Anime to-see

by jolarti | created - 10 Oct 2014 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Anime and animations that I still plan to see. In no particular order. With a little help from http://www.timeout.com/newyork/movies/100-best-animated-movies-list

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1. Todd McFarlane's Spawn (1997–1999)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Action, Crime

After being betrayed and murdered by his employer, a government trained assassin named, Al Simmons, is resurrected as a Hellspawn and is forced to become the reluctant leader of Hell's army.

Stars: Keith David, Richard Dysart, Dominique Jennings, James Keane

Votes: 6,642

2. Planetes (2003–2004)

TV-14 | 25 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In the year 2075, mankind has reached a point where journeying between Earth, the moon and the space stations is part of daily life. However, the progression of technology in space has also... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Cappelletti, Nao Nagasawa, Beau Billingslea, Kazunari Tanaka

Votes: 2,872

3. Mind Game (I) (2004)

103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

66 Metascore

After a deadly encounter with two yakuza, a loser with a crush on his childhood girlfriend goes to heaven and back, embarking on a psychedelic self-discovery experience with her and his friends.

Directors: Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto | Stars: Kôji Imada, Sayaka Maeda, Takashi Fujii, Seiko Takuma

Votes: 7,391 | Gross: $0.04M

4. Tekkonkinkreet (2006)

R | 111 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

65 Metascore

2 boys defend Treasure Town. Yakuza try to take over and clear it for new development.

Director: Michael Arias | Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Yû Aoi, Yûsuke Iseya, Kankurô Kudô

Votes: 11,436

5. 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: 761

6. The Eccentric Family (2013– )

Animation, Comedy, Drama

In Kyoto there are three kinds of residents: humans, tanuki and tengu. Shimogamo Yasaburou is the third son of the Shimogamo tanuki family. His father was eaten by members of the "Friday ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun'ichi Suwabe, Mai Nakahara, Takahiro Sakurai, Hiroyuki Yoshino

Votes: 261

7. Tales of the Night (2011)

Not Rated | 84 min | Animation, Fantasy

66 Metascore

Tales of the Night weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale, from Tibet, to medieval Europe, to the Land of the Dead. From the imagination of internationally renowned animator Michel Ocelot.

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Julien Béramis, Marine Griset, Michel Elias, Olivier Claverie

Votes: 1,237 | Gross: $0.01M

8. The Rabbi's Cat (2011)

Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Comedy, Fantasy

74 Metascore

Set in Algeria in the 1920s, a rabbi's cat who learns how to speak after swallowing the family parrot expresses his desire to convert to Judaism.

Directors: Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Hafsia Herzi, François Damiens, Karina Testa

Votes: 2,918 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Technotise: Edit & I (2009)

Not Rated | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

Belgrade 2074. Edit is a student. After a few failed exams she decides to implant a memory chip... but, something strange starts happening to her.

Directors: Aleksa Gajic, Nebojsa Andric, Stevan Djordjevic | Stars: Sanda Knezevic, Nebojsa Glogovac, Jelisaveta 'Seka' Sablic, Petar Kralj

Votes: 2,831

10. Gwen, the Book of Sand (1985)

67 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

Gwen is a young girl adopted by a nomad tribe in a desert post-apocalyptic world. When Gwen's friend is kidnapped, she and an old woman called Roseline embark on a trip to bring him back.

Director: Jean-François Laguionie | Stars: Michel Robin, Lorella Di Cicco, Armand Babel, Raymond Jourdan

Votes: 270

11. Wings of Honneamise (1987)

Unrated | 121 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

In an alternative Earth, a young astronaut participates in a controversial fledgling space program.

Director: Hiroyuki Yamaga | Stars: Leo Morimoto, David Thomas, Mitsuki Yayoi, Heidi Lenhart

Votes: 4,394 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Alert (2006)

Unrated | 87 min | Animation, Music

Alert! is a collection of one to four minute animated musical clips created by one man, your pal Jim Ether. Jim began creating abstract animations for the internet and got it into his head ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Ether

Votes: 58

13. The Clockwork Girl (2014)

84 min | Animation

A nameless robot girl has recently been given the gift of life from her creator, while exploring the wonders of an ordinary world she meets an amazing mutant boy and they share a friendship that must overcome their warring families.

Director: Kevin Konrad Hanna | Stars: Alexa PenaVega, Carrie-Anne Moss, Brad Garrett, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 126

14. Daisy, a Hen Into the Wild (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

Leafie is a hen who manages to escape the horrible conditions of an egg production line. After surviving a harrowing encounter with a one-eyed weasel and being rejected by the barnyard ... See full summary »

Director: Seong-yun Oh | Stars: So-Ri Moon, Seung-ho Yoo, Min-sik Choi, Cheol-min Park

Votes: 721

15. The Embryo Who Came in from the Cold (2019)

90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | Post-production

5 IVF embryos embark on a journey to find their mother.

Director: Ganit Orian | Stars: Aylam Orian, Sarah Lynn Dawson, Janet Miranda, Blair Dinucci

16. Steins;Gate (2011–2015)

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

After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Ashly Burch

Votes: 32,393

17. Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion (2006–2012)

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

After being given a mysterious power to control others, an outcast prince becomes the masked leader of the rebellion against an all powerful empire

Stars: Johnny Yong Bosch, Yuri Lowenthal, Jun Fukuyama, Takahiro Sakurai

Votes: 40,005

18. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

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

The futuristic misadventures and tragedies of an easygoing bounty hunter and his partners.

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara, Steve Blum

Votes: 74,816

19. FLCL (2000–2018)

TV-14 | 151 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

A 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.

Stars: Jun Mizuki, Mayumi Shintani, Izumi Kasagi, Suzuki Matsuo

Votes: 13,476

20. Paranoia Agent (2004– )

TV-MA | Animation, Drama, Horror

Seemingly unconnected citizens of Tokyo are targeted for bludgeoning by a boy with a golden baseball bat. As detectives try to link the victims, they discover that following the assaults, the victims' lives have improved in some way.

Stars: Shôzô Îzuka, Toshihiko Seki, Michael McConnohie, Liam O'Brien

Votes: 8,010

21. Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (2001)

115 min | Animation, Action, Crime

61 Metascore

A terrorist explosion releases a deadly virus on the masses, and it's up the bounty-hunting Bebop crew to catch the cold-blooded culprit.

Directors: Shin'ichirô Watanabe, Tensai Okamura, Hiroyuki Okiura, Yoshiyuki Takei | Stars: Beau Billingslea, Melissa Fahn, Nicholas Guest, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 39,009 | Gross: $1.00M

22. Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (I) (2004)

PG-13 | 100 min | Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In the year 2032, Batô, a cyborg detective for the anti-terrorist unit Public Security Section 9, investigates the case of a female robot--one created solely for sexual pleasure--who slaughtered her owner.

Director: Mamoru Oshii | Stars: Akio Ôtsuka, Atsuko Tanaka, Tamio Ohki, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 33,654 | Gross: $1.04M

23. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 108 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A.D. 2034. It has been two years since Motoko Kusanagi left Section 9. Togusa is now the new leader of the team, that has considerably increased its appointed personnel. The expanded new ... See full summary »

Director: Kenji Kamiyama | Stars: Atsuko Tanaka, Osamu Saka, Akio Ôtsuka, Kôichi Yamadera

Votes: 5,853

24. Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex (2002–2005)

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

The futuristic adventures of a female cyborg counter intelligence agent and her support team.

Stars: Shirô Saitô, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, William Frederick Knight, Richard Epcar

Votes: 16,091

25. Fate/Zero (2011–2012)

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

Seven chosen magi and their summoned epic heroes fight against each other to try and win the holy grail: a magical device that can grant any wish.

Stars: Ayako Kawasumi, Kari Wahlgren, Sayaka Ôhara, Jôji Nakata

Votes: 7,810

26. Taro the Dragon Boy (1979)

75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

A young boy has to make a voyage to a distant lake to save his mother, who has been turned into a dragon.

Directors: Kirio Urayama, Peter Fernandez | Stars: Kazuo Kitamura, Sayuri Yoshinaga, Jun'ya Katô, Kirin Kiki

Votes: 689

27. Princes and Princesses (2000)

70 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Six old-style funny silhouetted fairy tales for not so-old-style people.

Director: Michel Ocelot | Stars: Arlette Mirapeu, Philippe Cheytion, Yves Barsacq, François Voisin

Votes: 1,829

28. The King and the Mockingbird (1980)

Not Rated | 83 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

87 Metascore

A chimney sweep and a shepherdess seek to escape from the clutches of a tyrannical king.

Director: Paul Grimault | Stars: Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Raymond Bussières, Agnès Viala

Votes: 3,917 | Gross: $0.03M

29. Eleanor's Secret (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Natanaël, seven, still doesn't know how to read. His eccentric old aunt bequeaths her house to his parents and her book collection to the young boy. Nat discovers that the books serve as a ... See full summary »

Director: Dominique Monfery | Stars: Ruy Abitbol, Paul Bandey, Natacha Body, Peppino Capotondi

Votes: 709

30. Anina (2013)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A fantastical journey into the world of a ten-year-old girl who, following a playground skirmish, is given the weirdest punishment in the history of weird punishments.

Director: Alfredo Soderguit | Stars: Federica Lacaño, María Mendive, César Troncoso, Cristina Morán

Votes: 696

31. Nocturna (2007)

Not Rated | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

An orphan boy named Tim is afraid of the dark. However when the stars start going out in the sky he finds himself exploring the world of the night his new friend, the cat Shepard, to find out why.

Directors: Adrià García, Víctor Maldonado | Stars: Imanol Arias, Hervé Caradec, Roger Carel, Catherine Cerda

Votes: 1,871

32. Memories (1995)

PG-13 | 113 min | Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

"Memories" is made up of three separate science-fiction stories. In the first, "Magnetic Rose," four space travelers are drawn into an abandoned spaceship that contains a world created by ... See full summary »

Directors: Kôji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ôtomo | Stars: Shigeru Chiba, Hisao Egawa, Kayoko Fujii, Nobuaki Fukuda

Votes: 13,855

33. Hyouge Mono (2011– )

Animation, Comedy, History

The Sengoku Period (Period of Warring States). Sasuke Furuta, he was a vassal of Nobunaga Oda, and was fascinated with the world of the Chanoyu (the tea ceremony). This story is his stormy life.

Stars: Rikiya Koyama, Kôji Ohkura, Masashi Ebara, Nobuo Tanaka

Votes: 46

34. 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: 25,313

35. Knights of Sidonia (2014– )

TV-MA | Animation, Action, Adventure

A thousand years after the destruction of Earth by gigantic aliens called Gauna, mankind is living on massive spaceships. One of these space ships is Sidonia, which is protected by large pilot controlled exosuits called Gardes.

Stars: Pete Sepenuk, Ryôta Ôsaka, Takahiro Sakurai, Aya Suzaki

Votes: 3,639

36. Waltz with Bashir (2008)

R | 90 min | Animation, Biography, Drama

91 Metascore

An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.

Director: Ari Folman | Stars: Ari Folman, Ron Ben-Yishai, Ronny Dayag, Ori Sivan

Votes: 52,231 | Gross: $2.28M

37. Chowder (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 11 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In Marzipan City, the young, excitable food-loving Chowder is the apprentice of Mung Daal, a very old chef who runs a catering company with his wife, Truffles and assistant, Shnitzel.

Stars: Nicky Jones, Dwight Schultz, John DiMaggio, Tara Strong

Votes: 9,952

38. Stand by Me Doraemon (2014)

95 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

What will happen to Nobita's life after Doraemon leaves?

Directors: Tony Oliver, Ryuichi Yagi, Takashi Yamazaki | Stars: Wasabi Mizuta, Megumi Ohara, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Yumi Kakazu

Votes: 4,925

39. Moomin (1990– )

23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

The eerie and charming animated adventures of a creature called Moomin and his friends and family.

Stars: John Chancer, Toni Barry, David Graham, Stacey Gregg

Votes: 3,120

40. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

56 Metascore

A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions -- love, most of all -- but he just can't keep his feelings under wraps.

Directors: Stéphane Berla, Mathias Malzieu | Stars: Mathias Malzieu, Olivia Ruiz, Grand Corps Malade, Jean Rochefort

Votes: 5,470

41. Home (II) (2015)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

An alien on the run from his own people makes friends with a girl. He tries to help her on her quest, but can be an interference.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Votes: 85,644 | Gross: $177.40M

42. Wonder Showzen (2005–2006)

TV-MA | 30 min | Animation, Comedy

An all-cynical, all-evil absurdist variety show that parodies the classic educational PBS shows of the 1970s, made up of old cartoons and educational films, children, and puppets from one's worst nightmares.

Stars: Vernon Chatman, John Lee, Alyson Levy, Evan Seligman

Votes: 3,743

43. The Boxcar Children (2014)

G | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Four children set out on a journey to find a new home.

Directors: Daniel Chuba, Mark A.Z. Dippé, Kyungho Jo | Stars: Illeana Douglas, Mackenzie Foy, Zachary Gordon, Joey King

Votes: 410

44. To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)

45 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

Hotaru is rescued by a spirit when she gets lost in a forest as a child. The two become friends, despite the spirit revealing that he will disappear if he is ever touched by a human.

Director: Takahiro Ômori | Stars: Koki Uchiyama, Ayane Sakura, Shinpachi Tsuji, Izumi Sawada

Votes: 10,051

45. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

Not Rated | 98 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A high-school girl named Makoto acquires the power to travel back in time, and decides to use it for her own personal benefits. Little does she know that she is affecting the lives of others just as much as she is her own.

Director: Mamoru Hosoda | Stars: Riisa Naka, Takuya Ishida, Mitsutaka Itakura, Ayami Kakiuchi

Votes: 52,138

46. 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: 11,389

47. Colourful (2010)

TV-14 | 126 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A sinful spirit is granted the opportunity to prove worthy for rebirth, inhabiting the body of a student who killed himself.

Director: Keiichi Hara | Stars: Kumiko Asô, Greg Ayres, Luci Christian, Keiji Fujiwara

Votes: 4,329

48. 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: 43,499

49. Tatsumi (2011)

Not Rated | 96 min | Animation, Biography, Drama