Anime You Should Watch

by BoringBoi0385 | created - 25 Jul 2018 | updated - 18 Aug 2018 | Public

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1. Lupin III (2018)

22 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The master thief Arsene Lupin III arrives in his ancestral homeland of France, where he has new adventures and contends with new enemies.

Stars: Tony Oliver, Richard Epcar, Lex Lang, Michelle Ruff

Votes: 131

The absolute of the 'gentlemen thief' genre with a fantastic noire setting that even non-anime fans can enjoy.

2. Lupin III (2015)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The legendary burglar Lupin III sets off on an adventurous trip across Italy and San Marino.

Stars: Kan'ichi Kurita, Tyler Bunch, Richard Cansino, Lucien Dodge

Votes: 320

A lighthearted take on the 'gentlemen thief' genre that anybody can enjoy.

3. Lupin the 3rd: Castle of Cagliostro (1979)

PG-13 | 102 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

71 Metascore

A dashing thief, his gang of desperadoes and an intrepid policeman struggle to free a princess from an evil count's clutches, and learn the hidden secret to a fabulous treasure that she holds part of a key to.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Makio Inoue

Votes: 23,310

A classic movie that has inspired aspects ranging from Disney films to Batman.

4. A Silent Voice: The Movie (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

78 Metascore

A young man is ostracized by his classmates after he bullies a deaf girl to the point where she moves away. Years later, he sets off on a path for redemption.

Director: Naoko Yamada | Stars: Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yûki, Kenshô Ono

Votes: 31,231

A film with a strong commentary on teenage life including bullying, regret, and friendships that everybody can relate to.

5. In This Corner of the World (2016)

PG-13 | 129 min | Animation, Drama, History

73 Metascore

Set in Hiroshima during World War II, an eighteen-year-old girl gets married and now has to prepare food for her family despite the rationing and lack of supplies. As she struggles with the... See full summary »

Director: Sunao Katabuchi | Stars: Non, Ava Pickard, Kenna Pickard, Karen Strassman

Votes: 6,828

A heartbreaking story that gives the viewer and interesting point of view about life in World War II without showing bias toward a certain country.

6. The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

Saiki Kusuo is a powerful psychic who hates attracting attention, yet he is surrounded by colorful characters who always find a way to remove him from his everyday life.

Stars: Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Ai Kayano

Votes: 1,867

A funny story about a psychic teenager with a variety of supernatural powers who just wants to be normal, yet defies and explains every anime trope there ever was.

7. Your Name. (2016)

PG | 106 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

Two strangers find themselves linked in a bizarre way. When a connection forms, will distance be the only thing to keep them apart?

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Ryô Narita, Aoi Yûki

Votes: 150,787 | Gross: $5.02M

An interesting story about two teenagers on different sides of a country. Not perfect, but worth watching at least once.

8. Lupin the Third: The Gravestone of Daisuke Jigen (2014)

51 min | Animation, Action, Crime

Lupin and Jigen face off with an assassin who has marked Jigen as his latest target.

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Richard Epcar, Akio Hirose, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Kan'ichi Kurita

Votes: 364

A dark and gritty take on thievery and bloodshed.

9. Lupin III: Farewell to Nostradamus (1995)

100 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Lupin must rescue a young girl from a mysterious doomsday cult, who wants a book of prophecies hidden by the girl's father.

Directors: Shun'ya Itô, Takeshi Shirato, Nobuo Tomizawa | Stars: Kan'ichi Kurita, Brice Armstrong, Laura Bailey, Dameon Clarke

Votes: 528

An entertaining story about the world's best thief going against a political empire around the world.

10. Laid-Back Camp (2018– )

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to ... See full summary »

Stars: Yumiri Hanamori, Nao Tôyama, Sayuri Hara, Aki Toyosaki

Votes: 504

A cute and calming series about teenage girls going camping and observing the world around them.

11. Lupin the Third: The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa (2017)

54 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Lupin's friend, the samurai Goemon Ishikawa, takes a job as bodyguard for a yakuza boss. But a brutal assassin kills the yakuza and Goemon is honor-bound to track him down.

Director: Takeshi Koike | Stars: Masuo Amada, Hisao Egawa, Richard Epcar, Takaya Hashi

Votes: 357

Another story about vengeance among criminals.

12. Aho Girl (2017– )

Animation, Comedy, Romance

The adventures of an idiot girl and her long-suffering friends.

Stars: Aoi Yûki, Sayaka Harada, Sumire Uesaka, Rina Satô

Votes: 447

A hilarious series about the everyday life of a stupid teenage girl and the people around her.

13. Pop Team Epic (2018– )

TV-14 | 12 min | Animation, Comedy

Two high school girls, the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and much more calm Pipimi, do insane things and swear like sailors in this absurdist comedy filled with references and meta humor.

Stars: Tohru Adachi, Bryn Apprill, Shunsuke Itakura, Mikaela Krantz

Votes: 476

A skit-based comedy series that parodies a variety of media from around the world.

14. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Anna Paquin, James Van Der Beek, Cloris Leachman, Mark Hamill

Votes: 132,271

A classic story for all ages.

15. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

80 Metascore

When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Chieko Baishô, Takuya Kimura, Tatsuya Gashûin, Akihiro Miwa

Votes: 292,902 | Gross: $4.71M

A surprisingly deep story that anybody can enjoy.

16. Pom Poko (1994)

PG | 119 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A community of magical shape-shifting raccoon dogs struggle to prevent their forest home from being destroyed by urban development.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Shinchô Kokontei, Makoto Nonomura, Yuriko Ishida, Norihei Miki

Votes: 20,187

An interesting story about nature and preserving it.

17. Fireworks (2017)

90 min | Animation, Drama, Family

40 Metascore

Schoolchildren Norimichi, Yûsuke and Jun'ichi want to know if fireworks look round or flat from the side. They make a plan to find the answer at a fireworks display, while Nazuna schemes to... See full summary »

Directors: Akiyuki Shinbo, Nobuyuki Takeuchi | Stars: Suzu Hirose, Masaki Suda, Mamoru Miyano, Shintarô Asanuma

Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $0.53M

A movie that plays with the idea of fate and if it's possible to change it.

18. Ponyo (2008)

G | 101 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

86 Metascore

A five-year-old boy develops a relationship with Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become a human after falling in love with him.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Matt Damon, Liam Neeson, Tomoko Yamaguchi

Votes: 110,586 | Gross: $15.09M

A standard family film that most can enjoy.

19. Porco Rosso (1992)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

In 1930s Italy, a veteran World War I pilot is cursed to look like an anthropomorphic pig.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Shûichirô Moriyama, Tokiko Katô, Bunshi Katsura Vi, Tsunehiko Kamijô

Votes: 63,894

A classic film that commentates on one's pride and self-worth.

20. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san (2018– )

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

"If you blush, you lose". Living by this principle, middle schooler Nishikata gets constantly made fun of by his seat neighbor Takagi-san. With his pride shattered to pieces, he vows to ... See full summary »

Stars: Rie Takahashi, Yûki Kaji, Konomi Kohara, Mao Ichimichi

Votes: 581

A lighthearted romance series that shows a surprisingly accurate portrayal on teenage youth that will resonate with everybody.

21. 3D Kanojo Real Girl (2018– )

22 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

Hikaru Tsutsui is a quiet, unassuming high school student who forsakes the company of his classmates to spend his time reading manga, playing video games, and watching anime. Hikaru is ... See full summary »

Stars: Christina Marie Kelly, Daniel Regojo, Nathan Wilson, Olivia Swasey

Votes: 213

An interesting look at how a shut-in handles a high school relationship.

22. I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying (2014– )

Animation, Comedy, Romance

When a normal beautiful woman and a geek get married, how could both lead their life normally like everyone else anymore?

Stars: Sayaka Horino, Rie Kugimiya, Toshiyuki Sakai, Kaori Shimizu

Votes: 486

A realistic look at a marriage between an anime-obsessed guy and a working-class woman and how they learn to accept one another.

23. Hyouka (2012– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Houtarou is usually quite apathetic, however when his sister forces him to join the classic literature club at Kamiyama High School, his worldview begins to change. Once there, he discovers... See full summary »

Stars: Yûichi Nakamura, Satomi Sato, Felecia Angelle, Tia Lynn Ballard

Votes: 2,247

A simple, but engaging look at a high school student that is forced to put effort into his everyday life and come to accept things for what they are.

24. The Wind Rises (2013)

PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

83 Metascore

A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura

Votes: 63,427 | Gross: $5.21M

A World War II romance with extremely dark undertones about the harsh reality of war.

25. Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World! (2016– )

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

It was a happy day for Kazuma - right up to the moment he died. A goddess intervenes and offers him a second chance in a magical land.

Stars: Jun Fukushima, Sora Amamiya, Rie Takahashi, Ai Kayano

Votes: 3,644

A comedic series about a shut-in high school student being unwillingly cast away to a fantasy world with an idiotic goddess at his side.

26. The Garden of Words (2013)

TV-14 | 46 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman find an unlikely friendship one rainy day in the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Miyu Irino, Kana Hanazawa, Fumi Hirano, Gou Maeda

Votes: 28,380

A look at a relationship between a high school student and teacher and how they unknowingly help each other get past their personal troubles.

A self-aware short series about a male and his relationships with other females.

28. Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku (2018– )

23 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

A gaming otaku and a fujoshi reunite for the first time since middle school at work.

Stars: Arisa Date, Kent Ito, Miyuki Sawashiro, Tomokazu Sugita

Votes: 803

A realistic show about love between two working-class people with common interests.

29. Tsuredure Children (2017– )

TV-14 | 13 min | Animation, Comedy, Romance

A series of stories, some loosely connected to each other, about young male and female highschool students struggling to confess their feelings to each other.

Stars: Yui Ogura, Kyle Igneczi, Kristi Kang, Alison Viktorin

Votes: 707

A realistic look at a high school romance and how misunderstandings can make all the difference.

30. Attack on Titan (2013– )

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

After his hometown is destroyed and his mother is killed, young Eren Yeager vows to cleanse the earth of the giant humanoid Titans that have brought humanity to the brink of extinction.

Stars: Marina Inoue, Yûki Kaji, Yui Ishikawa, Josh Grelle

Votes: 131,746

A sci-fi story about humanity struggling to fight against the titans that threaten their survival.

31. Scum's Wish (2017– )

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

A perfect couple struggles under a secret longing each has for someone else.

Stars: Chika Anzai, Shintarô Asanuma, Johnny Yong Bosch, Greg Cote

Votes: 795

A mature look at unrequited love between a variety of colorful characters.

32. 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)

TV-PG | 63 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Told in three interconnected segments, we follow a young man named Takaki through his life as cruel winters, cold technology, and finally, adult obligations and responsibility converge to test the delicate petals of love.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenji Mizuhashi, Yoshimi Kondou, Satomi Hanamura, Ayaka Onoue

Votes: 46,092

A 3-act story about love and how people try to connect over long distances.

33. Inazuma Eleven (2008–2011)

TV-Y7 | 24 min | Animation, Sport

The main character, Endou Mamoru, is a very talented goalkeeper and the grandson of one of the strongest goalkeepers in Japan, who died before he was born. Even though his skills are ... See full summary »

Stars: Michael C. Pizzuto, Scott Evans, Hirofumi Nojima, Hiroyuki Yoshino

Votes: 741

A fictional look at middle school soccer with some dark undertones that anybody can enjoy, especially kids.

34. Flavors of Youth (2018)

TV-PG | 74 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

Three different stories of youth set in different cities of China.

Directors: Haoling Li, Yoshitaka Takeuch, Xiaoxing Yi | Stars: George Ackles, Taito Ban, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Matt Fowler

Votes: 3,925

A 3-act film that focuses on different perspective's on life involving relationships with others.



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