I must admit that when I choose between watching anime movies or anime shows, I usually choose the latter. Maybe it is because of the thought that you can stop after an episode or two and then continue watching when you have more time, even though many times we all find ourselves in the situation of watching a series for hours on end. However, movies are nice to watch as well, especially when you have a free evening. Here’s a list of the best anime movies that are worth watching.
Howl’s Moving Castle
A Ghibli classic based on a book with the same name by the British author Diana Wynne Jones, Howl’s Moving Castle tells the story of Sophie, a young woman that works as a hatmaker every day and doesn’t expect much from her life. Everything changes after her encounter with the wizard Howl, a charming man feared for his magic, which makes the Witch of the Waste jealous. She puts a curse on Sophie, turning her into an old woman. Sophie must seek the help of Howl in order to break her curse.
A Silent Voice
A Silent Voice is a story about redemption and the path abusers must go through to be forgiven. When he was a child in elementary school, Shouya Ishida wanted to fit in and be praised by his fellow classmates, so he follows the actions of the crowd. The whole class bullies Shouko Nishimiya, a deaf girl, but when her mother notifies the school, the boy is the only one blamed. With Shouko transferring to another school, he ends up being the one bullied all throughout elementary and middle school. Followed by regret and the shame of his past actions, Shouya finds Shouko in their third year of high school, and he tries to make amends.
Doukyuusei / Classmates
When an entire class is forced to participate in a chorus festival, two boys with totally different personalities become friends. Hikaru Kusakabe is a teenage boy that’s carefree and plays in a rock band. One day, he sees his honors classmate Rihito Sajou practicing his singing alone and ends up helping him and befriending him. After the boys find out more about each other, their friendship blossoms into something more. But with graduation approaching faster and faster, what will become of their relationship?
Mitsuha Miyamizu is a high school girl from the countryside that dreams of living as a boy in Tokyo, far away from a boring existence like the one she has. In Tokyo, Taki Tachibana lives a busy life trying to balance high school and a part-time job. A strange phenomenon occurs after a meteor shower: the girl wakes up in his body and vice versa. Thus begins the search for one another that will impact their lives. Your Name is one of the best anime movies and was the most popular anime movie of all time.