Did you know that I’m an anime fan? Well, I am. In fact, I mentioned this in my A to Z post a little while back. I didn’t always watch anime. It wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I started watching it, and my love of anime has grown from there. There is such a large number of anime movies and series out there is, so it can be hard to find good ones. Much like everything else in the world, what I like and what someone else likes will vary a lot. However, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite anime movies and series.
Favorite Anime Movies
Your Name. Created by Makoto Shinkai, this is the best anime movie ever! I wanted to see this when it was released in theatres, however, a big freezing rain and ice storm came along and ruined my plans. Eventually, I got to see it and I have watched it a few dozen times since. If you haven’t seen this one yet, then you need to. It’s so beautiful. But be warned, you will likely need some tissues handy because you will probably cry. I have also been listening to the soundtrack in my truck for well over a year now.
Princess Mononoke. I think it’s safe to say that Princess Mononoke was my first favorite anime movie. The story, the soundtrack, the visuals, everything was perfect. This movie is so good that even people who don’t like anime have enjoyed it.
Studio Ghibli Movies. I may be cheating with this, but I lumped all of these movies together, otherwise, they would overwhelm this list. I have yet to find a bad Studio Ghibli movie. There are some I like less than others, but in the end, I love them all. You may be thinking, but isn’t Princess Mononoke a Ghibli film? Actually, it’s not. It was produced before the studio was formed, hence why it is listed separately. Although, if I had to choose a favorite, it would be Spirited Away, a fantastic movie all around.
The Garden of Words. This movie is a bit on the short side, only 46 minutes long. However, that doesn’t mean that the story is lacking. Fun fact, the two main characters of this movie also appear in Your Name.
Voices of A Distant Star. I believe this is the first anime movie that I ever watch. Although it is only 25 minutes long, I love it. The creator of this went on to make The Garden of Words and Your Name. It’s no wonder that three of his works made it to my favorite list.
Wolf Children. I’ll admit, I didn’t love this one initially. I had read the manga and liked it, so decided to give the movie a try. As time went on, I couldn’t stop thinking about this movie. So, I watched it again and that’s when I realized how much I enjoyed it. This one has such a beautiful story.
Appleseed. Appleseed appeals to both my love of anime and science fiction. There are three movies in total. Appleseed, Appleseed Ex Machina, and Appleseed Alpha. Of all of those, the first one is my favorite. One of these days I need to get around to watching the series as well.
Favorite Anime Series
Ranma 1/2. This show was my gateway into the world of anime. It was the first series that I watched and while it was a little weird, I absolutely loved it. It’s been quite a few years since I watched this one, so a rewatch may be in order soon.
InuYasha. Created by the same person who made Ranma 1/2, it’s no surprise that I loved this series. I own all of the DVDs of both the series and the movies. The entire manga series sits on my bookshelf, so yes, I love InuYasha. I recently watched this series again and really enjoyed it. I still need to read the manga though.
Gundam Wing. A series with giant fighting robots piloted by teens, what’s not to like? I don’t really remember a lot of the details of this one, as it’s been about 14 years since I watch it. I may need to add this one to my rewatch series. There are also several other Gundam series out there, though I have yet to watch those as well.
Recovery of an MMO Junkie. This series came out last year and I immediately knew it would be one of my favorite series. If you love gaming, and especially those who play MMOs, then this series is for you. Really my only complaint is that it was too short and I am hoping that there is a second season in the works because I need more of this.
Bubblegum Crisis 2040. The details of this one are a bit fuzzy, but I do remember really enjoying this one. I know I watched the entire series in a day or two, but that was quite a few years ago. I do have it on DVD, so I will rewatch it at some point.
Sword Art Online. Just finished watching this one last night and I had to include it. I cannot wait to watch the second series. I really enjoyed the concept of players being trapped in a game that could kill them in the real world. This is another series good for gamers.
Do you love anime? What are your favorite series and movies? Leave your suggestions in the comments, I’m always looking for new anime to watch.