All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don’t want To Miss

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I think I’ve been procrastinating enough… it’s time I published my ultimate top 25 anime movies. I consider that you should watch every single anime on this list… meaning that I won’t be rating them from good to very good. I believe there is no such thing as the best anime ever, so here’s a list of those I very much enjoyed in a nonspecific order.

 

1. Chihayafuru (2011)

Chihayafuru (2011)

Still ongoing, Chihayafuru proved itself to be a very well-done anime. You will probably find yourself emotionally compromising with all the loveable characters on multiple occasions. I never expected to love an anime about people playing a poetry card game (karuta).

 

2. Space Brothers (2007)

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Also, ongoing, Space Brothers relate the story of two brothers who share a common dream of becoming an astronaut. But it is much more than that; this anime is about finding the right path in life… It’s about following your dream and not forgetting them.

 

3. Grave of the Fireflies (1988).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

A beautiful yet cruelly sad movie relating the story of two young Japanese children living in the horrible days of World war II. This movie is yet another example of what can be done with animation. Fuck the wars, seriously.

 

4. Toradora (2008).

 

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

In the vast array of mediocre high school anime, I find Toradora to be an exception and quite enjoyable. The characters are all likable, and all have their insecurity. If you have to pick up one high school anime, Toradora is pretty much the one.

 

5. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011)

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

The cruelly sad story of the young girl’s death and the complicated relationship of friends after her death. This anime will emotionally compromise you to the point of tears.

 

6. No.6 (2011).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I love stories of dystopian societies when they go bad. Imagine a beautiful city with excellent infrastructure and seemingly happy-looking people… but where the older people are killed when they are no longer needed, art is not allowed, and where you can’t say anything against your government for fear of death. This anime is perfect, from the animation, character, story, and setting. I could watch it over and over again.

 

7. Fairy Tail (2009).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Even 175 episodes deep, this anime is still holding it for me. The character and the camaraderie are honest and amusing. There’s just something about Fairy Tail that makes me tear up all the time, and I don’t know what it is. I’ve never been a fan of the big, but Fairy Tail is certainly on another level. I hate to suggest anyone watch 175 episodes, but you should do it; you won’t regret it.

 

8. Ouran High School Host Club (2006).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I feel bad to put a reverse harem on this list, but Ouran High school host club deserves it. Instead of a disgustingly sexist show like most reverse or regular harem, we get something honest with interesting themes like sexual identity. I find it sad that this anime got a bad reputation from all the horrible cosplay lovers with the cheap costume (I’m not a fan of fandom). But this is a sincere show that will undoubtedly make you feel good.

 

9. Steins Gate (2011).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

For its incredible portrait of time travel and for the heart-wrenching moments of seeing a character being broken over and over again. For being funny and incredibly sad at the same time. It would be best if you watched this anime. It will make you think twice about time travel.

 

10. Sword Art Online (2011).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I don’t care about all the hate this anime is getting. I loved it and believe it is worth being on this list. Sword Art Online is a beautiful love story with gorgeous animation and an interesting setup.

The World it created stimulated my imagination, and I often wished that such a game as possible. I would perhaps mention that the second part of the first season is not good. I suggest stopping at episode 14 and imagining the rest of the story yourself. (please enjoy hating me for liking SAO IDC)

 

11. Princess Mononoke (1997).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Princess Mononoke is yet another movie that pushes the boundaries of what can be done with animation. An environmental fairy tale about the clash between nature and the dangers of modern industrialization. It is finding the right path between co-existence and extinction.

 

12. Tsuritama (2012).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Tsuritama is funny, refreshing, and engaging. It’s a well-made anime throughout. Yes, it’s an anime about fishing, and I hate fishing, and you probably hate fishing too, but don’t let that stop you from watching Tsuritama; the fishing is only an excuse to tell a great story.

 

13. Black Butler (2008).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Yet another awesome anime with a horrible fandom. Black Butler was the first anime I ever watched, and I was quite impressed with what could be done with animation. I always imagined that anime was made for children, so very wrong I was—a dark and poetic anime with a great cast.

 

14. Jormungand (2012).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

The military-industrial complex is one of those subjects no one will ever speak of. The media is afraid of it, mostly because of their ties with the arms manufacturers, but this anime does tackle the sad reality of gun culture. All trough out the show, I don’t believe that they ever idolize the usage of guns; in fact, they often remind themselves that they hate weapons and will work in a way to stop their propagation. The show’s anti-hero, Koko, will work on some big quest to stop wars around the WorldWorld and come up with one of those dilemmas that I can’t even get my mind around. Sometimes I think she’s right, and sometimes I think she’s coco. Jormungand is an awesome political anime that we don’t get to see all the time.

 

15. Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I loved that movie, probably because I secretly wish I could move to a a small house away from the city and live on my vegetable. The character is likeable, and the simple animation gives it a unique tone.

 

16. Ghost in the Shell (2017).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Ghost in the Shell is just one of those anime with incredible storytelling and a very interesting theme (I particularly enjoy the storyline about robots reaching individuality). The protagonist is a strong female character who does not care about what a man will think of her; that is quite something in itself.

In the first season, she’s wearing what could be quite extravagant clothes, but not because someone is forcing her to because she wants to. She’s not your typical maid café lady calling people master. She’s simply awesome.

 

17. Death Note (2006).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Death Note has very rich storytelling with a lot of awesome plot twists. The interesting character and whole concept of doing the thing for the greater good make it one in a kind. I watched this anime for two days because I never managed to stop myself. I always needed more, more and more! To this day. I’m not sure what I would do in the same situation as the main character. To kill or not to kill is certainly a worthy question.

 

18. Zetsuen No Tempest (2012).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Still very recent; I believe this anime deserves to be on this list. A Shakespearian tragedy of revenge, love, and death. Top this anime with a solid soundtrack and beautiful animation, and you will get an awesome anime that will undoubtedly find its place on the top lists. Oh, and it has magic and stuff.

 

19. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I believe Brotherhood to be superior to the original, but it could be because I already knew the characters and what would happen… but anyhow. Through seemingly light storytelling, the show tackles a huge subject like the atrocity of wars, the power of religion, the idiocy of fanaticism, and the unlawful corruption of government. Not to mention this whole quest for identity and finding meaning in life. This is one of those anime you need to watch…

 

20. Sword of the Stranger (2007).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Sword of the Strangers is an amazing samurai movie with perfect action scenes. The film is pretty straightforward and does not have muchly underdone like a studio Studio Ghibli film. But I enjoyed it very much anyway (perfect for rainy days).

 

21. Fate/Zero (2006).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

This anime is very much capable of standing on its own and is more enjoyable than the original. Instead of having an anime with random teenagers who just happened to find themselves in this war, we have full-grown adults with a wide range of objectives.

 

22. Durarara!! (2010).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

Durarara is an anime with a headless biker, a black Russian selling cheap sushi, gang wars, a leaderless online organization, an out-of-this-world powerful bartender, and much more. For its originality alone, this deserves to be on this list. It’s also very fun to watch.

 

23. Psycho-Pass (2012).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

I enjoy anime with big government overreach, and these dystopian societies fill with inequality and injustice. A society with just enough similarity to our current situation that we can step back and wonder what we would do in the same situation. A show with an awesome anti-hero and many characters who want to stand for what they think is right.

 

24. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

This film manages to speak about the atrocity of war (this is a Miyazaki film, after all), and yet, it also manages to be so incredibly magical and refreshing simultaneously.

 

25. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1985).

All Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don'T Want To Miss

The valley of the wind is my favorite Miyazaki film. A masterpiece about the atrocity of wars, the destruction of the environment, and feminism. A touching story as relevant today as it always was… and always will be.

 

Summary

This top 25 will always be changing but will always stay 25. If I want to place a new anime in here, one will have to go out—last update 06/20/2022, and if you wish to download any anime movies, you can checkout kissanime.

Below is a quick rundown of the All-Time Top 25 Anime Movies You Don’t want Miss.

1. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1985)

2. Chihayafuru (2011)

3. Space Brothers (2007)

4. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

5. Toradora (2008)

6. Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (2011)

7. No.6 (2011)

8. Fairy Tail (2009)

9. Ouran High School Host Club (2006).

10. Steins Gate (2011)

11. Sword Art Online (2011)

12. Princess Mononoke (1997)

13. Tsuritama (2012)

14. Black Butler (2008)

15. Jormungand (2012)

16. Wolf Children Ame and Yuki (2012)

17. Ghost in the Shell (2017)

18. Death Note (2006)

19. Zetsuen No Tempest (2012)

20. Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood (2009)

21. Sword of the Stranger (2007)

22. Fate/Zero (2006)

23. Durarara!! (2010)

24. Psycho-Pass (2012)

25. Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

 

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