To begin with, we can say that Japanese animation is one of the best in history. We can say that anime has been bringing us wonderful stories since around 1900. It is a medium of great expansion in Japan being also a product of commercial and cultural entertainment becoming a popular phenomenon among the masses. You can all of these can watch on Netflix, kissanime or on Amazon prime.
1. Your Name - Kimi No Nawa (2016)
We can say that it is the only animated film that has surpassed Studio Ghibli’s most successful films in billing and criticism, and in less than a year.
It is a romantic anime in which two young people, a girl from the town and a boy from the city, who, far from being satisfied with their day to day, wish to live in a different environment. One morning, their bodies have been exchanged and they both live with each other’s family until little by little they begin to get to know themselves and the person they are impersonating.
2. Spirited Away - Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
Considered the best in history, it is also the first Japanese animated film to receive an Oscar for best-animated film, as well as the only one to receive this award - non-English speaking - using the traditional animation technique.
Spirited Away tells the story of a 10-year-old girl, Chihiro, who gets lost in the woods after making a stop with her parents on the way to their new home. This move, leaving the city to go to the mountains, does not please Chihiro, who is in a continuous bad mood.
Suddenly, her parents, who had been eating food at a stall in the mysterious city they are in, turn into pigs, and Chihiro is seen alone in that city as it gets dark and a variety of spirits begin to appear.
3. Akira (1988)
This feature film deserves the third place in our ranking of best anime movies - or Japanese animation for being a reference in the anime world and a cult science fiction work. One of the reasons is that in the year 88 it was a pioneer for its setting and aesthetics.
After an explosion in Tokyo, World War III begins in what was then the future year 2019. The new Tokyo or Neo-Tokyo as they call it is awash with violence at the hands of gangs and terrorist organizations.
The protagonist of the story, Shoutaro Kaneda, is the leader of the “The Capsules” gang, a group of misfits who drive large custom motorcycles. They are in constant conflict with the rival gang.
4. Princess Mononoke - Mononoke Hime (1997)
Another of Hayao Miyazaki’s great creations, Princess Mononoke, was an almost instantaneous box office success with great media coverage becoming the highest-grossing film in Japan of the year 1997.
It tells the story of the young prince Ashitaka, who is marked by a demonic boar when protecting his village from its attack. To discover how to save himself, he decides to leave his home and is found to be involved in a dispute between the forest and the men.
5. A Silent Voice - Koe no Katachi (2016)
Based on the manga of the same name, in the opening week of the feature film, it was number two at the Japanese box office, only surpassed by Your Name.
It consists of a school drama in which a boy, Shouya Ishida, puts his affairs in order with the intention of committing suicide. At the last minute, he remembers his primary days and how his actions back then lead him to where he is now.