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1. 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: 45,479

2. Barefoot Gen (1983)

TV-PG | 83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.

Director: Mori Masaki | Stars: Issei Miyazaki, Catherine Battistone, Yoshie Shimamura, Iona Morris

Votes: 6,611

3. The Dagger of Kamui (1985)

Not Rated | 132 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An orphan named Taro killed who Tein-Hei told her was the killer of his family. Taro found out, years later that Tein-Hei is the true killer and the man he killed was his father. Taro's ... See full summary »

Director: Rintaro | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Mami Koyama, Tarô Ishida, Yuriko Yamamoto

Votes: 571

4. Genshiken (2004– )

PG-13 | Animation, Comedy

The misadventures of the close-knit members of a small anime/manga club on a college campus.

Stars: Michael Perreca, Bill Timoney, Bill Rogers, Carol Jacobanis

Votes: 641

5. My Neighbors the Yamadas (1999)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The life and misadventures of a family in contemporary Japan.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Yukiji Asaoka, Tôru Masuoka, Masako Araki, Hayato Isohata

Votes: 9,137

6. Only Yesterday (1991)

PG | 118 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

A twenty-seven-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tokyo.

Director: Isao Takahata | Stars: Miki Imai, Toshirô Yanagiba, Yoko Honna, Mayumi Izuka

Votes: 20,197 | Gross: $0.45M

7. Patlabor: The Movie (1989)

Unrated | 100 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The screwball cops of Special Vehicles Section 2 Division 2 must investigate and stop a spree of rampaging construction robots.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Toshio Furukawa, David Jarvis, Doug Erholtz, Mîna Tominaga

Votes: 4,205

8. Patlabor: Early Days (1988– )

25 min | Animation, Short, Action

The adventures of a giant robot police force unit.

Stars: Mîna Tominaga, Toshio Furukawa, Michihiro Ikemizu, Issei Futamata

Votes: 478

9. Silent Service (1995 Video)

Animation, War

The crew of Japan's first nuclear submarine mutinies and deliberately creates an international incident with the United States.

Director: Ryôsuke Takahashi | Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Masane Tsukayama, Kan Tokumaru, Osamu Saka

Votes: 86

10. The Tale of Genji (1987)

110 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

An animated film based on the novel by Murasaki Shikibu, written over 1000 years ago. Genji, the son of the emperor, is the talk of the Kyoto nobility for his charm and good looks, yet he ... See full summary »

Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Stars: Morio Kazama, Miwako Kaji, Reiko Tajima, Jun Fubuki

Votes: 94

12. The Abashiri Family (1991– )

80 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

The sole daughter of a family of dangerous bandits sets out to fulfill her mother's final wish of becoming a refined, legal girl.

Stars: Kyôko Tongû, Kôsei Tomita, Shigeru Chiba, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 63

13. All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku (1992– )

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Ryunosuke's pet cat is fatally injured, his slightly mad father saves the feline by putting its brain into a cute and cuddly robot school girl's body. Meanwhile, Ryunosuke's mother ... See full summary »

Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Kazue Ikura, Akira Kamiya, Saeko Shimazu

Votes: 173

14. Seishun anime zenshû (1986– )

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Drama, History

Compliation of short romantic stories from the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century.

Votes: 20

15. Animation Runner Kuromi (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 40 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mikiko "Kuromi" Oguro lands her dream job at an animation studio. When she gets there however, the Head of Production manager dies shortly after meeting her and therefore passes his ... See full summary »

Director: Akitarô Daichi | Stars: Lisa Ortiz, Kaori Asô, Suzanne Savoy, Reiko Yasuhara

Votes: 52

16. Black Lion (1992 Video)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The year is 1580. Using an army of soldiers equipped with sophisticated weaponry, Nobunaga Oda is on the verge of ruling Japan with an iron fist. One of his enforcers is Ginnai Doma - a ... See full summary »

Director: Takashi Watanabe | Stars: Yuri Amano, Lowell Bartholomee, Jose Brown, Charles C. Campbell

Votes: 98

17. The Cockpit (1994 Video)

72 min | Animation, Drama, War

Three aviation focused war stories of Axis participants.

Directors: Takashi Imanishi, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ryôsuke Takahashi | Stars: Ken'yû Horiuchi, Hikaru Midorikawa, Stephen Apostolina, Kanetaka Arimoto

Votes: 223

18. End of Summer (1994– )

Not Rated | 29 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Throughout his summer vacation, a college student attempts to get with his ideal girl. But the situation is complicated by another man, and four other girls.

Stars: Naoko Ishî, Mitsuo Iwata, Miki Takahashi, Junko Asami

Votes: 42

19. Fake (1996)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation, Comedy, Crime

Dee and Ryo are NYC Police officers and partners. On vacation in the UK, Dee hopes to make his feelings for Ryo known but uninvited guests and a string of murders gets in the way.

Director: Iku Suzuki | Stars: Yôsuke Akimoto, Masashi Ebara, Gary Gillett, Kikuko Inoue

Votes: 214

20. Rumic World: Fire Tripper (1986 Video)

48 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

A girl in feudal Japan jumps to modern times and then back when she is older with her younger brother who is seperated from her in the timestream.

Director: Motosuke Takahashi | Stars: Sumi Shimamoto, Yû Mizushima, Mayumi Tanaka, Tesshô Genda

Votes: 127

21. If I See You in My Dreams (1998– )

7 min | Animation

The story of Masuo Fuguno, an unlucky salesman who constantly juggles between two women: his friend Miho and his love Nagisa.

Stars: Melique Berger, Bob Buchholz, Dorothy Elias-Fahn, Jessica Gee-George

Votes: 38

23. Kai Doh Maru (2001)

45 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Set in the Shoryaku and Chotoku eras of Japan's Heian period, the animated short Kai Doh Maru is set against a background of a capital under threat from disease, outlaws, and political ... See full summary »

Director: Kanji Wakabayashi | Stars: Dan Green, Corinne Orr, Peter Patrikios, Don Puglisi

Votes: 346

24. Ninku the Movie (1996)

Not Rated | 26 min | Animation, Short, Action

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Director: Noriyuki Abe | Stars: Stephen Apostolina, Steve Blum, Brianne Brozey, Richard Cansino

Votes: 5

25. WXIII: Patlabor the Movie 3 (2002)

R | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Animation, Action

47 Metascore

Two police detectives and SV2 investigate a series of mysterious acts of deadly destruction occuring in and around Tokyo Bay.

Directors: Takuji Endo, Fumihiko Takayama | Stars: Katsuhiko Watabiki, Hiroaki Hirata, Atsuko Tanaka, Ryûnosuke Ôbayashi

Votes: 1,027

26. Phoenix (2004– )

PG-13 | 25 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Throughout history, from the distant past to the far future, men seek to capture the Phoenix, the source of eternal life. But what does success truly mean?

Stars: J. David Brimmer, Marc Diraison, Dan Green, Steve Blum

Votes: 50

27. Puppet Princess (2000 Video)

Not Rated | 40 min | Animation, Short, Action

Princess Rangiku lost her entire family to Lord Karimata, who invaded her home seeking her father's life work, puppets with unique capabilities. As her duty, Rangiku sets out with three of ... See full summary »

Director: Hirotoshi Takaya | Stars: Thomas Alan, Takeshi Aono, Francis Cherry, Dorothy Elias-Fahn

Votes: 42

28. Read or Die (2001 Video)

Not Rated | 33 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A young female agent with a powerful psionic power over paper must stop a plot for world destruction.

Director: Kôji Masunari | Stars: Rieko Miura, Michiko Neya, Ryan Abraham, Raymond Braun

Votes: 1,298

29. Sakura Wars (2001)

PG-13 | 80 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Following in the aftermath of a terrible Demon-Human war, turn of the century Japan is preparing a new fighting force in case the demons decide to return. A squadron of giant robots are ... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuru Hongo | Stars: Chisa Yokoyama, Michie Tomizawa, Urara Takano, Kumiko Nishihara

Votes: 247

30. Sanctuary: The Movie (1996)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama

Sanctuary: The Movie is the live action version of Sanctuary telling the story of two boys who survived the Khmer genocide in Cambodia and now try to create their own sanctuary in Japan. ... See full summary »

Director: Yukio Fuji | Stars: Masanori Sera, Hiroshi Abe, Naomasa Musaka, Toshiya Nagasawa

Votes: 12

31. Submarine 707R (2003 Video)

100 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

To combat the terrorist organization known as "USR", eleven countries combine their naval forces to form the Peace-Keeping Navy (PKN). However, all hell breaks loose when Admiral Red and ... See full summary »

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shôichi Masuo | Stars: Mari Devon, Barbara Goodson, Kim Mai Guest, Ben Hiura

Votes: 46

32. The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)

TV-PG | 91 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

In an alternate postwar timeline, Japan is divided into the Union-controlled North and the US-controlled South.

Directors: Makoto Shinkai, Yoshio Suzuki | Stars: Hidetaka Yoshioka, Masato Hagiwara, Yuka Nanri, Unshô Ishizuka

Votes: 11,747

33. Twilight of the Cockroaches (1987)

105 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

A colony of cockroaches lives peacefully in a messy bachelor's apartment until his new girlfriend moves in.

Director: Hiroaki Yoshida | Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Setsuko Karasuma, Kanako Fujiwara, Eri Watanabe

Votes: 196

34. You're Under Arrest: The Movie (1999)

Unrated | 90 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Officers Tsujimoto and Kobayakawa are transferred back to Bokuto Police Station after stints in other police departments. Shortly after this, the discovery of smuggled firearms and the ... See full summary »

Director: Junji Nishimura | Stars: Akiko Hiramatsu, Rica Matsumoto, Masaki Aizawa, Tomoko Ishimura

Votes: 141

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