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1. Library War: Wings of Revolution (2012)

105 min | Animation

Kasahara Iku and Dojo Atsushi receive an emergency recall in the middle of their date as Japan is rocked by a terror attack. Their new duty is a protection detail assigned to Touma Kurato, ... See full summary »

Director: Takayuki Hamana | Stars: Megumi Han, Marina Inoue, Akira Ishida, Satoshi Koji

Votes: 72

2. Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress (2012)

Animation, Action, Drama

Fuse are hybrids between humans and dogs, who live in Japan in the Edo period. It was said that they kill people to feed themselves with their souls. Due to this rumors, the Shogun put a ... See full summary »

Director: Masayuki Miyaji | Stars: Atsushi Abe, Keiji Fujiwara, Kenji Hamada, Gekidan Hitori

Votes: 252

3. Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo (2012)

10 min | Animation, Short, Action

This short focuses on the God Warrior from Nausicaa of The Valley of The Wind (1984). Super-powered bio-weapons in ceramic armor begin attacking Tokyo, annihilating human civilization.

Director: Shinji Higuchi | Stars: Megumi Hayashibara, Hayao Miyazaki

Votes: 276

4. JAPAN, Our Homeland (2007)

96 min | Animation, Drama, History

The 31st year of the Showa Era (1956) marked the tenth year since Japan's defeat in World War II. It was when Japan took its first step out of post-war poverty to rejoin the international ... See full summary »

Director: Akio Nishizawa | Stars: Sayaka Hanamura, Maika Kawaguchi, Subaru Kimura, Seigo Kuwahara

Votes: 54

5. Koro's Big Day Out (2002)

14 min | Animation, Short

Koro is a puppy owned by a little girl in a small town. One day the puppy gets free and becomes lost.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Itsuki Komazawa, Kenji Imura, Haruyo Moriyoshi, Yumiko Kitajima

Votes: 139

6. Monmon the Water Spider (2006)

15 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The short film's main character is a water spider who seems to have fallen in love with a water strider. Though she is scared of him at first, the water strider soon gets used to the presence of the spider.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Star: Akiko Yano

Votes: 250

7. Orbital (2009)

85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Comprised of two stories in space we first find ourselves witness to the relationship of two space captains with one's ship supplying the other's base. The two reminisce and reveal their ... See full summary »

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Jun Fukuyama, Aya Hirano

Votes: 228

8. Short Peace (2013)

TV-MA | 68 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A traveler is confronted by spirits in an abandoned shrine; a story of honor and firefighting in ancient Japan; a white bear defends the royal family from a monstrous red demon; ragtag soldiers battle a robotic force in futuristic Japan.

Directors: Hiroaki Andô, Hajime Katoki, Shûhei Morita, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Aoi Yûki, Takeshi Kusao, Saori Hayami

Votes: 1,156

9. Steins Gate the Movie: Load Region of Déjà vu (2013)

TV-14 | 90 min | Animation, Drama, Mystery

After the events of the anime, Rintarou begins to feel the repercussions of extensive time travel, and eventually completely fades from reality. Kurisu, being the only companion to remember him, now must find a way to bring him back.

Directors: Kanji Wakabayashi, Hiroshi Hamazaki, Takuya Satô | Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Tomokazu Seki

Votes: 4,751

11. The Night of Taneyamagahara (2006 Video)

27 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Four farmers spend the night at a campfire. Three of them talk about work, nature and weather, while one of them has dreams about buying his own plot.

Director: Kazuo Oga | Stars: Ensemble Planeta, Hatsuo Yamaya

Votes: 96

12. Welcome to the Space Show (2010)

Not Rated | 136 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A tiny mountain village in a remote woodland region. Five primary school kids have come together in this idyllic spot in order to spend their summer holidays at a camp. At first the ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Masunari, Masaaki Yuasa | Stars: Tomoyo Kurosawa, Honoka Ikezuki, Takuto Yoshinaga, Tamaki Matsumoto

Votes: 770

13. Gundress (1999)

84 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

In 2100, the newly built Bayside City serves as Japan's premier international port. The Angel Arms Company is established by a former policewoman named Takako, to help wage war on terrorism... See full summary »

Director: Katsuyoshi Yatabe | Stars: Janine Brown, Mari Devon, Bridget Hoffman, Rie Ishizuka

Votes: 141

14. The Garden of Sinners Epilogue (2011)

33 min | Animation, Short, Horror

Final Chapter of The Garden of Sinners. Epilogue between Mikiya and Shiki after the action in 'The Garden of Sinners: Chapter 7'

Director: Shinsuke Takizawa | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura

Votes: 47

15. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Remaining Sense of Pain (2008)

58 min | Animation, Action, Crime

July 1998: Mikiya finds a confused Fujino Asagami crouched in an alley and noticing she is suffering from pain in her abdomen. Mikiya accompanies her to his apartment where she falls asleep... See full summary »

Director: Mitsuru Obunai | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda, Mamiko Noto

Votes: 1,168

16. Gintama the Movie: The Final Chapter - Be Forever Yorozuya (2013)

110 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Gintoki travels into the future and discovers it to be a wasteland with his friends fallen apart. He reunites them to find out what went wrong and how to fix things.

Director: Yôichi Fujita | Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Rie Kugimiya, Tsutomu Isobe

Votes: 1,424

17. Kakurenbo (2005)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

A young boy named Hikora enters the ruins of a forbidden city with a group of other children to play "Otokoyo" (a game of hide-and-seek where the players are said to be kidnapped by ghosts and demons) to find his missing sister.

Director: Shûhei Morita | Stars: Dan Green, Mika Ishibashi, Akiko Kobayashi, Ryô Naitô

Votes: 796

18. Loups=Garous (2010)

TV-14 | 99 min | Animation, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Anime feature directed by Junichi Fujisaku in which a group of girls set out to solve a murder mystery in the tense future reality they inhabit. With a deadly virus having drastically ... See full summary »

Director: Junichi Fujisaku | Stars: Kanae Oki, Hiromi Igarashi, Marina Inoue, Miyuki Sawashiro

Votes: 170

19. Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009)

72 min | Animation, Action

An animated chronicle of the life of legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645).

Director: Mizuho Nishikubo

Votes: 176

20. Ohayo (2005)

30 min | Short, Drama

A young Japanese married couple must deal with a mysterious force that chose to move into their home. How they handle this challenge will not only surprise them, but also alter their lives forever.

Director: Shinya Okada | Stars: Mikio Fukai, Chie Kinoshita, Satomi Ohyama

Votes: 7

21. Rakuen Tsuiho: Expelled from Paradise (2014)

TV-14 | 104 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With Earth now left in ruins following the "Nano Hazard," most of humanity has abandoned the planet they once called home along with their physical bodies and rebuilt their digitalized ... See full summary »

Director: Seiji Mizushima | Stars: Rie Kugimiya, Wendee Lee, Steve Blum, Shin'ichirô Miki

Votes: 1,294 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Psycho-Pass: The Movie (2015)

TV-MA | 113 min | Animation, Action, Crime

In this sequel to Psycho-Pass TV show, Inspector Tsunemori is sent to a neighboring war-torn nation, where the Sibyl System is being introduced as an experiment, to find Shinya Kogami, her former enforcer who went rogue three years ago.

Directors: Naoyoshi Shiotani, Katsuyuki Motohiro | Stars: Bryn Apprill, Major Attaway, Z. Charles Bolton, Cole Brown

Votes: 2,399 | Gross: $0.14M

23. Kite Liberator (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 58 min | Animation, Action, Crime

A teenage assassin is cleaning up the streets of Tokyo. The police call her the Angel of Death, an unfeeling assassin who eliminates targets with grace and precision, leaving only a flurry ... See full summary »

Director: Yasuomi Umetsu | Stars: Marina Inoue, Akemi Okamura, Masakazu Morita, Rikiya Koyama

Votes: 572

24. Gintama: The Movie (2010)

TV-14 | 96 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

The silver-haired samurai Sakata Gintoki investigates the disappearance of a legendary sword named Benizakura while his partners Kagura and Shimura Shinpachi try to find out what has happened to Gintoki's friend, Kotaro Katsura.

Director: Shinji Takamatsu | Stars: Tomokazu Sugita, Daisuke Sakaguchi, Rie Kugimiya, Akira Ishida

Votes: 1,048

26. Gekijouban Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works (2010)

TV-14 | 107 min | Animation, Action, Drama

The war for the Holy Grail is on. Master/Servant team pairs made up of Magi and the summoned spirits of legendary warriors do battle to the death in their quest for the right to claim the ... See full summary »

Directors: Ken'ichi Takeshita, Yuji Yamaguchi | Stars: Noriaki Sugiyama, Jun'ichi Suwabe, Kana Ueda, Ayako Kawasumi

Votes: 1,319

27. A Chinese Ghost Story (1997)

84 min | Action, Fantasy, Animation

A young man falls in love with a ghost and must avoid a variety of ghostbusters out to eliminate her and each other.

Director: Andrew Chan | Stars: Don Brown, Jordan Chan, Sylvia Chang, Kelly Chen

Votes: 706

28. Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (2009)

TV-14 | 110 min | Animation

In a mythical kingdom, the mighty Imperial Knights harness a magical substance known as Aer to power their weapons and protect humanity from the monsters of the forest. But something ... See full summary »

Director: Kanta Kamei | Stars: Ryuichi Azuma, Troy Baker, Christopher Bevins, Patric Carroll

Votes: 361

29. Elemi (2009)

46 min | Animation

Elemi the power pole becomes infatuated with electrician Mr. Takahashi.

Director: Hideto Nakata | Stars: Kyozo Kudo, Tomoko Okumura, Kazushi Watanabe

Votes: 7

30. Strait Jacket (2007 Video)

TV-PG | 77 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

In a world where sorcery and science co-exist, the power of magic comes with a price: Humans who do not take proper precautions are transformed into horrific demons. Those who destroy these... See full summary »

Director: Shinji Ushiro | Stars: Shin'ichirô Miki, Kei Shindou, Ai Maeda, Tatsuya Kobashi

Votes: 311

31. Exaella (2011)

90 min | Animation, Action, Drama

Having completely exhausted resources of the planet, millions of people were placed in automated underground complexes of "artificial sleep and life support". And few of them were awakened.

Director: Andrew Oudot | Stars: Akari Yamamoto, Sara Matsui-Colby, Oki Mikito, Tarumi Kazunori

Votes: 197

32. Open Your Mind (2005)

36 min | Short, Fantasy, Music

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Director: Mamoru Oshii

Votes: 108

33. November 10th (2015)

99 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Musa, a thirteen-year-old shoe shiner, with Yumna, undergoes destiny through their adventure of waging war during the war time. Will they manage to bring peace among the troops keeping on fighting for nothing?

Director: Aryanto Yuniawan | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Keagan Kang, Marlon Dance-Hooi, Maudy Ayunda

Votes: 2,668

34. The Anthem of the Heart (2015)

119 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A young girl had her voice magically taken away so that she would never hurt people with it, but her outlook changes when she encounters music and friendship.

Director: Tatsuyuki Nagai | Stars: Inori Minase, Koki Uchiyama, Sora Amamiya, Yoshimasa Hosoya

Votes: 3,201

35. The Dreams of Jinsha (2010)

85 min | Animation

Xiao Long is a modern day middle-school student, who, after being transported 3,000 years back in time to the ancient kingdom of Jinsha, discovers his true destiny. Jinsha is a beautiful ... See full summary »

Director: Daming Chen

Votes: 18

36. Paths of Hate (2010)

TV-PG | 10 min | Animation, Short, Action

A short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.

Director: Damian Nenow

Votes: 857

37. Taifuu no Noruda (2015)

TV-PG | 26 min | Animation, Short, Drama

The film takes place on a certain isolated island, at a certain middle school, and on the eve of the culture festival. A boy quits baseball after playing his whole life and has a fight with... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Arai | Stars: Shûhei Nomura, Daichi Kaneko, Kaya Kiyohara, Hideki Kojima

Votes: 151

38. Genocidal Organ (2017)

TV-MA | 115 min | Animation, Sci-Fi

Set in a time when Sarajevo was obliterated by a homemade nuclear device, the story reflects a world inundated with genocide. An American man by the name of John Paul seems to be ... See full summary »

Director: Shûkô Murase | Stars: Josh Grelle, Ian Sinclair, Clifford Chapin, Joel McDonald

Votes: 536

39. Shisha no teikoku (2015)

TV-MA | 120 min | Animation, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After breaking the law of reanimating human corpses, young Watson has to either work for the government or face punishment. He has to go on a secret mission, to find the notes of Viktor Frankenstein, who reanimated the first human corpse.

Director: Ryôtarô Makihara | Stars: Greg Dulcie, R. Bruce Elliott, Issei Futamata, Morgan Garrett

Votes: 821

40. Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners - Oblivion Recorder - A Fairytale (2008)

59 min | Animation, Action, Drama

January 1999: Meet Azaka Kokuto. She plans to win Mikiya over as her lover despite the presence of a dangerous woman named Shiki Ryogi. There is only one problem - Azaka is his sister. And ... See full summary »

Director: Takahiro Miura | Stars: Maaya Sakamoto, Ken'ichi Suzumura, Takako Honda, Ayumi Fujimura

Votes: 936

41. Cross Road (2014)

2 min | Animation, Short

Two different college students cross paths with each other while trying to pass college entrance examinations.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kenshô Ono, Ayane Sakura, Masahiko Tanaka

Votes: 325

42. Ani*Kuri15 (2007– )

1 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

15 one-minute shorts created by various people from Japan's animation industry. The title of the collection, Ani*Kuri15, is abbreviated from the words "anime" and "creators".

Stars: Yuka Terasaki, Rei Nakagawa, Takeshi Maeda, Akira Nakagawa

Votes: 376

43. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms (2018)

Not Rated | 115 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

72 Metascore

An immortal girl and a normal boy meet and become friends, sharing a bond that lasts throughout the years.

Director: Mari Okada | Stars: Manaka Iwami, Miyu Irino, Yôko Hikasa, Hiroaki Hirata

Votes: 2,198

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