Production I.G.IMDb: 7.3Director: Hiroyuki Okiyura

Since that time, it has now become a mainstream form of communication, entertainment, and culture. Fans will invest in a series’ or movie, buy its merchandise, play its games, and follow anime franchises intently. Anime has become a channel for reflecting Japanese ideas, societal issues, political issues, and communicating meaningful messages.

Studio GhibliIMDb: 7.4Director: Goro Miyazaki

CoMix Wave FilmIMDb: 7.3Director: Shinkai Makoto

CoMix Wave FilmIMDb: 7.3Director: Makoto Shinkai

14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family, four-inch-tall creatures secretly living in a human house, live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items that they borrow from the human inhabitants’ house. However, life changes for the Clocks forever when a human boy discovers Arrietty.

SunriseIMDb: 6.9Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

Are you wondering what could be so special about a girl has the ability to time travel and tries to use that ability to solve problems? Just watch this movie, loosely based on the novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui, and you’ll know because Japan never fails to amaze you!

Studio GhibliIMDb: 7.7Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Madhouse ProductionIMDb: 7.9Director: Satoshi Kon

Every summer, a little girl called Hotaru comes back to the countryside for a summer trip. One day, she is rescued by a spirit named Gin when she gets lost in a forest. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human, and this relationship develops as Hotaru finally reaches her teenage years.

Studio GhibliIMDb: 8.6Director: Hayao Miyazaki

A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove he is worthy for rebirth by inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself. With a second chance at life and a neutral spirit watching over him, the spirit has a second chance at life to come to terms with his past sins and figure out what drove the student to commit suicide.


Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea tells the story of an adventure of a five-year-old boy, Sosuke, and his relationship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Studio GhibliIMDb: 7.7Director: Miyazaki

Madhouse ProductionIMDb: 8.2Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Howl’s Moving Castle is a love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch and living in an old woman’s body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek a reverse for her condition, which takes her to Howl’s strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl’s fire demon, named Calcifer. The demon makes a deal with Sophie – if she breaks the contract which means he is under Howl’s command, then he will lift the curse, and she will return to her 18-year-old self again.

TohoIMDb: 8.5Director: Isao Takahata

The forest, its spiritual surrounding, and the summer festivals represent an important part of Japanese culture, which are shown clearly in this 40-minute movie. This movie has a sad, romantic story and you will feel refreshed after watching it, if a little sad!

Madhouse ProductionIMDb: 7.9Director: Satoshi Kon

In my opinion, this is an excellent movie, from the music to the plot. The characters are wonderful and their characteristics are described significantly. It is a movie you simply can’t miss!