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

Based on characters designed by Katsuhiro Otomo, 3 bike racing teenagers born on the Moon uncover a terrible secret about the fate of their original homeworld earth and seek to uncover the ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Sinterniklaas, Robby Sharpe, Johnny Yong Bosch, Kyle Hebert

Votes: 373

5. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,527 | Gross: $0.06M

6. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

TV-PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Directors: Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 11,843

7. Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010)

TV-MA | 69 min | Animation, Action, Drama

In a futuristic society, a 15-year-old prostitute named Rune Balot is rescued after being nearly killed. She is subconsciously given the choice to continue living due to an emergency ... See full summary »

Director: Susumu Kudo | Stars: Hilary Haag, David Matranga, Andy McAvin, David Wald

Votes: 1,198

8. The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (2013)

PG | 137 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, James Marsden

Votes: 30,295 | Gross: $1.51M

9. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 63,099 | Gross: $5.21M

10. Short Peace (2013)

TV-MA | 68 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A traveler is confronted by spirits in an abandoned shrine; a story of honor and firefighting in ancient Japan; a white bear defends the royal family from a monstrous red demon; ragtag soldiers battle a robotic force in futuristic Japan.

Directors: Hiroaki Andô, Hajime Katoki, Shûhei Morita, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Aoi Yûki, Takeshi Kusao, Saori Hayami

Votes: 1,215

11. Venus Wars (1989)

Not Rated | 103 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The new frontier of Venus has degenerated into a dystopia ravaged by the civil war between Ishtar and Aphrodia. Bubbly reporter Susan Sommers arrives in the capitol of Aphrodia just before ... See full summary »

Director: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko | Stars: Katsuhide Uekusa, Yûko Mizutani, Eriko Hara, Yûko Sasaki

Votes: 1,358

12. Stray Dogs (1991)

99 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Metropolitan Police's ultimate crime-fighting unit was an elite squad of men and women known as the Kerberos. Refusing an order from the government officials to disarm led to a riot ... See full summary »

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Yoshikazu Fujiki, Eaching Sue, Takashi Matsuyama, Shigeru Chiba

Votes: 342

13. Golgo 13: The Professional (1983)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Action, Crime

After killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon, an assassin-for-hire becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Tetsurô Sagawa, Gorô Naya, Toshiko Fujita, Kôsei Tomita

Votes: 2,458

14. A Wind Named Amnesia (1990 Video)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A wind has swept the Earth taking all the memories from everyone. No one knows who they are, how to speak, or how to use the tools of modern civilization. Two years later a young man who ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Yamazaki | Stars: Kazuki Yao, Keiko Toda, Kappei Yamaguchi, Noriko Hidaka

Votes: 1,003

15. Paranoia Agent (2004– )

TV-MA | 312 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 8,368

16. X (2001–2002)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Kamui Shirou and Fuuma Monou have been best friends ever since they were kids. Fate, however, separates them when Fuuma's mother died under a mysterious circumstances. Fast forward, 6 years... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Suzumura, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Ryôka Yuzuki, Crispin Freeman

Votes: 1,337

17. Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)

R | 103 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

62 Metascore

When a girl is abducted by a vampire, a legendary bounty hunter is hired to bring her back.

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Andrew Philpot, John Rafter Lee, Pamela Adlon, Wendee Lee

Votes: 27,401 | Gross: $0.15M

18. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 45,870

19. Final Yamato (1983)

152 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A watery world called Aquarius that is destined to destroy all of the planet Earth. Can the great Yamato stop this devastation?

Directors: Tomoharu Katsumata, Yoshinobu Nishizaki, Takeshi Shirato, Toshio Masuda | Stars: Kei Tomiyama, Yôko Asagami, Gorô Naya, Isao Sasaki

Votes: 162

20. Lensman (1984)

PG-13 | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Kimball Kinnison, a young man from the agricultural planet Mquie and his Valerian companinon, Buscirk find a dying man with a legendary crystal lens embedded in his hand. As the man was ... See full summary »

Directors: Shûichi Hirokawa, Yoshiaki Kawajiri | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Mami Koyama, Chikao Ohtsuka, Nachi Nozawa

Votes: 559

21. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

PG | 117 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Warrior and pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Mahito Tsujimura, Hisako Kyôda, Gorô Naya

Votes: 131,973 | Gross: $0.50M

22. They Were Eleven (1986)

91 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Cosmo Academy has set a test for ten of its applicants to survive on a spaceship for 2 months. But there is an eleventh member aboard.

Directors: Satoshi Dezaki, Tsuneo Tominaga | Stars: Akira Kamiya, Michiko Kawai, Hideyuki Tanaka, Toshio Furukawa

Votes: 466

23. Spirit Warrior (1988– )
Episode: Peacock King: Spirit Warrior 1 (1994)

Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

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Director: Rintaro | Stars: Toshihiko Seki, Jon Avner, Dan Truman

Votes: 21

24. The Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Not Rated | 132 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Mami Koyama, Tarô Ishida, Yuriko Yamamoto

Votes: 574

25. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 63,654

26. The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)

G | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

The Clock family are four-inch-tall people who live anonymously in another family's residence, borrowing simple items to make their home. Life changes for the Clocks when their teenage daughter, Arrietty, is discovered.

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Bridgit Mendler, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett, Moises Arias

Votes: 70,184 | Gross: $19.20M

27. From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Family

71 Metascore

A group of Yokohama teens look to save their school's clubhouse from the wrecking ball in preparations for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

Director: Gorô Miyazaki | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Chris Noth, Anton Yelchin, Christina Hendricks

Votes: 27,585 | Gross: $1.00M

28. Barefoot Gen (1983)

TV-PG | 83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Votes: 6,643

29. Space Adventure Cobra (1982)

TV-PG | 99 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Cobra, a famous space pirate with a psycho-gun hidden in his left arm, supposed dead for two years, is back in action. He falls for bounty huntress Jane Flower, whom crime lord Necron wants dead, and tries to help her save her world.

Director: Osamu Dezaki | Stars: Shigeru Matsuzaki, Akiko Nakamura, Toshiko Fujita, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 1,588

30. Kite (1998)

50 min | Animation, Action, Crime

She may be cute. She may be young. She may seem innocent and naive, but don't be fooled. She's a cold-blooded killer, and if you're on the wrong side of the law, you may be her next target.... See full summary »

Stars: Konami Yoshida, Kinryû Arimoto, Kôsuke Okano, Tatsuo Matoba

Votes: 3,565

31. Îhatôbu gensô: KENjI no haru (1996 TV Movie)

55 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

The story of Kenji Miyazawa, the beloved Japanese poet, who also wrote Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Directors: Shôji Kawamori, Stuart J. Levy | Stars: Shirô Sano, Mariko Kouda, Chikao Ohtsuka, Victor Chin

Votes: 270

32. Big Wars (1993 Video)

90 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

In the future, war rages on Mars. Captain Akuh and his crew are on a top-secret mission to destroy an enemy warship when an officer is stricken with an alien mind control plague. As the ... See full summary »

Directors: Kazunari Kume, Toshifumi Takizawa | Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Hiroko Emori, Yuzuru Fujimoto, Shinya Ôtaki

Votes: 195

33. Psycho Diver: Soul Siren (1997 Video)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Music

People get their mental problems corrected by the Psycho Divers. One of them is hired to help a young female pop star whose mind is being controlled by a sinister cult.

Director: Mamoru Kanbe | Stars: Junko Iwao, Atsuko Tanaka, Jôji Nakata, Toshiko Fujita

Votes: 118

34. Sword of the Stranger (2007)

Not Rated | 103 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A swordsman from a strange land is caught in a struggle between morality, righteousness, and devotion as he reluctantly agrees to take a raggedy boy and his dog to a remote, Buddhist temple.

Director: Masahiro Andô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yuri Chinen, Kôichi Yamadera, Akio Ôtsuka

Votes: 13,612

35. Redline (2009)

Not Rated | 102 min | Animation, Action, Romance

A story about the most popular racing event in the galaxy, the Redline, and the various racers who compete in it.

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Yû Aoi, Tadanobu Asano, Yoshiyuki Morishita

Votes: 9,862

36. 8 Man After (1993– )

Unrated | 104 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A police officer that nearly meets a violent death is turned into a cyborg with superhuman strength, speed and reflexes.

Stars: Mari Devon, Steve Bulen, Mike Reynolds, Richard Allen

Votes: 248

37. Fist of the North Star (1986)

Not Rated | 110 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A practitioner of the deadly martial art "Hokuto Shinken" allies with two children and an expert in "Nanto Suicho-Ken" to fight against the rivals who kidnapped his lover and threaten the prosperity of mankind.

Director: Toyoo Ashida | Stars: Akira Kamiya, Yuriko Yamamoto, Kenji Utsumi, Chikao Ohtsuka

Votes: 5,890

38. Dominion Tank Police (1988–1989)

R | 70 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

In a dystopic pollution ridden future, the tank police fight for law and order and cause massive collatorol destruction along the way.

Stars: Hiromi Tsuru, Masaaki Ôkura, Yûsaku Yara, Ichirô Nagai

Votes: 1,378

39. Armitage III (1995– )

Unrated | 140 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

In the year 2046, a cop and his female android partner called Armitage, part of the latest android line known as "class III" models that look, act and feel human, investigate illegal manufacture of class III androids on colonized Mars.

Stars: Hiroko Kasahara, Yasunori Masutani, Ryûsei Nakao, Hirohiko Kakegawa

Votes: 1,052

40. Black Magic M-66 (1987 Video)

Not Rated | 48 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

A freelance reporter discovers that two killer androids are running loose and have a little girl for a kill target.

Directors: Hiroyuki Kitakubo, Shirow Masamune | Stars: Yû Mizushima, Ichirô Nagai, Shinji Ogawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara

Votes: 814

41. Megazone 23 (1985 Video)

Not Rated | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young biker stumbles onto a prototype motorcycle with a hidden function that has a link to the true nature of his world.

Director: Noboru Ishiguro | Stars: Masato Kubota, Maria Kawamura, Mîna Tominaga, Mayumi Shô

Votes: 313

42. Genocyber (1994– )

Unrated | 46 min | Animation, Action, Horror

A nightmarish combination of cybernetics and psychic potential. At its core: the tortured souls of 2 human beings. Many desire to control this monstrosity, but can its hatred be contained? ... See full summary »

Stars: Rosemary Elliot, Stuart Milligan, William Roberts, Vincent Bagnall

Votes: 785

43. Ai City (1986)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

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Director: Kôichi Mashimo | Stars: Hirotaka Suzuoki, Miyuki Ueda, Yûji Ueda, Nachi Nozawa

Votes: 97

44. Legend of the Galactic Heroes: My Conquest Is the Sea of Stars (1988)

60 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

Two interstellar armies continue their 150-year-long war. On both sides, mid-ranking soldiers question the judgment of their superior officers and worry about the future.

Director: Noboru Ishiguro | Stars: Ryô Horikawa, Kei Tomiyama, Masashi Hironaka, Kazuhiko Inoue

Votes: 602

45. Gunbuster (1988– )

PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Drama

A young pilot, daughter of a deceased space captain, is selected to pilot a colossal robot as the key point of Earth's defence in a space war.

Stars: Noriko Hidaka, Rei Sakuma, Norio Wakamoto, Maria Kawamura

Votes: 1,218

46. When Marnie Was There (2014)

PG | 103 min | Animation, Drama, Family

72 Metascore

A 12-year-old girl is sent to the country for health reasons, where she meets an unlikely friend in the form of Marnie, a young girl with long, flowing blonde hair. As the friendship ... See full summary »

Directors: James Simone, Hiromasa Yonebayashi | Stars: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura, Nanako Matsushima, Susumu Terajima

Votes: 25,766 | Gross: $0.77M

47. Bio Hunter (1995 Video)

Unrated | 58 min | Animation, Fantasy, Horror

A horror story about an enemy within. Only one man can control it, but he's losing to the demon.

Director: Yûzô Satô | Stars: Matt McKenzie, Matt K. Miller, Sherry Lynn, Mike Reynolds

Votes: 866

48. Macross: Do You Remember Love? (1984)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In the next century, a reconfiguring ship (think "Transformer" with a pilot) called Macross carries fifty thousand refugees within its hold as it returns to Earth pursued by giant humanoid ... See full summary »

Directors: Noboru Ishiguro, Shôji Kawamori | Stars: Arihiro Hase, Mari Iijima, Mika Doi, Michio Hazama

Votes: 2,581

49. Spriggan (1998)

R | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.6