The 70 Best Anime Movies of All Time

01/31/2023 by

With the advent of subscriptions, improved quality of animated works, and even live-action remakes, the Japanese animation industry has evolved further over the past few years. It is becoming increasingly popular among viewers in Japan and around the world.

The anime lineup includes a variety of genres such as youth, romance, war, fantasy, action, history, and mystery, and the choices are endless, depending on the tastes and preferences of the viewers.

Therefore, “ANIME SAMURAI” surveyed 500 Japanese people on the Internet. Here is a ranking of the best anime movies of all time.

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The best anime movie of all time: No.1 Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train

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Release Date: October 16, 2020
Director: Koyoharu Gotouge
Original Work: “Demon slayer ” by Koyoharu Gotouge
Theme Song: LiSA “Flame”
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The top one was “Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Movie: Mugen Train,” A feature movie sequel to the hit anime movie ” Kimetsu no Yaiba,” based on the manga by Koyoharu Gotouge. Based on a dark fantasy story about a boy, Tanjiro Kamado, whose family was killed by demons, he joins “the demon slayer corps.” He fights fiercely to turn his sister back into a human demon. In the movie version, Tanjiro and his friends, together with one of the highest ranking swordsmen, “Pillar,” Kyojuro Rengoku, a flame pillar, board the “Infinity Train” where many people have gone missing and confront the demons that lurk on the train. The show’s highlights are the gruesome sword fights, the sad tale of man and demon, and the occasional comical scene. Its popularity is in Japan and worldwide, as it was the number one box office hit in the world in 2020.

Reviews and comments

The story is exciting and well told, as it was Japan’s number-one box-office hit. I was impressed by the hero’s success in exterminating demons, the manly spirit of the flame pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, and many other points to watch. The scene at the end when LiSA’s ‘Flame’ is played is a highlight. (Kazu)

I was shocked at how wonderful it was. The drawings were wonderful and drew me in with such a sense of realism that I thought I was there. The music was beautiful, not only for the “flame” but also the soundtrack; it especially impressed me in the scene where Mr. Rengoku left a message for everyone. (Kiratamu)

The beautiful visuals and the fast-paced storyline make this a work that men and women of all ages can appreciate through to the end without getting bored. It moves at a brisk pace from beginning to end, but it was wonderful that there were clear highlights, such as funny parts, crying parts, and fantastic battle scenes” (Beato)

The best anime movie of all time: No.2 Your Name.

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Release Date: August 26, 2016
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Original Work: Makoto Shinkai
Production Company: Comics Wave Movie
Theme Songs: “Zenzenzense”, “Sparkle”, “Dream lantern “, “Nandemonaiya” by RADWIMPS
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Second place went to “Your name.” An anime movie directed and written by Makoto Shinkai, now one of the Japanese leading animation directors. The story is about a mysterious phenomenon called “switching” between Tachibana Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, and Miyamizu Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a country town. And the events surrounding a comet approaching the earth for the first time in 1200 years. Highlights of the movie include a worldview filled with a sense of fantasy and scale, overwhelming visual beauty and elaborate depictions of landscapes and a love story between two people whose destinies are at the mercy of each other. The stars are voiced by famous Japanese actors Ryunosuke Kamiki and Mone Kamishiraishi. The movie grossed $361 million worldwide and won the Best Screenplay and Best Director awards at the 40th Japan Academy Awards in 2017, the first time for an anime movie.

Review and comments

The view of Makoto Shinkai, which portrays not only Tokyo but also the countryside and other scenery so beautifully, draws you in. While it was a typical setup, the swapping of Taki and Mitsuba is exciting because the time displacement and time leap combine to make the content more complex. The music by Radwimps also added tension and emotion to the content. (Hiro)

Stories in which a man and a woman switch places are rare, but this work is interesting because there is a time gap between the two, rather than just the two switching places. Also, the RADWIMPS song that played while they were trying to avoid the comet accident was a great match. (Mikan)

I was overwhelmed by the beautiful images, realistic music, and the beautiful and cruel depiction of Japanese tradition and nature. There are many stories in which the characters’ souls are swapped, but this swap is approached from a different angle, and the fact that it is not the standard slapstick drama was very appealing. (Jade)

The best anime movie of all time: No.3 Spirited Away


Release Date: July 20, 2001
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Theme Song: Yumi Kimura’s “Always with me.”
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Third place went to “Spirited Away.” A feature-length anime movie by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japanese foremost animation masters. The movie depicts the growth and friendship of a 10-year-old girl, Chihiro Ogino, who wanders into a world where the 8 million gods exist, and humans are not allowed to step in. The movie was a hit upon its release, becoming the number-one box office hit of all time in Japan. It held the top spot for nearly 20 years until it was overtaken by the “Blade of Demon’s Destruction: Infinity Train” feature movie. The movie won the Golden Bear Award at the 52nd Berlin International Movie Festival, the first ever for animation, and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Movie at the 75th Academy Awards. The fantastic and unique characters that appear are captivating.

Reviews and comments

It starts with the scene where the parents turn into pigs, which would be impossible in the real world. From there, it makes you think about the importance of the names, treating people equally, environmental pollution, which has become issues, and much more. It is not only simply fascinating, but the message hidden in the story is profound. (Homimaru)

I first watched the movie in elementary school, and I remember crying in the movie theater. I have seen many Ghibli movies, and I especially love the world and the music. It is a work with many message elements, and you can discover something new every time you see it. (Maru)

The depicted background of the bathhouse inn and the unique positioning of each character make this movie the most memorable of Hayao Miyazaki’s works. There are some funny scenes, such as when Chihiro overeats and is turned into a pig or when Chihiro works at a public bath and has to deal with customers, and you can see glimpses of childishness and novelty in the movie. (Pasu)

The best anime movie of all time: No.4 My Neighbor Totoro


Release Date: April 16, 1988
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Theme Song: “My Neighbor Totoro” by Azumi Inoue
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Fourth place went to “My Neighbor Totoro. This is like “Spirited Away,” an animated feature movie by Studio Ghibli, written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The set up is in Japan in the early 1950s; this fantasy depicts the interaction between two young sisters who move with their archaeologist father to the countryside with clean air for their mother, who is hospitalized for an illness, and mysterious creatures such as Totoro and Catbus, who are said to only be seen when they are children. The story features 12-year-old Satsuki and 4-year-old Mei growing up in a rich natural environment, fantastical creatures such as Totoro and Neko Bus, and nostalgic depictions of scenery. More than 30 years after its release, it remains a timeless classic that continues to be supported by many generations.

Reviews and comments

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it since I was a kid. When I was a child, I thought Totoro was cute, but now that I am an adult, I was moved to tears by Satsuki and Mei’s kindness and the beauty of the scenery and music. (Donguri)

I’ve watched it repeatedly, and I find something new and exciting every time I watch it!
I started to like it more and more when I started watching it thinking Satsuki and Mei were my children. (ad)

Totoro is so cute; I’ve watched it dozens of times since I was a kid. I remember the story well enough to memorize their lines. But I never get tired of watching it over and over again. (Minami)

The best anime movie of all time: No.5 Castle in the Sky


Release Date: August 2, 1986
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Theme Song: “Kimi wo nosete” by Azumi Inoue
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Fifth place went to “Castle in the Sky. A memorable first production by Studio Ghibli, this animated feature movie was written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie was based on a fictional work that Miyazaki conceived during elementary school. The story is about the adventures of Pazu, a boy, and Sheeta, a girl, in Laputa, a legendary castle in the sky. The name “Laputa” comes from the “Kingdom of Laputa” on the flying island in Irish author Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels,” and the movie is set in a fictional world based on Europe during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century. The film speedily depicts the thoughts and feelings of a boy pursuing his father’s dream, a girl descended from the royal family of Laputa, a government agency, and a band of pirates, and draws the viewer into a world created with overwhelming visual beauty.

Reviews and comments

I think this is Ghibli’s best “adventure action movie,” with thrilling and exciting scenes and heartwarming ones. The main character, Pazu, is full of a sense of justice, and his willingness to take risks for the sake of Sheeta is lovely. The animation, which is two-dimensional but has depth and a sense of speed, is unique to Ghibli. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching this work. (Yuyu)

The flying castle and the child’s journey in the airship stuck with me as a child, and I have watched it over and over since then. Watching it as an adult, I found different discoveries and questions than when I was a child, and as I discussed them passionately with family and friends, I became more and more hooked. (Hukudon)

I watched it for the first time almost 30 years ago, but I still find it a thrilling and exciting adventure movie no matter how many times I watch it. I learned important things from this movie relevant to today’s world, such as Sheeta and Pazu’s compassion for each other and commitment to cherish nature. (Mikan)

The best anime movie of all time: No.6 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind


Release Date: March 11, 1984
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” by Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Top Craft
Theme Song: “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” by Narumi Yasuda
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The sixth place went to “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.” An animated feature movie written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Based on Hayao Miyazaki’s comic of the same name, the film was produced before the launch of Studio Ghibli. The story is set in a world where scientific civilization has collapsed due to war. Amid a poisonous forest called the “Sea of Decay,” Nausicaä, a young girl in the Valley of the Wind who loves nature and talks with insects, single-handedly saves the future of Earth. The movie won the 1984 Animation Grand Prix, the Japan Animation Awards in the Best Picture category, and numerous other awards in Japan and abroad, raising Miyazaki’s profile as an animation artist. Through the figure of Nausicaä, who is caught up in a war of intrigue, this work makes us think about the conflict and symbiosis between nature and humans and the foolishness of wars.

Reviews and comments

A masterpiece among masterpieces by Hayao Miyazaki. The gentle touch of Hayao Miyazaki’s art style, direction, and dialogues may make you feel a sense of relief, but war is depicted. People cannot stop fighting, and we may be heading toward an end that will lead to our destruction. Will Nausicaä appear to us then… Hayao Miyazaki is amazing. I don’t think there is an anime movie that surpasses Nausicaä” (Piero)

I was drawn into the world from the beginning of the movie. The scene in which Yupa visits a ruined town engulfed in a sea of decay evokes a sense of the end of the century, and the music by Joe Hisaishi adds to the emotional impact. Not only are the characters fascinating, but their clothing, equipment, and gunship designs are excellent. (John Mantaro)

I still haven’t found anything that surpasses this work. Although it is a Ghibli work intended for children, it has a worldview that mixes beauty and desolation, a sense of fear that lingers from beginning to end, a unique ecosystem and bugs, human folly, and the struggle for life in an extreme world depicted in the movie, and many scenes that are pretty gruesome and quite intense. It was shocking even to my childish mind, which did not correctly understand the contents. It’s also fascinating how what I felt changes as I get older. (Nabe)

The best anime movie of all time: No.7 Summer Wars

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Release Date: August 1, 2009
Director: Mamoru Hosoda
Original Work: Mamoru Hosoda
Production Company: Madhouse
Theme Song: “Bokura no Natsu no Yume” by Tatsuro Yamashita
Official Site

Seventh place went to “Summer Wars.“ An animated feature movie directed by Mamoru Hosoda, who gained attention for “The Girl Who Leapt Through Time. The story is about a 17-year-old protagonist with prodigious mathematical ability who suddenly joins a large family in a rural area and struggles in both the virtual space on the Internet and the natural world to save the world from a crisis caused by a mysterious artificial intelligence gone out of control. The movie’s highlight is a large family uniting to face big trouble in a virtual world using avatars, and the balance of thrill and excitement is superb. The movie won the Best Feature Movie Award at the 42nd Sitges International Movie Festival of Catalonia and Animation and the 41st Nebula Award in the Media category. You will want to watch this work when you want to feel the summer.

Reviews and comments

Although it was released in 2009, the online worldview is similar to the current Metaverse and still feels new. Also, the characters are a big family from the countryside. The gap between the everyday slapstick and the parallel story adds to the excitement, so I never get tired of watching it repeatedly. (Buchan)

The setting and story are interesting. When the movie was released, I don’t think the online world like “Oz” was very major. I liked the crossover between the online world and the real world. It’s a piece I look at every summer. (Haku)

It is a story about a modern virtual space where events like the ones in the report may happen soon! I feel drawn in by this work. The characters are unique, and I love all of the heroine’s family members. He is a dull protagonist, but he moves the hearts of those around him and makes you want to root for him as he uses his mathematical skills to confront his enemies in virtual space. (Kayo)

The best anime movie of all time: No.8 ONE PIECE FILM: RED

Release Date: August 6, 2022
Director: Goro Taniguchi
Original Work: “ONE PIECE” by Eiichiro Oda
Production Company: Toei Animation
Theme Song: “New Genesis” by Ado
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Eighth place went to ONE PIECE MOVIE RED. The 15th theatrical version of the TV animation is based on the hugely popular manga “ONE PIECE,” which has sold 490 million copies worldwide. Uta, a famous idol, holds a live performance on a particular island. Her singing voice has been described as “another level.” The Straw Hat gang, led by Luffy, comes to enjoy Uta’s singing voice, but they learn that she is Shanks’ daughter… The movie features many live scenes as if it were a musical movie, and the new worldview is very moving. The voice for the songs sung by Uta is provided by ADO, a singer who is gaining popularity among young people in Japan. In the 93 days since its release, the movie has grossed 18 billion yen at the Japanese domestic box office and attracted more than 13.01 million viewers, making it the biggest blockbuster of 2022.

Reviews and comments

It was the best movie I’ve ever seen with the best elements. The content was easy to watch, even for those who had not watched ONE PIECE before or were planning to watch it in the future, and easy for children to understand. I was delighted with the resilient voice of Ado, a famous singer who sings the theme song and insert songs, which matches the image of Uta. (Yu)

I wanted to watch the movie because it had been talked about so much and was more interesting than I had imagined. Uta-chan was cute, and the movie was like a musical movie. I was so moved at the end that I wanted to watch it again, so I watched it twice. (Nuyu)

The movie is a new experiment in which there are no walloping enemies or adventures, which are the mainstay of ONE PIECE movies, and there is no one who can be clearly described as an enemy. The production fully uses music and other challenging content that newcomers and old fans of ONE PIECE can enjoy. It was a great representation of 2022 (Meat)

The best anime movie of all time: No.8 Princess Mononoke


Release Date: July 12, 1997
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: Hayao Miyazaki
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Theme Song: “Princess Mononoke” by Yoshikazu Mera
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Also in eighth place is “Princess Mononoke.” A feature-length anime movie that took Hayao Miyazaki, the director of “Spirited Away,” 16 years to conception and three years to produce. Set in medieval Muromachi period, Japan, the story follows Ashitaka, a young man who is cursed to death by a beast that has turned into a tatarigami because of its anger and hatred toward humans and becomes entangled in a bizarre fate. The story is centered on the battle between humans and the things that lurk in the forest, and the characters’ circumstances and values are intertwined in a powerful story that is not a story of good and evil. The beautiful countertenor Yoshikazu Mera, who sings the theme song “Princess Mononoke,” also attracted attention. The catchphrase, “Live. The message of “The world is a harsh place” pierces the hearts of people living in today’s harsh world.

Reviews and comments

I saw this movie when I was a kid, and I still watch it now as an adult, and even when I watch it now, I discover new things about it that I never noticed before. It’s incredible how work can change how you see it from when you are a child to when you are an adult. (Momo)

It is interesting that each time I see the movie, my interpretation deepens, and my imagination expands to include parts of the film that are not depicted in the film. When viewed from the perspective that it is the story of San but is the story of Ashitaka, it is not simply a story of man and nature but a story of human life that is still relevant today. The music is also excellent. (shabon)

I never get tired of seeing it over and over again. It is a work with deep content that considers the relationship between humans and forests and delves into environmental issues, etc. (Priscilla)

The best anime movie of all time: No.10 ONE PIECE

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Release Date: March 4, 2000
Director: Junji Shimizu
Original Work: “ONE PIECE” by Eiichiro Oda
Production Company: Toei Animation
Theme Song: “We Are!” by Hiroshi Kitadani
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Tenth place went to “ONE PIECE.” The first movie version of an animated television series based on the popular manga “ONE PIECE.” Luffy, a boy who yearns to become the Pirate King, and his friends embark on a great adventure to find “One Piece”, the Greatest Treasure of All. One day, Luffy and his crew, continuing their voyage, rescue a boy, Tobio, who is being held captive by pirates. Tobio says he admires the legendary great pirate Unan, who is said to have taken one-third of the world’s gold. Intrigued by the story, Luffy and his friends decided to go to the “Golden Island” where Unan buried his treasure. The movie depicts a time when the Straw Hat gang consisted of only four members, Luffy, Zoro, Nami, and Usop, and offers a great deal of nostalgia.

Reviews and comments

I like it because it is moving, funny, and not cruel, and families of all ages can enjoy it. (Kannamon)

It’s very moving and incredible. Interestingly, there are so many different people with different abilities. (Rei)

When I was in the upper grades of elementary school, the cartoon started, and I was hooked on TV every week. Nearly 20 years later, I am still hooked on TV every week. ONE PIECE is the only anime I can get hooked on from childhood to adulthood. (komo1107)

The best anime movie of all time: No.10 Slam Dunk

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Release Date: March 12, 1994
Director: Nobutaka Nishizawa
Original Work: “SLAM DUNK” by Takehiko Inoue
Production Company: Toei Doga
Theme song: “Anata Dake Mitsumeteiru” by Maki Ohguro

Also in tenth place was “Slam Dunk.” The first animated feature movie, based on “SLAM DUNK,” is a manga work by Inoue Takehiko that is highly popular worldwide. A basketball manga about a high school delinquent, Hanamichi Sakuragi, who joins the Shohoku High School basketball club after meeting a woman and grows up through friendly competition with the club members he meets there. The movie depicts their challenge to a practice game against the influential Buen High School, which was held immediately after the practice game against Ryonan High School. Highlights include the challenge and growth of Hanamichi and other club members, their bond, and the development of hot games. Received the 12th Golden Gross Award for Excellence Silver Prize. You would like to enjoy it together with the new movie “THE FIRST SLAM DUNK” which is now in theaters to rave reviews.

Reviews and comments

I like this work because I like basketball as a sport and the personalities of the characters, including Hanamichi Sakuragi, are very interesting. I am also fascinated by the funny aspects of the characters. The description of the players during basketball is also fantastic. (Takataka)

The main character, Hanamichi Sakuragi, is overgrowing, and his dialogue with Anzai Sensei is interesting. The scene where Hanamichi’s friend wants to work part-time to save money to go and cheer for Hanamichi makes you think not only about basketball but also individual trust, friends. I think it is moving and a beautiful work. (kumahana)

It’s a comic strip about life itself, not just sports. A frustrated person. Flaws. Each success story can be applied to my daily life. The manga can be inspirational and makes me feel positive about myself. (Yu)

The best anime movie of all time: No.10 Kiki’s Delivery Service


Release Date: July 29, 1989
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: “Kiki’s Delivery Service” by Eiko Kadono
Production Company: Studio Ghibli
Theme Songs: “Rouge no Dengon” and “Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara” by Yumi Arai
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Also in tenth place was “Kiki’s Delivery Service. An anime movie directed and written by Hayao Miyazaki, based on the children’s book of the same title by Eiko Kadono. Set in the beautiful town of Colico, surrounded by the sea, the movie depicts Kiki, a young witch who comes to Tokyo from the countryside to train as a trainee witch and uses her unique ability as a witch to fly to open the delivery service “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and grows up while experiencing various things. The movie depicts Kiki’s growth as she experiences various things. The city of Koriko, facing the sea, is modeled after Stockholm, the capital of Scandinavian Sweden, and Visby on the island of Gotland, with its orange roofs and white walls. The theme song is “Rouge no Dengon” by Yumi Arai, one of the Japanese leading singer-songwriters, released more than ten years ago. A masterpiece that I never get tired of seeing over and over again.

Reviews and comments

It is an excellent portrayal of a young girl, Kiki, growing up away from her parents, going to a strange city, learning the harshness of society, and experiencing the kindness of the people. (Meowsuke)

I like this movie the best among Ghibli’s work. The detailed drawings make it a movie that you can discover something new every time you watch it and grow together with the story as if you are going on an adventure. There was a romantic element, and I watched it with a growing fantasy, curious about how it would unfold. (Natsuki Nachi)

I’ve seen it many times, both as a child and now as an adult. I think the best thing about Ghibli’s works is that each time you see them, you feel different things and your impression changes, but The Witch’s Delivery Service is the best work that mixes a child’s dream with an adult’s reality” (Shoppi).

The best anime movie of all time: No.13 Violet Evergarden: The Movie


Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: Taichi Ishidate
Original Work: “Violet Evergarden” by Kana Akatsuki
Production Company: Kyoto Animation
Theme Song: “WILL” by TRUE
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13th place was “Violet Evergarden: The Movie.” Based on the light novel of the same title by Kana Akatsuki, the movie version is the conclusion to the “Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll” released after the TV series aired, which caused a frenzy of excitement around the world. Violet, a young girl who once fought in the military, begins her career as an “automatic memory doll.” Through experiencing the emotions of her various clients, she comes to understand the human heart in this ensemble drama. The utterly new movie version unfolds from the discovery of a letter. The movie’s highlights are the highly skilled depiction of landscapes and delicate psychological portrayals. The film won the Best Anime movie Award at the 44th Japan Academy Awards and numerous other awards. The one-of-a-kind worldview has captured the hearts of fans and will not let go.

Reviews and comments

The composition of the first 10 minutes of the movie was the best I’ve ever seen. As one would expect from KyoAni, not a single detail of the product destroyed that worldview. And yet we have created such a society in which they exist and live. The boy’s scene is a tearjerker in itself, as are the two in the main story. As an animator, I can feel Violet’s growth all over the place, and it’s great to get a warm feeling from her. (Inarizaki)

The movie has overwhelmingly beautiful images that make you forget that it is an animation, and you can feel the various stories of love. This is the first movie that made me cry within the first 5 minutes—sobs for the last hour. If you see this movie, you will always want to recommend it to someone. I can learn much love through Violet’s life and purify my heart. (Shuwa).

I went to the cinema many times to watch this movie, and it still makes me cry no matter how many times I watch it. Also, if you watch the anime, you will feel Violet’s growth and be moved by the various scenes. (Rei)

The best anime movie of all time: No.13 Crayon Shin-chan Movie 9: The Adult Empire Strikes Back

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Release Date: April 21, 2001
Director: Keiichi Hara
Original Work: “Crayon Shin-chan” by Yoshito Usui
Production Company: Shin-Ei Animation, TV Asahi, ASATSU-DK
Theme Song: Sachiko Kobayashi “Genki de ite”
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Also in 13th place was “Crayon Shin-chan Movie 9: The Adult Empire Strikes Back.” The ninth movie in the theatrical movie series of “Crayon Shin-chan,” a manga by Usui Yoshito that is very popular around the world. One day, a theme park called “20th Century Expo,” which recreates life in the olden days, appears in the town where the main character Shinnosuke Nohara, a five-year-old kindergarten student, lives. Adults are enraptured by this nostalgic world and become lethargic with nostalgia. Shinnosuke, who senses something strange in the scene, learns that it is the “Adult Empire Project” orchestrated by an evil organization and struggles to save the adults. The story is so impressing that it is overwhelmingly popular among fans as the best work of the Crayon Shin-chan series.

Reviews and comments

Many of Crayon Shin-chan’s movies are aimed at adults, but this work is particularly appealing, and adults who have spent the Showa and early Heisei eras have something that come to their minds. Crayon Shin-chan’s usual humor is alive, and it’s a wonderful work that is genuinely moving. (Chirui)

The most moving and exciting of all the Crayon Shin-chan movies. Hiroshi, Misae, and all the other adults have turned back into children at heart, and Shin-chan and the Kasukabe Defense Force fight desperately to regain the future. There are a lot of funny elements, but there are also many scenes that will make you cry. Adults will find this movie enjoyable. (newblend)

In addition to the fun of Crayon Shin-Chan, it is also emotional. I chose this movie because it is funny from both a child’s and an adult’s point of view and is full of highlights, such as a sense of nostalgia, laughter, and smiles. (koko)

The best anime movie of all time: No.13 Dragon Ball

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Release Date: December 20, 1986
Director: Daisuke Nishio
Original Work: “Dragon Ball” by Akira Toriyama
Production Company: Toei Doga
Theme Song: Hiroki Takahashi, “Maka Fushigi Adventure”
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Also in 13th place was “Dragon Ball.” Akira Toriyama’s manga “Dragon Ball” boasts overwhelming popularity worldwide. The first theatrical version of This adventure drama depicts dreams, battles, friendship, etc., centering on the adventures of the main character, Son Goku, who collects the Dragon Balls. This hidden treasure will grant him one wish if he contains all the seven balls scattered around the world and Shen Long appears. The movie is based on early episodes from the original manga and TV anime versions, with new enemy characters and a new setting. The audience can enjoy a parallel world that does not exist in the original story, such as a confrontation with the Gourmets’ army in search of the four-star ball.

Reviews and comments

It is fantastic to see Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Krillin, and others fighting to save the earth. I like the world of Dragon Ball. (lovefoot)

Even young children can understand the story. I also admired Sun Wukong’s positive attitude that turned everything into fun. (Nayunago)

Goku’s growth and the bonds between his friends are palpable, and his positive attitude of never giving up, no matter how strong the enemy may be, is invigorating. (OOZORA)

The best anime movie of all time: No.13 Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro

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Release Date: December 15, 1979
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Original Work: “Lupin the Third” by Monkey Punch
Production Company: Tokyo Movie Shinsha
Theme Song: “Fire Treasure” by Bobby
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Also in 13th place was “Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro. This is the second theatrical movie of the “Lupin the Third” animated series based on the Monkey Punch original and the first movie directed by Hayao Miyazaki, known for his Studio Ghibli works. Set in the small European country of the Duchy of Cagliostro, the story revolves around the world-famous thief Lupin III and his friends Daisuke Dimeji and Gomon Ishikawa, who are on a quest for phantom counterfeit money and hidden treasures in the castle. Highlights include a subtle romance with Clarice, a beautiful girl Lupin ends up helping, a speedy and thrilling development, and a dialogue with Inspector Zenigata. Forty years after its release, it remains one of the most famous Japanese animation movies.

Reviews and comments

Hayao Miyazaki directed this movie. The speedy development is exciting to the end. Especially the scene with Count Cagliostro at the end of the movie has a sense of humor amidst the tension, and is funny, like Chaplin’s films. (Conan of Sleep)

It’s hard to believe that more than 40 years old is passed since its release. Hayao Miyazaki’s style and the fictional world of the Duchy of Cagliostro are a perfect match. Even today, the movie can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages without getting tired of it. It is a Japanese masterpiece that I want to pass on to the next generation. (Ririsu)

I have seen this movie at least once a year since its initial release in 1979. Even after all these years, it has not faded away, and each line of dialogue and each scene is vividly recalled. At the same time, it brings back fun family memories and the joy of watching them together. It is forever number one for me. (Kurumi)

The best anime movie of all time: No.13 Weathering with You

Quote: Amazon Prime Video

Release date: October 16, 2020
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Original Work: Makoto Shinkai
Production Company: Comics Wave Movie
Theme Song: RADWIMPS “Is there still anything that love can do?”
Official Site

The thirteenth and last is “Weather Child.” An animation film directed and written by Makoto Shinkai, who became an animation director and gained worldwide attention with the movie “Your Name”. The story is about a boy, Hodaka Morishima, who runs away from home in Tokyo on a remote island in an era when the weather is out of harmony, and a girl, Hina Amano, who has the mysterious power to make the weather clear just by praying, meet and “choose” their way of life while being tossed around by their destiny. The movie features a beautiful and sad love story between a boy and a girl and the “Shinkai World” spun with beautiful colors and delicate words. The film won Best Anime movie and Best Music at the 43rd Japan Academy Awards.

Reviews and comments

I enjoyed the gap between a story that is quite grand in scale and a small story that is close to the characters’ hearts. (Kenta)

I liked the description of the hero boy trying his best to help the heroine. I was thrilled with the business the heroine conducts using her ability to make the weather sunny. I found the final scene best, where the hero is forced to choose between saving the world and saving the heroine. I hope you will see it. (Mocchi)

Being able to control the weather was novel and interesting. (China)

Ranking of The best anime movies of all time, No.18 and below!

No.18: Wolf Children
No.19: Gintama
No.19: Jujutsu Kaisen 0: Blinding Darkness
No.19: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
No.22: AKIRA
No.22: Urusei Yatsura 2 Beautiful Dreamer
No.22: Suzume
No.22: Toy Story
No.22: Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counter Attack
No.22: Whisper of the heart
No.29: Dr. Slump
No.29: Atashin’chi
No.29: K-ON!
No.29: Sword Art Online
No.29: Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection “F”
No.29: Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back -Evolution!
No.29: Patlabor The Movie
No.29: Fullmetal Alchemist
No.29: Attack on Titan
No.29: Detective Conan: The Bride of Halloween
No.39:  ONE PIECE: Episode of Chopper: Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Sakura
No.39: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World
No.39: The castle of cagliostro
No.39: Kingdom
No.39: Crayon Shin-chan
No.39: Steins;Gate
No.39: The movie “Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time”
No.39: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
No.39: Doraemon: Nobita and Tin-Plate Labyrinth
No.39: Doraemon: Nobita’s Dinosaur
No.39: Dragon Ball Super: SUPER HERO
No.39: Dragon Ball Super: Broly
No.39: Haikyu!!
No.39: Howl’s Moving Castle
No.39: Hikaru no Go
No.39: Remember Me
No.39: Rurouni Kenshin
No.39: Kuroko’s Basketball the Movie LAST GAME
No.39: Yowamushi Pedal the movie
No.39: Garden of Words
No.39: Porco Rosso
No.39: Revolutionary Girl Utena: Apocalypse Saga
No.39: Tokyo Godfathers
No.39: Sailor Moon
No.39: My Hero Academia
No.39: Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street
No.39: Humanoid Monster Bem
No.39: The Legend of Hei
No.39: A silent voice
(70 works in all)

Best Anime Movies Q&A

Q1. What is the most loved anime movie?

According to a survey of 500 people, “Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train” is the most loved anime movie. For more information, click here.

Q2. What anime should I watch?

Here is the list of what you should watch, based on a survey of 500 Japanese people. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train / Your name / Spirited Away / My neighbor Totoro / Castle in the Sky / Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind / Summer Wars. For more information, click here.

What are the top5 the best anime movies?

Here is a list of the best anime movies. Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train, Your name, Spirited Away, My neighbor Totoro and Castle in the Sky. For more information, click here.


In this article, we introduce ” We have asked 500 people! Top 70 best anime movies of all time”. Be sure to check out the anime you’re interested in on a video streaming service!

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#Demon Slayer #Slam Dunk #Violet Evergarden #Dragon Ball #ONE PIECE #Your Name #Spirited Away #My Neighbor Totoro #Castle in the Sky #Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind #Kiki’s Delivery Service #Crayon Shin-chan #Lupin III #Weathering with You

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